Increasing Patient Confidence (and Patient Safety) Through Healthcare Simulation

| Roxanne Blanford

To err is human, but some errors can be prevented.  

Taking the pledge to make safety a priority in healthcare is a critical first step in the pursuit towards improving the overall quality of patient care. While there are many ways to turn this idea into a reality, adopting the following attitudes and approaches to ensure patient safety is a good place to start. 

  • Admit that mistakes can happen (healthcare providers are only human, afterall)

  • Take responsibility for enacting and adhering to safety measures

  • Learn from errors in order to minimize their recurrence

  • Dedicate efforts and resources to avoid lapses in safety processes

  • Realistically assess and mitigate the human factors that contribute to preventable medical mistakes  

  • Investigate healthcare simulation as part of the patient safety solution

CAE Healthcare: A mission to improve patient safety

This past February 2019, we held our signature CAE Human Patient Simulation Network World Conference  (HSPN World 2019) in Orlando, Florida. Centered on a theme of inspired innovation and a deliberate focus on patient safety, we opened the 3-day meeting with a special screening of the compelling patient safety documentary, To Err is Human.  (Watch the official trailer here). 

On the conference's second day, we introduced our keynote panel of medical experts, educators and individuals directly involved in the making of the To Err is Human documentary.

They engaged in a spirited exchange surrounding the personal and systemic impact of preventable medical harm. The knowledgeable group also shared well-considered ideas for solving the problem.


The patient safety panelists were
Mike Eisenberg, the Director and Co-producer of To Err is Human

Sue Sheridan, Director of Patient Engagement, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

Dr. Tara Bastek, Neonatologist, Bioethicist and Chair of the WakeMed bioethics committee

Dr. West Paul, Chief Quality and Medical Staff Officer at WakeMed Health

Dr. Amar Patel, Chief Learning Officer ,CAE Healthcare Academy and panel moderator

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

This is unacceptable. 
There is an urgent need to erect a comprehensive set of principles and protocols that place patient safety as the Number One priority throughout the healthcare system.

CAE Healthcare believes we can be part of the solution with quality educational services, expert instruction and healthcare training that includes human patient simulation.

Read: A Culture of Patient Safety: Reducing Medical Errors with Simulation


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