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UCF students and mannequinsHealthcare is booming. Mostly because of the boomers. As the largest generational population in US history ages, the impact on all facets of healthcare and medicine is undeniable. History.com points out the by 2030 ONE IN FIVE Americans will be over the age of 65. Today boomers make up more than a quarter of the total US population. The baby boomer generation was the most educated generation in the US up until that point. They got married later, 50% of them got divorced, they made good money and they pushed the boundaries of traditional American households. Outside the house, they made strides in business, politics and medicine. According to Wikipedia (you can’t believe everything you read on the interweb) “baby boomers control over 80% of personal financial assets and more than half of all consumer spending. They buy 77% of all prescription drugs, 61% of over-the-counter drugs, and 80% of all leisure travel.”

You probably understand where this is heading. Boomers are aging…lots of them. They make up almost 30% of the US population. In addition to that, medical technology continues to evolve and directly impacts the average life-expectancy. Diseases and afflictions that would have killed someone 50 years ago are cured with medical treatment or minimally invasive surgery.

A significant portion of our population is beyond 50 years old and will be living longer than any generation before them.  So it isn’t a surprise when I walk onto a college campus and find out that “the new building” going up is for the School of Nursing, School or Health Professions, School of Health Service…you get the idea. Colleges and Universities across the country are reinforcing, expanding or creating healthcare related tracks. In our FSR backyard, Montclair State University in NJ will be opening its brand new School of Nursing to 100 carefully selected students this coming September.

There are specific technological complexities that have to be considered when upgrading or creating new classrooms and labs for these types of spaces. The buildings will require somewhat “standard” infrastructure for distance learning, lecture capture, collaboration, (etc.) of course. But also (potentially) for life-like mannequins, observation labs, consult spaces, video conferencing, room control, nurse-call tie in and more. The quality of AV must be very high in these environments, as pixilation, latency, and non-seamless switching could result in poor learning and inadequate diagnosis. Similarly, the need for a certain level of HIPAA compliance (mainly in clinical or tele-health setting) may also affect the design of the spaces, possibly calling for sound masking and other security features. Electronic documentation, while not exactly falling into the AV world, may require the flexibility of secured wireless access through tablets like iPads. The AV in these buildings will tie into more diverse systems than most traditional learning spaces.

When training, students in healthcare related education tracks expect to be immersed in situations that are as close to “real-life” as possible yet in a controlled environment. AV can do that- everyone is saying it now- AV creates experiences. These learning experiences must be quite specialized; utilizing high quality and cutting edge equipment in classroom spaces that are unlike traditional classrooms in other fields. Planning for a new or upgrade to a healthcare/ medical/ clinical building requires a high level of planning and expertise.

I am interested to know how you hire for this specific type of project?

How does the scope of work for an AV designer and installation team change with regard to a medical or nursing school building?

Is the AV equipment specified much different?  In what ways?

Is the cabling different?

Do the mannequins really vomit on you?

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I am interested to know how you hire for this specific type of project?
At our university we design the room based on the sponsor's requirements for the project. Our nursing department solicits a quote for the project and we meet with them to...

I am interested to know how you hire for this specific type of project?
At our university we design the room based on the sponsor's requirements for the project. Our nursing department solicits a quote for the project and we meet with them to discuss their needs. Often this results in a significant amount of research with manufacturers, other universities and vendors to create the best possible design. Following this phase, we reach out to the preferred install team and solicit their feedback and expertise. Based on proposals, experience and ability to meet our needs, we choose an install team.

How does the scope of work for an AV designer and installation team change with regard to a medical or nursing school building?
Essentially software needs, hardware needs, integration and HIPAA all play a big role in designing for a medical center. We consider many different factors that will modify the scope of work. Primarily the scope of work will include an install timeline that will require an entire wing or floor to be installed at the same time as opposed to a cl***room environment that can be done over an extended time individually.

Is the AV equipment specified much different? In what ways? Is the cabling different?

cabling is pretty much the same as with most AV installs. Equipment is different as there are several proprietary or network based components that integrate differently. this can be a challenge when considering control and monitoring of the equipment. Most of the time the user needs include a command center for the instructor that can be located on or off site.

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I will take question 3 & 5-
Due to the intent of the Sim Labs’ purpose, the simulation needs to be as true-to-life as possible; there is no room for latency and systems need to be designed to address this issue. Therefore, it is very important...

I will take question 3 & 5-
Due to the intent of the Sim Labs’ purpose, the simulation needs to be as true-to-life as possible; there is no room for latency and systems need to be designed to address this issue. Therefore, it is very important that if an instructor initiates a training session (for example an occluded airway) and the student reacts by shoving an endotracheal tube down the throat, that the outcome of the action is immediate. There should be no delays in the response.
Having said that, occasionally a real-life patient with an occlusion may need to have a foreign body removed from the airway first. One of the treatments for this would be abdominal thrusts. This could result in “other items” (spelled v-o-m-i-t) being expelled from the stomach. IN MY EXPERIENCE, the Sims did not replicate real life. And for this I am grateful.

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