It is important to label simulation supplies to warn clinicians that they are not safe for human use. The first examples that come to mind are fake or expired medications, non-functional equipment, and unsterile instruments.
Also consider how your AED trainers are labeled and stored. In an emergency, it would be quite easy to mistake the trainer for a real AED, which could cause a life-threatening delay in care.
Do you use EpiPen trainers? These look so similar to the real thing! A scary incident occurred at a middle school recently when a student injected real epinephrine (adrenaline) instead of the trainer.
We have had a steady stream of label orders on our website. The labels are also available for free download, so we are hopeful that the use of labels is increasing. We are pleased to see some progress in adoption of a standardized label.
During IMSH 2018, we visited several vendors in the exhibit hall. Many companies have warning labels on their products, but we are concerned that this remains inconsistent. We were quite pleased to learn that Wall-Cur has adopted the FHSS graphic on all their products!
We are interested to hear from you! Please share photos of your labels in use by sending them to us here, or post your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #tokeepsimsafe .
2018 was a good year for the Foundation for Healthcare Simulation Safety. We started the year at IMSH 2018 with a successful workshop and many good conversations about simulation safety with our colleagues.
We had a steady stream of label orders throughout the year, which is a positive sign. Labels are but one part of the simulation safety strategy, and there is much work to be done. We are heartened to hear news about our colleagues who are implementing new safeguards and sharing them through publication, and on social media.
As the year ended, we celebrated the publication of our editorial: Simulation Safety First; An Imperative, jointly published in Simulation in Healthcare, Advances in Simulation, and Journal of Surgical Simulation. The response was quite positive and we hope to build on that in the upcoming year.
This year, we will use the blog to share news and updates.
Preview of Topics:
- Safety Labels
- Editorial Publication and response
- Journal Club: Safety Pledge
- Simulation Advisory Board
- Simulation Safety Survey
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