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Health simulation for anaesthetists

Thursday, 17 May 2012

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Anaesthetists from around Australia and New Zealand have had their skills put to the test in Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) Health Simulation Centre.

The participants were in Perth to attend the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

With an emphasis on crisis management, the anaesthetists were put through their paces as they experienced four high fidelity immersive simulation scenarios that saw them caring for paediatric anaphylaxis, local anaesthetic toxicity, a complex bronchoscopy emergency and a major trauma.

“The program was designed to encourage participants to extend their clinical and non-technical skills, in a safe learning environment,” said Centre Manager, Kirsty Freeman.

Feedback from the delegates was positive. They found the program engaging and beneficial to their future practice with several sharing that they enjoyed the opportunity to practice communicating within a team, in emergency situations.

The Centre, which opened in 2008, specialises in providing high fidelity simulation programs for all areas of health across the State.

The Centre also delivers simulation challenges for students and develops learning through simulation resources on a national scale.

In 2010, ECU was awarded the contract by the Department of Heath Western Australia for the provision of high fidelity simulation training, which sees the Centre delivering simulation-based training for a range of health professionals including anaesthetists, emergency physicians, general practitioners, nurses and paramedics.

Focusing on the non-technical skills required by all members of the health care team, many of the programs utilise crisis resource management principles to train interprofessional healthcare teams.

Further information about the ECU Health Simulation Centre and other programs available visit: www.ecu.edu.au/simulation

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