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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Whitepaper from EMS: How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency.

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Continuing our recent series of medical simulation ‘How To’ articles, today we are pointed in the direction of an EMS whitepaper entitled “How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency”. The article covers several major areas including:

  • Staffing Needs Identification
  • IT Department Communication
  • Simulation Staff Salaries

About the SimulationIQ WhitePaper:

Your institution has just opened a state-of-the-art simulation center complete with all the bells and whistles the industry has to offer. However, just as a car needs fuel and maintenance to run effectively, a simulation center requires investment beyond the initial technology purchase. A sim center does not operate and manage itself – people do. And these people should be hired long before the ribbon-cutting ceremony of your new center!

But what skills should you look for during the hiring process?

A sim center requires a similar type of operational knowledge as driving a car. One must first know how to drive a car in order to do so safely. This includes an understanding of the rules of the road and the actual physical movements required to operate the vehicle. Similarly, there are many administrative and educational tasks that need to be taken care of in order to have a smooth-running simulation center.

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Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles Of Spring 2013

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HealthySimulation.com is dedicated to providing free resources to healthcare educators considering or utilizing simulation to educate and train professional providers. Here is a list of our most-read medical simulation articles from the first half of 2013:

  1. Video Update from Laerdal SUN Indianapolis 2013 – The April 2013 Laerdal SUN Indianapolis meeting held its opening ceremonies yesterday providing over 230 Simulation Champions from around the World with the training they need to start or expand their healthcare simulation program. Learn more about Medical Simulation by watching this event video recap.
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  2. Collaborative Simulation Program Development Session Provided with FREE HealthySim Subscription – Gain access to a 2-Hour HD recorded stream from the HealthySimAdmin event which covers collaborative program development across disciplines and institutions by subscribing to HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter, summarizing all the best articles straight to your email inbox!
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  3. HealthStream Provides Free WhitePaper “Right Time for Simulation” Are you associated with a hospital system looking to start or expand a medical simulation based program?  HealthStream just released a free white paper entitled “It’s the Right Place and Right Time for Simulation” on their blog which can help demonstrate the serious benefits of clinical simulation. You can also check out my comprehensive Demonstration of the HealthStream SimManager platform developed to administer simulation staff, equipment, rooms, learners and outcomes.
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  4. Learn How Simulation Has Been Fully Adopted & Integrated in both the Airline Industry and the Nuclear Power Industry – While medical simulation is rapidly expanding, the adoption of the methodology does not even begin to compare to the aviation or nuclear industries. Learn how simulation works in these sectors to better learn why simulation is the future of healthcare education.
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  5. Learn How to Identify Key Drivers for Simulation Training – Key drivers are “an effective tool for breaking down complex questions or improvement goals and structuring them into smaller, addressable pieces”. Learn more about this workshop and download free tools that can clarify simulation needs and appropriate intervention designs for simulation training.
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  6. Increase Realism to Your Simulations Through Background Noise and Advanced Moulage Makeup Kits – By creating the most realistic simulation scenarios learners become fully immersed in the experiential educational experience. Small considerations for the design and display of your simulation lab can dramatically increase learner buy-in!
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  7. The Sim Tech Hands-On Training event ‘SimGHOSTS’ is Hosting their 3rd Annual Event this August – Join over 200 other Healthcare Simulation Technicians at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex this August 6th – 9th for the global healthcare simulation event designed to provide a meeting place for Technicians to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more.
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  8. Consider Why & How to Build a Website For Your Medical Simulation Program, and How to Add Multimedia to Increase Marketing to Community & External Businesses – Benefits of creating a Simulation Program Website include: Community public relations, recruitment advertising and promotional marketing, providing contact information and capturing donations, as well as hosting student, staff, clinical educator/faculty resources. In the second article, learn how to add multimedia to further support these objectives!
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  9. Designing Prehospital Medical Simulation Scenarios – This guest author paper outlines the four stages that should be considered by tutors before their students are exposed to clinical simulation scenarios for educational purposes. These stages of paramedic education are relatively unique since the teaching and understanding of logistical considerations are not necessarily a significant concern to other clinicians from wider health disciplines.
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  10. How To Evaluate Effectiveness of Medical Simulations – Learn why simulation scenario design requires ongoing review, how healthcare can make tiny improvements for continued success, and gain free evaluation tools from CAE Healthcare.

*BONUS Link* – For even more great content check out the Top 50 “Best Of 2012″ Medical Simulation Articles!


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