KALISPELL - A $4.2 million trust was awarded to Montana last year for a program called Simulation in Motion-Montana which brings high fidelity medical simulations to providers across the state.
The program uses computerized training tools that talk, breath, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions done by trainees. They can also live or die -- depending on if treatment is executed correctly-- something project director Ben King says is one of the most important features.
“Our team is specifically trained to bring this to them emulate what we call high risk, low volume experiences that would be something that doesn’t happen all that often but when it does, if somebody doesn’t perform quickly and correctly the outcome could be fatal and we believe that will change lives and outcomes for Montanan’s by using this product," King explained.
One of the many simulations in the mobile lab is how to properly ventilate someone. You make a “c” with your finger around the mask, put it on their face and use your other fingers to push up the jaw and then you squeeze the bag. If you do it correctly the simulator will respond appropriately.
The three mobile labs will be placed regionally around the state with one in western Montana, one in central Montana and one along the Hi-Line. All of the labs will be able to travel anywhere in the state providing training to healthcare providers in rural areas.
“They’ll provide sentinel medical education to every health care provider regardless of where they live, because it shouldn’t matter where you live it should matter that you live," King said.
Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services supervisor Jim Detienne says the program will give providers the opportunity to get comfortable with situations they don’t usually encounter.
“This will give people the chances to practice to feel confident about the stuff they don’t get to do every day. That’s the beauty of this stuff.”
Detienne added that he hopes the program will also influence younger generations to get involved in the medical field to help grow Montana’s need for health care providers.
The grant will fund the first three years of the project by paying 100% in the first year, 66% in the second and 33% in the third year.