CAE Healthcare Announces International AHA Collaborative & Possibly Changes the Game?
One more piece of groundbreaking news from IMSH 2018 that we have excited to share was the announcement from CAE Healthcare that they are directly collaborating with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish to establish a network of International Training Sites, designed to deliver lifesaving courses in countries that are currently underserved. Perhaps similar to CAE Healthcare’s parent company CAE, which provides direct training center programs in Aviation, this big news could demonstrate a fundamental shift in the way training in healthcare is done!
Official Announcement from CAE Healthcare & American Heart Association
“We are excited to collaborate with the American Heart Association to advance their mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, in more countries around the world,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “As an AHA International Training Center and training collaboration of choice, we plan to leverage our healthcare simulation expertise and our global network to deliver AHA-accredited courses to clinicians who might not have access to this internationally accepted certification training.”
The first authorized American Heart Association International Training Site to be operated by CAE Healthcare will open within the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre in Brunei Darussalam. Established as a venture between CAE and the Government of Brunei, the integrated facility is currently an aviation training center and an Emergency and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence that serves the region
CAE Healthcare will offer American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) courses in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support in Brunei beginning this month. The CAE Healthcare Academy has developed simulator-based curriculum for years that aligns with AHA guidelines and has trained faculty in its implementation.
“Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading killer, so we’re working globally to build healthier lives,” said John Meiners, Chief of Mission-aligned Businesses at the American Heart Association. “Joining forces with organizations like CAE Healthcare to make our life-saving trainings available to more people around the world is essential to our mission and we are excited at the scope of services this collaboration will provide.”
The 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC state high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for both healthcare providers and bystanders to help them feel more confident to act and to provide better CPR to cardiac arrest victims. The rate of survival from cardiac arrest varies widely around the world; many factors can influence survival, but the best evidence shows that high-quality CPR and early defibrillation provide the best chance for a victim to survive.
CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. They design and integrate the industry’s most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of more than 8,500 employees, their world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Their global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world’s largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, they train more than 120,000 civil and defense crew members, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.
A New Way to Train Healthcare?
Starting, maintaining and expanding healthcare simulation training programs is extremely challenging. The knowledge necessary to be effective, the cost to train rotating faculty, the technical hurdles — there is so much work that goes into such development, construction, procurement, assessment, execution, operations, and evolution.
But in aviation, many new pilots come to centers like those run by CAE — and are taught how to fly. The entire program is “outsourced” to an independent company, saving time and money while potentially increasing outcomes — gained from millions of hours of previously successful simulated training experiences. Any program exploring the new development of simulation should at least consider, where are our dollars best spent — could we collaborate with somewhere else to lesson our burden to entry?
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 current Chairman of 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 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.