It’s late at night in the hospital, and you’ve just arrived for your emergency department shift. Monitor beeps punctuate the murmur of hushed voices and hurried footsteps. Suddenly, you hear the skid of gurney wheels down the hallway as EMTs rush an infant into the room. The child’s lips and fingertips are blue and cool to the touch, and the EMT tells you the capillary refill time is five seconds. All eyes are on you. What do you do?
This is a situation health care providers might encounter when they use Annenberg Hotkeys, a medical simulator developed by Penn’s Kyle Cassidy and Elizabeth Sanseau of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Such simulations imitate real-world emergency situations but allow health care providers to safely rehearse decision-making skills using digital tools and hands-on practice with a doll or mannequin.
Sanseau, now a fourth-year fellow in pediatric emergency medicine and global health at CHOP, recognized in the spring of 2020 that remote, virtual training would play a key role in ensuring the continued education of health care providers during the pandemic. She reached out to Cassidy, a technologist at the Annenberg School for Communication. Together, the two created Annenberg Hotkeys, which uses simple, customizable code and video to make educational simulations straightforward and accessible.
In a conversation with Penn Today, Sanseau and Cassidy share how they’ve used Annenberg Hotkeys to bring Penn’s medical expertise to a global audience. They also discuss the future of the project.
Kyle Cassidy is a technologist and co-director of the Annenberg Virtual Reality ColLABorative at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Sanseau is a physician in her final year of pediatric emergency medicine and global health fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
To learn more about Hotkeys, visit https://www.asc.upenn.edu/annenberg-hotkeys.