MHA Keystone Center Launches Critical Care Simulations

Posted on July 12, 2018

Following up on its successful launch of sepsis simulations earlier this year, the MHA Keystone Center will begin offering a series of simulations this fall that will tackle a new issue – critical care. 

The MHA Keystone Center will team up with member hospitals and health systems to learn how to drive improvement in ventilator-associated events, delirium and readmissions. The focus on critical care is the result of an increase in ventilator-associated harm and the opportunity for understanding and clarification among staff regarding guidelines and definitions. 

Simulations will be held Oct. 2 at Covenant HealthCare Simulation Center at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Saginaw, and Oct. 18 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. The hands-on simulations will demonstrate appropriate assessments for the A-F bundle, including pain, agitation and delirium, how to safely mobilize a critical ill patient and improve interdisciplinary rounds. Pat Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, quality excellence leader, and Bruno DiGiovine, MD, pulmonary critical care intensivist will be on-site to help guide the simulations. 

Each simulation is approximately four hours in length. Members can register for a morning session (8 a.m. to noon) or afternoon session (1 to 5 p.m.) Participants will split into groups during each simulation to complete a progressive, multipart scenario. A 15- to 20-minute prebriefing will occur before each scenario. Each group will have an opportunity to both observe and act during the scenarios. Debriefings lasting 20 to 30 minutes will be held to allow participants to reflect on their experience after the simulation is complete. 

Registration is available to all Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Innovation Improvement Network members free of charge via the MHA Member Portal. Information about additional simulations will be issued in the coming months. For more information, contact Kristy Shafer-Swadley at the MHA. 



Tags: MHA Keystone Center, readmissions, Sepsis simulations, critical care simulations, ventilator-associated harm, delirium, Pat Posa, Bruno DiGiovine

Posted in: Patient Safety & Quality

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