Survival Technology Shares 8 Secrets to Help Organizations Embrace Clinical Simulation
South African-based Medical Simulation distributor Survival Technology recently shared “Top 8 Secrets to Help Your Organization Embrace Clinical Simulation“. From keeping solutions simple to making change stick, and from starting with short-term goals to leveraging experience — these tips are sure to help you start or expand your program. Those looking for simulation products in Africa should also be sure to connect with Survival Technology as a leading distributor for the continent! Counting down, here are the top 8 secrets to help your organization embrace healthcare simulation from Survival Technology:
8. Make Change Stick: You’ve achieved the objectives you laid out for your organization. Short-term gains have been realized and your simulation program is firmly established. Is your work as an agent of change complete? When everyone has embraced simulation as a tool, it’s easy to think so. But the true test is ensuring behavioral change at the patient’s bedside. Until you see behavior patterns shifting and knowledge being transferred to on-the-job actions, lasting change has not yet occurred. Learning transfer means choosing to do it a new (and often harder and less familiar) way. Which path the employee chooses depends on many factors in their environment as well as on the training itself — and you’ve successfully achieved lasting change.
7. First Focus on Short-Term Gains: Implementing change of this magnitude takes time — celebrating milestones along the way prevents loss of momentum and helps keep the organization engaged in the process. To ensure long-term success, leaders must remember the original reason for doing a simulation learning program. That is, putting the learning to work in a way that improves performance. In other words, remember that the entire point is to improve patient care and maintain improvements over time.
6. Develop Strong Internal Relationships: While in-depth preparation is obviously vital, even well prepared healthcare leaders find that implementing this kind of significant change requires relationship building. According to Dr. Charles Pozner, medical director for the Neil & Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, leaders need to ensure strong interpersonal relationships with the people who will implement the new simulation model. After all, the staff can make or break the effort. In short, leaders may have to nurture their connections to their teams to make the most of simulation learning.
5. Harness the Experience of Your Simulation Peers: How do healthcare leaders begin implementing medical simulation? Many, such as Dr. Thomas Talbot of the University of Southern California, say it’s vital to first understand the simulation process. “It doesn’t start with a floor plan and a list of equipment to buy,” he says. “You should start learning how sim centers work. Go to successful centers. Go to a sim center training program.” Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Health & Hospitals believes advance preparation is essential. “Go to conferences,” he says. “Reach out to experts across the country, ask the vendors for support. Learn. Take as much information as you can get your hands on and just digest it and understand it. There are so many programs doing … amazing things out there.”
4. Keep your Solution Simple and Practical: “Begin with the end in mind,” as Stephen Covey would say. Start by writing a clear, focused statement of objectives that aligns to the specific problem you’ve identified (See The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Sim Experts). Once you’ve determined your objectives, benchmark all decisions against them to make informed decisions. For example, it’s easy to get caught up in the “bells and whistles” of simulation, especially when it comes to fidelity — the degree of realism offered. But higher fidelity alone doesn’t necessarily equate to improved outcomes. Simplicity and practicality are the best ways to approach the introduction of simulation to your organization.
Survival Technology’s history in South Africa as a leading supplier of medical training products dates back to the 1970’s . The Company is proud to have formed business relationships with major world wide suppliers from top brands.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.