Health Scholars Giving Away $1M in Desktop ACLS Training to 14,000 Educators in Need
Health Scholars is giving away $1,000,000 in free grant support to the first 14,000 healthcare educators who can demonstrate an immediate need for desktop-based ACLS Training. This massive response to the COVID-19 pandemic is designed to quickly support healthcare simulation and medical education, training, or patient safety departments which need to prepare learners for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Here we take a look at the powerful Emergency Medicine ACLS training tool which previously was only available through VR headsets, and share just how easy it is to apply for this free financial support.
“Our ACLS simulation provides a deliberate practice environment for surge providers to prepare themselves for acute care—providing the real-to-life reference experience needed to handle inpatient emergencies while on the frontlines of this pandemic,” says Dr. Brian Gillett, President and Chief Medical Officer of Health Scholars.
The grant will provide approximately 14,000 providers ACLS Desktop Simulation Training to assist health systems with preparedness training. It will enable hospitals to quickly deploy training to surge providers needing to acquire or re-acquire clinical skills related to emergency situations—such as dysrhythmia or a code event.
Recently the Denver CBS local news covered how this unique ACLS training tool has already been deployed in hospitals in New York City and Michigan to help combat the Coronavirus crisis, with Gillet sharing how “There’s a real need to get outpatient providers ready to respond to inpatient emergencies. Health Scholars can help prepare these providers in a meaningful way so when they step into the inpatient care units, they have already had some practice and opportunity to practice the types of experiences they might encounter when they’re working in acute care areas.”
As hospitals continue to ramp up with the assistance of additional providers to handle the patient surge due to COVID-19, this will entail preparing outpatient providers to perform acute care for inpatients or cross-training providers from other areas of the hospital.
“Surge providers may need to assist with the care of critical patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit or General Med-Surge floors, bringing along a challenge of needing to have large numbers of providers quickly acquiring or re-acquiring key clinical skills related to acute care, like ACLS.” Gillett continued.
Health Scholars is currently offering two programs as part of the grant; a matching program for state hospital associations who purchase training at a state level, or individual hospitals or hospital systems that have financial and clinical need can apply to receive ACLS Desktop Simulation Training. The desktop application is available for purchase now for those looking for a faster way to address emergency preparedness training.
The ACLS Desktop Simulation Training provides a deliberate practice environment for providers to prepare themselves for acute care—which is best achieved through a real-to-life reference experience. The application is an entirely voice-driven, screen-based simulation that trains providers to respond to all 13 core American Heart Association (AHA) rhythms in stable, unstable and cardiac arrest scenarios. The clinical simulation also trains providers on a traditional ACLS Mega Code and refreshes post-arrest care after return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) is achieved.
Unique to ACLS Simulation from Health Scholars is the use of 100% natural language processing. The provider uses voice direction to communicate all of the actions needed to run a resuscitation team, which provides the most immersive, effective and scalable approach to ACLS skills practice available today. The training takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete, provides a detailed debrief and readiness assessment, and is repeatable on an unlimited basis. And it is immediately available for use with these training opportunities:
- Non-Cardiac Arrest: Learner must recognize rhythms to inform management of a non-arrest patient including:
- SVT (AVNRT)
- Sinus Tachycardia
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Sinus Bradycardia
- Type 1 and Type 2: 2nd Degree AV Block
- Atrial Fibrillation with RVR
- Atrial Flutte
- 3rd Degree AV Block
- Cardiac Arrest: Learner must demonstrate situational awareness of the patient’s condition, ensure high quality chest compressions, avoid excessive ventilation and manage the following rhythms:
- Ventricular Fibrillation
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia
- Other Features:
- Assess patient responsiveness
- Administer sedatives
- Have patient intubated
- Obtain a 12 lead ECG
- Ask for pulse and rhythm checks
- Determine need for intraosseous access
- Simulation debriefs
More About Health Scholars
The Health Scholars mission is to advance healthcare education through virtualization, making experience-based training scalable, accessible and affordable to both Healthcare and Public Safety providers. Health Scholars is a cloud-based, VR-ready clinical training platform with VR Simulations, Simulation Management, and Clinical Readiness Reporting solutions for the management, delivery and analysis of clinical training. Their VR simulations extend physical simulation beyond the simulation center, enabling repeatable practice of proper workflows as well as critical soft skills like communications, situational awareness and critical thinking.
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.