Traditional Poster Round
Wearable Task Trainer Project lead, Michael Pickett APRN, CPNP, would like to discuss processes, tools, low-budget technology, and tips to gain institutional support that were used to develop and implement two Wearable Task Trainer Prototypes and novel skills videos, all of which are currently being used by front-line staff.
Current task trainer models lack clinical nurse, patient, and family perspective in their designs. An enormous need exists for low-cost, realistic and wearable task trainers that enable more versatile training options, as well as easily accessible training videos addressing the unique challenges specific to pediatric populations.
Staff who have ideas often have no place to go for support, mentorship, and proof of concept funding resulting in missed opportunities for the institution.
Background and goals:
My goal was to design durable, cost-effective, realistic, and Wearable Peripheral Intravenous (PIV) and Port Task Trainers, and develop proof of concept skills videos that fit end-user needs. A secondary goal was to learn the innovation process, document and refine the innovation steps and share lessons learned.
I am the founding Chair of the Innovative Solutions Council (ISC), a nurse-led, interdisciplinary, shared governance venue that supports staff-led solutions. Over the past three years, we developed processes and tools to support staff with ideas, and we have accomplished five new product design freezes by summer 2018, two of them being the PIV and Port Wearable Task Trainers.
I collaborated with our Simulation Center, the Innovative Solutions Council, hundreds of staff, and a leading medical model manufacturer to further develop my prototypes. Simulation and end-user feedback throughout the entire design process has proven to be a key ingredient to new product development. Following the ISC solution development process, has led to fully vetted wearable PIV and Port Task Trainer Prototypes.
In three years, I have developed 14 PIV Prototypes, four Port Prototypes, and 10 design videos used to communicate and review design change recommendations with our staff and the medical model manufacturing company. Next steps in the project are to develop and validate instructions for the PIV and Port Trainers, best options for product packaging, and skills video playlist.
The video proof-of-concepts will include a playlist available for each specific task trainer. The video playlist will be of short duration and capture specific angles highlighting the desired teaching points.
Questions for discussions:
• How to get started on an idea?
• How to use simulation for prototype development and end-user feedback?
• What type of cost-effective tools/equipment used for proof of concept development?
• How to help gain institutional and staff support for a proof of concept?