Medical professionals from Concordia University in Ann Arbor lead sports medicine at UM in simulated emergency training




ANN ARBORConcordia Ann Arbor UniversityThe University of Michigan Sports Coaching and Nursing Education Departments hosted an emergency care simulation for the University of Michigan Sports Medicine team on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Taking place at the AUC’s Center for Simulation and Innovation (CSI) at Concordia’s North Building (7475 Plymouth Road), 34 athletic coaches, social workers and team physicians from the University of Michigan’s Sports Department have performed four scenario-based simulations.

Members of the U of M sports medicine team perform CPR on one of the AUC’s high-fidelity mannequins.

The goal? Practice teamwork and skills to manage emergencies that may arise in the profession of sports medicine, such as manual CPR, wound dressing, orthopedic injury management, injuries caused by exertional heat, head injuries and more

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“We were happy to welcome our fellow healthcare providers to our facilities and learn from each other with each scenario,” said Tim Neal, Director of Concordia Sports Education Program and assistant professor of health and human performance.

Two Ann Arbor universities, a partnership

Neal says the tabletop exercise is another part of Concordia’s ongoing relationship with the University of Michigan. Members of the Michigan Sports Medicine Team came to the AUC courses to present specialized knowledge in spinal injury management to students and athletic training staff.

They have also served as preceptors for AUC athletic training students as they complete clinical rotations, and recently hired Daniela Perez, MSAT, AT, ATC (’20), member of the first cohort to graduate from the CUA Master of Science in Athletic Coaching program. Perez is the athletic trainer for the University of Michigan cross-country and track teams.

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CUA simulation education specialist Betsy Cambridge leads University of Manitoba sports medicine professionals through a scenario from a simulation control room.

Each of the simulations was carefully planned by Sports Medicine at the University of Michigan and performed by professors and staff at Concordia Ronald and the Marvel Jones School of Nursing and Athletic Training.

CUA simulation education specialist Betsy Cambridge leads University of Manitoba sports medicine professionals through a scenario from a simulation control room. (Concordia Ann Arbor University)

Concordia Center for Simulation and Innovation

The state-of-the-art simulation center, complete with high-fidelity mannequins, volunteer actors, control rooms, fully functional medical tools, and the necessary medical equipment and supplies, was suitable space for four fast rotations, including 15 minutes of simulation followed by 20 minutes of debriefing.

“Simulation is a proven and very effective teaching and learning modality, not only in the educational setting, but also in the practice environment,” said Anita Simmons, Director of Simulation and Interprofessional Education. “Even after learning the right skills, it still takes practice to function quickly and effectively as a team in an emergency.”

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An example of a simulated scenario

Below is a taste of the simulated scenarios, enabling sports medicine professionals to use effective and timely communication, interprofessional practice and crisis management skills to achieve the best possible patient outcome.

Scenario: It’s a 54 degree day at the men’s lacrosse field. You (track and field coach) hear the commotion and the coaches shout your name

Patient # 1 (live actor) – took a heavy blow and was hit at the same time he took the hit, bleeding under his helmet (forehead laceration)

Patient No. 2 (dummy, goalkeeper) – lying down; do not answer ; no pulse; no breathing

His teammates and coaches say it did not appear he saw the shot and the ball hit the goalkeeper in the left chest; state that the goalkeeper shook his head 2-3 times, took two (2) steps forward, then fell face first

Debriefing of sports medical staff after completing the simulated scenarios in the AUC debriefing rooms. (Concordia Ann Arbor University)

Debriefing of sports medical staff after completing the simulated scenarios in the AUC debriefing rooms.

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At the end of the simulation, the groups would meet in a debriefing room and watch a video of the situation they had just encountered. Healthcare professionals were able to discuss what went well and what they may have done differently.

Neal says Concordia plans to continue its partnership with University of Michigan Sports Medicine to offer simulation-based training at Concordia.

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