HcSimWeek

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.


Hats off to those moving the clinical simulation experience ever closer to the "real thing"

While text books, time in the classroom and labs provide essential knowledge and good initial practice, practicing in a realistic environment is different. Clinical learners, after experiencing a high-quality clinical simulation, self-report increased knowledge and improved performance (competence), leading to increased confidence.

This is essential in the field of healthcare where competence in hands-on skills and the confidence to perform necessary procedures or interventions may have life or death consequences. Providers should also possess commensurate skill and confidence when communicating. Competence in communication is essential to establish trust between a provider and patient, which contributes to improved patient outcomes, but also with other care providers on their team to ensure high standards are maintained throughout the continuum of care.

It’s Healthcare Simulation Week 2018 and ReaLifeSim, LLC says “Hats off” to all those moving the clinical simulation experience ever closer to the “real thing.” -James Benson, CCO, ReaLifeSim

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"Perfect Practice makes Perfect"

Most of us will recognize the old adage, “practice makes perfect.” I’ve seen that modified, appropriately I believe, to “perfect practice makes perfect.” True skill is the result of repeated practice, followed by expert feedback to move each subsequent attempt closer to perfection until the mental focus and physical performance move as a unit into the realm of muscle memory and become “automatically” perfect every time. That level of competence feeds the sense of confidence necessary to permit one to employ that skill whenever needed, under any circumstance.

Exploring every option to enhance the realism presented in training our future doctors, nurses and clinicians is at the heart of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s mission. ReaLifeSim, LLC supports their efforts and shares in their advocacy.

It’s Healthcare Simulation Week 2018! Watch for local stories on advances in healthcare simulation in your area.  

Author - James Benson, CCO, B&G Educational Innovations, LLC

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Healthcare Simulation Week Kicks off TODAY!

Today is the beginning of Healthcare Simulation Week 2018. This week celebrates all those who design, build, test, sell and use the ever-widening variety of simulation products to educate, train, practice and ultimately deliver safe, high quality healthcare with competence, confidence, efficiency and effectiveness to those who need it.

While simulation is a “hot topic” in healthcare today, it has been around in some form for many years, even with such rudimentary efforts as practicing injections using an orange or a semi-rigid block of material that mimicked skin density.

Today, the confluence of advances in materials science, miniature wireless electronics, robotics, computer-driven software programs, virtual and augmented reality devices have produced an incredible array of hardware and software products bringing clinical students and practitioners alike very life-like experiences in their training scenarios.

The end goal of all this effort - improved patient outcomes – is very much worth celebrating. ReaLifeSim, LLC salutes the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and all those working in the healthcare simulation field.

Author- James Benson, CCO, B&G Educational Innovations

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#competencybasedtraining #competencybasedassessment