September 19, 2019By Lance Baily

Healthcare Simulation Week Shares the Success of Global Community

The annual Healthcare Simulation Week (#HCSimWeek19) has powerfully demonstrated the continued growth of medical simulation technologies, methodologies, and outcomes from leading institutions, organizations, and companies around the world. Here today we contribute to the promotional event by recapping some of the best articles, resources, and social media shares which have captured the spirit of Healthcare Simulation Week 2019, with plenty of helpful tips to help your program grow!

Gordon Center at the University of Miami Salutes the Healthcare Simulation Community: Dr. Barry Issenberg, MD Director of the Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, shares about his excitement in support of the global community of simulation champions everywhere sharing “As we celebrate global simulation professionals like you, I salute you for paving the way. I look forward to the future and to looking back at today’s impressive technological applications and think “we have come a long way.”

Edge Hill University Introduces their Manikins Ariel and Cliff: Ariel and Cliff, known as the MegaCode Kids, are used by our students in a range of different simulated scenarios including CPR, Trauma, First Aid and more. They help us to practice our skills and work together to improve patient outcomes and experiences. Simulating the bodies of human children, Ariel and Cliff have realistic airways which allow our students to practice the insertion of standard airway devices. They also boast ‘multi-venous paediatric IV arms’, which means we can inject them with helpful medicines and drips on the ward if required.

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Increasing Opportunities for Experiential Learning in Simulation: Here Jennifer Amster explores the convergence of science, engineering, and technology that is dramatically transforming healthcare delivery. Increased emphasis on patient-centered care relies on the combined strength of multiple disciplines, requiring a workforce that can leverage a variety of skills for healing and discovery while working effectively as a team. To that end, many academic institutions are rethinking how they educate future healthcare providers by shifting the focus from lecture-based learning to providing opportunities to practice skills in realistic settings and scenarios, utilizing hands-on applications and sophisticated simulation technology. This bridge from theory to application is a rapidly developing pedagogy which yields many benefits. For instance, a recent study of the employer’s viewpoint on clinical education featured in The Journal of Allied Health noted that inconsistent student preparation impacted their success when they arrived at clinical sites.

Education Management Solutions Shares “7 Reasons Why Nursing Schools Must Focus on Interprofessional Collaboration” Tip Sheet: Interprofessional collaboration – healthcare professionals of different disciplines working in conjunction to treat patients – provides benefits for both the patients and the professionals. Simply put, collaboration matters. When nursing students take part in simulated interprofessional education (IPE) training events with students of other disciplines, they’re better prepared to practice deliberate, high-stakes collaborative care in the field. This helpful tip sheet launched during #HCSimWeek19 will help your program identify why Nursing Schools must focus on building IPE, through sim!

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CAE Healthcare Healthcare Simulation Week Updates:

  • Healthcare Simulation Week: What is it? From September 16 through September 20, 2019, CAE Healthcare will join the healthcare and simulation communities (along with the public-at-large), in embracing an annual opportunity to heighten awareness of the immense potential and power that simulation-based training has to improve the delivery of healthcare, build and strengthen clinical competency, and minimize patient risk. Healthcare Simulation Week 2019 (the third such global event of its kind), is sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Established in 2004, the Society has dedicated itself to the global enhancement of healthcare by fostering “the improvement and application of simulation-based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, Standardized Patients and task trainers for all healthcare disciplines.”
  • Medication Errors Happen in 50% of Surgeries. Is Simulation the Solution? A first of its kind study* measured the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period. Results determined that some sort of mistake, or adverse event, occurred in 1 in 20 perioperative medication administrations. The most frequently observed errors were mistakes in labeling, incorrect dosage, and neglecting to treat a problem indicated by the patient’s vital signs. Almost 80 percent of these events were determined to have been preventable. Properly regulated simulation has proven itself, again and again, to be an effective way to develop medical staff, improve knowledge, skills and clinical behaviors through a training modality that does not directly involve patients. “By integrating human factors, simulation seems to be effective in preventing iatrogenic risk related to medication errors if the program is well designed.”
  • Free eBook Download “SIMULATION: Making a Difference. Making Healthcare Safer”:In commemoration of the 2019 celebration of Healthcare Simulation Week, CAE Healthcare offers up a new eBook to the global simulation and patient safety community. The eBook is and it is an important resource not just for healthcare simulationists, but for everyone who is concerned about how we can (and, must) improve patient safety and healthcare worldwide. Within just nine (9) succinct, but value-packed pages, this informative quick read makes the case for implementing a simulation-based medical education (SMBE) approach to healthcare training. It provides specific insights, supported with useful data, to focus attention on the worldwide crisis of patient safety.

Meet the Sims, at Yukon’s new medical simulation training facility: Yukon Hospital Foundation raised $1M to purchase manikins and equipment, and cover other costs. Yukon hospitals celebrated the opening of their new mobile clinical simulation centre this week. The Yukon Hospital Foundation has spent two years raising $1 million to purchase state-of-the-art manikins and lab equipment, and cover the operating and maintenance costs to run the program. Simulations will help doctors and nurses practice complex procedures, deliver babies, protect patients from unnecessary risks and save lives. The lifelike manikins are similar to those used at many other hospitals in larger Canadian centres. They breathe, cough, talk, move and moan, especially when the simulation program is set up for a major training operation.

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Pocket Nurse Shares the State of Simulation Education: Simulation is in its pre-adolescence stage, and there is a lot of potential for growth and opportunity. Clinical space is limited, plus simulation can more directly address specialties such as pediatrics and OB. In addition, Pocket Nurse is seeing the growth of continuing education. Pocket Nurse Founder and CEO Anthony Battaglia RN, MSN, BSN says, “The majority of our customers are colleges and universities, but don’t forget simulation for continuing education is also growing. In the hospital sector, they are building simulation centers for the education of their own staff.” Students are missing fewer opportunities because of the access to simulation in education. “Simulation is the way we are educating people when there is a real-life experience missing in the clinical setting,” added Beth Telesz MSN, RN.

SSH Shares Code of Ethics Guide for Healthcare Simulation Community: The Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics has been formulated by a global working group to support the quality and ethical practice of healthcare simulation around the world (Press Release Here). There are six aspirational values that are described in the Code of Ethics with Integrity, Transparency, Mutual Respect, Professionalism, Accountability, and Results Orientation.

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