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How simulation helps save lives

Healthcare Simulation Week (September 17-21 2018)

Did you know manikins and actors are used to help Central Coast Local Health District (the
District) staff train for real-life medical emergencies?

This week is Healthcare Simulation Week (September 17-21 2018) and the District is
celebrating the important role simulation plays in clinical training and education to improve
patient outcomes.

District Simulation Manager Greg Kerrison-Watkin said the aim of simulation was to enhance
the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of our local health services.

“This week is an opportunity to raise awareness of the simulation profession and the work we
do to help educate and prepare clinicians to deliver safer, more knowledgeable patient care,”
he said.

“Simulation in health care can include everything from computerised manikins, skill-based
trainers, to simulated patients (or actors) who role-play realistic and challenging scenarios.

“Scenarios are designed to enhance clinical reasoning and practical skills, and to promote
the development of non-technical skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication.”

Greg said simulation allowed clinical staff to imitate realistic medical scenarios without
serious risk or consequence.

“Learners can get hands-on experience and develop their real-time thinking skills including
knowledge-in-action, procedures, decision-making, and effective communication,” Greg said.

“Working in a simulated environment allows learners to make mistakes and learn from them
without the need for intervention by experts.”

The District has a range of fun and educational activities planned for staff and the general
public to get involved in Healthcare Simulation Week.

Greg, Amy and Bruce from the District Simulation Centre

(Image description: Greg, Amy and Bruce from the District Simulation Centre)

Media enquiries
Lauren Nicholls, CCLHD Senior Communications Officer
4320 3221 or 0414 193 308


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