In fiscal year 2018, Life Support Learning Center (LSLC) provided education to over 8,500 staff from the Medical Center, School of Medicine, University Physicians Group, and community care providers. As a result, class participants have heightened knowledge and skills in the management of cardiac arrest, trauma care, or other emergency related situations.

The LSLC is an interprofessional education department that works with healthcare professionals to sharpen their emergency intervention skills. LSLC’s team of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, patient care technicians, pharmacists, paramedics, and others teach classes and run simulations. They continually work with the UVA Emergency Department team to ensure that their training is up-to-date.

Jon Howard, Medical Emergency Education Coordinator at Life Support Learning Center
Jon Howard, Medical Emergency Education Coordinator UVA Health System’s Life Support Learning Center

Jon Howard, the Medical Emergency Education Coordinator, provided a tour and insight into the offerings of Life Support Learning Center. He has been the coordinator since 2012 and is a part-time nurse within UVA’s Emergency Department. Outside of UVA, he is also an EMT with Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS).

Simulations keep emergency professionals skills fresh

The Center provides medical emergency related simulations throughout the Medical Center. For example, the LSLC takes simulators in-situ to patient care areas, including the Emergency Department. In fiscal year 2018, over 1500 team members received simulation training through the Center. In addition, LSLC works with the ED and the Trauma Service to support various outreach programs concerning teens and distracted driving.

There are several types of simulations placed in the Emergency Department for practicing medical emergencies. Specifically, these simulations include adult mock codes, pediatric mock codes, and mock trauma alerts. Further simulations designed for learning include procedural sedation, ED RN Clinician 1, and (in the future) ED RN Clinician 1 pediatric.

Information received from the hospital and national trends inform classes and simulations. For instance, several of the adult mock codes are based on actual codes the ED has had. Also, LSLC has added new scenarios into the mix, such as opioid overdose simulations, based on the increasing national trend of such overdoses.

Life Support Learning Center classes provide up-to-date emergency care information

Specifically, the Center frequently sees Emergency Department staff and Emergency Medicine faculty in the following classes:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Trauma Nursing Core Course
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support

The Center’s course program also includes Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Pediatric International Trauma Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced Medical Life Support, and Bleeding Control, among others.

Special thanks to Beth Mehring, the Emergency Services Manager with UVA Health System, for contributing to this article.