Press Release

HLGU Instructor Attends International Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
by Rebecca Sneed

Dorothea F. Lake, BS, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator/Instructor for Hannibal-LaGrange University was recently selected to participate in the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, Florida January 26-30, 2013.

As a 38 year veteran of EMS and a member of the Central Region EMS Committee, Lake was chosen to be the committee's representative. Virginia Wilson, EMT-P, Bureau of EMS Inspector 1, EMS for Children (EMSC) Grant Program Manager for the state of Missouri, along with Shirley Arnold, NREMT-P, BSN, CFRN with Life Flight Eagle for the northwest region and Lisa Kight, RN, Program Director with AIR EVAC for the southern region also were involved in this exciting new healthcare opportunity.

"It was an honor to be picked to go and an exceptional opportunity," Lake said. "The classes and participation with other professionals from the medical community was so exciting."

Part of Lake's duties will be to help set up and use the mobile training unit throughout Missouri. The mobile training unit will include high-fidelity pediatric simulation mannequins and will provide outreach programs for rural agencies with limited physical resources as it travels throughout the state. This will make available the necessary training equipment to provide education focused on critical thinking skills, teamwork, and scenario-based training. Educational subscriptions, simulator training, and the development of simulation scenarios are essential to the ongoing success of the EMSC Program, a division of the Missouri Bureau of EMS.

The Missouri EMSC grant is in the process of purchasing 3 high-fidelity wireless simulation mannequins: a 5 year old, a one year old, and an infant. These mannequins were scheduled for delivery near the end of February.

To ensure that the mobile training unit can be used to its maximum potential in each EMS region, the EMSC grant budgeted funds for advanced level training at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMHS). The IMSH conference provided education and guidance on bringing multiple disciplines together to collaborate, design and deliver educational content using simulation mannequins.

"I am looking forward to taking the knowledge I received to use with pediatric simulation and to prepare for use at HLGU as we grow and develop an exceptional EMS and nursing program with the best simulation lab in our area," said Lake.

Lake and the other attendees, along with other EMSC champions, are now able to assist the Regional EMS Committee in developing a multi-year training and exercise plan to design, develop, conduct, and evaluate exercises, as well as developing after action plans. This will ensure the most effective use of the equipment in the mobile training unit provided by the EMSC grant for each EMS Region.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations