November 13, 2018By Lance Baily

ASPiH 9th Annual Conference Opens in Southport UK

Today in Southport United Kingdom, the 9th annual Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare conference launched with a day of workshops, movie screenings, and keynote addresses. Hundreds of simulation champions from across the UK, Europe and the world came together for the three day event which focusing on “Maximizing Impact” in simulated healthcare. HealthySim is on hand to share it with you, starting with they keynote livestream in just moments!

To Err is Human Screening

Following the morning’s workshops, the conference opened with a screening of the new documentary film To Err is Human thanks to support from CAE Healthcare. This is a powerful film about the ‘silent epidemic’ of Medical Errors, and those working quietly behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety.

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Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from victim to empowerment, the film provides a unique look at our healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm. Learn more about the powerful documentary To Err is Human.

Professor Tim Draycott Keynote: “Getting the big picture right! Aligning policy and practice in simulation based training”

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Not All Maternity Training is Created Equal

Dr. Draycott encouraged us to get away from cost and look instead at the value of simulation.

He then asked us to consider the challenges in Maternity Care: 10 fold Increased litigation risks, Open 24 hours, all operations awake with relatives present. This is why the NHS plans for £85 million per week to manage litigation costs alone. The hope for training exists, but the opportunity for impact is not supported.

Dr. Draycott then covered some statistics on the discrepancy in training outcomes for human factors, OB training, and simulation in healthcare, suggesting that not all trainings are created equal.

He then shared about PROMPT, or PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training, which is an independent charity set up to save the lives of mothers and babies through evidence-based, multi-professional training and research. PROMPT training in maternity units is having a significant impact, not only in the UK, but internationally.

Whereas many other published training interventions have not led to an improvement in clinical outcomes, in Bristol the introduction of PROMPT has led to a 50% reduced Hypoxic Brain Injuries, 45% reduced school-aged cerebral palsy, 100% reduced permanent brachial plexus injuries and 40% quicker deliver at emergency caesarean sections. And In Kansas, the introduction of PROMPT has led to a 30% reduced Apgar <7 at 5 minutes and 100% reduced permanent brachial plexus injury.

The introduction of PROMPT has also led to a 91% reduced litigation costs at North Bristol Trust, UK and $38 million saved in litigation in 8 years in Kansas.

He called for simulation in maternity teams to go beyond a knowledge transfer to actual practice, both in skills based behavioral communication, as well as using simulation to better understand where we could improve as a research tool. Sharing some new innovations in simulated tools, Professor Draycott shared how pressure sensors are being added to newborn infant simulators to train for unnecessary cranium pressure.

More to come tomorrow!

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