Sepsis represents a significant health care challenge, affecting more than one-million Americans each year, and costing the hospital industry upwards of $54-billion to treat. Rural emergency departments (EDs) in particular face resource constraints, monitoring challenges and transfer decisions unique to their settings. In response, telemedicine is growing rapidly to help address these challenges, and simulation systems will be called upon to support the adoption of this technology.
Jump Sim initiated a project utilizing on-site simulation to introduce rural emergency department (ED) teams to the OSF electronic intensive care unit (eICU) as a resource for treating patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. The idea is that conducting training through simulation gives clinicians the practice they need with telemedicine technology in their own environments, so they can easily integrate it into their daily practice.
Jump Sim used simulation debriefing to explore the barriers and facilitating factors for the adoption of video telemedicine.