Crisis Management in Anaesthesia Workshop
On 25th June 2019 ,a joint workshop between Perdana, University, Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban and the College of Anaesthesiology, Academy of Medicine Malaysia on Crisis Management in Anaesthesia was held at Perdana University attended by 30 doctors from all over Malaysia.
The workshop brought together cross-sectoral academics and specialists from different areas of speciality contributing to the safe management of a crisis situation in an emergency. The objective of this workshop was to highlight key issues required to optimize learning within a synthetic environment. In this workshop, participants were taught how to manage an anaesthetic crisis in the perioperative setting. Intensive hands-on training and practice in managing various scenarios using simulated patients was conducted. Every participant was given a role to play and the entire emergency room situation was played out intensively. The session was conducted by a team of experts in their respective fields and who have extensive experience running the simulation programme In Malaysia.
A team of three anaesthesiologists from various hospitals and experienced clinical facilitators in Perdana University led by Dr Rajeswary Kanapathipillai conducted the workshop that also covered crisis management. The workshop offered a fantastic opportunity for participants to practise their technical and non-technical anaesthesiology skills in relation to the management of rare and critical anaesthetic events in a non-threatening environment in our state-of-the-art simulation clinical skills unit which mimics a real clinical environment. Each simulated scenario was followed by constructive discussions facilitated by the expert facilitators. Participants had the opportunity to reflect on their practice, and also share ideas and expertise with their colleagues as it was a hands on workshop that taught participants new perspectives and also refresh their knowledge and skills.
The organizing Chairman of the Workshop Prof Dr Raghu Varadarajan, Academic Lead, Associate Professor of Surgery in PU-RCSI thanked the organizers for their initiative which builds upon the long-standing collaboration between these experts who came together to essentially educate doctors in the importance of team work and its outcome, highlighting team training and simulation methods that can enhance teamwork and leadership behaviour in a critical setup. He viewed the workshop as a grand success. The establishment of the collaboration between Perdana University, Hospital Tengku Jaafar, Seremban and the College of Anaesthesiology, Academy of Medicine Malaysia was considered a great accomplishment as this joint effort will allow the partners to work together to share their knowledge and expertise to further the efforts in the field of Anesthesia in Malaysia.