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Special Events

SimLEARN and REdI host training conferences for VHA staff in support of major simulation and ACLS/BLS initiatives.

Upcoming Events

Simulation Instructor Courses are scheduled for 2015. A cooperative effort between SimLEARN and the Palo Alto Health Care System (PAHCS), these training events will encompass three separate speciality topic areas: VHA Clinical Basic Simulation Instructor Training, Clinical Code Team Simulation Instructor Training, and Out of Operating Room Airway Management Simulation Instructor Training. 

 

VHA Clinical Basic Simulation Instructor training is intended for novice/aspiring clinical simulation educators across varied disciplines, including physicians, nurses and associated health providers. It is not designed for experienced clinical simulation instructors.

 

Under the guidance of PAHCS faculty, participants will learn the safe use of equipment and techniques; how to develop appropriate learning objectives, simulation scenarios and debriefing procedures; and gain awareness of ethical and regulatory considerations that impact simulation education. Participants who complete this program will be better able to manage simulation training projects, and deliver national clinical simulation curricula. 

 

Clinical Code Team Simulation Instructor Training is intended for clinical simulation educators/instructors across varied disciplines who have significant experience in dealing with or overseeing the function of code teams, and who will have a substantial role or responsibility for performing code team training, including physicians, nurses, and associated health providers. This program is not designed for novice/aspiring clinical simulation instructors.

 

Participants will learn a multi-layered approach to improving cardiac arrest management and to use mannequin-based simulation to improve code management by training BLS- and ACLS-certified clinicians to work more effectively as individuals, as well as on a Code Team. Participants will learn to run specific simulation course modules and how to use scheduled or unannounced simulated cardiac arrest events in the actual clinical workplace to find and fix systems problems in code management. Participants who complete this program will be better able to manage simulation-based clinical training and train other clinical staff in the facility on team work and communication during medical emergency situations.

 

Out of Operating Room Airway Management (OOORAM) Simulation Instructor Training is intended for clinical simulation educators/instructors across varied disciplines who have significant experience in dealing with or overseeing OOORAM and who will have a substantial role or responsibility for performing airway management training, including physicians, nurses and associated health care providers. While not a general-purpose simulation instructor course for the novice to simulation, this course does accommodate individuals as described above who do not have significant experience in simulation in health care. 

 

Participants will learn a multi-layered approach to improving OOORAM skills; learn to use mannequin-based simulation to improve airway management by training clinicians (who are designated airway managers) to effectively manage normal to difficult patient airways outside of the operating room; and learn to use airway management heads as “part-task trainers” to teach and assess clinicians’ skills in various specific airway management procedures to include bag-valve-mask ventilation, laryngeal mask airway insertion, direct laryngoscopy and video laryngoscopy. Participants will also learn to run specific simulation course modules in an effort to address both urgent and emergent airway management situations.

 

For questions about this training, please contact Greg Maida, National Center Project Manager, at 407-531-6136; or Ted Napolitano, Field Activity Program Manager, at 407-531-6147.

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