Healthcare Simulation Week 2019:  Reflections on Patient Safety

| Roxanne Blanford

In September 2017, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare established the inaugural recognition of Healthcare Simulation Week.

Every year since, this occasion has been used to draw much-needed attention to the global patient safety crisis, with an eye towards reducing patient harm by advocating for a fuller implementation of simulation-based training within healthcare education.


Healthcare Simulation Week 2019

The week of September 16-20 began with the release of a "Welcome to Healthcare Simulation Week 2019" video from SSH President KT Waxman. CAE Healthcare showed its support of both the 3rd annual healthcare simulation week celebration, and the very first World Patient Safety Day (September 17, World Health Organization/ WHO), by 

  • sponsoring a global livestreaming event of the patient safety documentary, "To Err is Human." The free screening was followed by an interactive panel discussion with live audience participation
  • issuing daily communications about ways to minimize patient risk, decrease incidences of medical errors, and ensure procedural compliance
  • producing cogent articles that detail successful healthcare training programs (proving the educational benefits of healthcare simulation)
  • sharing information about improving healthcare education through innovative technology and applying best-practices in patient care
  • releasing a new CAE Healthcare video with compelling interviews from clinical leaders representing WakeMed Health and Hospitals, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center/ CHIPS voicing strong inducements for simulation-based training

CAE VIDEO: Patient Safety & Simulation

As we wrap up Healthcare Simulation Week 2019, it's clear that our work is not over. There continues to be far too many incidents of patients suffering from medical and medication-related errors. A majority of these adverse healthcare events are determined to be preventable.

CAE Healthcare is convinced we can, and must, do better.

Said CAE Healthcare president, Rekha Ranganathan, "CAE Healthcare is committed to improving patient safety and providing training environments that will help reduce medical errors, and medical simulation will have an important role to play in this vision. We look forward to providing the training platforms and services of choice to make healthcare safer."

Be sure to stay in touch with CAE Healthcare and follow us for the latest developments in healthcare simulation technology. With simulation, we believe we can continue to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, clinical competency, and patient safety.

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