Royal College of Emergency Medicine Provides Safety Toolkit Including Simulation Resource Links

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Published in 2013 this Royal College of Emergency Medicine toolkit, prepared by the Safer Care Committee, is a useful starting point in providing the quality of patient care through the lens of patient safety which includes sections of the utilization of simulation.

What is the Toolkit?

This safety tool kit aims to describe the structures, processes and skills required for a ‘safe’ department. The original concept was that it would enable any Emergency Physician, starting from scratch, to construct a safety framework that contained all the key elements necessary to support the delivery of high quality care whilst at the same time being vigilant to ongoing risks. We acknowledge that in reality the majority of Emergency Departments will already have well established structures for ensuring safe care but it is also probable that not all elements are as effective as they should be; so we hope this toolkit will provide something useful for all.

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Ruth Brown explains how to use the safety toolkit

This toolkit is provided to Fellows as a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) resource for delivering safe care. We know many departments already have really good systems in place, whilst others are still developing them. It is also provided as a resource for senior trainees in thinking about their future role as a consultant. We suggest you could use this resource in a number of different ways:

  1. In your local departmental meetings – Ensuring that safety is considered in the meeting or by having specific safety meetings. We have included suggested agendas for such meetings in our toolkit section Departmental Activity Resources.’
  2. Working through the toolkit – You could take a section at a time, say over a year, and review the resources as a team, perhaps as a consultant CPD session or by asking an StR to present a summary. This embeds the content in everyone’s psyche and lends an importance to it.
  3. By discussing key topics with your managers and ensuring that all business plans and service developments are prepared using the toolkit as a resource for your document.
  4. Modeling your in –house education using the resources or accessing your Trust quality and safety team to deliver the education with you – they can add a dimension to the clinical content by talking about real cases from a risk perspective.
  5. One of the key chapters is Supporting the Second Victim. This is a relatively new concept and is particularly welcomed by staff. This might be the first section of the toolkit you review together as it will engage staff very early on.

Read the full resource with links here

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  • New *Part 1* pharmacy scenario contributed by Joy Spark and Pene Wood from La Trobe University focuses on effective communication when dispensing medications for a practicing community pharmacist.  Part 2 to follow in July 2016.  Note: Registered access ONLY
  • La Trobe lecturer Sandy Connors talks about the benefits of having 2nd year nursing students participate as simulated patients for first year student classes.  Read the case study in full here.
  • Upcoming EVENT – VSA Annual Regional Symposium, on Friday 15th July, 2016. This event will take place in Warrnambool, Victoria (Australia)
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Missed the SimED May update? 

  • La Trobe Rural Health School sent a new simulated patient recruit to attend the HEAL SP training course in Melbourne. Read about the program on the website.
  • Read “Simulation in postgraduate high acuity nursing programs; a valuable component within a blended learning curriculum” contributed by La Trobe university nursing academics Joannet Hardenberg and Kathleen Tori, added to case studies.
  • New Scenario added to the scenario resources – Tracheostomy Simulation: Swallowing and Communication Management for Patients with a Tracheostomy.  This has been contributed by Goulburn Valley Health and was written for speech pathology staff and students.

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Victorian Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) e-learning modules.


The modules cover various aspects of simulated patient (SP) methodology. The modules contain a variety of resources including videos, audios, SP scenarios and relevant reading material. Modules are designed to take up to two hours to complete but may take longer. There is no formal assessment. Certificates of completion for each module can be downloaded after you have submitted the online evaluation.

There are 13 modules available. You must register to access the modules. Registration is currently free!

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Our Medical Simulation Newsletter Crossed Over 3,000 Monthly Subscribers!

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This week is pleased to announce we crossed a new milestone — over 3,000 email subscribers to our free medical simulation newsletter! HealthySim started in April of 2010 with just 30 readers a month, and has continued to grow ever since with an average of over 9,000 unique visitors monthly from 209 different countries. With more than 752 articles published and over 100 medical simulation youtube videos totaling more than 60,000 views, we want to thank you for continuing to support and read this unique community resource website.

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INSPIRE – International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education : Free Support Community

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Today an introduction to INSPIRE: International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education, a free resource and support group for healthcare simulation champions looking to improve patient care outcomes. This is an incredible resource and should be shared as much as possible! Connect with these groups at IMSH or IPSSW in 2015.


The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. The INSPIRE Network formed in 2011 from a large group of simulation-based researchers from a variety of disciplines and specialties looking to improve collaboration, mentorship, and productivity.  We merged two large-scale research networks, EXPRESS and POISE, into INSPIRE in 2011.  We are not a formal academic society; rather, we are a bottom-up, grassroots organization that has formed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscape of pediatric simulation research.

As of March 13, 2014, INSPIRE maintains an active membership of over 500 simulation enthusiasts across the world in over 26 countries.  We represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, pre-hospital care, psychology, engineering, public health, and education.  Although a large number of us work in pediatrics and related pediatric subspecialties, we also have non-healthcare members and those in other medical specialties – including emergency medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, and surgery.  There are no membership fees or ceremonies. We simply want to do good research and outreach and to help others do the same.  Joining is free, and anyone with study ideas looking for guidance or additional sites, or simply an interest in joining a study is welcome to join by emailing us. We do have centralized processes to review study ideas and provide feedback and/or support.

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INSPIRE Executive Team:

  • Adam Cheng, MD (Alberta Health Services – Alberta, Canada) Co-Chair
  • Marc Auerbach, MD MSci (Yale University – New Haven, CT) Senior Co-Chair
  • Betsy Hunt, MD MPH PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Senior Co-Chair
  • David O Kessler, MD MSci (Columbia University – New York, NY) Research Chair
  • Ralph MacKinnon, MD (Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Manchester, England) International Chair
  • Vinay Nadkarni, MD MS (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA) Senior Co-Chair
  • Martin V Pusic, MD PhD (New York University – New York, NY)
  • Karambir Singh, MD MPH (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD)
  • Jordan Duval-Arnould, PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Co-director of Technology
  • Todd P Chang, MD MAcM (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA) Co-director of Technology

INSPIRE Vision:  Improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioural skills, and simulation-based education.


  1. Identify consensus research priorities
  2. Facilitate single and multicenter research projects
  3. Build expertise and knowledge
  4. Provide mentorship for new / novice investigators
  5. Promote an International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education

Are you headed to IMSH or IPSSW 2015 events?

An INSPIRE @ IMSH or INSPIRE @ IPSSW takes an entire day, in which multiple ALERT presentations of varying different stages of development – some studies barely in the brainstorming phase, and others already completing and looking for the next steps – will get presented.  The focus of the meetings, though, is less about the presentations, and more about active participations.  We devote over 60% of the meeting time for your projects.  We divide up into small teams, gather experts, allow networking, and generally develop your projects forward.

Learn more by downloading the INSPIRE 2014 Organizational report and then connect at !

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Today we’d like your help to “pay it forward” to other healthcare simulation users by including a link to through your ‘resource’ section of your healthcare simulation program’s website. If you can edit your page through a Content Management System (CMS) – this is as easy as copy/pasting the text just below: is a free medical simulation resource website with video tutorials, product reviews, conference recaps and the latest community news. Join HealthySim’s free monthly newsletter to get all the ‘Best Of Healthcare Simulation’ summarized to your email inbox. “

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