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Simulation on a smaller scale What changes might you make in your facility if you ran a simu- lation with your staff in a patient care setting, be it pre-op, the OR or PACU? You might be amazed at the small and not-so-small opportunities for improvement you'll spot. You'll also be pleased at the heightened level of situational awareness and teamwork your staff will exhibit after participating in mock code emergency drills. To test your systems as well as uncover trouble spots, you'll want to bring the simulation bedside. Running the mock drills in the actual patient care setting helps to achieve a high level of fidelity and realism. In situ simulation is also beneficial to evaluate staff responsive- ness to high acuity, low-occurrence (HALO) events, such as cardiac arrest, a lost airway, malignant hyperthermia, local anesthesia toxicity and a surgical fire. Simulation need not take much time or cost much money. Time for the actual simulation is generally limited to 5 to 10 minutes. You can mobilize your simulation efforts for as little as a $3,500 CPR training torso, a $100 handycam and a little effort developing an appropriate patient scenario for your setting. To defer costs, you can partner with a few other surgical facilties in your community and rotate the equipment every few weeks. Safety S 2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 • CPR BOOST A step stool helps shorter rescuers deliver deeper chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

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