Pediatric codes are not common in emergency rooms, but when they happen they are distressing events for everyone involved — including medical providers. It’s important for clinicians to practice handling those types of situations on a regular basis to boost confidence. The Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP) and Jump are offering hands-on opportunities for clinicians to brush up on dealing with pediatric and adult patients needing critical care at an annual statewide event.
The 2016 Emergency Medicine Update is a multifaceted education program for all emergency care providers. The day-long conference covers ways to manage difficult situations, best practices, and advances in emergency medicine. Chief Medical Officer for Simulation at Jump, Dr. John Vozenilek is delivering the keynote address on the value of in situ simulations.
The morning lecture program is reinforced by four afternoon simulation activities. Participants can earn up to 7.25 Continuing Medical Education credits by attending the full day.
Simulation Workshop at ICEP Conference
This is the third year the Emergency Medicine Update will be held at Jump. Many hospitals and medical care providers don’t have regular access to a simulation center where they can sharpen their skills. Hosting the education program in our space gives clinicians around the state the chance to utilize this great resource.
We talk a lot about using simulation to teach difficult scenarios to medical students, residents, or those early in their training. But it is also very effective for clinicians who are already providing care—especially for situations that are uncommon and require more practice.
The Emergency Medicine Update is offering simulation that ties in with the lectures that will be presented throughout the morning. They include assessing and managing pediatric patients presenting with status epilepticus or status asthmaticus, performing two-person CPR on an infant or child, and demonstrating care team organization to minimize downtime during Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) delivery.
As ICEP President and a member of the OSF HealthCare team, it’s also an honor to continually showcase what Jump has to offer.
The Benefit of Hands-On Learning
Medical education is continually changing. Gone are the days when those in medical training sit for day-long lectures without first-hand experience. There’s certainly a role for classroom learning, but to maintain that knowledge and utilize what you’ve learned—it’s important to do something that cements that in the brain. I think participating in simulations aids in that process.
I encourage everyone working in emergency medicine in Illinois to register for this year’s Emergency Medicine Update. You will learn about cutting edge techniques used in the emergency room and practice using those techniques in the same day. It’s a great opportunity to earn CME and take home knowledge you can implement in your own hospitals.