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Clinical Simulation Center

The First Lebanese “Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management Course”

When managing critical events or crisis, medical and technical knowledge might not be enough. Anesthesiologists can face life-threatening situations on daily basis and they need to be prepared to manage a variety of resources effectively to deal with these critical events. For this purpose, an Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM) course, the first of its kind in Lebanon, was held at the LAU-CSC on June 30th & July 1st, 2017. Most of the equipment was acquired by the Center through a generous grant obtained from American Schools and Hospital Abroad (ASHA).The course targeted an audience of 22 Lebanese anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and technicians as well as anesthesiologists coming from Morocco.   

The course started by a didactic interactive session provided by Dr. Abi Raad, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Clinical Simulation Center, reviewing the key aspects of simulation-based education and ACRM. This was followed by the simulation scenarios where participants, divided into teams, participated in a specific scenario with a high fidelity full body mannequins, while other participants were following the progress of the running scenario by live projection. Each scenario was followed by a debriefing session with the entire audience, to discuss the key behaviors in ACRM such as anticipation and planning, communication, leadership and assertiveness, use of all available resources, distribution of workload and mobilization of help and re-evaluation of situations.

In addition to Dr. Abi Raad, Dr. Hanane Barakat, Anesthesiologist at LAUMC and Dr. Nabil Mansour, Anesthesiologist at St. Georges Hospital, were facilitating the scenarios that took place.

“This course offered us the opportunity to practice and manage efficiently and effectively anesthetic emergencies using full patient simulation and real clinical teams,” said Dr. Paula Rizkallah, Anesthesiologist at Beirut Specialist Hospital.

“This course enables the anesthesia staff to organize their teams by choosing roles, identifying responsibilities and demonstrate good team interaction focusing on non-technical skills”, said Dr. Hussein Sakr, Anesthesiologist at Hermel Hospital, Bekaa.

Dr. ELADIB, President of the Moroccan Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care (SMAR) and Vice-President of the Moroccan Society of Medical Simulation (Morocco Sim). “We came to the Center to touch base with our Lebanese colleagues for future collaboration”. “We are impressed by the enthusiasm of the LAU-CSC team and their hospitality”, said Mohamad Mouhawi, Anesthesiologist at SAMU CASA, Casablanca, Morocco.

For more info: https://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/news/archive/moroccan_and_lebanese_anesthes/


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