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Critical Care Emergencies - A Simulation-based Course

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Course Information of < Critical Care Emergencies Workshop >

Course Information

The intensive one day workshop in critical care management integrates both didactic & simulation-based learning into an experiential learning curriculum that emphasizes both domain knowledge and interpersonal dynamics. It arms the participant with the skills and competence to manage the critically ill patients especially in the areas of difficult airway, high airway pressure, hypotension, refractory hypoxaemia, anaphylaxis, septic shock, abdominal compartment syndrome, etc.

Target Participants

Critical care health professionals, including doctors, nurses and respiratory care specialists


Learning Objectives

·  Manage critical care situations that are uncommonly encountered but life-threatening.

·  Make decisions under a rapidly-changing clinical environment in a simulated ICU setting.

·   Communicate and interact effectively with team members during an emergency and appreciate the impact of team dynamics on patient safety.

Course Structure

·    The focus of the event is on learning through team driven scenarios withdidactic teaching sessions interspersed in between. 

·    Course participants will be grouped into teams that take turns to participate in different roles in a simulated exercise, and in real-time viewing of those exercises.

·    All exercises will undergo an interactive debriefing with video technology by a multidisciplinary faculty. 


What Is Simulation?

A simulation is an attempt to create a realistic experience in a controlled environment.

In Clinical Medicine, simulation refers to the manipulation of a mannequin that represents a patient physically and symbolically. The mannequin, comes with electronic biofeedback systems that closely resemble human physiology in the way they reproduce biological processes in action.


Simulation learning offers huge advantages over traditional training methods such as lectures, books and written assessments. It engages participants interactively helping them to practice, reflect, retain and apply what they have learned.


The Simulation Exercise

A simulation exercise is a controlled learning activity resembling a near-real clinical scenario in which participants representing the patient-care team are presented with a set of complex stimuli. 


During the simulation exercise, participants are expected to respond by

(i)    making clinical decisions promptly

(ii)  participating in the resuscitation team communicating problem situations to colleagues and patient’s next of kin.


The facilitator, on the other hand will observe and assess the participants' effectiveness on one or more performance dimensions, including clinical competence, decision-making ability, willingness to take initiative, teamwork skills and crisis resource management. The debriefings are supported by re-play of the videotaped scenarios & the objective is on reflective learning that encourage an open discussion of how performance could be improved.


Last Modified Date :21 May 2013