On 8-10th January 2016, MIST-Sevagram (MGIMS Institute for Simulation-based Training), conducted its first American Heart Association (AHA) accredited workshop aimed at teaching health care providers basic and advanced life support.
On 8th January 2016, Dr Vijay Sharma and Dr Dhiraj Bhandari—assistant professors in Anaesthesiology at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram and centre coordinators for MIST-Sevagram—joined hands with AHA-lead instructor Ms Lydia Agnes to teach participants ABC of resuscitation. They used novel video- based techniques to help participants acquire skills in basic life support that could save dying kids and adults. Among other things, the participants learnt how to use correctly Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AED) and how to relieve a choking adult and a baby. After the six hours of intense training, participants took theory and practical tests that assessed their knowledge and skills.
On 9th and 10th January, a dozen participants were taught Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). The organisers used the 2015 AHA-ECC guidelines to train them. They simulated scenarios with varying rates and rhythms of the heart. Participants, split into two teams of six participants each, practised co-ordinated team resuscitation and early management for simulated case scenarios. They also learnt how to interpret and treat abnormal cardiac rhythms, how to administer correctly cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, how to choose correct lifesaving drugs and practice appropriate drug/dose/rhythm sequences.
The participants in the programme comprised of clinical faculty, interns, residents, nursing students and nursing tutors. They applauded and acknowledged the AHA programme of simulation- based learning and felt that they were confident enough to give high- quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a single rescuer and could also lead the team for the coordinated group- resuscitation.
Eighteen participants were declared AHA-BLS Health Care Providers and were awarded certificates and AHA card; 12 participants were declared AHA-ACLS health care providers and received certificates and AHA card for the same.
This programme was held in collaboration with TACT Academy of Clinical Training, Chennai—pioneers in the country to develop simulation-based teaching in medical care. Dr N Ramakrishnan (Director TACT and Chennai Critical Care Group), Dr Nithya Pari (Academic co-ordinator, TACT) and Ms Lydia Agnes, (Lead instructor-Faculty at TACT) appreciated the role of MGIMS in transforming young faculty members into centre coordinators. “The quality of training equipment used in this workshop was world-class,” they said, “and the use of advanced high-fidelity critical care simulation manikin, based on 2015 guidelines was indeed gratifying,” they added.
This was one of the first AHA accredited course in simulation-based training in Central India. The next training programme is planned on 26-28th February 2016; the organisers plan to enrol 24 BLS and 18 ACLS participants in this workshop.