Founded by leaders in medicine, education and technology, Bridge Technologies Foundation Inc. (Bridge) was formed to recruit and educate technicians for placement into operating rooms and related hospital/clinic environments. The company paradigm includes an integrated manpower registry that provides career management at the individual level and resource scheduling management for the medical-facilities clients. Creation of a comprehensive informational database and full web-access integration, across the full program platform, will provide unprecedented levels of user information, competency assessment, quality control and end-user efficiency. Ultimately, the Bridge system will create higher levels of hospital care, reduce errors and lower operating costs for hospitals and clinics.
Bridge’s primary goal is to facilitate a reduction of preventable medical errors (PME’s) in hospitals and clinics across the country. A significant percentage of current PME’s are a result of insufficient training on the ever expanding array of advanced medical devices and equipment currently in use in hospitals and clinics. Spiraling insurance premiums, legal costs and tightening requirement from accreditation agencies, as well as the ongoing shortage of accredited technicians, have created a significant opportunity for the Bridge program.
Bridge Institute: Education
The Bridge Institute has created and tested unique perpetual educational and competency measurement materials for Nursing,Technicians who are responsible for the operation of allhigh-tech equipment in the operating room and health care. This includes anesthesia andperi-operative technicians (pre-operative, operative, post-operative as well as bio-medicaltechnical support). In addition, materials are under development for areas such as data-recovery. This education will take place in classroom settings, clinical sites at hospitals and web-based virtual classrooms, allowing for 24 hour access. Course content will range from entry-level to advanced.
Bridge founders, over a period of ten years, and at considerable expense, have completed a standardized education program for certification with the ASATT (American Society of Anesthesia Technicians & Technologist). These copyrighted materials are extensive and represent thousands of hours of research and compilation. Currently, Bridge goal is to be allocated the preferred program to teach and develop and reinvigorate the program for CNASATT (California Nevada Association for Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists). The first program was conducted at Skyline College in Northern California. Bridge will conduct interactive distance education and intends to archive these classes for use Virtual Web classrooms. Hands-on training and onsite competency evaluation and ongoing CEU (continuing education units) classes will be available for anesthesia technicians.