Many Registered Nurses (RNs), novice and seasoned Nursing Students, and Medical Students struggle with comprehending are the basics of chest tubes and the drainage systems –especially when it comes to troubleshooting them.
According to MedlinePlus, “a chest tube is a hollow tube that is placed into the chest” that “drains blood, fluid, and air from around the lungs.” Historically, learners get most of their education on this topic from in-seat, didactic presentations, videos, and/or academic textbooks.
Very few seasoned health care providers may have had the opportunity to troubleshoot a chest tube and its drainage systems during orientation or clinical practice. However, without actual experience, the knowledge on this topic can be very uncertain to the health care team.
Bridging The Gap With Technology
This knowledge gap stems from the ambiguous educational modalities, lack of experience, and/or lack of real-time feedback after troubleshooting a chest tube and its drainage system. Technology with appropriate capabilities to provide real-time feedback is essential, but many simulation devices currently on the market do not provide that.
The addition of skill and simulation sessions with debriefing not only complements the didactic portion of the curriculum but, more importantly, utilizes, adult learning theory appropriately, which increases the learners’ knowledge and retention of the educational material.
To address the limitations of existing devices, I created an innovative simulator that has allowed learners to immerse themselves in skill and simulation sessions, with or without accompanying didactic content.
The prototype model allows for the learners to assess grading air leaks, assess fluctuations of inter-thoracic pressure, and troubleshooting leaks within the chest tube and drainage systems.
Experiential Learning with Simulation
Adult learners need experiential and educational opportunities with real-time feedback even when there are limitations with resources and/or technology.
By combining appropriate modalities of theoretical adult learning within the chest tube curriculum with the simulators ability to provide real-time feedback of the learners’ intervention, we allow learners a higher rate of retention and close the experiential and knowledge gap.
Learners who have participated in this curriculum and modality of education indicated that it was more beneficial than the previous curriculum they had experienced in school or other hospital orientation. Jump is committed to providing the highest quality of education and training, and we are willing to go the extra mile whereas if something doesn’t exist, we will create it.