Quality & Patient Safety

Use simulation training to boost culture of safety

Patient Safety Monitor, April 1, 2009

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Many hospitals and medical schools offer some variation of simulation-based training in which medical and nursing students learn clinical techniques of suturing and administering medication by using lifelike mannequins. This strategy of helping clinicians develop skills on mannequins before treating actual patients is nothing new, but some hospitals are taking things to the next level by tying simulation to a newer concept: a culture of safety. With the involvement of multiple levels of clinicians and nonclinicians in simulation centers designed with patient rooms, physician rooms, and nurses? stations, hospitals now use simulation training to improve patient safety through communication and teamwork.

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