2022 AMI Online Salon

Patient Care Rounds: Complex Postoperative Care

Project Detail

  • Entrant Name:  Victoria Zakrzewski
  • Client: N/A
  • Copyright: Elsevier, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DS Max, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Substance 3D Painter, Unity
  • Final presentation format: Web app
  • Primary Audience: Nursing students

Project Description

Amputation can be a serious complication associated with diabetes, a condition affecting around 1 in 10 Americans. A postoperative amputation patient case can be challenging for nursing students. Not only is the case difficult to grasp from a physiology perspective, it also poses a psychosocial challenge of how to demonstrate empathy, engage in therapeutic conversation, all while understanding the social determinants of health at play, and mindfully combating racial and gender biases in the students’ own practices. The purpose of this simulation is to prepare nursing students for tackling these challenges and providing excellent care in a complex postoperative case. Throughout this ~1 hour long simulation, the learner interacts with Sonia Best, a 56-year-old Bajan American cisgender woman who has undergone a below the knee amputation. Conversation functionality empowers the learner to educate and empathize with Sonia, while collecting subjective data from the interview. Exam tools enable the learner to practice critical nursing examination skills, while gathering objective data on Sonia’s condition. Some skills are routine, such as reading vitals, and are visualized with animations to reinforce that skill. Other skills are visualized with illustrations breaking down the process for the user to gradually digest. Note: The judges’ video includes functionalities that have been removed from the salon video in order to prevent revealing answers to the assignment.