Healthcare Has Changed: Laerdal eBook Shares How Simulation Can Help
Laerdal’s latest eBook explores how healthcare has changed and how clinical simulation can mitigate the impacts of this evolution. There are very few people who enjoy constant change. With change comes disruption, new learning curves, and even potential patient risk. Medical Simulation is often considered an optimal means for mitigating the impact of change. Using simulation, healthcare practitioners can train in realistic circumstances before ever taking into their care a human life. Laerdal Medical’s latest eBook explores the recent trends in healthcare and provides useful resources to help you meet changes in the industry. The organization hopes to empower readers to achieve their professional goals by adding to their knowledge about the current state of patient simulation.
Laerdal’s goal in putting together this e-book is for you to read each page feeling more and more empowered. Whether you are a current simulation champions or just beginning your journey into simulation, their objective is to help you multiply your knowledge so that you can achieve your professional goals. They have purposefully selected themes that we hope will help you achieve success—whatever your role might be in clinical simulation! Below is a preview of topics discussed in the eBook:
Changes in Nursing Practice: Nurses today are expected to exhibit strong learnership, critical thinking, and decision-making skills. This is in addition to being responsible for the diagnosis and assessment of a patient and ensuring safe care practices are utilized. Increasingly, nurse educators are turning to simulation to train nurses in the necessary hard and soft skills.
Reducing Risk During Childbirth: 700 women die each day in the United States due to pregnancy and delivery complications. And, research shows that over 60% of these deaths are preventable. Using different simulation fidelity options, educators can hone the skills of learners in a targeted way. Whereas one
modality may improve a system’s safety precautions, another modality may highlight health and lifestyle factors that can increase a patient’s risk of complications.
Improving Newborn Resuscitation: A newborn’s first minutes outside of the womb are critical in predicting newborn outcomes. To prepare for this moment, and any potential complications, it is important for healthcare providers to train for effective neonatal resuscitation.
Better Training for Pediatric Emergencies: Over the past 25 years, emergency departments have seen an increase in patients. Nearly 25% of these patients are children and experts worry that they may not be receiving the specialized care they deserve. For this reason, educators have turned to simulation to train healthcare
professionals in caution, decisiveness, collaboration, and medication administration – all integral when caring for high-risk pediatric patients.
Diagnostic Imaging: As ultrasound equipment has become more portable, its applications have also broadened. Today, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is used to improve diagnostic accuracy and treatment plans. By incorporating an ultrasound task trainer in simulations, learners can achieve
competence in image acquisition.
Doing More with Less: In the United States, women are more likely to die from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes than other women in the developed world. Low-fidelity simulation training in low-resource countries has led to significant decreases in maternal and infant mortality rates, and similar efforts can be just as effective in the U.S.
Patient Safety: Preventable medical error in U.S. hospitals accounts for an estimated 250,000 patient deaths and over one million injuries annually. In response to this data and as the emphasis on teamwork and communication skills continues to grow, many are now turning to team-based simulation to practice safe care.
These are just some of the topics that Laerdal explores in the downloadable eBook “Healthcare Has Changed”. By downloading this, readers can uncover additional topics as well as resources tailored to one specific area of training. These include infographics, articles, checklists, and more!