Sunday, March 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Simulation has become increasingly important, particularly with a renewed emphasis on reducing errors and streamlining protocols. This simulation exercise will showcase everything one needs to know about conducting exercises to improve door-to-balloon (D2B) times.
This topic couldn't be timelier as leading edge practitioners are calling for a D2B threshold of under 60 minutes rather than the accepted 90-minute timeframe. While it is possible to achieve D2B times under 60 minutes, it will be much easier to do so with a keen understanding of how all the elements involved in the process fit together. This session is the perfect primer for that understanding.
Like many aspects in healthcare, teamwork and leadership are key to having a successful D2B program. Chair William R. Hamman, MD, from Battle Creek, Mich., will oversee the simulation teams as they give a general overview of the simulation scenario, explain the do's and don'ts of simulation, describe the equipment and detail how to put together a cohesive D2B team.
The crowning glory of the session is an acute STEMI simulation beginning with the paramedic call and ending with the trip to the emergency department. It's one thing to have a theory about how a process might work. It's much better, however, to see the process in action. This type of exercise will clearly educate attendees about how their own D2B program might be initiated or improved.
And if you can't make Sunday's session, no need to worry. The entire simulation exercise repeats each day.
Location: Room A408
William R. Hamman, MD, Battle Creek, Mich.