A Somber Anniversary

Five years have passed since we first heard this shocking news:

Adverse Events Associated with Administration of Simulation Intravenous Fluids to Patients

On December 23, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) was notified of adverse health events in two patients who had been inadvertently administered nonsterile, simulation 0.9% sodium chloride intravenous (IV) fluids at an urgent care facility. ….

Source: Notes from the Field

This event was shocking and distressing. The thought that simulation could inadvertently cause harm to patients goes against our core values! Simulation educators provide a vital service to make healthcare safer, not to cause harm.

This incident was the catalyst for the formation of the Foundation for Healthcare Simulation Safety, and the 5 year mark seems like an appropriate time to think about the state of healthcare simulation safety, what has been accomplished, and plans for the future.

2019 in Review:

6000 Website visits from 66 Countries

71 Label orders fulfilled

441 Label templates downloaded from website

Spanish and Portuguese translations of the editorial: Simulation Safety First; An Imperative

Plans for 2020

IMSH workshop :  First Do No Harm: Strategies to Prevent Simulation Accidents. This is the 4th time we have presented this workshop; each time we hear more examples of simulation mishaps and mitigation strategies.

IMSH Booth This is our first time hosting a booth at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare.  

 

 

 

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