Meet EDDIE Perkins – helping to train our staff – The Eddie Project

The rollout of the EDDIE project is underway at PresCare in Maryborough following a successful pilot that saw a reduction in hospital admissions of our residents at Alexandra Gardens in Rockhampton.

As part of this work, we recently added an ECG machine and bladder scanner at Yarralla Place, Maryborough, and our staff participated in training with clinical and research experts from our partners at CQUniversity. Joining them was EDDIE Perkins – a Mask-Ed simulation character made from silicon props. EDDIE helps provide a “real-life” training experience for staff.

The Eddie Project – Early Detection of Deterioration in the Elderly – is a program developed by PresCare, funded by Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) and being formally evaluated by CQUniversity. It aims to reduce hospital admissions for care recipients in residential aged care. Through the program, staff are supported with resources and training in early detection and response to deteriorating health to help prevent hospitalisation.

Nursing educators who are part of the research team from CQUniversity – Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer, Professor Kerry Reid-Searl and Barbara O’Neill – recently provided clinical assessment training for nursing staff at Yarralla Place using Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation). The session covered practical training in performing ECGs and the early detection and management of chest pain.

Mask-Ed is a high-fidelity simulation technique which involves the use of silicone props, including masks, torsos, hands and feet. The props are worn by an informed educator, who in this recent case, was Professor Reid-Searl, the developer of Mask-Ed.

The Mask-Ed character, named Eddie Perkins, was created especially for use in training staff as part of the EDDIE program. On this recent visit, EDDIE Perkins was the focus of a case study exercise where staff learned how to use decision-making tools and equipment that had been introduced as part of the program to detect and respond to signs of deteriorating health.

Sandra Thomson, PresCare Executive Manager – Residential and Chief Clinical Officer, said, “following the successful results we saw in the pilot in Rockhampton, the intention is to evaluate the program’s implementation and costs which will inform the feasibility of further use across the industry to reduce emergency hospital transfers of residents”.