Interprofessional Education in the Interventional Platform

Led by Sam Wald, MD, Vice President of Perioperative and Interventional Services, a mindful shift has been made over the last year by Marsha Hurst, Director of IR and Procedures, Jacque Kixmiller, Director of Cath-Angio, and Wendy Prigge, Executive Director of Perioperative Services, to collectively identify the areas that they lead as the Interventional Platform. This group identity recognizes the interconnectedness of the work performed across multiple reporting structures and sets the future vision for how the teams will interact in the physical layout of 500P.

This future vision of an interconnected interprofessional team extends into the education and training that is developed and provided by the Interventional Platform Education Department. Underneath the scrubs, the hats, and the masks worn across the interventional platform are teams comprised of physicians, nurses, technical experts, and support staff who have each historically been managed and trained in a siloed environment. The Interventional Platform Education Department is comprised of both nurse and technical educators providing initial and ongoing education for staff across the Interventional Platform. The design of the team has allowed for the implementation of interprofessional education initiatives to further the mindset of a unified Interventional Platform team.


Nurses had the opportunity this year to participate in interprofessional learning during 4-hour professional development sessions. These sessions were co-taught by the PACU educators and members of the interprofessional team including respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists, and the stroke program. The nurses had the opportunity to learn from their colleagues and then practice hands-on skills in the simulation.


The InterCEPT program, Interprofessional Communication and Education Program for Teamwork, is a collaborative project between the Interventional Platform Education department, the Department of Anesthesia, the Goodman Surgical Education Center, and The Risk Authority. This grant funded program was designed for interprofessional teams in the operating room to practice teamwork and communication skills during crisis through in situ simulation. Monthly simulations began in July 2017 with the participation of full operating room teams including both attending and resident physicians as well as nursing and support staff. This program has provided key training to improve team communication, a known factor in improving patient outcomes. Running the simulations in situ, or in the actual clinical environment rather than a simulation lab, has also benefitted both staff members and patients by highlighting operational inefficiencies that are then championed by staff or leadership for resolution. In 2018, the program expanded beyond the operating rooms to the entire Interventional Platform. To date, simulations have been run in the 300P Operating Rooms, the Lane Surgery Center, the Cath-Angio suites, and Endoscopy. The first simulations at the Ambulatory Perioperative Services locations are scheduled for the end of 2018.


The interprofessional education model will continue in 2019 across the Interventional Platform with 500P training activities as well as team training focused on quality improvement initiatives.


--Contributed by 

Sarah Hirx, MSN, RN, CNOR

Manager, Interventional Platform Education

@Stanford Nursing 2018