Bob Jones interns present ER design concepts
MADISON – Senior biomedical interns at Bob Jones High School revealed their design concepts for emergency rooms (ER) on Feb. 13.
“These hard-working students do an impressive job on these real-world projects,” Melinda Lawson said. Lawson, a registered nurse, chairs the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Medical Academy at Bob Jones and sponsors Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
In their biomedical curriculum, a unit contains a real-life scenario about long waits in an ER, which results in a patient death. “Students learn how patients are triaged when they present to an ER,” consistent problems in ERs and planning a large project using Gnatt charts for time management, Lawson said.
These students visited ERs at Huntsville and Madison hospitals and Crestwood Medical Center. Then, four four-member groups each “had individual designs with ideas to provide solutions to problems associated with current designs,” Lawson said.
In addition, students developed a biomedical innovation to deliver timely, quality healthcare to ER patients.
They considered congested hallways, lab work, moving bulky equipment, room clean/prep and specialty services like psychiatry.
“Students had an unlimited budget,” Lawson said. Designs ranged from level 1 to 3 trauma ERs. Their unique ideas included flexible schedules and open floor plans.
For a large teaching hospital, the ER had specialized wings for infectious diseases, heart, neurological, trauma and pediatric). All designs had a dedicated psychiatric area.
Biomedical curriculum demands out-of-the-box thinking. “Students dream big. One group developed a ‘Health Swipe card’ that speeds up registration,” Lawson said.
Another group wanted software to monitor patient status with a real-time ER map. Another idea was a staff wristband to access patient updates anywhere.
Bob Jones Medical Academy students can focus on either PLTW biomedical or health science. Biomedical curriculum has four college-level courses, while health science includes three courses. In the senior course, both programs include a clinical internship to gain experiences in area hospitals and local clinics.
Recently, the medical academy interns completed health screenings for Madison pre-kindergarten classes and “applied our knowledge and skills learned in our separate curriculums,” Lawson said.