16 February 2015
Time and early, effective intervention are key when treating a stroke patient, which can make any procedure in this area one of the most challenging for inexperienced surgeons to attend to.
Quick thinking and decision making are needed to determine whether the patient will be best suited to receiving a drug that removes the clot, or if it will make it worse. There is no room for indecision as, within one minute, a stroke can kill nearly two million brain cells.
A new study has identified a novel resource that could help inexperienced physicians explore the various options and determine which solution works best for different types of patient. Research from Loyola University Medical Center saw a team use simulation-based medical education (SBME) to improve their skills and knowledge.
The study found that this was an effective method for first-year doctors enabling them to practice under safe, controlled and forgiving conditions.
Presented at the American Heart Association's International Stroke Conference 2015, the research included six doctors who took part in the simulation of a stroke patient arriving in the emergency department. The resident physician was responsible for each stage of care, including assessment and delivering treatment.
It found that the skills improved significantly from the first to the third week when the simulation was conducted.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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