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In a world where pilots are required to train and certify for their own skills, simulation should become a more solidified standard for healthcare professionals as well. Pilots have standard processes in place for avoiding real-life crash landings, yet interventional cardiologists still face a need to better define their own training methods for improved patient outcomes.

We got to talking with Dr. Iqbal Malik from Hammersmith Hospital, leader of iCAST, a comprehensive training program that incorporates the Mentice VIST simulator. In this webinar exploring the future of IC simulation, Malik highlights a great disparity that exists between the healthcare and aviation industries:

“The rate of medical errors is still remarkably high, and if that was the case in the airline industry, we would absolutely never fly in an airplane… so I think that there is a lot to actually do, and the tools are already available, we need to learn from the aviation industry.” – Dr. Malik Iqbal

What are cardiologists doing to avoid their own crash landings in real cases?

iCAST is a program that uses a realistic and holistic training approach to target both technical and team skill development for the best possible case preparation, team communication, and patient outcomes. When training with iCAST, scenarios are very realistic, with many variables controlled for through an incredibly cooperative team and assessment structure.

“There’s no ‘I’ in team, except for of course in iCAST.” – Dr. Iqbal Malik

iCAST focuses on immersive and realistic cath lab training for both the improvement of individual technical skills and team efficacy. Learn more about how Mentice supports iCAST in our latest webinar!

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