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Background Acute stroke is a medical emergency requiring effective interdisciplinary working in a time pressured atmosphere. Simulation training offers an opportunity to reproduce acute stroke calls in a ‘patient safe environment’ and improve team members' confidence in management of hyperacute stroke.
Innovation We arranged a pilot stroke simulation course for health professionals involved in management of acute stroke, with the aim of improving interdisciplinary team working and ultimately reducing door to needle times.
NIHSS training was completed prior to the course. Management of hyperacute stroke was discussed and an ‘ideal acute stroke call’ was demonstrated by course faculty with actors playing the role of the patient. Participants took part in acute stroke scenarios and feedback was facilitated. Pre and post course questionnaires were completed.
Evaluation Seven health professionals attended the course (1 HCA, 2 stroke nurses, 1 A&E nurse, 2 junior doctors and 1 stroke doctor). On a scale of 0 to 10, confidence in assessing patients with acute stroke increased from an average of 3.5 to 6.3. All candidates found the course useful, with an average score of 9.2 given out of a possible 10.
Comments included ‘Going through stroke simulation in a structured way followed by an opportunity to observe the ‘ideal stroke call’ was very helpful.’ ‘I enjoyed the interprofessional working and teaching – a great learning experience’
Conclusions Simulation training in acute stroke is an effective way to improve acute stroke management and enables interprofessional learning in a realistic yet safe setting. Following our experience and the feedback received we plan to adapt our programme and run further sessions in acute stroke management and simulation.