Moraine Park recently received a donated C-arm from Sharp Medical Inc. that will be used by both the Surgical Technician and Radiography programs. A C-arm is a mobile medical imaging device used in surgery to capture live images during various surgical procedures and must be properly draped to avoid contamination of the sterile field.
According to Dani Cook, surgical tech instructor, the idea started at an advisory meeting when a member inquired if the students had the opportunity to learn how to drape a C-arm before starting their clinical. Kelly Shafaie, associate dean of nursing, reached out to the radiography program to see if one could be purchased and used cross-functionally.
While researching vendors of C-arms, contact was made with Kevin Noone, president of Sharp Medical , who made a unique offer to help both organizations. They were willing to donate a used C-arm to MPTC, in exchange for recognition in helping an educational institution that introduces so many students to our industry.
The C-arm has arrived and will be now be used by our Surg Tech students to give them the experience of properly draping the equipment in a less stressful environment. The Radiography students will then take over and learn how to maneuver the C-arm into position without contaminating the sterile field. Radiography instructors, Nichol Supri and Todd Bartelt, both feel this type of training will tremendously increase the student’s skills when working alongside other healthcare members in a surgical setting.