Ha all,


(the pictures i hoped to include seem to be missing)

First 2 month of 2009 are almost over,
a start of the year in wich AMMC, took a major step
in one of the reasons AMMC was founded for.

AMMC was created, by Doctor Ann Buchanan to test the possibilities of
virtual training for First Life medical and nursing students.
Concerning nursing students :), this is
a post from a real life nurse educator
and valuable AMMC member about the first
nursing training/simulation.

Tessa’s post:


My name is Tessa Finesmith. I am in Nursing Education at
Riverland Community College in Austin, MN, USA.
It has been a hope to be able to do simulations
in Second Life with our nursing students,
and February 13th we took our first step.

 I feel fortunate to have found The Ann Myers Medical Center.
After months of immersing in Second Life to learn ” the ropes,”
and countless conversations with Nix Stransky, Vera Zhaoying,
Fidelius Dollinger, we held a mulitdisciplinary simulation.

The scenario was of a patient who entered a hospital with flu
syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, which of course caused
dehydration. As part of treatment, an IV of D5W was started at 200 ml/hour.
Over the course of this patients 3 day stay,
the IV was never turned down and the patient went from a
dehydrated status to fluid overload and subsequent
congestive heart failure with pulmonary edema.

We do not have the computers to support the students in building avatars,
so they were in a classroom while the simulation played out.

It was a huge success! The students liked it, thought it was fun,
and had a great dialogue going on amongst themselves as to
what to do first to help this patient.
They were even on the right path to question
the rate of the IV and to slow it down.

Vera was on hand to be called to get provider orders from
and to give a report to. Nix played the lab personal and
delivered ABG’s report and also x-ray tech to deliver chest x-ray report.

Fidelius was the grandson.. who got pushed off away and no one was talking to him.

After the simulation, a debriefing session occurred. Nix,
Vera and Fidelius stayed to talk about their roles in this.
We talked about poor Fid getting left without anyone talking to
him about his poor granny!I cannot thank them enough for their help with this!

Since this was my first time doing a simulation, I did not post the date and time,
so we all could see how this went.

I do hope to do another simulation at AMMC in March with CVA being the focus.
I will post the date and time for that one on the calendar,
so you are welcome to come to see how we are doing this.


Tessa Finesmith
Another goal, why Doctor Ann Buchanan,
to assist students to become more proficient in initial exam history and physicals.
The patient often reveals many important aspects of their disorder through
their words if the physician takes the time to listen. In this fast-paced world,
med students are not being appropriately trained to listen.

To better support this goal Ann  invisioned,
AMMC created a special history and physicals room.
It is located in the old ER!.
This room is still a work in progress,
but AMMC hopes that it is a usefull addition to
AMMC ‘s training capabilities, as well as place,
where AMMC public feels free to ask questions.


Last but not least, the next intern meeting:
february 28 at 10 AM, location AMMC conference area.
Topic is basic CPR.
This topic is chosen, cause (AMMC) medical staff,
is not always surrounded by crash carts, various medication
and if need be an ACLS team.

But if you are in a restaurant with friends,
and across the street someone turns grey, grab his chest and collapses.
Rest assure you are the person they look at, to go save this person.

Subtopics this intern meeting:
-history of CPR
-CPR case
-CPR in a nutt shell


3 Responses to “”

  1. 1 yugi March 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Interesting post, keep up the good work

  2. 2 Jayla March 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    You did a great job laying out the details of this project!Medical questions can be fairly hard to answer especially when everyone has a different opinion and answer but you can visitAsk A Nurse to have all of your questions answered! http://www.callcarenet.com/products-nursecare.asp

  3. 3 emr March 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

    This looks like the beginning to a great thing. I truly hope everything works out with the new hospital and I pray many lives are saved through the efforts of great people.

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