Simulation- August 2011



Simulation – Evidence Update  

August -2011




Welcome to the first bulletin on Simulation being produced by the HEFT Library Services. This bulletin is produced to support Simulation training carried out in the Harry Hollier Simulation Centre at Good Hope. This issue will highlight evidence published in the previous four weeks. Full text articles can be accessed via your HEFT Athens ID.


Human factors

Nothing to report


Medical errors and patient safety

Title: Improving patient safety and physician accountability using the hospital credentialing process
Author: Alan J Forster, et al. Citation: Open Medicine. May 2011 

The lack of systematic oversight of physician performance has led to some serious cases related to physician competence and behaviour. The authors are currently implementing a hospital-wide approach to improve physician oversight by incorporating it into the hospital credentialing process. Full text: Available in full text here.


Title: A new frontier in patient safety.

 Citation: JAMA, June 2011, vol./is. 305/21(2221-2), 0098-7484;1538-3598 (2011 Jun 1)

Author(s): McCannon J, Berwick DM Full Text: Available in fulltext at Highwire Press


Title: Patient involvement in patient safety: Protocol for developing an intervention using patient reports of organisational safety and patient incident reporting.
Author: Jane Ward, et al. Citation: BMC Health Services Research May 2011, 11:130
Abstract: This project aims to develop two patient safety interventions to promote organisational learning about safety - a patient measure of organisational safety (PMOS), and a patient incident reporting tool (PIRT) - to help the NHS prevent patient safety incidents by learning more about when and why they occur. Full text: Available in full text here.

Title: Why patient safety is such a tough nut to crack.

Citation: BMJ, 2011, vol./is. 342/(d3447), 0959-535X;1468-5833 (2011)

Author(s): Leistikow IP, Kalkman CJ, de Bruijn H Abstract: The authors define the four challenges that make patient safety such a tough nut to crack, and propose a way out of the impasse. Full Text: Available in fulltext at Highwire Press


Title: International patient safety experience: sharing the lessons.

Citation: British Journal of Nursing, June 2011, vol./is. 20/11(694-5), 0966-0461;0966-0461 (2011 Jun 10-23) Author(s): Tingle J Abstract: John Tingle discusses two recent patient safety reports from Canada and Australia that contain important lessons for health professionals worldwide. Full Text: Available in fulltext at EBSCO Host

Medical debriefing

Nothing to report


Simulation and medical training

Title: Mobile surgical skills education unit: a new concept in surgical training.

Citation: Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of The Society for Medical Simulation, August 2011, vol./is. 6/4(226-30), 1559-2332;1559-713X (2011 Aug)

Author(s): Shaikh FM, Hseino H, Hill AD, Kavanagh E, Traynor O

Abstract: A new program is designed by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), in an approach to teach its postgraduate basic surgical trainees the necessary surgical skills, by making the use of mobile innovative simulation technology in their own hospital settings. In this article, authors describe the program and students response to the mobile surgical skills being delivered in the region of their training hospitals and by their own regional consultant trainers. Full text: Available in print from the Good Hope Simulation Centre.


Title: Simulation for learning and teaching procedural skills: the state of the science.

Citation: Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of The Society for Medical Simulation, August 2011, vol./is. 6 Suppl/(S10-3), 1559-2332;1559-713X (2011 Aug) Author(s): Nestel D, Groom J, Eikeland-Husebo S, O'donnell JM

Abstract: Simulation is increasingly used to support learning of procedural skills. The authors were tasked with summarizing the "best evidence." They addressed the following question in this article: To what extent does simulation support learning and teaching in procedural skills? Full text: Available in print from the Good Hope Simulation Centre


Title: Telemedicine in anesthesia: An update

Citation: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, August 2011, vol./is. 24/4(459-462), 0952-7907;1473-6500 (August 2011) Author(s): Galvez J.A., Rehman M.A.

Abstract: Initiatives in remote access to anesthesiology services are emerging throughout the world in the areas of preoperative evaluation, intraoperative consultation, postoperative management and critical care as well as simulation and education. Simulation using telemedicine services can provide educational opportunities and test the effectiveness of institutions' communications systems.


Team training

Title: Effects of script-based role play in cardiopulmonary resuscitation team training

Citation: Emergency Medicine Journal, August 2011, vol./is. 28/8(690-694), 1472-0205;1472-0213 (August 2011) Author(s): Chung S.P., Cho J., Park Y.S., Kang H.G., Kim C.W., Song K.J., Lim H., Cho G.N.

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to compare the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) team dynamics and performance between a conventional simulation training group and a script-based training group. Full Text: Available in fulltext at Highwire Press


Title: Simulation-based team training in healthcare.

Citation: Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of The Society for Medical Simulation, August 2011, vol./is. 6 Suppl/(S14-9), 1559-2332;1559-713X (2011 Aug) Author(s): Eppich W, Howard V, Vozenilek J, Curran I Abstract: Simulation-based team training (SBTT) in healthcare is gaining acceptance. Guidelines for appropriate use of SBTT exist, but the evidence base remains limited. The purpose of this consensus statement is threefold: (1) to highlight current best practices in designing SBTT in healthcare and to identify gaps in current implementation; (2) to explore validated concepts and principles from relevant academic disciplines and industries; and (3) to identify potential high-yield areas for future research and development. Full text: Available in print from the Good Hope Simulation Centre



















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