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did they like about the simulation and what would they do different- ly if they could do it again? Process improvements are identified and staff share valuable insights during these discussions. Only two out of the 24 OR nurses who attended the simulation had ever experienced a real MH emergency. The rest of the staff learned a great deal. When you read about an MH crisis or watch a video about one, it's not nearly the same as prac- ticing response protocols in a realistic setting. During the simulation, staff said they felt a sense of urgency to treat the patient as quickly as possible. If our staff ever does experience an MH crisis, the simulation provides them with the muscle memory of tasks necessary to save the patient. A better way to learn We first conducted an MH simulation in 2018, and we've now made it part of our annual training. Our staff is much better equipped to deal with the rare instance of an MH emergency. We're now looking into using simulation training for other potential complications such as local anesthesia systemic toxicity (LAST), which we believe is another critical topic to cover. Simulation training is a more effective way to learn and we've found that staff enjoy participating in a dynamic train- ing session. Having the surgical team practice the skills needed to respond to an MH emergency was the single greatest benefit of the simulation training. Our team told me afterward an MH crisis no longer feels like an unfamiliar and scary situation. Staff know responding to a real-life emergency will be stressful, but they have confidence knowing they've practiced response protocols that could someday help them save a patient's life. OSM J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 5 Ms. Macasieb (kimberly.macasieb@va.gov) is an OR staff nurse at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas.

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