The Clinical Simulation Centre is an education and training facility committed to improving workforce learning and patient safety outcomes through the delivery of innovative simulation-based courses and programs, targeted towards improving patient care and the reduction of clinical risk.
We value inter-professional learning and strive to recreate life-like clinical scenarios where clinicians can be challenged, stimulated and supported to learn commonly performed skills and procedures, manage acutely ill and deteriorating patients and develop the non-technical and teamwork skills required to improve patient safety, within a risk-free environment.
Paramount is providing an environment for simulation-based education encompassing a range of modalities, which supports clinicians in improving skills and knowledge, while facilitating safe, high-quality patient-centered care.
“The simulation staff were excellent and an invaluable assistance!" - course organiser, MCEC, 2016.
"The session helped clarify how to prioritise my care in an emergency situation and to appropriately maximise the safety of my patient." - final year medical student, SIMPLE Program, 2016
“The course met all of my expectations, very well organised!” - medical resident, ALS Level 1, 2016
“Small groups and relevant topics/scenarios, great course!” - medical resident, ALS Level 1, 2016
“Discussing human factors was very interesting and has not been addressed as well in other CICO courses I have attended. It was very well done.” - anaesthetic nurse, CICO 2016
"Each element has its place – simulation was the highlight, I’m learning the value of the human factors aspects to these types of courses more and more.” - anaesthetic registrar, CICO 2016
Simulation based education
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The ACTION™ Course is a multi-professional programme to train staff in recognising patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell. Originally developed in 1999 by Professor Gary Smith and colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ACTION™ (ALERT™ in UK and Europe), has now run successfully since 2000 and is currently delivered in over 100 centres internationally.
ACTION is a blended learning programme and uses a structured and prioritised system of patient assessment and management to enable pre-emptive approach to critical illness. By attending an ACTION course - nurses, doctors and other staff (eg. physiotherapists, paramedics) will develop skills to:
- recognise the "at risk" patient
- identify organ impairment/failure at an early stage
- initiate simple treatment required to prevent the cascade of multi-organ failure
- improve communication skills required to facilitate further care
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has recently been granted the Centre of Excellence status and is the only hospital currently facilitating this course within Australia.
This is a 6 weeks comprehensive ECG interpretation and arrhythmia management short course designed for clinicians (medical and nursing) who require knowledge and skills to interpret a normal 12-lead electrocardiogram, to recognise deviations from normal and to implement appropriate management.
The program will be delivered over 6 weeks of 2.5 hours session ( 90 minutes lecture and 60 minutes face-face tutorial).
Intended Learning Outcomes
- Apply an understanding of normal cardiac function and electrophysiology to a cardiac assessment
- Apply basic principles of cardiac rhythm analysis to a rhythm strip and correctly identify normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms
- Demonstrate knowledge application of interpreting abnormalities in a 12-lead ECG
- Be able to recognise life-threatening arrhythmias and acute ECG changes and initiate timely management actions
- Describe the causes, significance, treatment, and management in the different types of heart blocks and arrhythmias
- Analyse modalities of treatment for arrhythmias: non-pharmacological and pharmacological
Medical and Nursing
First intake: 6 March to 17 April 2018 - every Tuesday except 20 March
Second intake: 7 August to 18 September 2018 - every Tuesday except 4 September