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Dustcap, Geoff Hannis, Huw, Steve
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by Teach
Teach
A month in to my new appointment as the Portfolio Manager Medical Equipment at Eastwood Park presented the opportunity of a 'blank canvas' to begin the design, innovation and creation of a purpose built medical equipment training facility, which doesn't come round often. An opportunity to create a safe, challenging and realistic learning environment that without doubt will facilitate the improvement of our student/delegate outcomes.

A couple of interesting questions that you may wish to ponder:

If you designed a classroom - would it be a room?
What does future training look like in the 'connected environment' post COVID?
Student/delegate leading, (problem based - student centric) or Instructor/Trainer leading, (didactic)?

Exciting times!!
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by Ron H Morey
Ron H Morey
Teach, I would go old school with an online option. I am retired now, my background is a specialty of Ultrasound and Radiology. I have provided on-site training in Patient Monitoring & ECG, attended many on-site courses for Ultrasound and Radiology and Patient Monitoring, provided basic medical equip training for neophytes (college students) in a developing nation setting and taught complete courses on various medical equipment topics to developing nation students. My experience has convinced me that in-class training is best. It gets the student out of the "interrupt zone" more than on-site training. Phones can be turned off, rooms on-site can't be locked effectively. Not all students are interested, there are slackers even in our field. I think off-site training allows better opportunity to kick them in the butt. Not all people can learn effectively when they are in front of a screen. The class dynamic can add to the learning experience more than facing a screen. I can see the usefulness of on-line learning for shorter courses-such as testing procedures or operation and set-up. For longer courses, 3days to 2wks, nothing beats a classroom and the actual applicable equipment room, such as an OR or Rad/CT room etc.

I have had the pleasure and benefit of setting up numerous new programs over the years. It is challenging and very rewarding...when not frustrating. Many blessings as you proceed. UK health care will be better off for your contribution. All the best, Ron.
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by Dustcap
Dustcap
Hi Teach
What an opportunity! My suggestion is that as you move forwards there will still be chance that people cannot attend teaching at Eastwood. Not just because of Covid but because of the distance, time it takes to get there but also getting time off work due to home life and work pressures. Has Eastwood Park thought about SMOTs cameras? These can be fixed or mobile and are widely use din Theatres for teaching purposes. This could allow remote participants to join in sessions remotely and be part of the class. Its a great site, my very best to everyone.
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by Geoff Hannis
Geoff Hannis
Originally Posted by Teach
If you designed a classroom - would it be a room?
No, it would be an Operating Theatre (with an ICU attached).

Good luck with the Project, Mark: no doubt you are the man for the job. Arte et Marte.

PM sent.
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by Teach
Teach
SMOTS yes - but I would also throw in a dash of augmented reality to achieve a 'decent' level of realistic simulation.
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by Teach
Teach
Update time at EWP

The pace of development is picking-up with the specification for our operating environment/HDU and EBME area completing its fifth iteration and thrown over the fence to the designers!! These areas will have live gases, data and usual electrical services based upon HTM requirements. Equipment refinement and refresh is progressing, but still short in the syringe/infusion pump area.

Exciting times.
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