Lifesaving workshop hones emergency skills

???????????????????????????????Doctors and nurses came together to take part in a hands-on workshop at St John of God Murdoch Hospital to hone their skills in the latest lifesaving techniques.

Professor of Emergency Medicine Ian Rogers said the interdisciplinary workshops included simulations in which emergency department staff practiced with new technology designed to maintain airways.

“We replicated real-life scenarios in which doctors and nurses treated mannequins with difficult airway problems,” said Professor Rogers.

“Attendees practiced using a video laryngoscope, which provides a clear view of airways to facilitate fast tube placement.”

The focus on interdisciplinary learning is a relatively new approach for the hospital.

Dr Julie Dockerty, one of the facilitators of the sessions, said having both doctors and nurses in the training sessions enables a more authentic replication of what they might encounter at the hospital.

“The scenarios were set up as they would be when a patient arrived with airway issues,” said Dr Dockerty.

“Attendees performed intubation checklists and drills, video laryngoscopy and percutaneous emergency airway access.”

Professor Rogers said feedback from the sessions has been overwhelmingly positive.

“These sessions have been extremely useful in providing our staff with the most up-to-date techniques and technology in this area.”

Three doctors and three nurses facilitated the sessions for course participants, of which there were nine doctors and nine nurses.

The next session is planned for early next year.


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