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More Confident Surgical Team
As of May, two of nine FSTs have completed the training course. According to its creators, personnel who have gone through the program are more confident and better able quickly to make the right decisions.
The average time for personnel to evaluate a patient and decide where they need to be sent was almost cut in half. The number of critical events that were missed during simulations dropped from six before the training to one after the training.
With personnel asked pre- and post-training to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 how confident they were in a scenario, confidence scores post-training went up an average of 4 to 5 points compared to pre-training.
The next question course’s creators are seeking to answer is how well the FSTs do at the six month-mark. Will they have sustained their skill levels after months away from the training environment?
“We have simulation capabilities on the ship, so they can keep up with their skills,” Hoang said.
The goal currently is for each FST that undergoes training to become part of the next iteration of training for future deployers.
“One FST team will go through and train the next team, and then that team will train the next one [during] their workup and integration phase on ship,” Hoang said. “We’re also putting a quality assurance group together to make sure we’re moving in a purposeful direction and that we have the ability to do quality assurance and improvement on the course as we move forward.”
Another goal is to duplicate elsewhere the work being done at the BTC. The training program is currently a limited FST initiative, but there has been interest from Navy personnel to see if the program can be used to train teams stationed in the Atlantic.
“Hopefully in months rather than years, we’ll have the ability to share this type of training experience with our colleagues on the East Coast,” Hoang said.
“We’ve been entrusted with very unique opportunities in both equipment and personnel, and the vision and enthusiasm to drive a curriculum to where it’s needed,” added Cornelissen. “We look forward to showcasing this to Navy medical leadership and receiving their support.”