Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) bought a new mobile simulation unit that will provide life-saving training to Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) staff and community partners across NGHS’ 18-county service area.

The mobile simulation unit will directly enhance the quality of patient care by training NGHS staff how to react in life-threatening situations. Staff members will be able to enhance their skills as new techniques are introduced. In the simulation unit, learners are immersed in realistic experiences enabling staff to prepare for rare, emergent, life-threatening situations to help reduce response times in real-life events. The group says hands-on training is especially critical to meet the training demands of trauma program providers, respiratory therapists and EMS professionals – and is also invaluable for nurses and caregivers on patient floors.

“Using the simulation unit, we’re able to build a bank of experience that we can draw from in a time of real crisis without the risk of harming actual patients,” said Dr. Michael Appel, chief patient safety officer for Northeast Georgia Health System. “Simulation enables us to refine both our technical and teamwork skills, so we can raise the bar and deliver the highest quality health care possible.”