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St. John’s Riverside nurses take part in ED simulation exercises


From left, the training program included Elena Hay, NP; physician Adam Hill; Marcie Gawel, RN; Andrey Shamaov, RN; and Vanessa Tiburcio, RN.

The ED staff at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., recently took part in an pediatric emergency simulation. According to a news release, the ImPACTS program involves a multidisciplinary team of pediatric emergency-trained nurses and physicians using simulation to improve emergency care.

The trainers set up a simulation lab in the ED trauma room for the event. Two teams were formed, each consisting of staff nurses, emergency medicine physicians, local paramedics and medical assistants.

Four pediatric emergency scenarios were played out, with detailed debriefing at the conclusion of each session.

The trainers included Marc Auerbach, MD, MSCI, assistant professor, Yale University School of Medicine, department of pediatrics, section of emergency medicine, associate director pediatric simulation, associate pediatric trauma medical director; David Kessler, MD, MSc, RDMS, FAAP, director of pediatric emergency ultrasound and clinical simulation, division of pediatric emergency medicine, assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Marcie Gawel, RN, MS, BSN, CPEN, ImPACTS research nurse coordinator and educator.

ImPACTS is expected to return to the hospital for a simulation to focus on skill sets specific to emergency pediatric care.


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