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Why simulation training matters

Simulation training helps clinicians to maintain their skills and to provide life-saving care with confidence.
Simulation training

Simulation training helps clinicians to maintain their skills and to provide life-saving care with confidence.

In a workplace emergency I was able to competently and confidently provide airway ventilation to a patient in cardiac arrest. Why? Because I’d practised for such an eventuality during simulation training.

The patient was an older woman who had been admitted with dehydration secondary to diarrhoea and vomiting. Initial investigations revealed that she had hypokalaemia and hypomagnesaemia, which were both suggested as the cause.

I realised that the on-call medical registrar and I were the most senior clinicians, and I stated that I would manage the patient’s airway.

I identified an obstruction. This was expected, as people who need resuscitation often have an obstructed airway, usually caused by loss of consciousness (Resuscitation Council (UK) 2016).

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