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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (April 5, 2022) – The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Anesthesia Department, in coordination with the Healthcare Simulation and Bioskills Training Center (HSBTC or SIM Center), conducted high-frequency task training, April 5.

Doctors, nurses, residents and student nurses from the anesthesia department participated in training on the central line, a procedure that takes place when a patient needs medication given through a vein for a long time or during kidney dialysis. A small tube is placed in a vein under the shoulder bone and anchored by making a small tunnel under the skin.

“We regularly hold these trainings for skill maintenance,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Buckley, certified nurse anesthetist at NMCP. “Our staff are able to come down and go through a high fidelity setup of a centerline, identify the anatomy and go through the mechanics of that procedure. It’s not something we do on a regular basis, but it is an essential skill that we must maintain.

The SIM Center provided the mannequins and the OR staff were able to attend the training throughout the day so that it did not interfere with normal operations. Buckley and Capt. Jason Longwell, Chief of Anesthesiology at NMCP, led this hands-on, one-on-one training with each staff member.

“We established this program in coordination with the SIM Center to stay proficient and practice these skills once a quarter, rather than once a year or every two years just to meet the requirements,” Longwell said. “The team is doing a great job of making sure our people stay ready. Ready to deploy and ready to do our job effectively.

As the oldest military hospital in the US Navy, operating continuously since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present service members and their families. The nationally recognized state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 health branches and TRICARE Prime clinics, provide care to the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports world-class research and education programs designed to prepare new physicians, nurses, and hospital staff for future roles in healing and wellness.