Moving the Needle on Patient Safety & Quality Improvement, 4th Annual Canadian Simulation Forum May 28th

The 2019 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety, organized in part by  takes place May 28th in Vancouver and focusses specifically on simulation in the care delivery setting to meaningfully improve quality and safety. As we know, Healthcare Simulation is revolutionizing approaches to patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare, with stronger connections being made for in public awareness, like through documentary film such as To Err is Human. The 2019 National Forum, now in its fourth year, is a truly unique event that highlights applications of medical simulation – and evidence for its effectiveness – to advance patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

The primary audience for this conference is healthcare agency leadership and patient safety or quality improvement officers who wish to better understand how simulation-based approaches are meaningfully improving organizational reliability, culture, safety and care quality. The event is also relevant to simulationists who wish to learn more about applications in the safety/quality context. The event is produced by the collaborating teams at SIM-one and the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH), in collaboration with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Vancouver Coastal Health, and HIROC.

The Keynote presentation is by Mirette Dube, Alberta Health Services, and Jennifer Reid, Seattle Children’s Hospital who ask “Are We Together?” covering Healthcare Systems Simulation. The full program for the 2019 Forum is now available and includes:


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  • Innovation & impact presentations summarizing the achievements of 15+ initiatives to improve safety and quality:
    • In-situ simulations
    • Investigating adverse events
    • Rural and tele-simulation
    • Mass casualty preparation
    • Developing & testing policies
    • Latent safety threat detection & amelioration
    • New clinical space design
    • Raising safety concerns & safety culture
    • Deterioration & care escalation
    • Extracorpeal CPR & ECMO in the ER
    • Obstetrical emergencies
    • and more!
  • Plenty of networking time to meet the presenters and learn from their successes and challenges
  • Immersive and practical workshops from leading-edge simulationists:
    • Optimizing In Situ Simulation
    • Simulation and Safety-II
    • PEARLS Debriefing for System-Focussed Simulations
  • Interactive panel discussion with simulationists and patients on patient-centred simulation design and implementation

Workshops Include:

  • PEARLS for System Integration: A Modified PEARLS Framework for Debriefing System-Focused Simulations by Mirette Dube, Alberta Health Services & University of Calgary; Jennifer Reid, University of Washington School of Medicine; Karen Schafer, Simulation Strategy, Vancouver Coastal Health; Ashley Keilman, Seattle Children’s Hospital: The overall goal of this workshop is to introduce and apply the novel PEARLS for System Integration (PSI) framework, an adaptation of the well-established PEARLS (Promoting Excellence And Reflective Learning in Simulation) debriefing tool. The framework’s purpose is to provide debriefers with tools to methodically and proactively uncover systems issues in a system-focused debrief.
  • Learning from “What Goes Right” – Simulation and Safety-II by Jordan Holmes & Roger Chow; The Michener Institute of Education at UHN: Along with ensuring that “as few things as possible go wrong” (Safety-I), there has been increased focus in healthcare on ensuring that “as many things as possible go right” (Safety-II). This workshop will explore how Safety-II and resilience engineering are informing the way that we think about error in healthcare, and the role that simulation has to play in building system and team resilience.
  • Optimizing In Situ Simulation by Shannon Chestnut, Vancouver Coastal Health; Darin Abbey, Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning; JoAnne Slinn & Helen Clugston, Interior Health: This workshop will highlight approaches to optimize simulation occurring in the actual patient environment, which is defined as in situ simulation. Drawing on the collective experience of the BC Simulation Network’s community of practice and the presenters own lived experiences, this workshop will provide participants with opportunity to explore strategies that can be used before, during, and after in situ simulation to improve engagement, effectiveness, safety, accountability, and knowledge translation.
  • Patient-Centred Simulation: Sim, By, With and For Patients and Caregivers: Patient-centred simulation is simulation that truly incorporates patient- and family-centred principles. It can look like incorporating the patient voice into scenario design, including the patient as a simulation participant, sims whose target audience are patient and families, sims designed specifically for the unique characteristics of individual patients, or a combination of the above. This interactive session will begin with a brief introduction to patient-centred simulation, followed by a patient panel discussion about current initiatives, challenges and benefits related to planning and implementation, and hopes for the future. Audience participation is highly encouraged.

About SIM-one and CNSH

SIM-one and the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH) have recently joined forces to build a strong and united interprofessional, cross-sector network for the advancement of simulation in healthcare. They are a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, and resources across Canada and beyond, who advocate for and advance simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and safety. They not only produce this National Forum on Simulation for Quality and Safety event, but also the SimONE SIM Expo taking place this year October 21-22 in Montreal, Canada.

Join with them to engage with our passionate community, contribute to the advancement of simulation, receive discounts on their events, courses and services, connect with their community and experts, receive exclusive news, notices and tips, access grants and funding opportunities, and more. They offer advanced educational training and simulationist certification, including the Keystones of Healthcare Simulation and Mastering the Artistic Side of Clinical Simulation (MASCS) certificate programs.


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In addition, they also host a number of free, online services that are open to clinical simulation champions and health professionals across the globe. This includes the SIM Scenario Exchange for peer-reviewed simulation scenarios and tools, the “SIM Marketplace” for the buying and selling of gently-used simulation equipment, the SIM Product Directory, and more.

Visit the National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety on the SIM-one Website Today to Register and Learn More!


Today’s article was authored in collaboration with Timothy Willett, MD MMEd, President & CEO at SIM-one/CNSH. Have a story to share with the global healthcare simulation community? Submit your simulation news and resources here!


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