Simulation to improve healthcare
MORE than 100 healthcare professionals from the government and private sectors, educators and students yesterday learned the use of medical simulation with technology to refine their skills without risking the safety of real patients.
This, after the Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) held its first Healthcare Simulation Symposium at the institution’s Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) IHS extension building.
Themed “Advancing Education and Practice through Technology”, the one-day symposium was organised by IHS in partnership with McQuipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd and Asterix United Sdn Bhd.
According to a press statement, the symposium was also held to celebrate the recent opening of IHS’s SimCentre (simulation centre) — now in full operation — allowing the use of high fidelity mannequins for students’ learning and also collaboration with stakeholders to improve practice, via simulation.
Among the high fidelity simulators available in the SimCentre include the MetiMan, SimMan3G, SimMum, SimJunior, PediSim, iStan and HSP6.
Speaking at the opening, Dean of IHS Dr Hjh Maslina Hj Mohsin said that health simulation has been in place for decades and has gained momentum globally in recent years, becoming a fast moving trend in health education.
“This symposium will provide an opportunity for our local and international health education experts to share their experiences and best practices on matters that are ultimately affecting patients’ care.
“It is hoped that participants (of the symposium) will be able to increase their effectiveness in leading the nursing and midwifery profession’s efforts to shape the ongoing transformation of the healthcare system,” Dr Hjh Maslina said.
As part of the event, a keynote address titled “Healthcare Simulation: Turning Your Training Program into a Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Course” was delivered by Medical Education Specialist Dr Chaoyan Dong, of the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
PAPRSB IHS lecturers Mr Khairulamin A S, Za Hairmey Hj Mohd Ali and Fatimah Arni Hj Mohd Daud also spoke at the symposium.
In the afternoon, participants received hands-on experience with simulation at three concurrent workshops covering different ranges of clinical scenarios: an advanced cardiac life support setting, an obstetric setting, and a pediatric setting.
The Brunei Times