2nd Annual ELSO Conference
The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems. This year their annual conference was hosted in Seattle, Washington on September 14-16. Dr. Peter Weinstock and Dr. Catherine Allen presented the BCHSP ECMO cannulation trainer, demonstrated it's use within an actual simulation, and discussed debriefing techniques for ECMO scenarios.
September 14-16 2012 Seattle, Washington
Pediatric Emergency Medicine State of the Art
The Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program assisted the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Pediatric Emergency Medicine State of The Art. This conference focused on state of the art, evidence based practice presented by faculty from BCH who have written national guidelines and published widely on their topic. The BCHSP engineered chest tube trainers specifically for the conference and provided mannequins and technicians for simulations.
September 6 -7, 2012 Boston, MA
The BCHSP ran a very successful ECMO Transport Course to test a new protocol and transport stretcher for transporting ECMO patients. The simulation emcompased not only the protocol within the hospital, but also within a moving ambulance. This allowed the transport team to get a real feeling for how the circuit reacted to live transport and how to prepare for transporting an actual ECMO patient.
Boston Children's Hospital Endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists
A 2009 survey of anesthesiologists completed by the ASA showed that anesthesiologists want and need to obtain high-quality simulation training. The ASA supports the specialty’s growing desire for high-quality simulation training centers through its Simulation Education Network endorsement program.
For many years, Boston Children's has been providing high-caliber education opportunities and that is why we felt it was important to obtain the ASA-endorsement. Increasingly, the evidence suggests that simulation education can have a positive impact on patient safety and quality of care, making this endorsement good news for the average patient as well as the physician. Anesthesiology has traditionally been at the forefront of simulation research and training, and ASA’s leadership in establishing the endorsement program reinforces that this type of training remains a top-priority for the specialty.
The approval process for endorsement is extensive including ASA’s review of the center’s mission, educational offerings, curriculum development, instructor and course effectiveness, program leadership, and infrastructure.
For additional information on the program, please go to the ASA’s Web site. The ASA also provides links to related organizations.
Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness, and Response Training Summit
The 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Prepardness and Response Training Summit brought together Medical Professionals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as their partners. The goal was to enhance participants knowledge, skills and abilities which would allow them to enhance their ability deliver public health services during a disaster. Faculty members from the Boston Children's Simulator Program Shannon Manzi, PharmD, Debra Weiner MD, PhD, and Angela Shumann, PharmD presented a talk on Simulation Training for Disaster Response in Austere Environments: Fostering Teamwork.
May 21-25 Nashville, Tennessee
Boston Children’s hosted its first “Innovation Day” on February 14, 2012. The event included presentations on over a dozen novel clinical products, processes, and technologies which are making health care safer, better, and less expensive. The CHB Simulator Program was on hand to support Dr. David Casavant and his video link system. The event was sponsored by the Innovation Acceleration Program.
February 14, 2012 Boston, MA
Almost as Real as Real: Simulations, Mannequins and Medical Training
The program, one of the most advanced scenario-based clinical training systems in the world, helps medical teams practice their skills in an environment where people can make mistakes without risking patient harm. “Ours is one of the few high-risk industries that doesn’t practice prior to game time,” says program director Peter Weinstock, a critical care physician at Boston Children’s. “Medicine is late in coming to this idea.” Read the fill article at Vector: Almost as Real as Real: Simulations, Mannequins and Medical Training.
Cardiac Operating Room Open House
The Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program was delighted to participate in the Cardiac OR Open House. This was a one day event where patients and parents could experience the OR in a non threatening educational environment.
Guest Lecturer: Cynthia Breazeal, PhD
We welcomed our 2011 Invited Guest Lecturer, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, PhD-- Founder and Director of the Personal Robotics Group at MIT. Dr. Breazeal’s research focuses on development and interactions of socially intelligent personal robots to improve people’s physical performance, health, learning and education, family communication and play. An international lecturer including TED Talks, Dr. Breazeal’s talk was both interesting and inspiring.
View Dr. Breazeal's talk at TED.
Lessons from a Disaster Relief Simulation
Clinicians working in high-resource settings, like Boston Children’s, rely on certain equipment to do their jobs, like ventilators, specially sized needles and tubes and a fully stocked pharmacy. But when they’re forced to perform without their gear—like in Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the January earthquake—many find it bewildering and even paralyzing. “We fall into these patterns of providing care,” says David Mooney, MD, MPH, director of the Trauma Program, who was one of the first medical responders to respond after the disaster. “One of the things I noticed in Haiti was that many doctors really fixated on what they didn’t have.” Continue reading...