Embedding Geriatric Emergency Medicine in a Simulation Program….The How, Why and Lessons Learnt
1Emergency Medicine, Gold Coast University Hospital / ACEM, Australia
Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) is increasingly recognized as an essential field but a knowledge gap related to the unique needs of these patients exists. Simulation is a tool used to teach core emergency medicine skills in other areas. We created and distributed a set of geriatric specific simulation cases with the intention to improve knowledge and awareness of core geriatric emergencies. Using expert consensus and peer review, we developed six simulation cases including delirium, geriatric trauma, sepsis, termination of resuscitation, End of life care, elder abuse and toxicology. The cases have been successfully delivered more than 20 times in the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina ED interdisciplinary simulation sessions for registrars and RN’s reaching over 300 staff.
This Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Simulation project provided emergency department staff with education to improve their knowledge, awareness and attitudes towards older patients presenting with unique issues and ultimately improve their care.
By Sharing our experience and the lessens learnt from this project we hope the audience will be able to:
• Understand the requirements to start a GEM Sim program at their institute.
• Recognize the fundamentals to run and maintain a GEM Sim program.
• Identify the keys to delivering a successful Inter-professional GEM Sim session.