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Anaesthetists as educators: ANTS (anaesthetists’ non-technical skills) – The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
August 18, 2016 @ 9:15 AM - 4:45 PM£200
As early as the 1970’s, the aviation industry realised that the majority of incidents and accidents which occurred were due to problems of human failure rather than technical error. Their solution was to introduce Crew Resource Management (CRM) training to address the underlying issues such as team working, communication and decision making.
In 2003 a taxonomy was developed to describe the non-technical or cognitive/behavioural aspects deemed most crucial in safe and effective anaesthetic practice, called the ANTS (Anaesthetists’ Non-Technical Skills) Framework. This framework was designed to help anaesthetists recognise and assess non-technical behaviours and actions, in themselves and others.
This one-day course is designed for anaesthetic trainees and consultants, who wish to enhance their understanding of human factors and non-technical skills as applied to anaesthesia. It is also aimed at anaesthetists in a clinical or educational supervisor role, who wish to become more familiar with using ANTS for observation and feedback for trainees.
- To enhance understanding of how behavioural aspects of performance contribute to patient safety.
- To become familiar with the concepts and vocabulary used to describe non-technical skills in anaesthetic practice.
- To recognise non-technical skills through the observation of videos of simulated clinical scenarios.
- To link observed behaviours to categories and elements within the ANTS framework.
- To identify and rate non-technical skills using the ANTS rating system, for use in feedback and as a tool for reflection.
- The course will use a combination of short presentations and video examples to illustrate behaviours associated with each non-technical skills category.
The video examples of simulated scenarios will be used to facilitate group discussion around identification of non-technical skills using the ANTS framework, and to rate non-technical skills using the ANTS rating system.