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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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The Foundation for Healthcare Simulation Safety a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization, as it has been established solely to promote education and safe practices for healthcare simulation programs.

 

 

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Simulation Safety at UAB

Our colleagues at the University of Alabama have embraced simulation safety!  During a recent visit to the Office of Interprofessional Simulation for Innovative Clinical Practice (OIPS), several examples of simulation safety practices were evident. Medication Labels The fake medications are clearly labeled. More importantly, the task of labeling is assigned to a specific person, who checks … Continue reading Simulation Safety at UAB

Simulation Safety First: Portuguese Translation

We are happy to share another translation! The simulation safety editorial is now available in Portuguese, thanks to the work of our colleagues from Brazil: Dr. Henrique Pierotti Arantes  and  Carolina Alexio.  Dr. Arantes is the coordinator of the IMEPAC Araguari – MG Medical Course in Araguari, Brazil.  More information about the IMEPAC Simulation Center can be … Continue reading Simulation Safety First: Portuguese Translation

Simulation Safety First: Spanish Translation

The  message of simulation safety is spreading to our Spanish-speaking colleagues! We are so grateful to Priscilla Carmiol-Rodríguez for translating our editorial to Spanish. Priscilla teaches at at the University of Costa Rica’s Healthcare Simulation Center, and  has worked in healthcare simulation for over 7 years. The Simulation Center is located at the Nursing School, and is … Continue reading Simulation Safety First: Spanish Translation

Journal Club: Simulation Safety Pledge

Simulation Safety was the topic of a recent Journal Club hosted by Darin Abbey, RN at the Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation (CISCL) The journal club is a monthly event to engage in critical discussion of emerging practices related to clinical simulation education. The session included discussion of each element of the Simulation Safety Pledge. … Continue reading Journal Club: Simulation Safety Pledge

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