Interprofessional mock code simulation promotes collaboration and competency in Parkinson's medication safety during transition in care

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An interprofessional mock code simulation was designed to educate students from four healthcare disciplines on the care of a patient with Parkinson's disease (PD) during a care transition. This interprofessional education initiative facilitated students learning about, from, and with each other. The simulation consisted of an unfolding patient with Parkinson's disease (PD) that involved an incomplete medication reconciliation and an omission of time-sensitive PD medication, resulting in a full code. The simulation explored quality improvement strategies for safe and timely medication administration and reconciliation during a care transition for a patient with PD. The simulation was conducted in the Learning Resource Simulation Center with small groups of students from two separate institutions and four separate schools or college programs rotating throughout the semester. The student participants consisted of the following: Baccalaureate Degree Senior Nursing Students; Master's level Senior Nurse Anesthesia Students; Fourth-Year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Students; and Fourth-Year Doctor of Psychology Students. The objectives of the interprofessional mock code simulation were as follows: 1) learners shall understand the roles and responsibilities of members of a healthcare team by participating in an interprofessional simulation of a patient with Parkinson's disease during a mock code scenario; 2) learners shall recognize the harm that occurs from incomplete medication reconciliation specific to Parkinson's disease during care transitions such as disorientation, garbled speech, severely limited breathing capacity and even death; and 3) learners from four different healthcare disciplines will evaluate their comfort and competence specific to working as part of an interprofessional healthcare team during a mock code simulation. The simulation demonstrated an increase in knowledge among all the interprofessional healthcare team members regarding PD medication safety. This PD unfolding case study simulation training also helped students and future professionals feel comfortable and competent while working together during a patient code situation in the acute care setting. This simulation holds great potential for dissemination among all faculty disciplines to improve the quality and safety of the PD population during care transitions. A complete copy of the IPE simulation is available upon request from the primary author.

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Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice




This article was published in Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, Volume 25.

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