Ken Miller shares his insights on making healthcare professionals READY for the future.
Simulation can be integrated into the field of healthcare to reproduce patient care sequences that promote experiential and reflective learning among frontline healthcare workers so that they are ready for medical emergencies. Medical simulation allows for the acquisition of cognitive thinking and skill-based actions through deliberate practice rather than an apprentice-style of learning. This ingrains the confidence among everyday heroes to make critical, in-the-moment decisions.
Nobody understands this paradigm better than Nasco Healthcare—a manufacturer and global leader in medical simulation. With a wide array of over 6000 rugged, realistic, and cost-effective training solutions, including manikins, skill trainers, and moulage kits, Nasco Healthcare makes medical simulation possible and accessible to all. For 80 years, the company has been striding ahead with a mission to prepare healthcare workers to be ready to deliver optimal patient outcomes and ensure fewer lives lost—whenever and wherever they are called. “We are driven by the passion and commitment to produce high-quality, affordable solutions and address the practical day-to-day skills that healthcare professionals need to perform for saving lives,” says Ken Miller, President and CEO at Nasco Healthcare.
Innovative and Affordable Manikin and Simulator Solutions
Among Nasco Healthcare’s wide range of upgradable products, the one that stands out is the first-to-market geriatric simulator, TERi (Androgynous Geriatric Care Trainer). In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the elderly in nursing homes are at greater risk, and there is a high demand for healthcare professionals to provide specialized care for that patient group. To meet the growing needs, TERi enables staff in the nursing home to learn how to care for elderly patients through realistic, comprehensive geriatric training, from skincare and prehospital emergencies to crucial daily living assistance.
Nasco Healthcare’s realistic, rugged, and reliable Casualty Care Rescue Randy supports life-like victim handling, transportation, as well as extrication training exercises. As a full-body patient simulator, it is uniquely designed for enhanced realistic training for firefighters and military personnel as all limbs are movable, and it actually bleeds. This enables the users to practice putting on a tourniquet more effectively, patching up burns, and improving other essential skills. Endorsed by the hallmark International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Rescue Randy is one of the leading and most utilized patient simulation devices for extraction in the marketplace.
Helping Frontline Workers Combat the Pandemic Head-On
Moreover, considering the deadly consequences of COVID-19 on the respiratory system, developing CPR, intubation, and ventilation skills have become crucial for emergency response. Against this backdrop, Nasco Healthcare provides an advanced, one-of-its-kind technology product—ALEX. This cloud-based full-body patient communication simulator uses artificial intelligence to see, listen, and respond, is designed to help frontline healthcare personnel diagnose and understand patients suffering from a critical illness such as COVID-19. In fact, the company created COVID-19 specific- scenarios for healthcare first responders right after the onset of the pandemic to help them practice and improve patient outcomes.
By controlling every step from design to delivery, Nasco Healthcare ensures that its products are compliant with healthcare regulations such as OBRA, NPR, and AHA. Many of the company’s solutions are cloud-based, allowing it to continually and easily add new simulation scenarios. Every product is also future-proof with easily upgradable and replaceable parts, which allows the frontline workers to find the right training solution for their current and future needs. Moreover, Nasco Healthcare offers up to a five-year warranty on all its solutions. “We can regularly add new languages, functionalities, and simulation capabilities to the manikins from a remote location, allowing them to continuously be upgraded and updated, as well as have the ability to meet the changing needs of the marketplace in the future,” states Miller.
A Striking Blend of Excellence and Quality
Under Miller’s leadership, Nasco Healthcare has been focused on developing high-performance teams to drive commercial and operational excellence. He credits his experienced global team as the number one asset of the company. “We a purpose driven company and it all starts with our people,” emphasizes Miller. A majority of Nasco Healthcare’s workforce have been in the healthcare simulation space for over 25 years. The company separates its team into three major buckets—manufacturing and operations professionals; customer-facing associates focused on customer service, and sales & marketing; and the R&D staff. Nasco Healthcare encourages an environment of innovation and embraces diversity and inclusion, motivating and inspiring its associates to collaborate across boundaries to develop winning solutions that meet customer needs.
Committed to Creating a Lasting Impact
Steering ahead, Nasco Healthcare aims to be the fastest-growing, most profitable company in the healthcare simulation space. To this end, the company is focusing on business simplification and adding new processes and systems. From an innovation standpoint, Miller believes that there is a need in the marketplace to bring healthcare training to the masses—the general public. The company’s long-term goal is to ensure that its solutions deliver better outcomes for people living with elderly parents, welcoming a new baby to their family, or dealing with adolescents with special needs. “We envision a future wherein people can use our solutions to be prepared to meet any emergency at their home without having to visit a nursing/medical school or even a doctor’s office,” notes Miller.