State the overall Goal or Outcome : Increasing medical complexity at home requires improved training, skills maintenance, and new skill development over time. Simulation is used widely for training health professionals, but there are limited reports for training caregivers. Simulation can be used as a tool to help enhance education that is provided to non-medical providers and caregivers at home. Utilizing simulation as an education tool provides an exciting opportunity for healthcare simulation to help support goals of reducing readmission rates, improving morbidity, and decreasing mortality.
Faculty and staff at our institution have successfully designed and implemented a simulation-based educational program directed at training caregivers of new tracheostomy patients who will be discharged home. This expert group will share tools and lessons learned from our hospital, and assist others to design a simulation plan for non-medical caregivers. All of the faculty have prior experience being the course instructor for home caregiver education, as well as caring for patients with complex medical needs.
This group will explore how simulation can be used as a tool to help enhance education that is provided to non-medical providers and caregivers once a patient is discharged home, exploring current structures and programs to then develop their own program. Examples of ways to help assist in training towards self-advocacy and assessing self-efficacy will also be discussed during the workshop.
In addition to providing information and tools, the faculty will lead the learners in exercises to expand on the knowledge learned by caregivers. The first exercise will be a reflective group-discussion that asks participants to reflect upon the information that they were provided regarding self-efficacy. During this activity, they will be asked to reflect upon a prior experience of teaching and how they could assess self-efficacy. Once that activity is complete, the group will divided up into groups of 2-3 individuals. Utilizing information learned during the session, each group will be asked to develop learning objectives for non-medical caregivers. The groups will then be asked to design a simulation curriculum that will help to test self-efficacy in non-medical caregivers to develop a simulation for a specific skill set.
The group will then review the methodology for planning simulation for non-medical caregivers, including creating and implementing simulation scenarios. The course directors will describe how they received by in from key stakeholders and how they continue to involve the key stakeholders as the program is further developed.
Intended Audience : This workshop is targeted at clinical educators, nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists who are involved in training non medical caregivers of medically complex, technology dependent adults and children outside the hospital setting.
Relevance to the Conference : The increasing number of medically complex and technology-dependent children and adults that discharge home creates the need for intense education for the non-medical caregiver. Simulation can be used to determine self-efficacy of home caregivers, promote self-sufficiency and improve patient outcomes. A group of simulation experts will present examples to design simulation to improve non-medical caregiver’s proficiency prior to discharge home. This presentation will allow attendees to use tools and skills from this presentation to create simulation programs specifically designed for their needs.