The vehicle houses a human patient simulation laboratory where health professionals can practice various skills. Computerized mannequins are substituted for real humans – and therefore provide a safe practice environment. Yet, the mannequins are capable of talking and producing vital statistics and heart sounds. Two lifelike hospital rooms allow physicians, EMS specialists, and nurses to practice patient care related skills including physical assessment skills, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric life support (PALS).The units also have built-in video cameras that record all teaching sessions, so the professionals can watch themselves and improve their skills.
Mission Health’s mobile vehicle is not only important to teaching medical professionals, it also serves as a teaching tool for students. The vehicle will travel to secondary schools and educate children on safe health practices and healthy living. College medical students will also be trained through the mobile lab vehicle.
“We are very excited to have this vehicle out in the community where it can be used by our affiliate hospitals and other agencies in the region,” said Alesia Carpenter, Mission’s regional simulation laboratory coordinator. “Educating the community is part of Mission Health’s vision of providing superior care to patients and their families through a full continuum of integrated services, education and research.”
The first official outing of the mobile lab will be at Mission Health’s affiliate, McDowell Hospital, on Feb. 2.
About Mission Health System
Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.
Founded in 1885, Mission is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system that operates four hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. With nearly 6,000 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.