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Multi-patient Prioritization of Care

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated September 6, 2023.



Leslie Graham, Durham College

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This virtual simulation focuses on the prioritization of care among multiple patients. Three patients have been assigned to a newly hired nurse to a medical unit at a community hospital. The learning outcomes of this simulation is to recognize relevant cues that reflects the patient status to make timely interventions, demonstrate the ability to synthesize relevant information to determine evidence-informed priority care needs, determine within the context of competing priorities, the ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care, demonstrating the ability to advocate for patient safety within the context of prioritization and effectively communicate essential information with the IP team to mobilize resources.The learner will take on the role of a nurse to treat her three patients ages 60 y/o, 45 y/o, and 28 y/o.

Learning Objectives:

Identify signs and symptoms of acute anaphylaxis to initiate early interventions.

Determine priority actions based on patient status to prevent further deterioration.

Apply principles of medication administration for prevention and treatment of anaphylaxis.

Demonstrate effective interprofessional communication within the context of an emergency situation.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


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Undergraduate / post-secondary

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