Communication – Key to Holistic Approach in Healthcare Simulation

Some final thoughts as we wrap up an exciting Simulation in Healthcare Week 2018. We trust excitement was generated not only by what you saw others doing, but also by what you and your organization have accomplished, as well.  In the effort to keep moving forward we can, occasionally, lose sight of just how far we’ve come.

One of the healthcare buzzwords of the past, but always pertinent, is “holistic.” The holistic philosophy considers the mind, body, spirit and emotions of the individual. What the holistic approach has taught us is fixing the broken part is not enough. Delivering quality healthcare must address the mind, spirit and emotions, as well.

As members of the simulation community, we are proud of our collective efforts in advancing the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of healthcare delivery. Through the expanding use of standardized patients, interprofessional training scenarios and the burgeoning application of virtual and augmented reality platforms, simulation in healthcare is continually widening its holistic approach.

At ReaLifeSim and VetReaLifeSim, makers of wearable IV and blood draw trainers, for human and veterinary medicine, we believe the “train the way you treat” philosophy, underscores the holistic approach consistent with the many efforts highlighted this week. We salute you all.