What is Simulation?

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“In its simplest form, simulation is synonymous with practice. It also holds a promising means by which the goal of improving patient safety can be attained.”

Simulation uses technology, equipment and clinical information that emulates real patient care situations and environments for the purposes of training or evaluation. Many forms of medical simulation exist including interactive computers, virtual patient simulation, task training technology, such as IV arms, and human patient simulation which uses life like manikins to train healthcare personnel without risking harm to the patient or members of the clinical team

How it is done
Simulation is a proven methodology that provides healthcare students and clinical personnel with the opportunity to practice routine as well as emergency situations as individuals, as well as inter-professional teams. Simulation exercises can focus on one or all of the following:

  • Technical skills training (Hands on procedures)
  • Cognitive skills training (Assessment &Clinical decision- making)
  • Behavioral skills training (Team work &Communication)

A well rounded simulation activity is always followed by a powerful forum known as the “debrief.”

The “debrief” is a facilitated group interaction that provides an opportunity for participants to have an honest, safe & productive discussion around what went well and what could be improved. Time stamped audio-video playback of the simulation is often incorporated into the Debrief and provides an objective review of the healthcare teams performance.

 

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