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Improving clinical practice through multidisciplinary simulation training

In 2016, the WFSA partnered with Masimo to implement the Safe Anaesthesia ASAP project in the state of Telangana in Southern India. The first two years of the project focused on understanding the needs of anaesthesia providers and assessing capacity using the WFSA’s Anaesthesia Facility Assessment Tool (AFAT)

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To-date 333 anesthesiologists and 189 nurses have been trained through SAFE and EPM courses

To meet the demand for increased Continuous Medical Education (CME) opportunities, the WFSA worked with local partners and the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists to provide a varied combination of training courses including the Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) Obstetrics and SAFE Paediatrics Courses and Essential Pain Management (EPM). Collectively, these courses have trained 333 anaesthesiologists, 189 nurses and developed a faculty of over 100 local trainers to continue the delivery of these courses.

In 2019, our partnership in Telangana has expanded to include more complex training courses including the Vital Anaesthesia Simulation Training (VAST) course. While VAST reinforces clinical knowledge and skills it differs from SAFE and EPM by focusing on developing vital non-technical skills of clinicians via effective low-fidelity simulation. The course covers the core and extended roles and interplay between anaesthesiologists, surgeons, midwives and other operating theatre clinicians while dealing with challenging emergencies.

With support from Masimo, the WFSA has now delivered two VAST courses in Telangana training 30 clinicians and developing 6 VAST facilitators. The tireless efforts of local facilitators were instrumental in delivering both courses in Hyderabad and will continue to play a key role in VAST delivery in Telangana and Bihar which will take place in 2020.

The scenarios covered in VAST are drawn from the curriculum of SAFE Obstetrics, SAFE Paediatrics, EPM and Primary Trauma Care courses. Consequently, the course forms a natural next step to our efforts to improve anaesthesia and perioperative care in Telangana and in India.

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