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Simulation Training is a Valuable Tool for Caregiver Education

Published July 7, 2014

Crises happen— our job is to be prepared for the time that they do. That's why Providence has taken vital steps to educate caregivers in emergency situations to improve the overall patient care experience. Simulation training is one way we're doing just that.

Providence and Swedish have joined forces to provide realistic simulations for caregivers to gain hands-on experience in the case of an emergency. Recently, we completed a simulation series on post-partum hemorrhaging with 24 sessions that involved participation from every nurse and provider that may encounter this situation. Each scenario was set up with a mannequin, representing a real patient, while doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists all worked together to care for the patient’s needs.

Dr. Kent Davis has been involved in many post-partum hemorrhaging cases in real life and believes simulation is a very important tool for safety advancement. “It helps make the team comfortable with the scenario, and it identifies system problems in a non-emergent setting so that they can be corrected before an actual emergency.”

The focus of the simulation is to practice team steps, communication and safety — all to ensure a better patient experience and eliminate errors. Every caregiver has a specific role to play and being able to practice those responsibilities makes for a less stressful experience when there is an emergency.

“It hardwires behaviors," said Becky Weiderstrom, clinical nurse educator. “It’s like bringing an orchestra together and each of us has an instrument to play.” Currently, first responder drills are being practiced for the Pediatrics and Family Maternity Centers with more simulations coming this Fall to cover shoulder Dystocia, the process in which the shoulders of a child cannot pass through the birthing canal.

For more information about this project, please contact Becky Weiderstrom.