“The names of the patients whose lives we save can never be known. Our contribution will be what did not happen to them. And, though they are unknown, we will know that mothers and fathers are at graduations and weddings they would have missed, and that grandchildren will know grandparents they might never have known, and holidays will be taken, and work completed, and books read, and symphonies heard, and gardens tended that, without our work, would never have been.”
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Simulation is an advanced modality for observing group dynamics and building a more effective team. A wider breadth of medical crisis scenarios can be recreated using a high fidelity simulation manikin in a safe, flexible, and realistic teaching environment when compared to textbooks, lectures and computer based learning.
Until now, teamwork and crisis management have been difficult concepts to actually teach or to evaluate. Optimal patient outcomes depend on a team’s knowledge, efficiency, and ability to work together. Through simulation the Health Care Team can learn the physiologic components of crisis management, equipment knowledge, technical skills, and the leadership and teamwork needed to successfully deliver exceptional health care.
Simulation has obvious benefits in all areas of health care. It is also being used in implementing and testing clinical protocols and in educational research.