Short Report - Special Collection: Innovative educational methods for FM training in Africa

Development of practical emergency simulation training in primary health care: Lessons learnt

Owen O. Eales, Annelet Kruger
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 16, No 1 | a4404 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v16i1.4404 | © 2024 Owen O. Eales, Annelet Kruger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 November 2023 | Published: 09 May 2024

About the author(s)

Owen O. Eales, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Annelet Kruger, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Emergency care in the primary health care setting is often sub-optimal leading to physician stress and adverse patient outcomes. Formal training opportunities in the management of emergency management are limited in public-sector facilities. Two family physicians conducted emergency simulation drills at primary health care facilities to address this need. The multi-disciplinary team at these facilities were involved, and each drill was followed by reflection and feedback. The drill evolved over an 18 month period, and the simulations as well as the feedback process were reviewed and improved. Reported benefits included improved skills and confidence, teamwork and sharing of information. Staff appreciated the support and the opportunity to review emergency equipment and drugs. Recommendations based on the experience gained and the outcomes of the simulation training include that the feedback is just as important as the simulations and that clinicians need to be trained in order to facilitate simulations successfully.

Keywords

simulation training; primary health care; emergencies; drills; clinicians; in-service training; acute care.

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