An introduction in treating life-threatening situations in the ICU

Department: Department of Critical Care, UMCGICU
Supervisor: J.C.C. van der Horst, MD PhD, Dinald Maatman, Nursing Staff

Implementation of interdisciplinary teams in the ICU to provide care in often life-threatening situations, focused attention on the relevance of leadership behaviour. Effective, coordinated, and safe patient care challenge even the most experienced ICU teams daily. Leadership behaviour is defined as the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it, and facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives. Simulation training is useful for teaching team-based crisis management skills and is now considered essential in developing and maintaining competencies for ICU workers.

In our high fidelity simulation center, participants of the workshop will become familiar with some stepwise elements of the treatment, such as resuscitation and airway management, of critically ill patients. The non-technical skills such as leadership, communication and cooperation are also emphasised. The experiences may contribute to the development of knowledge and skills in decision making and teamwork during the treatment of critically ill patients.