UCSF 2017 Flu Summit

INEx & Occupational Health host an annual Flu Summit to kick off the Flu Season. The goal of the Flu Summit is to provide information on this season’s flu vaccine and to train new flu deputies on the vaccination workflow (i.e. how to navigate questions about the vaccine, how to order vaccines, how to administer vaccines, and how to document administration or declination of the vaccine).

Each year we select speakers to come and teach us about the latest information on influenza and the strains that were selected to be included in this season’s vaccine.  During the Flu Summit, we have a panel of VIPs who receive their flu shot.  New deputies participate in the “Give One, Get One” session at the end of the Summit where they receive and give a flu shot to their peers to become “deputized”.

The goal of having flu deputies is to improve employee vaccination compliance by making it more accessible and convenient for staff.  Flu deputies act as a resource for staff, provide employee vaccinations in their practice areas, and are the point person for any updates from Occupational Health regarding this year’s flu season.

Simulation-based Mock Code Program

The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital simulation-based Mock Code Program provides invaluable training for staff.

Simulation-based interprofessional team training is important to ensure high quality, safe patient care.  Initiated in 2006, the Mock Code Program is a collaborative effort between nurses and physicians to enhance communication and care in pediatric emergencies. The mock code program consists of small-group simulation-based sessions organized in patient care areas and engages health care providers from a variety of disciplines, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists.

The program is unique because of its interprofessional nature and regularly scheduled sessions.  There are over 70 sessions held annually in 8 different patient care areas, allowing over 750 clinicians to participate per year. The success of the program is attributed to the great collaboration between nurses and physicians, a “never cancel” policy with regularly scheduled sessions, and endorsement of the program by nursing leadership and the residency program

The program focuses on:

  • Early recognition of signs of clinical deterioration
  • Awareness of the working environment and available resources for emergency situations
  • Competency in resuscitation skills
  • Operation knowledge of equipment needed in emergency situations
  • Importance of team work and effective communication between team members

All mock code sessions follow the format of introduction-scenario-debriefing and have the following elements:

  • Active participation of all team members according to real-life role
  • Realistic and relevant scenarios that are concise and clear
  • Participant-centered debriefings with emphasis on successes and discussion of performance improvement elements