Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Sim Center Now Offers ALERT Training for Life-Threatening Event Recognition & Treatment
Simulation Center Manager for the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Russell Metcalfe-Smith has shared the powerful news that the center is offering ALERT certified training!
ALERT stands for ‘Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment’
Originally developed in 1999 by Professor Gary Smith and colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ALERT is a multi-professional course to train staff in recognizing patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell. The course is usually delivered as a one-day interactive seminar built around practical patient-based scenarios. The day is supported by a comprehensive reference manual and slide presentation. ALERT uses a structured and prioritized system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care. Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center is the western hub for the United States. We are working to support other institutions develop this program in their facilities.
ALERT course objectives:
- To teach healthcare professionals a structured and systematic approach to the assessment and management of patients.
- By using a structured and systematic approach deteriorating patients will be identified earlier and care will be escalated to others when appropriate. This approach can reduce avoidable in-hospital deaths and cardiac arrests.
- To teach healthcare professionals that involving expert senior help early, such as Critical Care, will enable appropriate and timely intensive care unit admissions.
- To introduce tools to healthcare professionals which will improve team working and communication.
The ALERT course incorporates:
- A comprehensive reference manual which the candidates receive pre-course.
- Interactive presentations which are adapted to meet local policies and procedures.
- Practical demonstrations.
- Role-play of clinical patient based scenarios during which the candidates are encouraged to reflect on their actions and to consider What would I do next?
- A blended, flexible, learning approach.
- A proven track record of delivery of more than 10 years.
- A multi-professional candidate applicability.
- A candidate course certificate that is recognized by deanery’s, acute trusts and professional bodies in the UK and abroad.
- A straightforward program to organize and deliver with minimal equipment required.
The ALERT course benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff with:
- Improvements in the general ward care of patients.
- A reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards.
- Earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit.
- Fewer re-admissions to the intensive care unit.
- Fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths.
- Improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients.
- Improved multi-professional teamwork.
- Improved communication.
- Fewer complaints from patients or their relatives.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.