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Better teamwork and better communication across hospital departments are proving to be the early signs of success for the Clinical Risk in the Emergency Department (CRED) program at GV Health.

The program is based on the PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) program, which was developed in the United Kingdom by Dr Timothy Draycott and has since been rolled out across the Victorian health network.

The CRED program is currently in its pilot phase. It brings together staff from the emergency and maternity departments to train together in high-fidelity emergency scenarios.

“[The scenarios] are something that we don’t see that often in the emergency department,” said Dr Toby Ezekwe, Senior Medical Officer, GV Health.

“That’s more reason why we need to be equipped to know what to do when it comes in, because any time it comes in it is an emergency, and you have to deal with it.”

The program is not only reaping rewards by increasing participants knowledge, it is also helping to build teamwork across departments at the hospital, said Linda Lawrence, PROMPT Co-ordinator at GV Health.

“The CRED program works really well because it is based on teamwork, so we have been able to build better communication between the midwifery department and ED,” she said.

For more information about the CRED program, please watch the video above.