SSH President Shares Why Medical Simulation Is Essential for Patient Safety for the Future of Healthcare
Dr. Pamela Andreatta, President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), recently wrote an article for the Future Of Healthcare News on Why Healthcare Simulation Is Essential for Patient Safety. Below is an excerpt of the piece:
“A dress rehearsal”
“Consider the analogy to a concert pianist, who trains under the tutelage of a maestro. The trained pianist would never perform before an audience without having practiced extensively beforehand and likely warmed-up immediately prior to any performance. In this situation, the risk of poor performance would be embarrassment for the pianist and the maestro, and disappointment for the audience. Yet, requiring trainees to perform without similar preparation is standard practice in health care, where the risks of poor performance are much higher. Fortunately, advances in clinical teaching methods and technologies offer an alternate approach.
Simulation-based teaching methods allow learners to acquire and maintain clinical skills in a safe environment where they can practice as much as they want on realistic, simulated patients, instead of real patients. Technological advances have led to simulated patients that function like their real patient correlates, allowing clinicians to practice techniques from catheter placement and identification of abnormal physical examination findings, to more complex interactions involving communication, disaster management, and multi-disciplinary teamwork.”
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 Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.