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Critical Care Medicine

Simulation program

The Simulation Program in the Department of Critical Care Medicine is based on two pillars - patient safety and quality of care.  

Simulation has been incorporated as a teaching method into our educational curriculum to help teach the inter-professional team the skills necessary to look after critically ill children.  Simulation tools such as high fidelity simulation, task trainers and standardized patient actors have been used in a variety of curriculum.  

The Department of Critical Care Medicine houses the hospital Code Blue, Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Critical Care Response teams.  In-situ high fidelity simulation scenarios are used to teach these inter-professional teams the Crisis Resource Management skills integral to effective team functioning.  Similarly, simulation has been incorporated into the Critical Care Fellows Academic Half Day as well as into the Nursing Education Days to help teach communication and professionalism skills by utilizing standardized patient actors.  

Technical skills training using task trainers is used to teach CCM fellows procedural skills such as bronchoscopy, US guided central line and chest drain insertion.  Finally, the Critical Care Response team uses simulation during their hospital wide Acute Care Education Program teaching ward health care providers the medical knowledge necessary to be able to identify deteriorating ward patients and the skills necessary to function as a member of the team managing these sick patients.