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Instilling a culture of debriefing post cardiac arrest: A quality improvement project

15 Nov 2023
Theatre E: AGM Clinical

This Quality Improvement Project focuses on creating a culture of debriefing post-cardiac arrest, acknowledging the emotional impact on healthcare providers. The project employs a structured approach involving evaluation, education and implementation. Through successive PDSA cycles, the project successfully introduced the ‘STOP5’ model, enhanced awareness through teaching sessions, and integrated debriefing discussions into medical handovers. The outcomes demonstrated a positive shift in attitudes, with increased willingness among doctors to engage in debriefing sessions, as well as implementation as a standard practice. Moving forward, the project aims to consolidate these achievements by continuing debriefing practices. The upcoming cycle will introduce simulation-based teaching, allowing doctors to practice essential debriefing skills effectively. This project has helped to foster a supportive community, emphasising the importance of debriefing in enhancing well-being.

Amelia Gelson-Thomas, Doctor - Somerset foundation trust
Emily Hocknell, Doctor - Somerset foundation trust
Harry Fox, Foundation Year 3 Doctor - Somerset nhs foundation trust

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