Simulation Based Training at Safer Care
Simulation is an imitation of a real life situation or process for the purpose of training. It is particularly essential in fields where people’s lives are involved. Simulation was first used in the aviation industry and pilots were trained in simulators before they would fly a real airplane. This training improved their skills and made air travel safer. Similarly, in medicine, practice makes the man perfect but learning by practicing on real patients is undesirable. Thus, simulation offers a great advantage.
Research has shown that simulation based training helps improve various skills like communication, resuscitation and teamwork. Most importantly, it addresses concerns about patient safety by reducing clinical errors.
Simulation makes medical education more entertaining and absorbing, helping healthcare professionals to deal with practical problems in daily life. It also enables them to act more effectively in emergencies.
The CARE Institute of Healthcare Sciences (CIHS) has set up a Simulation Lab to train nurses and doctors. Called Safer Care, it would enable CIHS to conduct standard and customized courses that address all the needs of a healthcare professional. Once the learning objectives are established, a simulated scenario is created using innovative methods and technology. The student is then monitored by experts during the simulation and, later, debriefed on his/her performance.
Highlights of Safer Care:
- A state-of-the-art facility in a 16,000 sq feet area with world-class manikins
- Tie-up with world leaders in simulation – Laerdal, Monash University, Alfred Intensive Care Hospitals, where scenarios and courses are jointly created and conducted as per the need assessment
- Simulated hospital set-up to give a real feel of the hospital-based environment
- Dedicated team of trainers with combined work experience of over 25 years
Simulation can change the future of medical education in the country. It is already an integral part of medical education in developed countries. There is tremendous scope and a huge potential for growth in this field and it is rapidly evolving as a new specialty and preferred method of training.
– By Dr Nikhil Mathur