Case Study

Situation

Knowing how big of a role technology plays in education, Johnson County Community College had major plans to transform typical classrooms to replicate hospitals and patient care areas. The new Healthcare Simulation Center would include four patient rooms and a larger multipurpose room where students would be able to train for surgery and births, as well as care for multiple patients in a post-op unit or trauma center. The new facility planned to host ten patient simulators – seven adult, two pediatric and one newborn and birthing simulator. Studiocode Business Group, brought in by JCCC to provide the coding software, recommended SKC to provide its exceptional audio/ visual solutions for the new facility.

Solution

SKC experts worked with Studiocode and JCCC to develop an audio/visual solution that would add to the educational value beyond that of most simulation centers across the country. Capturing every decision students make, Elmo PTZ (pan/ tilt/zoom) cameras are mounted in three locations around the room, offering different angles for faculty, who sit hidden on the other side of an observation window behind the patient bed. In these observation decks, instructors can use a Crestron touch screen panel to control camera positioning and angles. They can operate the simulator’s reaction, and even provide a voice for the patient, heard through the JBL speakers in the wall, just below the window. Audio Technica microphones are also implanted in the ceiling to allow instructors to hear students’ questions and responses to the patient simulator.

Results

JCCC is the only simulation center in the country utilizing three cameras in each of its rooms, as most only use one or two, offering more camera angles and positions to critique student performance. The new setup simulates an entire hospital instead of just a few inpatient rooms, giving JCCC students the full experience before they ever step onto a hospital floor. Students are assigned to care for patients in the center every two to three weeks to help train them in these lifelike situations, thereby better preparing them for employment in the future.

“Our situation was so unique because we couldn’t go anywhere to see what we wanted. SKC brought their expertise to our situation and made it happen. They were very good about being creative throughout the process,” said Kathy Carver, Director of the Healthcare Simulation Center. “We really enjoy the relationship we have with SKC.”

About the Client

Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, offers both associate degree and transfer programs to give its students a quality start in any career or four-year university. With 34,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each semester, Johnson County Community College is the third largest higher institution in the state and the largest of its 19 community colleges. As one of the best Community Colleges in the region, it strives to help students succeed by providing top-notch facilities and curriculum.

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Products Used:
  • Crestron Wireless Touch Panel
  • Crestron Multi-Window Processors
  • Sharp 65” HD LCD Monitor
  • Shure Microphones
  • Elmo PTZ Visca Cameras
  • Middle Atlantic Rack
  • Biamp AudiaFlex
  • AMX AutoPatch Switch