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Nursing department lands grant for patient simulator

Submitted by Alexis Williams on January 16, 2014 – 1:27 pmOne Comment

Courtesy of UALR

The Nursing Department recently received a grant for $32,000 from the Arkansas Community Health and Education Foundation. The department will use the money to purchase a high-fidelity patient simulation device.

According to their website, ACHEF exists to “serve as a vehicle to improve public health by providing maintenance and preventative disease educational activities, programs and services throughout the communities, corporations and schools.” ACHEF spearheads many well-known programs in Arkansas like the AED Placement Program and Diabetes Awareness & Screening Conference.

The need for effective human patient simulators has become more pervading in the medical field, particularly nursing. In her book “Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses,” author Carol Fowler points out that patient simulators allow for minimal medication errors and maximum patient safety. Fowler says that simulators promote “effective communication without fear of harming a live patient.”

Jeff Carmack is the SimLab Director at UALR. In a recent press release, Carmack said, “The department is fortunate to have had our existing simulator since 2006, but it was nearing the end of its lifecycle.”

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