Clinical simulation has gained tremendous momentum over the past decade in medical teaching programs and has been found to be a powerful and cost effective method of reinforcing clinical knowledge, improving team communication and teaching decision making skills. The Passy-Muir Clinical Specialists have been using simulation mannequins for many years to educate and train professionals from multiple disciplines on the proper assessment and application principles of the Passy-Muir® Valve. We are excited to learn about BAYADA, a home health care company that has incorporated the Passy-Muir Valve into a simulation training program for their extensive healthcare professional team.
For almost 40 years, BAYADA Home Health Care has provided nursing, rehabilitation, therapy, and assistance to children and adults in the comfort of their homes. BAYADA has more than 18,000 home health care professionals including nurses, therapists, aides, and medical social workers that work with patients across 25 states. Simulation Labs Promote Conﬁdence and Competence in Nurses and Family Members By Gail Sudderth, RRT, Clinical Specialist, Passy-Muir, Inc.
BAYADA has always recognized the importance of including education regarding the Passy-Muir Valve in their employee training. They observed the many devastating consequences of tracheostomized patients losing the ability to communicate, including increased risks for patient safety in the home, a signiﬁcant decrease in patient independence and quality of life, and an increased burden on patient-caregiver relationships.