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VA Staff Member Presents VA Innovation at International Meeting

By Gerald Sonnenberg
EES Marketing and Communication

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands –Dr. Jessica Feinleib, MD, Ph.D., medical director of simulation and staff anesthesiologist at the VA Connecticut Health Care System, recently attended the World Airway Management Meeting (WAMM) in Amsterdam to present on the VA educational health care game-based learning product entitled Difficult Airway Algorithm and Rescue Cricothyrotomy or DAARC.

This award-winning educational game was developed specifically by the VHA Employee Education System’s (EES) eLearning Division in conjunction with subject matter experts from specialty care in anesthesiology and emergency medicine for anesthesiologists, emergency physicians, nurse anesthetists and respiratory therapists. The learning product is designed to train them to safely practice decision-making and step-by-step procedures necessary in the event of a difficult airway scenario in an operating or emergency room. Learners who ‘play’ the game on their PC or as an iPad or iPhone application receive continuing medical education credits and maintenance of certification in anesthesiology.

The WAMM meeting brings together about 2,000 health care professionals involved in airway management worldwide to share their innovations and experience.