70% of mistakes in medicine are due to human error – not lack of medical knowledge. The Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital trains pediatric health care professionals to react and respond to high-risk pediatric and obstetric scenarios in a life-like simulated environment so that risk to patients is substantially lowered in real life situations.
What is simulation?
Simulation is a guided technique that recreates a clinical environment and gives health care professionals exposure to high-risk scenarios without putting actual patients at risk.
The simulation training experience includes:
- Simulation exercises on high-fidelity mannequins that mimic real emergencies to facilitate team communication skills and real-time responses
- Review of video-recorded simulation
- Debriefing of learners to review and discuss simulation experience
Drawing from the experiences of expert staff and a full scope of resources, the Simulation Center has developed a guided process to train and educate health care professionals through clinical simulation and debriefing.
Learners practice on high-fidelity mannequins that respond physiologically to treatment, while actors play the role of patients and families to help professionals develop communication skills for crises. Following simulation exercises, debriefing sessions provide learners with a chance to review their performance on video, while evaluating the effectiveness of their actions during the simulation. Debriefing is one of the most valuable components of simulation.
Pediatric Simulation Scenarios
- Emergency room code response
- Delivery of a high-risk infant
- Communication of a new diagnosis to a patient's family
- Communication of bad news to a patient's family