​About Simulation

 

Simulation-based immersive team training

“Simulation is a technique - not a technology - to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive manner.”  Gaba D.  Qual Saf Health Care 2004;13:i2-i10

Simulation in healthcare is an education and training tool used to create realistic experiences that allow healthcare professionals the opportunity to hone their skills without any risk to patient safety.

Crisis Resource Management Training

Crisis Resource Management (CRM) is a type of team training we use in our simulation centre.  CRM teaches participants to:

  • develop a structured approach to manage serious acute medical problems; and
  • develop non-technical skills including: communication, leadership and teamwork, risk management and decision making and managing human factors

Advantages of simulation training*

  • No risk to patients 
  • Many scenarios can be presented, including uncommon but critical situations in which a rapid response is needed
  • Participants can see the results of their decisions and actions; errors can be allowed to occur and reach their conclusion (in real life a more capable clinician would have to intervene)
  • Identical scenarios can be presented to different clinicians for teams 
  • The underlying causes of the situation are known 
  • With mannequin based simulators clinicians can use actual medical equipment, exposing limitations in the human-machine interface
  • With full re-creations of actual clinical environments complete interpersonal interactions with other clinical staff can be explored and training on teamwork, leadership, and communication provided 
  • Intensive and intrusive recording of the simulation session is feasible, including audio taping, videotaping, and even physiological monitoring of participants (such as ECG or EEG); there are no issues of patient confidentiality – the recordings can be preserved for research, performance assessment, or accreditation
  • It is highly realistic

*Excerpt from Gaba D. Anesthesiology as a model for patient safety in health care
British Medical Journal 2000;320:785-8