June 8, 2015By Lance Baily

Boston Children’s Hospital ‘SIMPeds’ Program Provides Expanded Simulation Resources


At IPSSW 2015 I had the opportunity to learn more about Boston Children’s Hospital’s SIMPeds program, which enables area wide simulation training, testing, networking, and innovative engineering opportunities — as well as consulting for programs with specific needs. Lead by Peter Weinstock MD, PhD, Anesthesia Chair in Pediatric Simulation Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, SIMPeds has recently expanded its programs into a number of key areas encompassing the “SIMPeds Ecosystem”:

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SIMPeds SIM Network division reaches beyond walls to connect Boston Children’s to its families as well as local and regional pediatric healthcare community. Goals of SIM Network are to produce novel mechanisms to cascade BCH “know how” throughout the community as well as to develop sustainable simulation activities to occur on-site to support partnering institutions. Partners include the BCH Network Hospitals, Pre-hospital/EMS, Massachusetts Fire and Police Departments. SIM Network innovatively reaches our families and caregivers by providing pre-discharge SIM education to mitigate anxiety through education and prepare and facilitate easy and safe transitions. SIMPeds can consult to assist with the development of your international simulation center. Click the link below to learn more.

SIMPeds SIM Test Division focuses and enhances safety through engagement of SIM Technology as “crash test dummies” for the full range of hospital activities, policies, procedures environments and facilities. SIM Test assists in safe iteration, vetting and identification of best approaches and remediation of latent safety threats prior to any ill effects or harm to children. SIM Test activities are divided into three core STEPS encompassing the life of any hospital resource/facility/element:

STEP 1: Pre-adoption/construction SIMs to assess and test feasibility, logistics and best, safest, most economical approach to optimize form-function prior to adoption/construction.
STEP 2: Post-adoption/construction SIMs to safely introduce new policies, facilities to BCH staff/teams by engaging in highly realistic simulations prior arrival/movement of actual patients.
STEP 3: Ongoing Surveillance Ongoing interval SIM testing and evaluation throughout the life of a facilities, policy, elements to insure ongoing safe use.

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SIMPeds SIM Train division encompasses >100 multidisciplinary courses geared to training across the expertise gradient at BCH, Nationally and Internationally. Courses include pure skills, contextualized medicine, mock codes, team work and human factors all tailored to levels of students through the most senior staff among 27 medical and surgical units and departments. The SIM Train Division also includes multiple component courses and activities in SIM Faculty Development from basic techniques in SIM delivery, to state of art “how to” courses in Human Factors training each with heavy emphasis on debriefing and feedback as core to the method. SIMPeds has partnered with 12 hospitals in 7 countries focused on rapid upstart of state of art International Pediatric Simulation Centers for hospital and global regions.

The next external simulation workshop you can attend is taking place October 6-8th of 2015 and is entitled “SIMPeds Multi-day SIM Instructor Training for Busy Clinicians”:

Background: A multi-day comprehensive instructor training workshop for pediatric/perinatal simulation faculty. Since 2002, the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds) has focused on making simulation- based education work for busy practitioners at busy academic hospitals. The center operates as an on-site hospital-based “post-graduate university” for all disciplines across the entire expertise gradient, engaging 26 departments and divisions in >80 component programs. The instructor workshop trains busy clinicians to deliver simulations in their busy environments.

Format: 3 days from 8am-5pm
Venue: ICU Based Simulation Suite
Frequency: 2 times per year
Participants: Busy clinicians
Expertise Level: Novice- expert
Course Leaders: Peter Weinstock MD, PhD, Catherine Allan MD, Traci Wolbrink MD, Parson Hicks EdM, MT, Elizabeth Doherty MD

Highlights/Objectives: Comprehensive and interactive three day course covering major aspects of pediatric/perinatal simulation Bridges theory to application: Practical approach to rapid upstart of high quality simulation curricula Interdisciplinary instructional training in pediatric simulation and debriefing for novice through expert faculty Step-by-Step methodologies and debriefing resources adapted to busy practitioners

SIMPeds SIM Engineering division ‘personalizes pediatrics’ by seamlessly integrating high fidelity simulator and device manufacturing into the SIMPeds curriculum development pathway for training, surgical planning and care delivery. Through a combination of materials, industrial and mechanical engineering, SIM Engineering focuses on development of whole body mannequins and skills trainers applied to neonatal through adolescent models. Now through SIMPeds3D, SIM Engineering is moving the needle as “personalized pediatrics” via creation of exact recreations of child anatomy for ultrahigh fidelity SIM, surgical planning and preparation as well as patient and family education. SIM Engineering also partners with divisions throughout the hospital in creating prototypes of devices to enhance pediatrics.

Sign up for the SIMPeds workshop, learn more about their Sim International Center Development program, and more about SIMPeds today!

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