Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Sim Center Now Offers ALERT Training for Life-Threatening Event Recognition & Treatment

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Simulation Center Manager for the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Russell Metcalfe-Smith has shared the powerful news that the center is offering ALERT certified training!

ALERT stands for ‘Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment’

Originally developed in 1999 by Professor Gary Smith and colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ALERT is a multi-professional course to train staff in recognizing patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell. The course is usually delivered as a one-day interactive seminar built around practical patient-based scenarios. The day is supported by a comprehensive reference manual and slide presentation. ALERT uses a structured and prioritized system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care. Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center is the western hub for the United States. We are working to support other institutions develop this program in their facilities.


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ALERT course objectives:

  • To teach healthcare professionals a structured and systematic approach to the assessment and management of patients.
  • By using a structured and systematic approach deteriorating patients will be identified earlier and care will be escalated to others when appropriate. This approach can reduce avoidable in-hospital deaths and cardiac arrests.
  • To teach healthcare professionals that involving expert senior help early, such as Critical Care, will enable appropriate and timely intensive care unit admissions.
  • To introduce tools to healthcare professionals which will improve team working and communication.

The ALERT course incorporates:

  • A comprehensive reference manual which the candidates receive pre-course.
  • Interactive presentations which are adapted to meet local policies and procedures.
  • Practical demonstrations.
  • Role-play of clinical patient based scenarios during which the candidates are encouraged to reflect on their actions and to consider What would I do next?
  • A blended, flexible, learning approach.
  • A proven track record of delivery of more than 10 years.
  • A multi-professional candidate applicability.
  • A candidate course certificate that is recognized by deanery’s, acute trusts and professional bodies in the UK and abroad.
  • A straightforward program to organize and deliver with minimal equipment required.

The ALERT course benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff with:

  • Improvements in the general ward care of patients.
  • A reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards.
  • Earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit.
  • Fewer re-admissions to the intensive care unit.
  • Fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths.
  • Improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients.
  • Improved multi-professional teamwork.
  • Improved communication.
  • Fewer complaints from patients or their relatives.

Learn more about the ALERT course at Cedar-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center!


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