Monday -Friday: 0800 to 1700 (open during lunch when staffing allows)
*Lab hours may be adjusted each semester based on student needs and staffing.
Patient Care Labs: 1st Floor of the LRC, LRC 380
Open Practice Lab: LRC 113
2. Contact lab personnel at 205-966-9608 with any questions regarding acquiring lab space or supply needs. If specific or unique supplies are needed, please contact the lab personnel regarding ordering those supplies. Supply requests should be submitted at least 3 months in advance to ensure having appropriate items for the lab experience. Faculty are encouraged to visit the lab prior to their scheduled date to discuss setting up of the lab and peruse supplies available for your lab.
We are eager to help when needed. Lab personnel may be assisting students or faculty in another area ( i.e. the Open Practice Lab). Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance when needing additional supplies or if you have questions on operation of equipment.
Care and Maintenance of Equipment and Supplies
1. The clinical simulation and bed lab areas are usually very busy. Most days, we are setting up labs at 5:00 p.m. for labs that start at 8:00 a.m. the next day. We also are breaking down labs at 12:00 noon for other labs to begin at 1:00 p.m. Help us meet your needs by leaving the labs neat and clean. Following are some suggestions.
a. Throw away trash (e.g., drinks and food wrappers).
b. Properly dispose of used supplies, materials, and liquids (e.g., put used needles and angiocaths in sharps box when appropriate, replace dirty blue pads with clean ones; wipe up fake blood or other liquids off the floor).
c. Clean the foley catheter task trainers after use during the lab (i.e., hydrogen peroxide between every catheterization).
d. Only use OUR lubricant for placing tubes in mannequins. This lubricant comes in the small white container rather than what comes in the kits (ask us if you need more bottles of lubricant). Some trays or kits are often re-used so clean and repackage them correctly.
e. If equipment or mannequins are not working properly, let us know as soon as possible.
f. Straighten linen on the beds.
g. Replace supplies as you were given them (ie. if we provided you supplies or task trainers in a box or on a cart).We do re-use supplies when appropriate. Pay attention to how certain items are packaged and re-package them in the same order for the next student/faculty to use. Generally, we re-use foley catheter kits and suction kits, syringes, gauze, etc. If you are unsure what to keep, ask us rather than throwing it away.
2. Be careful with the mannequins and task trainers. The following guidelines apply:
a. Mannequins should not be moved unless asked to do so (e.g., do not lay mannequins on top of each other in order to make space for a sitting area on a bed);
b. Mannequins and task trainers should not be manipulated with long fingernails that can damage the skin;
c. Do not drink or eat around the mannequins and other lab equipment.
d. Do not apply betadine, markers, or other liquids or inks applied to the mannequins or task trainers. We typically use either water or mild soap and water to clean the mannequins. IF YOU ACCIDENTLY MARK ON A MANNEQUIN, LET US KNOW AS WE CAN GET IT OFF IF IT IS REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.
3. In each course, it would be helpful if faculty and 3-5 student volunteers would inspect the status of the lab and mannequins approximately at the end of the lab experience (we wish the lab and mannequins to be in the same state/manner they started, e.g., intact skin, clean areas).
4. Let lab personnel know when a lab is complete so we can properly lock-up, break down, or set up for another lab.