Mrs Felicity Prebble1, Mrs Jennifer Murphy
1Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia
The Covid-19 pandemic necessitated the Mater Physiotherapy Department’s rapid adaptation to the threat of unprecedented patient numbers and acuity in health care delivery. In a staged response, training needs were identified and staff were allocated to both low-fidelity and high-fidelity training simulations to upskill from differing clinical specialities to assist with acute- based care of the anticipated infux of patients..
During a short period we completed:
- 113 physiotherapy simulation training programs
- 28 intensive care clinical competencies
The following documents were developed
- 3 Mater Education Physiotherapy Practical assessments
- Physiotherapy Covid-19 Guideline published within the Mater’s Covid-19 Management Guideline
Moving forward this innovative program will reform and achieve our staff training needs, to be utilised for future clinical training outside of Covid – 19.
Felicity Prebble works as a physiotherapist in intensive care at the Mater Hospital Brisbane. She is also an educator coordinator at Mater Education, after completing a simulation fellowship in 2019.