Dr. Rowan Molnar-Simulation and Anaesthesia


The very basis of anaesthesia training is based on the duration and quality of clinical experience. It is important for budding anaesthetists to be exposed to a range of interventions. While basic training works for routine cases, anaesthetists have to be well prepared to carry out multiple tasks in the case of uncommon and life-threatening events. According to Dr. Rowan Molnar, a senior specialist anaesthetist at Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, simulation training is one of the best ways to prepare anaesthetists through standard scenario building and reflective training.

The use of technology to train anaesthetists

During simulation training, it is easy to address a number of non-technical aspects of the daily activities of anaesthetists. Dr. Rowan Molnar, who is dedicated to medical education at all levels, particularly in the implementation of simulation based teaching, and armed with a Master’s of Science in Health Professional Education (Simulation Major), Harvard University is of the opinion that the technology can be used most effectively to assess competence levels as well. A model of the human airway is used to teach airway skills while a mannequin is used to perform various tasks including endotracheal intubation. Mannequin patients used in simulation centres are backed by software-based physiology to make the situation as realistic as possible. According to Dr. Rowan Molnar, learners can feel the changes in airway and breathing during simulation training. A typical simulation usually involves a patient management situation where a learner is briefed about a patient condition and is asked to conduct an anaesthetic.

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