Most of us have probably heard about the flight simulators used by airlines pilots for training. They face incidents and rare crises during simulated flights and have to react accordingly, in order to learn how to deal with emergencies in real life.
In these new Sim Lab sessions launched at this year’s Euroanaesthesia, experts aim to do exactly the same thing in medical emergencies, using a ‘high fidelity’ manikin that reacts identically to a patient. The sessions have been made possible thanks to support, equipment and software from some of Euroanaesthesia’s Industry Partners: Getinge, Medtronic, Philips and CAE Healthcare.
These sessions are happening in the Sim Lab in the centre of the exhibition hall across all three days of the congress, and are co-chaired by Professor Georges Savoldelli, University Hospitals Geneva, and Professor Dan Benhamou, Hôpital Bicêtre, Paris, France. Demand has been so high that all places for these special sessions sold out well in advance of the congress.
“Simulation used in many countries, but only a few so far have a structured curriculum for use of simulation. In some countries it is already compulsory, such as the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK, while in others, such as France, it has only been included recently,” says Prof Savoldelli.
He adds: “These simulation sessions using state of the art equipment will help delegates train for real life emergencies in their own hospitals. Simulation really is a big part of the future of anaesthesiology training. During the 1.5-hour sessions, one or two challenging clinical scenarios on difficult airway management or on life threatening situations in the operating room are reproduced in a fully immersive simulation environment involving the ‘live’ manikin. Delegates have the opportunity to manage and observe these clinical cases. After each scenario, skilled instructors provide constructive feedback during a debriefing session in which all delegates will take part.”
The Sim Lab programme has been so popular that it will be repeated and possibly expanded in Euroanaesthesia 2018 in Copenhagen. “It is a great way to get European experts together in one place to discuss the issues around simulation,” says Prof Savoldelli. “We hope to see simulation as an integral part of training for all anaesthesiologists – at post graduate and continuing medical education level. In the future, we will look at coordinating the Sim Lab programme with specific sessions that are part of the Euroanaesthesia scientific programme.”
“Getinge, as a Platinum Sponsor, has been involved right from the start. We have been participating in the pre-congress meetings together with CAE Healthcare, Medtronic and Philips, and working in collaboration to support each Sim Lab session on Saturday and Sunday with our anaesthesia delivery system FLOW-i and the OR-table Maquet Alphamaxx. On Monday, we will demonstrate the performance of our high-end ventilator SERVO-U,” says Benjamin Raber, Marketing Manager Critical Care (Ventilation & Anesthesia) EMEA, Getinge. “We are confident that this project will be a success and look forward to being a partner with ESA, to create a series of Sim Lab sessions in the future.”
“Being a platinum sponsor partner of ESA, we were very enthusiastic about embracing the Sim Lab opportunity during the Euroanasthesia congress together with CAE Healthcare, Philips and Getinge,” says Nathalie De Vydt, European Product Manager Airway Management, Patient Monitoring & Recovery, Minimally Invasive Therapies Group, Medtronic. “The result of this collaboration will benefit many delegates as they will be able to take part in the first ever organised simulation-based procedural skills workshops of varying topics. From a company’s perspective, it is a great opportunity to provide delegates the opportunity to be exposed to our technologies and solutions in an educational environment. This is a great initiative on behalf of ESA that hopefully can be replicated in the future, so more healthcare professionals can experience this opportunity.
“The Philips team is very happy and excited to participate with several ultrasound systems in the simulation center this year at Euroanaesthesia. We think that this is the perfect setting to demonstrate and educate the delegates in the most realistic use of ultrasound and other equipment used in diverse clinical situations,” says François Boscheron, Field Marketing, Point of Care Ultrasound, Philips Healthcare.
“At Euroanaesthesia, the ESA will use the CAE HPS patient simulator for team training and various crises in the operating room and ICU, LearningSpace for debriefing, Blue Phantom, ICCU eLearning and Vimedix for ultrasound training,” says Howard Fried, Director, Strategic Partnerships, CAE Healthcare. “In addition, experts from our International Academy and Technical Services will support the running of the sessions. We look forward to supporting future ESA activities to bring simulation-based education to the ESA’s membership and pursue our common mission to improve patient safety.”