New clinical technologies require medical professionals to continuously maintain their proficiency to provide the highest quality of healthcare possible. Continued changes in technology also create an arena where patient safety concerns become even more critical.
The Center for Medical Education and Innovation responds to patient safety concerns by teaching medical procedures using real life, immersive simulations. In such a learning environment, a medical professional can gain invaluable experience in a realistic, true-to-life setting learning with patient simulators instead of real patients.
- The Center offers medical professionals the opportunity to practice and hone their clinical judgment skills, communication skills and clinical procedure techniques in a "virtual hospital" environment using human patient simulators.
- The human patient simulators, and the software programs associated with them, have the ability to introduce specific learning objectives and levels of complexity, or procedural consequences, into educational programs. They also provide feedback and collect data, which allow for the evaluation of the learning objectives using various benchmark metrics.
- The setting also offers the opportunity to pay special attention to the hand over of care from one level of complexity to another, during which medical errors are considered more likely to occur.
- This life-like hospital setting allows doctors, nurses and other health professionals to practice side-by-side. This improves greatly the learning of communication skills between health professionals.
Keeping patient safety at the forefront
The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) landmark report on building a safer U.S. healthcare system estimated that preventable medical errors cause up to 98,000 patients to die in hospitals each year. These errors have economic costs for the nation's hospitals reaching as high as $29 billion per year. This underscores the critical importance of using simulation technology to improve performance, increase readiness, decrease costs, and help keep patients safe. On all fronts, Riverside and OhioHealth are leading the way.
The IOM reports most healthcare errors are caused by faulty systems, processes and conditions, which can be addessed, in part, through simulation training. Most new healthcare technologies advance rapidly and require high levels of competency. At CME+I, learning about and developing the skills to safely use those technologies can be monitored and measured.
Riverside's commitment to excellence
Riverside Methodist Hospital is highly committed to excellence in Medical Education. This means ensuring that healthcare professionals are not only well prepared to provide patient care, but that the educational process is structured to ensure they incorporate patient safety principles into their practice of medicine.
Through the integration of medical simulation and traditional medical training, we can ensure that medical errors are kept to an absolute minimum.