We are excited to tell you that over the past year the Women’s and Children’s Programs at LHSC have worked together to begin building a formalized simulation program.
Why are we so excited? This program allows us to pool our simulation resources from the two programs and increase the number of educational opportunities both within and outside of LHSC. We know that through simulation healthcare providers can learn and practice team dynamics, communication, high risk/low volume situations, and skills. Simulation allows for multidisciplinary teams to work together in a safe environment where good practice is made better and errors are turned into learning opportunities. Having dedicated people to coordinate, lead, and debrief the simulations increases the effectiveness of the simulation with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and outcomes.
Simulation has been a part of the Women’s and Children’s programs for several years. The Simulation Program has continued with previous initiatives and added activities such as regular training for residents and fellows, nursing orientations and ongoing learning, mock codes, skills sessions, and education for specialized teams.
The Simulation Program has also had the opportunity, with the help of MNCYN, to travel to some of our community partners. Outreach simulations are tailored to the needs of the participants and planned collaboratively. Adding Outreach to the Simulation Program is beneficial because it allows healthcare teams to work in their own environment. This in turn helps participants to identify issues or concerns that may not have been realized.
We plan to continue to work with MNCYN to bring our high fidelity simulators to community hospitals more frequently as the Outreach portion of the Simulation Program has been well received by those who have had an opportunity to participate.
Women & Children’s Program, LHSC