SETTING UP FOR YOUR PRACTICE SESSION
Gather and inspect all your supplies.
When using a new sleeve for the first time, hold the sleeve, “skin” side up, with one hand along each of the long sides and gently apply downward pressure to create a slight curve to better fit the more natural curve of the “patient’s” forearm.
Check and confirm the simulated blood vessels are correctly inserted. This is performed by palpating for vessels. You may also check by folding back the outside layer of material and visually viewing the simulated blood vessels.
Apply the ReaLifeSim Vas-sleeve on the arm of the standardized participant (SP) or manikin ensuring the device placement is anatomically correct and fasten securely using the Velcro straps on the sleeve.
A simulated blood specimen is delivered (via flashback) only when the catheter is correctly inserted and the tourniquet is properly tightened over the proximal end of the vessel. Since the vessels are not the full length of the sleeve, extra attention to proper tourniquet placement is important.
Viewing a flashback for a correct needle insertion is not App dependent. A “miss” (defined as an incorrectly inserted IV catheter that goes completely through the simulated blood vessel) will produce an audible “beep” from the battery box. Each "miss" is also captured, recorded, and available for later review.
The RLSimApp will record student provider-patient communication, which will be available for review.
The learner should perform the assigned clinical skill and interpersonal communication in a realistic manner to meet the established competency skills as directed by the instructor/facilitator and in accordance with evidence based practices.
CLEANING, REPLACEMENT, & STORAGE
ReaLifeSim Vas-sleeve should be wiped clean with an alcohol wipe between uses. Skin puncture area can accommodate 200 insertion attempts (20g or smaller IV catheter). *The simulated blood in the blood vessels is not a bio-hazard, but may stain some materials.
Velcro straps are used rather than a full sleeve to protect the wearers from potential exposures and cross-contamination. To clean the velcro, use any disinfectant wipe.
To remove empty simulated blood vessels, fold the outer flap (on some versions) back to expose the vessels and pull the desired vessel out.
Dispose with general waste. The individual 5" standard simulated blood vessels (SBVs) can routinely accommodate 20-30 insertion attempts. With proper changes in positioning, the SBVs should be refillable for 2-3x and then replaced. Replacement pre-filled simulated blood vessels must be purchased separately.
Keep your equipment organized by storing your ReaLifeSim Vas-sleeve, battery box, and simulated vessels in your carry bag!
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