Policies

GENERAL POLICIES:

ACCESS:  All users are required to seek access to any area of the Center by contacting the Coordinator.

ATTIRE: UNCW students are required to wear the clinical uniform as identified by faculty, and to adhere to all dress policies, when participating in simulation.  All users are required to have a visible school or visitor badge at all times.

CLEANUP:  All Users are expected to clean up following activities in the Center and to return all equipment to its original location.

EQUIPMENT:  Any equipment malfunction or damage must be reported IMMEDIATELY to the SLC staff.  DO NOT ATTEMPT to repair equipment.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE:  All users are required to refrain from bringing any food or beverage into the Center.

HANDWASHING:   All users are required to perform hand washing before handling equipment and manikins.  This helps to keep equipment and manikins clean, reinforces the habit of hand washing and decreases the chance of cross-contamination.

MANIKINS:  All users are expected to handle manikins with care and to interact with all manikins as they would actual patients/people.  Manikins may NOT be moved unless instructed to do so and only after receiving training on proper moving.  ABSOLUTELY NO ink pens, felt-tipped markers, betadine products or K-Y jelly may be in use near the manikins as these items PERMANENTLY stain.

PARTICIPANTS: Only approved users may be present in the SLC. No unauthorized children or animals are allowed.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS:  It is recommended that all users bring only necessary resources (books, Skill Packs, etc) to the Center.  Cubbies for storage of backpacks and jackets are available in Room 2011.

SUPERVISION:  No users may be present in the SLC without an approved faculty or staff member present.

SPECIFIC POLICIES:

INVASIVE PROCEDURE

Definition:  Any procedure in which an object is inserted into the skin or into a body cavity. (ex: nasogastric intubation, urinary catheterization, injection, IV insertion)

Purpose:  To provide a safe learning environment and to prevent injury or infection to students and/or faculty.

Policy:  The Simulation Learning Center is a non-invasive learning environment. Any invasive procedure will be demonstrated, practiced and checked-off using manikins, task trainers and/or high fidelity simulators.  At no time are students or faculty to demonstrate, practice or check-off invasive procedures on another student or faculty.

MEDICATION

DefinitionAny product considered a drug by the Food and Drug Administration. (FDA)

Purpose:  To provide a safe learning environment and to prevent accidental drug ingestion.

Policy:  All forms of medication to be used in the Simulation Learning Center are to be simulated medications.  No authentic medications are to be stored or utilized for demonstration, practice or check-off in the Center. All simulated medications are to be so marked and are not to be ingested by or injected into students or faculty.

LATEX ALLERGY

Definition:  Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins in latex rubber. The amount of latex exposure needed to produce sensitization or an allergic reaction is unknown. Increasing the exposure to latex proteins increases the risk of developing allergic symptoms. In sensitized persons, symptoms usually begin within minutes of exposure; but they can occur hours later and can be quite varied.

Mild reactions to latex involve skin redness, rash, hives, or itching. More severe reactions may involve respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and asthma (difficult breathing, coughing spells, and wheezing). Rarely, shock may occur; however, a life-threatening reaction is seldom the first sign of latex allergy.  ( NIOSH Alert No. 97-135, Preventing Allergic Reactions to Natural Rubber Latex in the Workplace,

Purpose:  To provide a safe learning environment and to prevent a latex allergy reaction.

Policy: Students or faculty with known sensitivity/allergy to latex must inform the Simulation Learning Coordinator after consultation with a HCP about allergy risks and treatments. Latex free gloves will be provided to the individual with a latex allergy. It should be noted that the Simulation Center   environment is not latex free. In the case of a life-threatening latex allergy reaction, Emergency assistance will be obtained by dialing 9-911. Should any type of latex allergy reaction occur, an Incident Report Form (found in the UNCW SON Faculty Handbook) will be completed per UNCW-SON policy.

SHARPS

DefinitionAny item capable of piercing or injuring the skin.  ( ex: needle, ampule, scalpel)

Purpose:  To provide a safe learning environment and to prevent a sharps injury to students and/or faculty.

Policy:  All sharps are to be stored in a secured location in the Simulation Learning Center.  No sharps are to be removed from the Center.  Sterile sharps are to be used for all practice and check-off lab activities.  Used sharps are to be discarded in a sharps box and are not to be reused in future labs. Should a student stick themselves or another person, the student must report this immediately to the faculty and the sharps is to be discarded. An Incident Report Form (found in the UNCW SON Faculty Handbook) will be completed per UNCW-SON policy.

2010, Rev;  04.12


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