Development of an interprofessional education training course for the Safe High Acuity Adult Retrieval Programme (SHAARP)

Guillaume Alinier, Craig Campbell, Ibrahim Fawzy Hassan, Loua Al Shaikh, John Meyer, Wael Abdaljawad

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Hamad Medical Corporation initiated the development of SHAARP for interfacility transfers of high acuity patients involving a multi-disciplinary team of HMC Ambulance Service paramedics and Hamad General Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit doctors. This presents significant risks, especially when undertaken by hospital staff unfamiliar with the pre-hospital environment and ambulance transport, or paramedic staff unfamiliar with hospital medications and invasive monitoring. A program was created with the aim of training multi-disciplinary teams in the processes, skills, and team dynamics required to ensure the safe transport of high acuity patients, while introducing them through different simulation modalities to the challenges which may be faced during operations.

Methods and Results:
The 2-day course includes a pre-course manual and uses a multi-method approach to teaching, covering didactic, interactive, and simulation-based learning, and including pre-reading material. The first day of the course covers a brief overview of the SHAARP system, crisis resource management, visually enhanced mental simulation scenarios, and then a clinical skills workshop about all technical equipment used on the SHAARP unit. Day two includes a written assessment and four full-scale simulations focusing on the hospital handover with the patient preparation phase and the transport phase (within an ambulance). Each simulation is audio/video broadcasted to the remainder of the participants. Debriefing sessions are facilitated to encourage participants to reflect on the learning experience. SHAARP was launched a week after the first course was presented in November 2013 and has now conducted over 160 ground and 32 aeromedical transfers without any reported adverse event.

The interprofessional learning experience contributed to the development of mutual respect within the multi-professional teams. The feedback from SHAARP staff confirms the valuable impact the course has had on their confidence, teamwork, and patient safety. There are plans to facilitate further IPE courses using a similar mixed-modality approach.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2015
EventFirst Middle Eastern Conference on Interprofessional Education - Doha, Qatar
Duration: 4 Dec 20156 Dec 2015


ConferenceFirst Middle Eastern Conference on Interprofessional Education


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