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0082 Managing The Deteriorating Patient - Using Simulation To Develop Knowledge And Clinical Skills Through Inter-professional Learning Amongst Nursing And Operating Department Practitioner Students
  1. Natalie Dodge,
  2. Rob Corbett
  1. Staffordshire University, Stafford, UK


Background/context Caring for the deteriorating patient is recognised as a key area within healthcare education across several professions (NICE, 2007: NPSA, 2007). The School of Nursing and Midwifery along with the School of Social Work and Allied Health Professional at Staffordshire University have developed a simulated learning study day to be run inter-professionally with year 3 adult nursing students and year 2 ODP students. (Due to run in July 2014). It is hoped this will allow enhanced recognition of professional roles and responsibilities, improved decision making skills alongside developing confidence in dealing with a deteriorating patient in different clinical environments (Barnes et al , 2010; MacKinnon, 2011; Power et al , 2013).

Description of innovation/topic - 28 adult student nurses and 20 ODP students will be split into 2 mixed groups and take part in a day of simulated learning focussing on deteriorating patient care. This will involve team work around using the ABCDE approach in clinical practice. Simulated scenarios will focus on airway management, anaphylactic shock, hypovolaemic shock, cardiac arrest, the hypoglycaemic patient. Partial task trainers and high fidelity equipment will be used throughout the day. Evaluation will take place to ascertain student feedback both verbally and written via an evaluation sheet. A preliminary questionnaire regarding student confidence in certain skills/dealing with set situations may be used at the beginning and end of the session.

Anticipated outcomes – students will gain an insight into each others roles and learn from the knowledge of each others’ professional groups and specialities. Confidence should be enhanced related to dealing with the situations used throughout the IPE day.

Potential impact – enhanced confidence and competence in clinical practice and awareness of another professional role. Educationally - a successful pilot will lead to the development of further IPE study days across a range of professional groups.


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  2. ManKinnon RJ. The rise of collaborative inter-professional simulation education network? Cited in Gough, S., Hellaby, M., Jones, N., MacKinnon, R (2012) A review of undergraduate interprofessional simulation-based education (IPSE).

  3. National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2007) Acutely ill patients in hospital-recognition of and response to acute illness in hospital.

  4. National Patient Safety Agency (2007) Recognising and responding appropriately to early signs of deterioration in hospitalised patients.

  • Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration

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