Employing Best Practices in Team-Based Simulation Training

Employing Best Practices in Team-Based Simulation Training

By Roxanne Blanford


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From complying with surgical checklists to improving interprofessional team communication, collaboration is of utmost importance in assuring optimal patient care.

Teamwork training, whether through simulation or traditional methods, has significant capacity to positively influence and enhance patient outcomes. 

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Team Performance During Simulation 

Effective patient care relies heavily on cooperation and collaboration among individuals from across medical teams and, quite often, from different backgrounds in terms of training and experience. 

Therefore, clear communication, clear objectives, and streamlined interaction are essential to ensure that all necessary protocols and processes are adhered to for the sake of  patient safety.

In a simulation-based training scenario, learners can develop essential non-technical skills (i.e., management of emotions, decision-making aptitude, situational awareness) by performing team-oriented tasks just as they would in a real-life situation. More than just talking through the steps, or reading about a process in a textbook, hands-on training encourages the solidification of key behaviors. And, when enhanced with a post-simulation debriefing, the result is deeper learning.

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Even more important: Competencies can be acquired without patient risk.


"...training also provides opportunities to practice (when used with simulation) both task- and team-related skills in a ‘‘consequence-free’’ environment, where errors truly are opportunities for learning and providers receive feedback that is constructive, focused on improvement, and nonjudgemental"... 1

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Salas E, DiazGranados D, Weaver SJ, King H. Does team training work? Principles for health care. Acad Emerg Med 2008;11:1002–9.