Focus on Teamwork and Communication
A panel of medical experts recently told us that if you want to improve patient safety, you should focus on teamwork and communications first. Failures in teamwork and communications are estimated to be at the root cause of 70% of patient harm,1 plus the estimated 250,000 lives lost annually in the U.S. due to preventable medical error.2
Simulation is being used across healthcare to address this issue and turn “teams of experts into expert teams.” Some organizations try to achieve the same results solely through didactic learning. Simulation-based learning, however, goes the extra step to make that learning come alive in a setting designed to mimic real clinical encounters and lifelike experiences where teamwork counts.