Patient Safety Awareness Week March 13-19 Important For Sim Champs To Support!

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As healthcare simulation champions we all know that the work we do with medical simulation not only improves clinical learning outcomes but also directly affects patient safety.

Did you know that simulation can reduce life threatening patient safety issues by as much as 85%?

One representative study, published by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, concluded that after medical residents participated in simulation training for a catheterization procedure, life-threatening patient infection rates dropped by 85% and produced an ultimate cost savings ratio of 7:1. (Cohen, E.R., et al. “Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit”. Simulation In Healthcare 5.2 (April 2010): 98-102.).

This year the Patient Safety Awareness Week organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation takes place March 13-19th, and there are a number of ways that you can get engaged. First and foremost is by following them on Linkedin, @theNPSF on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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The United in Patient Safety campaign culminates each year with with Patient Safety Awareness Week, designed to mark a dedicated time and a platform to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. This year, patient safety week is March 13-19. The National Patient Safety Foundation works to bring together and engage health care professionals and patients to help spread this important message.

There are a number of ways to get involved in Patient Safety Awareness Week.

  • Wear a patient gown: Health care leaders and administrators are challenged to step into the role of the patient by wearing a patient gown to mark Patient Safety Awareness Week. “We are all patients, after all. We want leaders to demonstrate a commitment to listen to the patient’s voice and strive for patient safety and the reduction of harm.” – Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and chief executive officer of NPSF
  • Harness the power of social media: Help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, using these helpful sample posts (or create your own).
  • Utilize campaign materials: Various downloadable materials are available, as well items that can be ordered to help mark Patient Safety Awareness Week.
  • Register on this campaign site: Stay connected and informed about Patient Safety Awareness Week activities.
  • Join the discussion: Learn what others are doing for Patient Safety Awareness Week and share your ideas and activities to inspire others.

There are also more ways that both Healthcare consumers and healthcare providers can get engaged, all of which is linked on…

The NPSF Patient Safety Awareness Week webpage!


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TODAY: 11AM PT / 2PM ET Live Hangout With Social Media Savvy Nurses!

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In just 20 minutes you can “Hangout Live” with +Marsha Battee,+Beth Boynton,+Kathy Quan and+Donna Maheady during our next LIVE Google Hangout, with a little tech help from Nerdy Nurse Brittney Wilson!

These nurses will discuss the ups and downs of social collaboration online and share how you can get the most out of it. If you’re a nurse, nurse educator, or support nurses, this event is for you!

Be sure to also check out these communities and links to continue the social collaboration:

Beth Boynton says about the event “I never planned on being a Social Media expert, but alas I have acquired some expertise! No one can know everything about Social Media or probably any healthcare diagnosis, technology, or treatment options, right? I’m looking forward to this Friday’s Google Hangout at 2pm ET sponsored by Next Wave Connect (NWC), because it will be fun to share some insights and experiences I’ve had AND learn from other nurse experts!”

Join them now by clicking here!

Short Video: Resident Education in Ultrasound Using Simulation and Social Media

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Earlier this month Dr. Jason Nomura posted a fast-paced 15-minute review of resident education in ultrasound training using simulation and social media on youtube. I have previously written about how social media has been effective in a nursing school, so I was eager to learn how it could play a part in resident training. This is a great short presentation on these two topics:

About the video: “There was a session at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting focusing on education in Point of Care Ultrasound. There were several speakers and I was asked to speak on resident education, particularly to focus on simulation and social media and how it fits with EM Resident ultrasound education. This is a fairly large and broad area to cover in 15 minutes or less.

I chose to focus on how to simulation and social media can assist in education and deliberate practice to get learners to an “expert performance” level. The information may not be new to people who are familiar with simulation or social media. My goal was to show how these things can be helpful from a conceptual and design view for education. Also to provide information that you can use if you have to justify to others why social media or simulation is important to your educational program and why it should be supported.”

I learned more about Jason from his website

Jason T Nomura MD RDMS FACEP FACP FAAEM is a Board Certified Physician in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.  He currently practices at a large tertiary care facility with over 160,000 annual Emergency Department visits per year.

Dr. Nomura serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound.  He also serves as educational and research Faculty for the Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine Residencies.

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Social Media Mixes with Manikin to Improve Maricopa Nursing Program

Hey Champs! Just read a great article on pages 4 – 5 of the Summer 2011 edition of NLN’s “Voice for Nursing Education” Member Newsletter entitled “Who in the World is Stella – And Why Do Students and Faculty Love Her?”

Maricopa Nursing Manikin Persona

The article shares how Diana Breed, MSN, RN, and Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE from the Maricopa Nursing Program at Mesa Community College in Arizona have created a virtual persona for Stella, a 15 year old manikin, and her simulated family.  Using Facebook and blogposts, Diana and Karin provide encouragement and reassurance to Maricopa Nursing students suggesting “the skills lab will be available if you want extra practice”.

The NLN article continues to share the benefits of crafting this online persona:

“From the nurse educator’s perspective, Stella’s value is three-fold, according to Diana, the lead instructor for third-semester students in what is a four-semester program leading to licensure.

First, said Diana, Stella’s Facebook postings link the different blocks of MCC nursing students, fostering networking among students who wouldn’t ordinarily communicate with one another. “Stella sends messages to students in one block that will be seen by students in a different block,” she explained.

Second, Stella can be a very effective as an educational tool to promote critical thinking, as… students chime in… [with answers to critical thinking questions].

Finally, Diana noted, messages posted on Stella’s Facebook page can be a window into difficulties students may be having that they are reluctant to share with faculty off line.”

What a great way to engage students with simulation! Don’t forget to join me in becoming friends with Stella on Facebook!