Improving Health Access & Education

The Neonatal Outreach Program was developed to provide training of healthcare professionals in rural areas and critical access hospitals in the stabilization and care of neonatal and obstetrical emergencies. Nurses, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, and Physicians can come to this course, provided by the RHIC Simulation Center, and have access to the unique blend of education that high-fidelity medical simulation can provide.

The class is taught by highly skilled and experienced instructors who are trained in the stabilization of mothers and infants. The course was developed after an extensive needs assessment was completed of providers from various critical access hospitals surrounding Vigo County. A detailed evaluation is being conducted to determine the reliability of the course and it is the focus of the NOP Team to expand this program in a reproducible way to the rest of the state of Indiana, as well as the Midwest.

The course is two-fold:

  • Participants come to the RHIC Simulation Center for training using state of the art, high fidelity equipment that provide an exceptionally realistic environment for learning.
  • Once the majority of personnel from a specific facility have completed the training, an in-situ simulation event will take place on location at their hospital that will include an evaluation and debriefing session.