Resident Review  |   September 2013
Embracing Simulation Training
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Critical Care / Education / CPD / Patient Safety / Resident Review
Resident Review   |   September 2013
Embracing Simulation Training
ASA Monitor 09 2013, Vol.77, 72-73.
ASA Monitor 09 2013, Vol.77, 72-73.
Physician anesthesiologists have been the drivers of patient safety in medicine. A focus on vigilance has led to significant advancements in the prevention of perioperative complications. As residents, we seek out opportunities to manage rare and unusual clinical scenarios, but we are finding that such opportunities are increasingly less common in the setting of improved patient safety. We spend our years in residency becoming proficient at making clinical judgments that allow us to manage patients safely, while making our job look “easy.” In other words, we gain the knowledge and understanding of our patients to anticipate and prevent complications, thus, making our jobs look effortless. Anesthesiology, like everything in medicine, has its risks and complications. Some of the most severe complications in anesthesiology are, fortunately, the rarest. They require early recognition, precision in management, effective communication, coordinated teamwork and the confidence of a seasoned veteran. Yet how exactly are we expected to become veterans in the management of local anesthetic toxicity or malignant hyperthermia or intraoperative anaphylactic shock, if we spend our entire residency diligently preventing such situations?
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