CGD 16th July 2014. Everything Sim.

Written by Phil Webster. Posted by Kariem.

EverythingSIMA decade ago simulation was a small part of the learning sphere but in the modern day of medical education it is now becoming commonplace and a somewhat essential part of training. With its embrace, particularly in the field of critical care, comes the evolution of the equipment, science and methodology.

We had the good fortune of having the SiLECT team from Westmead starring Andrew Coggins and Mahesh together with GSA-HEMS’ own sim guru Clare Richmond, providing us with some pearls in how to run simulation and most importantly how to use the de-brief to learn and enquire. Here at GSA-HEMS ‘how we train is how we fight’ and simulation is part of our daily life. Often the medical interventions are sometimes the more straight forward aspects we deal with, we have standardised operating procedures for most of the situations we may face, but often the things that muddy-the-water are the human factors, situational awareness and the environments we work in. So what better way to learn, to create those austere situations and those difficult clinical situations, immerse, practice then debrief for the benefit of everyone.

‘How to SIM’ – Deconstructing SIM: Clare

*Forgive the poor sound quality Take Home Messages:

  • Spend time on planning the Physical, Medical and Emotional aspects of SIM
  • Ensure all the faculty are clued up with the SIM – know what is going to happen
  • Spend time on creating SIMS which are real, believable and encompass the planned objectives

‘How to Debrief Simulation’ – Advocacy and Enquiry in Simulation: Andrew

*Forgive the poor sound quality Take Home Messages:

  • Orientate people to the SIM environment
  • Focus on the way adults learn
  • Provide confidentiality to all involved – providing psychological safety
  • Be curious in the debrief
  • Use debriefing tools such as OSAD and SHARP

Then for 3 gritty SIMS…..

Ambusim1. The beta-blocker and tricyclic overdose That tricky, unstable patient in a remote hospital in NSW. You are the cavalry… Learning points

  • Detailed clinical assessment helps identify things that may come and bite you – the right main stem intubation.
  • Bicarbonate, bicarbonate, bicarbonate…

2. The Asthma… or is it? An interhospital retrieval of a patient who is initially thought to have asthma but on evaluation has ARDS. Difficult to ventilate even once intubated. Learning Points

  • Delayed sequence intubation to help and maintain oxygenation
  • Cognitive track back to enable a change in diagnosis
  • doses of paralytics needs to be spot on to achieve rapid intubating conditions

3. The head injury needing RSI A head injured patient who had to be intubated in the back of the ambulance. Simple…. BUT… → it’s raining hard, so no way of doing this outside → the registrar is on a ride along shift and has to watch the consultant show him how to intubate → but the tube doesn’t go in → the consultant puts his glasses on → it still doesn’t go in, and the consultant in task fixated and ignoring the desaturation. Not so simple now, is it?

Learning Points

simsetup Altogether a fantastic session. Major thanks to Andrew, Mahesh and Clare for their hard work. Check out Andrews blog Emergencypedia

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