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Education

Photo of a BCMMU training session
The MMU team provides a diverse schedule of education as a fundamental part of its service with every outing.

The MMU provides education in three areas.

In November 2011 the MMU piloted its Clinical Familiarization Program at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Since then, the education session has been delivered each time the MMU has been on the road. 

This session is designed for emergency and critical care clinicians, BC Ambulance Service paramedics, and other interested hospital support staff. The goal of this session is to provide an orientation to working in the MMU and using its clinical equipment. 

This session provides:
  • a brief history of the MMU, and an overview of its clinical capabilities and role as a provincial service
  • an MMU-specific safety orientation and briefing
  • a general orientation to the MMU facilities and equipment
  • hands-on simulation education (this features the use of a high-fidelity simulation mannequin wherever possible).
Participants will also receive a letter of participation, applicable toward Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. 

 

Just-in-time education is similar to clinical familiarization. However, it occurs in advance of patient care and is customized to meet the needs and clinical capability of each particular mission. 


For example, just-in-time education for those providing first-aid or outreach level care will vary significantly from those providing critical care.


All clinicians working in the MMU receive this education, including an MMU safety orientation, prior to providing care within the unit, even if they have previously attended an MMU education session. In addition, whenever the MMU is operational, an MMU team member is available to provide support should there be any questions or concerns with respect to the MMU facility or its equipment. 


 

Awareness and understanding of the MMU by hospital administrators is important. Administrators play a key role in requesting the MMU in both planned and unplanned circumstances. This 1.5 hour session offers:

  • a brief history of the MMU, and an overview of its clinical capabilities and roles as a provincial service
  • an overview of the criteria for MMU deployment
  • an overview of the MMU request processes
  • the roles and responsibilities of the MMU team and home health authority during deployment
  • the cost associated with deployment of the unit. Because each of the health authorities contributes equally to the operational funding for the MMU, costs for deployment are minimal in most cases.



 

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