When a patient is in severe respiratory distress and needs to be put on a ventilator, health care providers race to insert a tube into their airway. But with COVID-19, a whole new checklist of critical, protective steps is needed at the start of that race to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
At UF Health Shands, experts in interactive medical simulation are conducting realistic drills in the adult and pediatric emergency rooms and intensive care units to prepare for severe cases of the novel coronavirus.
“The purpose of this training is to look at how we can refine technique,” said UF Health neurologist Marc-Alain Babi, M.D., program director of the neurocritical care fellowship who is helping lead simulations in the neuro ICU. “The team dynamic is extremely important for this high-risk procedure. There is a need for protocol and a strategic plan.”