Training Defibrillator for A&E

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The benefits of having our own training defibrillator and running training in-house are as follows:

  • Immediate Life Support (ILS) is a mandatory annual study day for emergency department nurses. Places on Trust run ILS days are limited and ED staff often face a long wait for training even though our area is deemed to be a high priority.  With the right equipment I could run ILS study days in-house as frequently as required to ensure all staff maintain compliance and competence.  The same is true of Paediatric life support courses that are also a mandatory annual requirement for ED staff.
  • By training the emergency staff in-house we can free up places on the Trust study days for staff in Cardiology, ITU, theatres etc. This would lessen the demands on our resuscitation training team and allow them to focus on other staff groups.
  • Once the ED staff are up to date we could expand our training resource to include the AAU / EMAU staff who also require annual ILS training.
  • The equipment could be used to support staff who are preparing to complete their Advanced Life Support (ALS) training. This is a much more complex training program that requires lots of pre-course study and preparation.  Practicing defibrillation skills in a safe, secure environment allows staff to build their confidence and skills prior to undertaking the full course.
  • Our medical staff have regular in-house training provided by the Consultant team. Some of these sessions include management of the critically ill patient requiring trans-dermal pacing or electrical cardioversion.  Both of these skills can be taught using the manikin with a training defibrillator however, at present, we are using a laminated photograph of the defibrillator with a Consultant providing the sound effects as required.  Not ideal as I’m sure you can imagine!
  • Finally we are hoping to initiate a simulation training contest for the ED staff. This would involve creating ED teams comprising a Consultant, Senior & junior doctors and senior & junior nursing staff.  Each team would face a variety of scenarios simulating real patient presentations.  The team would be scored according to their clinical management of the patient, clinical decision making processes, team working and human factors.  A league table would be kept with prizes for the top performing teams.  Simulation training is known to improve performance in real life situations and running these sessions would therefore benefit our patients by improving the care they receive.  This hospital would be one of a very few that offer this kind of training to their staff on a regular basis and could be a flagship model to other Trusts.