Might We Increase Patient Confidence (and Patient Safety) Through Healthcare Simulation?

| Roxanne Blanford
To err is human.  But, perhaps, some errors can be prevented.  

Taking the pledge to make safety a priority in healthcare is a critical first step in the pursuit of improving the overall quality of patient care. While there are many ways to turn this idea into a reality, adopting the following attitudes and approaches to ensure patient safety is a good place to start. 

  • Admit that mistakes happen (healthcare providers are only human, after all)

  • Take responsibility for enacting and adhering to safety measures

  • Learn from errors in order to minimize the chance of recurrence

  • Dedicate attention, communications, and resources to avoid lapses in the safety process

  • Realistically assess and mitigate the human factors that contribute to preventable medical errors

  • Investigate healthcare simulation as part of the patient safety solution

CAE Healthcare: On a mission to make healthcare safer

In late February 2019, CAE Healthcare held its signature CAE Human Patient Simulation Network World Conference  (HSPN World 2019) in Orlando, Florida. Centered on a theme of inspired innovation with a deliberate focus on patient safety, we opened the 3-day meeting with a special screening of the compelling patient safety documentary, "To Err is Human."  (Watch the official trailer here)

On the second day of HPSN World 2019, we introduced our keynote panel of medical experts, educators and individuals directly involved in the making of the "To Err is Human" documentary.

Together, before a captivated audience, the panel engaged in a spirited exchange surrounding the personal and systemic impact of preventable medical harm. The knowledgeable group also shared well-considered ideas for solving the problem.


The patient safety panel was comprised of the following individuals:
Mike Eisenberg, the Director, and Co-producer of To Err is Human

Sue Sheridan, Director of Patient Engagement, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

Dr. Tara Bastek, Neonatologist, Bioethicist and Chair of the WakeMed bioethics committee

Dr. West Paul, Chief Quality and Medical Officer at WakeMed Health

Dr. Amar Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP, CHSE, FSSH, Chief Learning Officer, CAE Healthcare Academy, and HPSN panel moderator


Special Opportunity: Host Your Own Screening of To Err Human with CAE
To help raise and maintain awareness of the need to improve patient safety globally, and to highlight the role that healthcare simulation-based training can play in achieving this objective, CAE is offering free special screenings of the documentary “To Err is Human” to healthcare audiences. The film is the creation of Mike Eisenberg, son of Dr. John Eisenberg who was director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the “To Err is Human” research report in 1999.

Detailing one family’s intimate story of medical harm, the film features interviews with prominent patient safety advocates as they discuss solutions for reducing medical errors. To date, more than 200 healthcare organizations have hosted special screenings of the film followed by passionate panel discussions.

If you would like to partner with CAE to screen the film, host a panel and highlight healthcare simulation and other ways we can improve patient safety, we would be happy to work with you.

Please email [email protected] with your detailed request. 

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

This is unacceptable. 
There is an urgent need to erect a comprehensive set of principles and protocols that place patient safety as the Number One priority throughout the healthcare system.

CAE Healthcare believes we can be part of the solution with  quality services, expert instruction and training that includes human patient simulation.


For more insights, read "A Culture of Patient Safety: Reducing Medical Errors with Simulation"

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