Emergency simulation training improving patient care

CLiaison's picture February 24, 2017


GP Obstetrician, Dr Jan Slabbert, Midwife Shamim Mahabeer and Registered Nurse, Rachel Clarke work through an emergency scenario with ‘patient’ / Midwife Melissa Sutherland

Western District Health Service (WDHS) is participating in a new program that will increase opportunities for hands on, in-house training in obstetric emergencies.

Maternity Services Program Coordinator, Sonia Shaw says the Practical Obstetric Multi- Professional Training (PROMPT) has been introduced across the state and allows staff to recreate emergency scenarios in their own facilities, with their own team.

“The course covers teamwork skills, debriefing, giving feedback and simulation in the areas of postpartum haemorrhage, eclampsia, cord prolapse, maternal anaesthetic emergencies, newborn resuscitation and many other scenarios,” Mrs Shaw said.

The program is planned for delivery at WDHS four times a year, with the first practical session held late last year. The session involved 12 participants and feedback was incredibly positive, Mrs Shaw says.

“It’s one thing to undertake external training, but this course allows staff to simulate emergencies in their own hospital, with the broader emergency response team.

The obstetric emergency team can include, but is not limited to, medical staff of all levels, anaesthetists, midwives, registered and enrolled nurses and assistants.

Getting this team together consistently to practically work through emergency situations has been shown to significantly improve staff attitudes to safety, teamwork, perception of management and ultimately clinical outcomes,” Mrs Shaw said.

WDHS Obstetrician / Anaesthetist and PROMPT Facilitator, Dr Craig de Kievit says the implementation of a standardised, best-practice model of education in management of obstetric emergencies across the state is improving knowledge, clinical skills, teamwork and patient care.

“We have a highly regarded and very well equipped maternity service at Hamilton Base Hospital and the PROMPT training will further strengthen our team and ensure that Hamilton is a great place to receive maternity care.

It’s also a huge bonus for many busy hospital staff that the training is offered in their local hospital and they don’t have to travel to Melbourne,” Dr de Kievit said.

WDHS Director of Medical Services, Dr Nic van Zyl says WDHS offers a comprehensive one-stop maternity service to women in the South Grampians.

“The high level of clinical skills amongst medical and nursing staff, supported by frequent visits from Warrnambool O&G specialists, Dr Rosemary Buchannan and Dr Chris Beaton, enables us to deliver a very high quality service,” Dr van Zyl said.

For information on birthing in Hamilton, call Hamilton Base Hospital Midwifery Services on 5551 8390.