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Use of high-fidelity simulation training for radiology healthcare professionals in the management of acute medical emergencies

Wheeler, Matthew, Powell, Eleanor and Pallmann, Philip 2021. Use of high-fidelity simulation training for radiology healthcare professionals in the management of acute medical emergencies. British Journal of Radiology 94 (1117) , 20200520. 10.1259/bjr.20200520
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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Life-threatening emergencies are relatively uncommon in the radiology department, but when encountered, require timely intervention. With an increasing number of critically unwell patients visiting the radiology department each year for both diagnostic and interventional procedures, it is vital that radiology staff are trained to provide basic resuscitation before further assistance arrives. Simulation training is a well-validated, effective method for rehearsing low frequency, high acuity events in a supportive and safe environment. The aim of our study was to investigate whether the introduction of a focussed, multidisciplinary simulation course would improve healthcare professional’s knowledge and confidence when managing common medical emergencies; including cardiac arrest, anaphylaxis and airway obstruction. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group of radiology staff attended a dedicated simulation teaching course. Participants completed a pre- and post-test questionnaire which assessed a range of knowledge domains and their perceived confidence with dealing with the clinical scenarios. The delegates were then asked to repeat this questionnaire 6 months after taking part in the course to assess their retention of skills and knowledge. RESULTS: Knowledge scores increased by a mean difference of 4 points (p < 0.001). The mean pre- and post-course perceived confidence scores were 4.4/10 and 8/10, respectively. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: This study suggests that embedding simulation training into the radiology curriculum improves healthcare professional’s knowledge and perceived confidence when dealing with common medical emergencies. Although previous studies have looked at the use of simulation training for radiology trainees in the management of selected medical emergencies, to the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate these benefits across a range of clinical scenarios, within an interprofessional environment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Publisher: British Institute of Radiology
ISSN: 0007-1285
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 November 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 October 2020
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 14:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/135991

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