Integrating Cognitive Aids into Practice to Improve Perioperative Outcomes

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Class A Credits: 1.0

Format: Video

Run time: 50 mins

Course Launch Date: 12/3/19

Course Expires: 12/2/22

This presentation will start with a description of CRM principles and its benefits.  It will then focus on the how multi-disciplinary simulation sessions can be used to increase the likelihood of real-time application of CRM principles and the utilization of cognitive aids.  A basic introduction to simulation principles and design will be provided and the presenters will share their experiences of using simulation to change patient safety culture and promote the use of CRM and cognitive aids.


Post-Test Attempt Notice
A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Learners will be able to state Principles of Crisis Resource Management.
  • Learners will state the beneficial outcomes of using cognitive aids to their practice setting.
  • Learners will describe the use of simulation to promote the use of CRM and cognitive aids during actual perioperative emergencies.

Cormac O'Sullivan, PhD, MSN, CRNA

Associate Clinical Professor Director DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia, University of Iowa



Heather Bair, DNP, ARNP, CRNA

Asst Clinical Professor and Associate Program Director - University of Iowa

Dr. Bair is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the Associate Program Director for the University of Iowa DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia.  She is the primary instructor of several anesthesia nursing courses and is also the Director of Anesthesia Nursing Simulation.  She also currently practices anesthesia at University of Iowa Health Care.


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