Overcome the Challenges of Teaching in Your Fast-Paced ICU

HealthLeaders Media (10/30/18) Cheney, Christopher

A new study published in Chest details strategies to meet the challenges of educating diverse trainees in the intensive care unit (ICU). One approach is to incorporate assigning roles, responsibilities, and expectations for all team members within bedside treatment protocols. Another recommendation is to encourage open communication, with teachers establishing a safe learning environment with critical thinking. In addition, interprofessional education can be held outside the hospital, including team training simulations. "Teaching about communication, specifically in the context of family meetings in the ICU, is another invaluable skill for trainees and a teaching opportunity for faculty and fellows," the researchers note. A calm demeanor under pressure is imperative, as is maintaining a balance between autonomy and supervision in the ICU during performance of medical procedures.

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