Education is a foundational pillar for the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute.
The alignment of our Institute’s vision and goals directly supports our mission as an academic medical center. We offer a host of educational initiatives and programs in support of enhancing the overall critical care knowledge of our faculty, residents, and staff.
Our WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute Education Committee is a action arm of our governance process. The committee takes recommended items from our quality committee and our practice and policy committee and develops educational products and strategies to educate our staff on changes to patient care, updates to policies and practice management guides, and implementation of best practices across our ICUs or the hospital as needed. Some of the tools we use to get our messages out and train our staff include:
Education Blasts are short one-page posters that highlight best practices, changes in practice, or corrections to problem areas throughout the ICUs or house-wide. These posters are published at least monthly but more frequently as required to address key issues. They are available for download.
Lunch & Learns
Lunch & Learns are more formalized didactic style learning event held quarterly with lunch provided to our on-site participants. These sessions are patient care related topics that cross-cut floor, step-down and ICU care items to enhance the understanding and education of our clinical staff across the board. Participants receive nursing contact hours for their attendance and these session are now broadcast over the internet allowing our outlying system hospitals to participate.
Walk-A-Rounds are short ICU care related topics that have been identified as training requirements or shortfalls with the clinical staff. It may include familiarization with a new item of equipment or a more detailed change in practice. A selected member of each ICU (unit champions) takes the training package around the unit and presents the training to the staff as time permits. This allows for hands on-learning and doesn’t interrupt patient care.