Traditional Poster Round
Lifecare Sim Academy was founded in 2014 with the aim to ‘Teach one - Save many’ to cater to the need for standardized periodic simulation training in the healthcare field.
• Training of pediatric health care providers in a risk free simulated environment to improve their confidence and competence resulting in delivery of safe and standardized quality health care.
• Simulation training of bystanders, emergency medical technicians and ambulance drivers to bring down the morbidity and mortality in emergent and critical areas.
With these core objectives, we designed a variety of simulation courses with pediatricians and paramedics as the audience. Training workshops were conducted at Pediatric Conferences and in training centres.
1. Improved procedural skills, decision making skills and confidence levels of pediatric postgraduates which made a positive impact on the institutional morbidity and mortality statistics at Bangalore Medical College.
2. Emergency medical technicians’ and other paramedics’ level of understanding of managing an emergency situation improved which impacted morbidity rates during transport.
3. Participation from pediatricians was lower than expected because of reasons ranging from; lack of interest and time, lack of resources and the cost involved in simulation training.
1. In-situ simulation to reduce the time factor
Conducted training sessions at 3 referral hospitals on “Stabilisation of a critically ill child before transferring to a tertiary level care centre”.
2. Simulation training with low resources
Utilizing expired medical devices for simulation training in low resources environments.
3. Free simulation training for Emergency Medical Technicians, Ambulance Drivers and Paramedics in Basic Life Support Skills.
4. Created improvised simulation models using available low cost resources
At IPCCI 2018, as the trainer mannequin for peritoneal dialysis was not available in our country, an innovative model of a peritoneal dialysis mannequin was designed. An IV Infusion Bag to act as a peritoneal sac was added to the Infant Airway Trainer to complete the Peritoneal Dialysis model.
5. Conducting simulation workshops in conferences
Simulation Training workshops were conducted at 4 National Level and 2 International Level Conferences.
FUTURE IDEAS AND GOALS
Lifecare Sim Academy was a participant at Simulus 4, as part of a team of doctors and biomedical engineers we knew the current reality in difficulties in simulation training of pediatric shock scenarios. We designed a low-cost simulation training model with Augmented Reality for identifying shock, thermal patterns for extremities and sensors with haptic feedback for pulse, during resuscitation for shock. The model won the Simulation Hackathon and this prototype is currently a work in progress.
Future ideas based on our learning in simulation training in India are:-
1. Innovative training methods like the use of finger puppets for training team concepts, debriefing skills and communication skills.
2. Standardised simulation training during pediatric residency as qualifying criteria for award of the post graduate degree.
3. Motivating pediatricians to learn through simulation to manage emergencies in office practice.
4. Fundraising to sponsor the courses for healthcare professionals.
5. Training of volunteers in bystander CPR.
6. Training of Railway personnel in BLS skills and lobby to install AEDs in long travel trains.