Professor Cobie Rudd in the simulation suite
Providing High Fidelity Simulation training programs to WA
The ECU Health Simulation Centre (HSC) has been awarded a contract for the supply of High Fidelity Simulation Training to the WA Health Department. The contract will see the Centre deliver a series of medium to high fidelity courses, including Effective Management of Anesthetic Crises and Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies. These courses run in conjunction with the Australia and New Zealand College of Anesthetists and the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine respectively.
This contract represents a significant milestone and opportunity for Western Australia. Not only will anesthetists, emergency medicine physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout WA have access to accredited training without having to travel interstate, it will also allow ECU to have a central role in building a sustainable simulation training workforce on a larger scale.
The provision of high fidelity simulation based training programs will complement the work already being done in the ECU HSC. The HSC who are recognized internationally as specialists in providing human factors based simulation programs utilize a technique whereby professional actors portray members of the healthcare team.
The methodology consists of three phases:
- Initially a scenario is streamed live to a group of participants, which demonstrates suboptimal skills in areas such as communication, leadership or teamwork.
- This observational simulation is then used as the catalyst for discussion in the second phase of the program where our skilled staff work with the participants to critique the scenario, identifying areas for possible improvement. Key to this phase of our methodology is the interaction between the participants and the performers. Face to face, the participants question the performers, who remain in character, about their feelings, motivations and rationale behind their actions. This ability to question is a kin to the participants questioning their own practice in a safe, identfed environment.
- After the participants give feedback to the performers on how they could better improve their practice, phase three sees the scenario re-enacted, with improved communication, teamwork or leadership skills, which ultimately improves patent outcomes.
Key ECU Staff
Professor Cobie Rudd, Kirsty Freeman.
WA Health Department, Australia & New Zealand College of Anesthetists, Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, Ramsay Health Care, Joondalup Health Campus.