Developing a simulation safety policy for translational simulation programs in healthcare

Victoria Brazil, Clare Scott, Jack Matulich, Brenton Shanahan

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Abstract

Healthcare simulation may present risks to safety, especially when delivered 'in situ'-in real clinical environments-when lines between simulated and real practice may be blurred. We felt compelled to develop a simulation safety policy (SSP) after reading reports of adverse events in the healthcare simulation literature, editorials highlighting these safety risks, and reflecting on our own experience as a busy translational simulation service in a large healthcare institution.The process for development of a comprehensive SSP for translational simulation programs is unclear. Personal correspondence with leaders of simulation programs like our own revealed a piecemeal approach in most institutions. In this article, we describe the process we used to develop the simulation safety policy at our health service, and crystalize principles that may provide guidance to simulation programs with similar challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4
JournalAdvances in Simulation
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2022

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