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15th Dutch North Sea Emergency Medicine Conference 2024

Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee

May 29-31, 2024

The Emergency Mind Project: High Performance Resuscitation Team Workshop & Personal Stress Management as Critical Care Skill

How do medical teams operate under extreme pressure? How do we build (or grow) high-performing resuscitation teams? This half-day pre-course is designed to jumpstart discussion around these key challenges, facilitate collaborative inquiry into the critical issues resuscitation teams face, and develop experiments participants can run on improving high-performing teamwork at their home institutions. Focused on defining what “right” looks like, improving critical communication in and out of crisis, and working on augmenting leading / following / and teaming skills, this session will be a mix of experiential learning, collaborative inquiry, small group exercises and discussions. The instructor, Dan Dworkis, MD PhD, is the Chief Medical Officer at The Mission Critical Team Institute, the founder of The Emergency Mind Project, and a world-recognized expert in how teams and systems perform under pressure.

After focusing on team work during high performance resuscitation with Dan Dworkis, the afternoon will focus on how to manage your personal stress response in these situations. As emergency doctors we can all deal with a bit of adrenaline, but there is an optimum in the amount of stress you need to perform well. The human nervous system will react with a fight and flight or freeze response when suddenly confronted with a critically ill patient. Pilots are trained not to panic when lightning hits the wing of their plane and athletes learn to focus and stay calm before their olympic game. We as emergency doctors should also train ourselves to stay calm, focused and in control during resuscitations. The instructors are Nienke Sonneveld, emergency physician, and Remy van Gelder, mindfulness and leadership coach. In this practical workshop they will combine their expertise to provide you with skills that are actually suitable to use in the Emergency Department. Participants will leave with several tools and techniques that they can start using and practicing in their next resuscitation.

Wednesday May 29, 2024
€ 275,-
08.30 – 17.00 h
  • Dan Dworkis
  • Nienke Sonneveld
  • Remy van Gelder
08.30 – 09.00
Arrival / Coffee
09.00 – 09.30
Welcome + Orientation
  • “Growing” vs “Building” High Performance Resuscitation Teams
  • What to expect for the day
09.30 – 11.00
High-Stakes Communication
  • Routine vs Critical Communication
  • Improving within- and cross-team communication
    • Exercise – Johari Window
  • How / when / why do critical coms fail?
11.00 – 11.15
Coffee / Snack Break
11.15 – 12.45
Leading, Following, and Teaming
  • What is a High Performance Resuscitation Team?
  • Operating swarm teams vs intact teams
    • Exercise – assemble and disassemble a swarm team
    • Alternative – smash team operation
  • Defining combined metrics of success
12.45 – 13.00
Closing + Next Steps
  • What did we learn?
  • Monday’s Mission – what will we try next
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 14.30
  • Stress and effect on performance during resuscitation
  • Introduction in techniques
14.30 – 14.45
Resus 1
14.45 – 15.15
Technique 1: using your breathing
15.15 – 15.30
15.30 – 16.00
Technique 2: using your body
16.00 – 16.30
Technique 3: using your mind: trigger word and focus
16.30 – 16.45
Combining all 3 techniques and take home exercises
16.45 – 17.00
Resus 2

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