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Mock Drills: Implementation for Emergency Scenarios in the Outpatient Setting

Joanne LeBoeuf
Wendy Pritchett
CJON 2020, 24(1), E7-E12 DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.E7-E12

Background: Oncology care has made the shift to the outpatient setting. The authors’ cancer center is a basic life support–certified facility using an affiliated hospital for emergent transfers. A nurse-led initiative was developed in response to expressed anxieties and lack of comfort by staff related to their role in emergency management. Mock drills help staff retain knowledge and skills necessary during an emergency.

Objectives: This project aimed to create simulation-based scenarios to practice outpatient emergency management skills.

Methods: Targeted objectives for each scenario were developed by the team with staff input. An evaluation form following the mock drill is used to assess comfort level and attained knowledge.

Findings: Practicing an emergency scenario in a controlled and simulated environment improves provider confidence, communication, teamwork, and patient safety. It is an adaptable strategy that fosters team cohesiveness during actual emergencies. A successful mock drill team encompasses organization, clearly identified roles, and frequent team practice.

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