The University of Minnesota has a regional biocontainment unit to care for patients with high consequence infectious diseases (HCIDs) including Ebola virus, Lassa fever and other hemorrhagic illnesses. This unit provides specialized care to the region with a highly developed infrastructure and processes in place to safely care for these patients. They are now moving into additional training for the care team to provide critical care while in full maximal barrier personnel protective equipment (PPE).
M Simulation has teamed with critical care, OB-GYN and infectious disease to maximize training in procedural skills, communication and teamwork. Providers in both adult and pediatric critical care, as well as neonatal critical care and OB-GYN, engage in team based simulations with nursing using high fidelity in situ simulation. The teams practice both skills training while in full PPE and complete a high fidelity simulation of a patient requiring multiple critical care interventions. In addition, participants receive practice in proper donning and doffing as well as an overview of HCIDs. This training will continue throughout the year to further develop the regional center to deliver the highest level of care.