State the overall Goal or Outcome : Safety management and healthcare is a relatively recent pairing compared to other high risk, high stakes industries. Publication of the IOM’s To Err is Human in 2000 shone a stark spotlight on the state of safety in healthcare. The initial, and still predominant, approach to healthcare safety (Safety I) focuses on diagnosing “what went wrong” using adverse event analysis methods developed in other industries decades ago. The application of Safety I principles to the complex, interdependent systems that make up healthcare is fraught with problems and inaccurate assumptions which may explain why progress has been sluggish (at best) despite dedication of a large amount of resources. Growing appreciation of the importance safety culture, resilience engineering and a new, complementary approach to safety management (Safety II) focused on “what goes go right” and mundane work are transforming our approach to safety in healthcare. The role of simulation in evaluating and improving the safety of equipment, systems and workspaces is gaining recognition in many industries, including healthcare. Early integration of Safety II principles within a simulation program largely facilitated by alternate debriefing formats will aid in practical integration of Safety I and II throughout healthcare, accelerating safety improvement and minimizing preventable harm.
In this workshop, facilitators with expertise in patient safety, simulation and debriefing will guide participants through integration of recent advances and evolving concepts in safety science with simulation. This will optimize the positive impact simulation can have within a comprehensive, cutting edge safety program. The overall goal is to impart practical tools and knowledge to participants, decreasing the time to positive impact at their home institutions.
Intended Audience : This workshop is intended for administrators, safety officers, educators and healthcare providers with intermediate or advanced knowledge of simulation.
Relevance to the Conference : Simulation is increasingly recognized as an untapped resource in the evaluation and improvement of healthcare systems and delivery. In today’s healthcare climate, simulation programs are increasingly asked to address problems beyond education. This workshop was designed by experts in simulation, debriefing and healthcare safety alternating brief didactic lectures on high yield concepts with rapid fire, interactive activities to optimize uptake/retention of material and practical application to bedside patient safety.