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 regularly to ensure that any new items are labeled “Not for Human Use, Education Only”

Policy for Actual Emergency

The center has a policy for managing real emergencies, which is clearly posted throughout the center. The simulation center looks like an authentic clinical environment, and if a learner or staff were to become ill or injured, there could be confusion or delay.  Clear instructions are posted with emergency phone numbers to summon help for real events.

In Situ Simulation 

In situ simulations are conducted regularly by the OIPS team. These drills are conducted to test the hospital system and to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in clinical systems, the environment, or among teams.

The OIPS team presented a workshop on in situ simulation at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in January 2019.  The panel provided a comprehensive guide for implementing an in situ simulation program. April Belle, MSN, RN, Director of In Situ Simulations, provided many specific recommendations for reducing the risk to patients and staff during these drills.

The OIPS website section on in situ simulation features a photo of the team transporting a mannikin to a drill. The IV bag is clearly labeled with a FHSS safety label.  Many thanks to the team for their commitment to simulation safety!

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