Identification of the Problem
Very common in the pediatric in-hospital setting is the use of gastronomy tubes for medication administration and enteral feeding. It is important that students have as much hands-on practice with skills that are unique to certain populations as possible. We recently initiated g-tube medication administration practice in our BSN pediatric practicum skills day, which is where this solution was created. A lot of times manikins are designed for specific skills which can limit their uses, and that is where we found ourselves. We were without a pediatric manikin that could be used for g-tube medication administration. I’d research different simulator options, but could not justify purchasing a simulator that would be used only twice a year & would cost from $500-$800.