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No More Empty Beds - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2020

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ately when they're called into action during a real-life emergency. Show, don't tell After the MH training and drill debrief, staff are again asked to fill out the questionnaire to gauge the effectiveness of our training. The results are clear: Our simulation and task card approach has bolstered staff's knowledge, confidence and skill on the topic. And we have data to back that assertion up. Staff were asked to rate their knowledge and skill on handling an MH emergency before and after our training using a one-to-five scale. Before training, 84% of staff gave a rating of less than three; post-training, 100% gave a rating greater than three, with 70% putting their knowledge and skill at greater than four. But it's the individual feedback I've received from staff members who have completed our practice sessions that has me convinced our approach is working. They've told me they like being able to actually put their hands on needed supplies and physically perform the response tasks, instead of sitting through a presentation or watching an online educational video. If an MH event does take place, our hands-on training could mean the difference between life and death for the patient. OSM F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 9 Ms. Blakeley (julie.blakeley@christushealth.org) is the perioperative coordina- tor and coordinator of perioperative services at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, a regional healthcare provider based in Tyler, Texas.

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