ACC launches simulation program for door-to-balloon time reductions

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Center of Excellence for Simulation Research (CESR) of Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Mich., has launched an educational, research partnership, using Mentice’s in situ simulation to improve door-to-balloon times (D2B).

Mentice was selected as the exclusive technology vendor, utilizing its Vascular Intervention Simulation Trainer (VIST) and newly launched MenticeSIM platform for enhanced videocapture, skills evaluation and post-experience assessment.

The ACC promotes evidence-based care for cardiovascular disease, including its educational programs sponsored by the ACC Foundation and its quality improvement efforts such as reducing door-to-balloon times through the D2B Alliance. W. Douglas Weaver, MD, ACC president, said that “In situ simulation has improved safety in commercial aviation and it also will bring many benefits to acute MI care, where a team of healthcare providers must quickly and expertly respond to emergency situations where every minute counts.”

The initiative is an example of using a quality improvement model as the framework for continuing education learning activities, according to Elizabeth Yarboro, senior director of education strategy and accreditation at ACC. 

“Communication among team members is a critical element to shoring up safety and improving performance. In situ simulation offers a unique opportunity for clinical and interventional cardiologists, emergency department physicians, nurses, technicians and paramedics to identify and rectify communication and system barriers to optimal acute MI care,” said William Hamman, MD, PhD, cardiologist, director of CESR, pilot and former manager of human factors and risk assessment for United Airlines. Hamman has been a leader in adapting in situ simulation technology to healthcare models. 

The Mentice technology captures data for the researchers to evaluate during the post-simulation assessment of how each team’s communication skills impacted the treatment outcome.