Open Training Program

ACLS Airway Training

The Clinical Simulation Center now offers Open Training Programs for maintenance and development of clinical skills in treating Cardiopulmonary Arrest, Airway Management and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access. These programs are free of charge and open to all healthcare professionals from the University of Michigan Medical Centers, including all physicians, fellows, residents, physician assistants, nurses and all allied health professionals. The program is also open to all students from the University of Michigan Medical School, School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

All classes take place in the Clinical Simulation Center located on the second floor of Towsley Center at the main medical campus in Ann Arbor. Sessions are held in small groups and focus on “hands-on” practice with ample opportunity for questions and answers in a user friendly, low pressure, environment. Class sizes are limited, so sign up early!

Crash Cart and Defibrillator Orientation / Review

This class will concentrate on the location and proper use of items in a standard University of Michigan crash cart, basic operation of the LifePak 20 defibrillator/AED, including simulated defibrillation and cardioversion, as well as basic rhythm recognition. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to practice throughout the session. This is NOT a certification course.

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Cardiopulmonary Arrest Training

The cardiopulmonary arrest training focuses on the first steps taken during a cardiac or respiratory arrest. Specific emphasis will be placed on proper CPR technique, ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and crash cart familiarization. The participants will work as a team to identify and treat several different scenarios presented using state-of-the-art Mannequin Simulators (SimMan/HPS). This class utilizes AHA recommended algorithms and is excellent practice for certification or a refresher for these skills. NOTE: This is not an ACLS or BLS certification course.

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Airway Management Training

The Airway Management class focuses on identifying and using the appropriate equipment to treat adult and pediatric airway emergencies. Sessions will include demonstration and hands-on practice of bag-valve-mask, oralpharyngeal airway and nasopharyngeal airway. Accessory equipment will also be covered including suction equipment, magill forceps, and capnography. Adult and pediatric airway simulators will be used for individual practice, as well as team approaches. This is NOT a certification course.

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Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access

The Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access class will involve a short didactic presentation covering basic anatomy, contraindications and adverse results involved in central venous access. Learners will then participate in hands-on demonstration of aseptic protocol and proper practice techniques using actual central line kits, SonoSite iLook ultrasound machines and the Blue Phantom ultrasound simulator models. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and develop the psychomotor skills required for ultrasound guided central venous access and PICC line placement. This is NOT a certification course.

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