September 13, 2021By Lance Baily

Healthcare Simulation Week 2021 Promotes Community Globally

Each year, Healthcare Simulation Week provides an opportunity for the global simulation community to come together to share information and insights from across the industry. This year’s Healthcare Simulation Week will take place from September 13 to September 19, 2021. To raise awareness about clinical simulation professions (i.e. Simulation Operations Specialists and technologists, researchers, educators and other specialists advocating for healthcare simulation in education, practice and research) and to celebrate those who undertake such work, organizations and companies have planned a number of simulation events during this year’s observance — which coincides with World Patient Safety Day on September 17.

During Healthcare Simulation Week, The Society for Simulation in Healthcare encourages clinical simulation professionals to plan an event, conduct media outreach, advocate for the profession, and promote the value of simulation. For example, the organization advises that simulation centers and programs consider setting up a special Healthcare Simulation Week display in their facility that draws attention to the work the team does.

SSH also hosts a number of events during this week to further raise awareness amongst media and consumers about how healthcare professionals are using simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery. SSH events will include live and recorded content sessions, Q&As with discussion presenters, highlighted #hcsimweek21 social media posts, and a video contest. The events are designed to encourage all levels of participation.

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SSH Healthcare Simulation Week Events

  • Monday, Sept. 13:
    SSH President Juli Maxworthy, DNP, PhD(c), MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH | Session: “Reuniting with a Purpose” | Time: 10 a.m. ET (U.S.) | 6 p.m. ET (U.S.) (replay)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14:
    SSH President-Elect Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH | Time: 10 a.m. ET (U.S.) | 6 p.m. ET (U.S.) (replay)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15:
    Lori Lioce, DNP, FNP-BC, CSAP, CHSE-A, CHSOS, COI, FAANP | Session: “Does Simulation Terminology Matter?” | Time: 10 a.m. ET (U.S.)
    Desiree Diaz, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN / Kellie Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE | Session: “Simulation and DEI: Can we talk?” 6 p.m. ET (U.S.)
  • Thursday, Sept. 16:
    Penni Watts, PhD, RN, CHSE-A | Session: “Simulation Excellence: Using the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice” | Time: 10 a.m. ET (U.S.) | 6 p.m. ET (U.S.) (replay)
  • Friday, Sept. 17:
    Shelita Kimble, MEd, BS, CHSOS | Time: 10 a.m. ET (U.S.) | 6 p.m. ET (U.S.) (replay)
  • Saturday, Sept. 18:
    David Grant, MRCPCH (RCPCH), FFICM (RCPCH) | Time: 10 a.m. ET (U.S.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 19:
    Healthcare Simulation Week Session Re-rack! (Replay of all sessions from the week)

Here’s a sampling of what several other SSH plans look like:

  • Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA) — “We have International Nurses in the Center this week as well as a fantastic program called Project Prepare!”
  • CentraCare Simulation Center (St. Cloud, MN) — “Celebrate and show appreciation for Simulation Staff, Content Experts and Participants.”
  • Willis-Knighton Virtual Hospital Simulation Center (Bossier City, LA) — “This is our first time participating in Healthcare Simulation Week and we are planning to celebrate with our sim center staff with a dessert and prizes!”
  • Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education (Miami, FL) — “We will be sharing a series of videos through our social media channels that showcase our passion for simulation education.”
  • Atenas College (San Salvador, Puerto Rico) — “We will be offering a program of simulation activities. We will carry out clinical scenarios, conferences, moulage competition, among other activities.”
  • Center for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME) Aga Khan University (Nairobi) — “Increasing our outreach to educators in Simulation Education”
  • Kavita Mandrelle Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Christian Medical College and Hospital (India) — “Simulation Workshop in Obstetrics”
  • Oral Health Therapy / Oral Health / Multipurpose Centre / The University of Newcastle (Australia) — “Online virtual simulation due to COVID-19 Delta strain lockdowns”

Clinical Skills Development Service’s SIMinar Webinar Series

​​Join Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) from September 13 to September 17 as the organization celebrates Healthcare Simulation Week 2021. To celebrate this year, CSDS has brought back the popular webinar series SIMinars! Sessions will run online for 30 to 60 minutes starting at 12 PM (AEST) Monday through Friday. These are free events and registration is open to all, and the full schedule will run as follows:

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  • SIMinar 1 (Monday, September 13 2021, 12-12:30 p.m.): Simulation education, the backbone of CSDS.
  • SIMinar 2 (Tuesday, September 14 2021, 12-12:30 p.m.): Moulage techniques with Georg, featuring Bill’s burns.
  • SIMinar 3 (Wednesday, September 15 2021, 12-12:30 p.m.): Queensland Trauma Education (QTE): Challenges for state-based training.
  • SIMinar 4 (Thursday, September 16 2021, 12-12:45 p.m.): Herston Biofabrication Institute’s (HBI) 3D printed simulation models.
  • SIMinar 5 (Friday, September 17 2021, 12-12:30 p.m.): Context matters: The complexity of supporting both military and civilian healthcare simulation.

Simulation Week 2021 Panel: The Future of Healthcare Simulation

On Thursday, September 14 at 12 p.m. ET, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Immersive Learning & Digital Innovation will host the free, Facebook Live event: “Simulation Week 2021 Panel: The Future of Healthcare Simulation.” Participants will join healthcare simulation experts as they explore hot topics in clinical simulation, like innovation and technology, the impact of COVID-19, diversity, equity and inclusion in simulation, and more. The event will be moderated by Dr. Vinciya Pandian, Assistant Dean for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Kristen Brown, Assistant Professor and Director of Immersive Learning & Digital Innovation Practice, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
  • Dr. Jennifer Arnold, Medical Director, Center for Medical Simulation & Innovative Education, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
  • Dr. Desiree Diaz, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida.
  • Dr. Mindi Anderson Professor and Director of the Healthcare Simulation Program, University of Central Florida.
  • Dr. Kellie Bryant Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs and Simulation Center, Columbia University.
  • Dr. Kim Leighton, Executive Director, ITQAN Clinical Simulation & Innovation Center, Hamad Medical Corp., Doha, Qatar.
  • Dr. Nancy Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Clinical Simulation Director, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

UK National Sim Tech Day 2021

On September 15, the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) will promote the observation of National Simulation Technician Day in the United Kingdom. On this day, Caren Reid (@cazandal) and Sam McCormack (@sirmanfer) will engage in a Twitter chat (#Simtechday) from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (GMT) n the @ASPiH account.

Gaumard Scientific Webinar: “Designing a Simulation Center from the Ground Up”

As part of Healthcare Simulation Week, on September 15 at 1 PM EST, Gaumard Scientific will host a webinar presentation titled “Designing a Simulation Center from the Ground Up.” This collaborative learning event will discuss the experiences the Innovative Simulation and Practice Center (ISPC) staff went through when designing a simulation center from the ground up. Attendees will be able to participate in a live Q&A session following the presentation. Additional content highlights include:

  • Planning how to serve the educational needs of each healthcare discipline
  • Planning for the technology required to meet those needs
  • Flexibility in space planning

World Patient Safety Day 2021

This year, September 17 is World Patient Safety Day — once again falling right in the middle of this year’s Healthcare Simulation Week! The World Patient Safety Day was established in 2019 by the World Health Organization to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action to promote patient safety. Healthcare Simulation Week joins in the celebration of global professionals who use medical simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

On this year’s World Patient Safety Day, the WHO urges all stakeholders to “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!” with the theme “Safe maternal and newborn care.” According to the WHO, considering the significant burden of risks and harm women and newborns are exposed to due to unsafe care, compounded by the disruption of essential health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign is even more important this year.

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2021:

  1. Raise global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety, particularly during childbirth.
  2. Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt effective and innovative strategies to improve maternal and newborn safety.
  3. Call for urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to scale up efforts, reach the unreached and ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth.
  4. Advocate the adoption of best practices at the point of care to prevent avoidable risks and harm to all women and newborns during childbirth.

#uniteforsafecare Virtual Event 2021

On World Patient Safety Day (September 17, 2021) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation will host the organization’s second annual #uniteforsafecare campaign. This initiative is designed to bring global awareness to the public and human rights issues we are all now facing: the lack of safety in health care that the pandemic brought to light. Considering the huge burden of avoidable harm occurring to women and babies in the U.S. and around the world during childbirth, the topic of maternal and newborn safety has been designated by the World Health Organization as the theme for this year’s event, “Safe maternal and newborn care.” The PSMF’s virtual program will touch on this theme but we will also explore the concept of high reliability and create two tracks so that both the general public and healthcare stakeholders will find value in our programming.

Cyber Patient Free Global Conference on Patient Safety

Cyberpatient will host a free Global Conference on Patient Safety on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7 AM (PST). A recording will be made available for those who are unable to attend live.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Alberto Ferreres – University Buenos Aires
  • Dr. Kieran Walsh – Clinical Director, BMJ
  • Dr. Savvas Nicolaou – University of British Columbia

Check out this video from Healthcare Simulation Week 2020

Learn More About Healthcare Simulation Week

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