In 2010 developments at the Alfred ICU enhanced our approach to teaching and training technical and non-technical resuscitation skills
Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider courses
The Alfred has been an accredited provider of the Australian Resuscitation Council Advanced Life Support (ALS) course since 2010. The courses are run in partnership with Monash University in the University Precinct of the Alfred campus. Six courses are run each year, each educating a diverse group of nurses, paramedics, doctors (of many specialty backgrounds) and other clinicians in lifesaving resuscitation skills. During the sessions, candidates with the potential to train others in ALS are identified and offered the chance to return as instructors on future courses.
Simulation and Crisis Resource Management
Nursing and junior medical staff regularly participate in immersive clinical simulation with high fidelity mannequins that enable staff to demonstrate and develop their technical and non-technical skills for safe and effective participation in ICU lead resuscitation teams. These education sessions are under the guidance of experienced ICU specialist nursing and medical facilitators.
The Alfred ICU has also introduced a comprehensive education program based on the principles of Crisis Resource Management (CRM). This program enables participants to develop non-technical skills that can significantly improve their performance, communication and teamwork in a crisis situation.
The program commenced with all the intensive care consultants participating in an advanced half day CRM course which involved simulations of various clinical crises followed by an externally facilitated discussion emphasising the use of non-technical skills in difficult clinical situations. This program has now been extended to include regular CRM simulation sessions for our intensive care registrars and nursing staff.