7 Quick Tips to Bring Your Simulation Center to Life
By SimGHOSTS Board Member Scott Crawford, MD CHSOS
Simulation week is a chance to showcase the excellent learning and educational offerings your simulation center can provide. Each center is unique but all strive for learner performance and improved care. Simulation week can be a chance to let the community know about this resource. If patients and members of the community know about the training provided by your simulation center they may start asking their care provider if they train with simulation or encourage them to do so.
Some centers even if they have large status or accreditation still are not recognized and understood by others on the campus, in the hospital, or in the healthcare region which they serve. What can a simulation center do to fix this?
Ideas for hosting a simulation center open house:
- Even without a full CPR or ACLS class, your staff can likely train hands only CPR. Talk to guests about the benefit of this simple maneuver to provide support until prehospital care or an AED arrive.
- Provide an opportunity for kids and families to learn about healthcare. A simulation center is a unique opportunity to showcase multiple jobs within the healthcare industry, or even the profession you have in healthcare simulation! Schools from grade school on would find interest in the activities and tools we use every day.
- A Laparoscopic surgery box can allow someone to understand the skill and dexterity required to perform surgery inside of a patient without the benefit of a full open incision. An iPad mounted on a cardboard box can make a quick demonstration of this experience.
- Ultrasound or video laryngoscopy devices that are used both for training and real patient evaluation can showcase the technology available to care providers and how they work to improve their skill in simulation with an appropriate task trainer.
- Reach out to affiliated or regional health promotion agencies such as fire departments, poison control centers or public health resources to provide information and demonstration scenarios for those touring your simulation center. Most of these groups have interest in providing community outreach and could help attract participants to a larger simulation activity.
- Fire safety. Fire drills are one of the first ways we learned about simulation for health and safety. Build upon this training with local fire safety officers by teaching how to use a fire extinguisher or even demonstrating their use (in a controlled environment). Many fire departments have training equipment already available for this type of education.
- Moulage makes it fun. Have a face painting station, but instead of rainbows and Spiderman, show how to make burns, cuts, and bruises. These simple skills will attract attention, can be easily cleaned-off, and give a chance to talk about safety to prevent cuts and burns at home. This station can also provide some timely skills for costume ideas with Halloween coming up next month.
Making your center visible and known will help to attract training interest, community support, and let the public know how the healthcare system is working to improve the way care is delivered to them.