Innovation in Hospital Simulation

One of the biggest challenges for hospitals and healthcare organizations is assuring that clinical staff provide competent, safe patient care.  Today, forward-thinking hospitals are incorporating simulation into everyday practice, to assess performance, onboard new staff, train existing staff on new procedures and tools, develop rapid response teams and improve overall patient safety.

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Madeira Clinical Simulation Center at Nélio de Mendonca hospital, Madeira, Portugal

In September, Portugal’s third simulation lab to integrate high-fidelity simulators opened in Madeira. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and Africa, Madeira is a Portuguese Island that has invested greatly in its regional health system. The Madeira Clinical Simulation Center will focus on “train the trainer” activities for trauma and disaster management, emergency medicine, critical care, anesthesia and obstetric and pediatric emergencies.

 

Study: iStan Simulations Improve Code Blue Response Time

Kelley Huseman MSN, RN-BC, spent 20 years as a critical care and intensive care nurse before joining a small community hospital in Pennsylvania, USA as a professional development specialist. One difference she quickly noted at the 130-bed Ephrata Community Hospital was the rare occurrence of a few code blues each month, far fewer than Huseman had seen during her nursing career. “I observed a few codes and realized they weren’t real smooth codes like I was used to,” Huseman said. “I thought if they could just practice more, they would get better at it.”

 

Fundación Instituto de Simulación Médoca (INSIMED), Bogotá, Colombia

In the heart of Bogotá, Colombia, the pioneering Fundación Instituto de Simulación Médica (INSIMED) has established a state-of-art simulation training facility with a mission to promote safety in healthcare. The center, which was built with $35 million USD in funding from the INSIMED foundation and the Dutch Foundation Aaspartam, is equipped with advanced surgical, imaging and patient simulators within simulated clinical settings.

 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, USA

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, operates an advanced simulation center devoted solely to ultrasound training for cardiologists and anesthesiologists. “This is a one-of-its-kind TEE simulation center,” says Dr. Feroze Mahmood, Director of Vascular Anesthesia and Echocardiography for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “We get visitors from all around the world.”

 

The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at Maine Medical Center Maine, USA

The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at Maine Medical Center serves a clinical and student population of nearly 5,000—and has long-term plans to expand its expertise to the community, the state and the northeast region. The largest tertiary and acute care hospital in the state, Maine Medical Center opened the simulation center as part of a forward-thinking strategy to invest in the future of high-quality, safe and effective healthcare in Maine. 

 

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