Background/context A quality improvement project questionnaire on inter-hospital transfers revealed a lack of affordable training within the region for the transfer of level 3 critical care patients. With the global incidence of Adverse Events (serious or otherwise) during such transfers known to reach up to 75% (Droogh et al, 2015), two trusts teamed up to plan and deliver a robust simulation training day to educate staff and promote safety. The course has since been opened up to the network for a reasonable cost, with 4 trusts utilising it.
Methodology A total of 6 multidisciplinary simulation training days have since been delivered to 134 staff within the region over 2 years. A retrospective analysis of the reported AEs to the local Critical Care Network from inter-hospital transfers and local incident reporting were compared to the same time period.
Results Participant evaluations revealed an increase in confidence and they valued the multidisciplinary nature of the day, learning from one another.
Looking for a reduction in critical incidents from critical care transfers has been seen over the same period for the organisation and region involved, revealed interesting results.
Conclusion Investing in multidisciplinary team training using simulation improves patient safety, by reducing adverse events in critical care transfers.
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