RMC Maternity Care Staff and Physicians Participate in State-of-the-Art Mobile Simulation Training


RMC Her Place nurses (L to R) Cindy Spradley, RN; Dwan Williams, RN; Karen McAlhaney, RN; Johnnie Padgett, RN; and, University of South Carolina School of Medicine student Claire Browning (center) participate in a training exercise in the SimCoachTM mobile simulator.
Staff and physicians from the Regional Medical Center’s maternity care unit, Her Place, participated in a hands-on training program aboard the SimCOACH™ mobile simulator on May 8.

The simulator is the first mobile simulation laboratory in South Carolina and one of only a few in the nation. RMC labor and delivery teams participated in 100-minute sessions that simulated best practices to reduce the risk of non-medically necessary C-sections, and other obstetric and neonatal emergencies such as shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage.

During the simulations, Her Place staff and physicians interacted with electronic mannequins of a mother and newborn, which produced realistic vital signs and symptoms. Participants also were able to administer medications via intravenous (IV) lines and communicate with the mannequins. Dr. Berry Campbell, director of maternal fetal medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, served as the on-call physician during the simulations and provided the teams with feedback on their performance in each situation.

“Our maternity care team is committed to providing quality care to all of our moms and babies. Training opportunities like the SimCOACH™ program are invaluable, as they make sure our staff stays well-informed on all of the best practices for caring for patients during obstetric and neonatal emergencies,” said Director of RMC’s Her Place & Newborn Nursery Stephanie Crider.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services implemented the new mobile simulation training program to improve health outcomes for moms and babies in South Carolina through their South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (SCBOI).

Each year more than 1,000 mothers trust their babies’ first day to Her Place at the Regional Medical Center. Her Place is proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care® from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in maternity care.

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