National simulation course builds skill, enhances patient safety

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 3:14pm

In July, critical care fellows from across Canada will come to Halifax for the Acute Critical Events Simulation Course offered through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Janice Chisholm, Tobias Witter and Bill Gallagher, critical care physicians, have been coordinating the learning experience.

Fellows will have an opportunity to practice their skills through simulation exercises. Experiences will range from responding to a phone call about a mock situation to treating a simulated patient experiencing a cardiac arrest.

While participants will hone their manual skills, they will also focus on developing communication skills, which are critical to patient safety. “It’s important to know how to communicate in these situations and how to provide feedback,” says Tobias.

The conversations that come after each simulation exercise provide meaningful learning. Janice says participants explore such questions as, “What went well and why? What would we want to do again? What didn’t go well?”

By learning through simulation, participants are better prepared to provide safe, quality care in critical situations.