Simulation-Based Education: Experience Matters. Patient Safety Matters.

Simulation-Based Education: Experience Matters. Patient Safety Matters.

It’s been nearly a decade and I can still recall the day that simulation-based education and training made sense to me and witnessed the profound benefits for healthcare practitioners, workers, and patient safety.

I had never observed a simulated training event and was curious what was going to happen. The concept of using patient simulators was intriguing and I was optimistic about how the learner was going to perform.  The cohort had completed their traditional lecture and lab-based education and was “ready” to deliver care.

The simulation experience was based on Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) guidelines and the learning objectives were:

  1. Recognize a life-threatening ECG rhythm
  2. Activate emergency system and call for assistance
  3. Administer appropriate ACLS medications and perform CPR

Before the experience, I observed the learner’s behavior and they appeared very confident. “Let’s see what happens,” I thought to myself. The lights went out and the simulation began.

The patient simulator was breathing, showing signs of distress and the software performed spectacularly according to the preset programming (shout out to engineers). The learner entered the event area and began to assess the simulated casualty. The ECG was set up and displayed a life-threatening rhythm that needed defibrillation and immediate drug therapy. Something wasn’t right; the learner interpreted the incorrect ECG rhythm and started giving the wrong medication.  The simulator responded in real-time, vital signs became more complicated and the patient simulator condition worsened.  Within a very short time, the situation became unmanageable for one person, yet there was no call for support. There was no call for help. The scenario continued and ultimately the experience had concluded. In this case, things did not end well.

In the debriefing phase, the facilitator went into more detail about what happened; based on the learner’s performance and connected the pieces to a meaningful learning experience. The scenario was repeated and the learner’s performance was dramatically improved, resulting in better outcomes for the simulated patient. Truly remarkable learning.

Why does this matter? The immersive experience in a controlled environment provided an additional layer of safety, where potential errors could be addressed and corrected well out of harm’s way.

Simulation-based experiences have the ability to positively impact patient safety, help people and teams deliver appropriate interventions.  Simulation – the replication of an experience, can also expose system weaknesses and provide opportunities for healthcare quality improvement.

By designing and facilitating experiences based on models of current and best practices, we have the opportunity to address current challenges and impact the future of healthcare delivery.

Even after thousands of simulation experiences, I remain passionately curious about how people interact with complex systems. Failure can be an enormous learning experience, especially in a setting where there is absolutely no risk to patients.

I believe that we can make a difference in creating safer and effective systems.

Matthew
About the Author: Matthew Jubelius wants to change the future of education and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government. Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.ca

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Simulation

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  Welcome to the blog for Amoveo Training, we are very excited to have you. This is the place where we’ll talk about simulation and immersive training, employee development systems and helping people be great at work.

Simulation and immersive training has picked up momentum in the healthcare field since the 1990s. Nowadays, we hear about simulation or SIM labs popping up across North America for educating doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Why? Patient safety.

Patient safety should be at the forefront of every practitioner, administrator and human being that utilizes the healthcare system. When people are sick, they depend on people and systems to be at their best.  The world is full of awesome people that want to help others, but they need practice. Enter the world of simulation, where technology and human performance meet.

A simulation is the replication of a system and can be physical (such as a hospital room or a patient simulator AKA robot or manikin), emotional (amplifying specific emotions), or virtual (a computer software platform). Let me be clear that when we use the term, simulation; it is not fake, rather the replication of a system. Technology and learning plays a huge part in designing a realistic simulated experience.

What I love about simulation is the human element. The designed experience allows the doctor, nurse, paramedic to function as an individual or team to interact in real-time. As someone who has designed simulation programs, trained practitioners and delivered thousands of immersive experiences, the human element still fascinates me. Why? Patient safety and quality improvement. I love helping people be better at what they do. I want to contribute to a safer healthcare and education system.

In future blogs, I’ll bring up more topics about things that matter to patient safety and quality improvement from different industries.

If you like and can identify with our message, help share our story.  Be sure to check out Amoveo Training here for more information, including our product line of simulated wounds that increase the realism of healthcare and safety training.

Cheers,

Matthew

Simulation

Simulation

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  Welcome to the blog for Amoveo Training, we are very excited to have you! This is the place where we’ll talk about simulation and immersive training, employee development systems and helping people be great at work.

Simulation and immersive training have picked up momentum in the healthcare field since the 1990s. Nowadays, we hear about simulation or SIM labs popping up across North America for educating doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Why? Patient safety.

Patient safety should be at the forefront of every practitioner, administrator and human being that utilizes the healthcare system. When people are sick, they depend on people and systems to be at their best.  The world is full of awesome people that want to help others, but they need practice. Enter the world of simulation, where technology and human performance meet.

A simulation is the replication of a system and can be physical (such as a hospital room or a patient simulator AKA robot or manikin), emotional (amplifying specific emotions), or virtual (a computer software platform). Let me be clear that when we use the term, simulation; it is not fake, rather the replication of a system. Technology and learning play a huge part in designing a realistic simulated experience.

What I love about simulation is the human element. The designed experience allows the doctor, nurse, paramedic to function as an individual or team to interact in real-time. As someone who has designed simulation programs, trained practitioners and delivered thousands of immersive experiences, the human element still fascinates me. Why? Patient safety and quality improvement. I love helping people be better at what they do. I want to contribute to a safer healthcare and education system.

In future blogs, I’ll bring up more topics about things that matter to patient safety and quality improvement from different industries.

If you like and can identify with our message, help share our story.  Be sure to check out Amoveo Training here for more information, including our product line of simulated wounds that increase the realism of healthcare and safety training.

Cheers,

Matthew

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