Access Now: AORN COVID-19 Clinical Support

Archive July 2020 XXI, No. 7

Ideas That Work: In-Service Idea

Airway Management

KEEP IT REAL
Muriel Moyo, MS, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, NE-BC
KEEP IT REAL Staff at PIH Health Downey (Calif.) Hospital appreciate a hands-on approach to learning.

As a clinical educator, I focus on three major components of airway management competency: knowledge, skill and attitude. We've added validation and verifications of hands-on skills and attitude through simulation training to make sure staff grasp the basics of this critical aspect of patient care. Here's how it works:

  • Knowledge. Staff provide their baseline understanding of airway management by completing pre-training surveys on iPads. They then receive a packet with illustrations and theories behind proper airway management.
  • Skill. Staff are observed inserting nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways on a mannequin during training based on actual clinical scenarios.
  • Attitude. Staff answer questions during a skill validation session to verify the importance they place on airway management. They verbalize what they're doing during specific airway tasks and what to look for when performing them.

The feedback from our staff has been overwhelmingly positive regarding this in-service. They find the format fun and stress-free, and enjoy the hands-on, interactive training. This new approach has allowed me to gain a better understanding of our staff's skill level, their true competency and their comfort level with airway management.

Julie Castillo, MSN, RN, CPAN
PIH Health Downey (Calif.) Hospital
julie.castillo@pihhealth.org

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Ideas That Work: Nightmare Scenarios

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Ideas That Work: Unwind and Destress

The Ultimate Staff Relaxation Room

Ideas That Work: Staff Appreciation

A Day in the Life of Your Colleagues