The spread of simulation throughout the healthcare world has been a wonderful technique to improve education, teamwork, and patient safety.  Thousands of programs around the world are actively innovating every day to deliver high quality simulation sessions in a variety of settings with a wide array of educational goals.  Promoting this evolution must not stop, as the aspirations and achievements are truly remarkable.

However, there are dangers lurking.  As with anything new, unanticipated and subtle hazards exist and can be difficult to manage.  In healthcare simulation we are introducing programs with its array of real and simulated equipment, supplies, and medications.  We also bring a certain degree of deception, asking people to act as if things that are not real are true and things that are real are not.  All of these introductions are into a healthcare world that has its own difficulties maintaining a safe and error free environment.  The chance that this new world of simulation will lead to an accidental misuse of some simulated entity on a real patient or healthcare worker is real and worrisome.

On this website, we will try to present accidents and “near misses” from healthcare simulation that come to our attention.  We will try to use the collective wisdom of the field to present best practices and mitigation strategies to help the simulation community reduce the potential for harm.  Working together we hope to make the chance of a simulation related injury vanishing small.


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