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Understanding the Design of Simulated Interdisciplinary Healthcare Environments

Where: Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) World Conference
When: February 16-18, 2016
Title: Understanding the Design of Simulated Interdisciplinary Healthcare Environments

Current and future real-world healthcare environments are increasingly trending towards a complete and collaborative approach to patient wellbeing, while simulated learning environments are modeling the same trend. A holistic understanding of various healthcare disciplines and how they’re interconnected, including the efforts of first response teams, is understandably desirable when considering the ultimate goal of providing the best in patient care. Recently, our Academic Health Science team spoke to attendees of the 2016 HPSN World Conference regarding this shift.

At the close of this session, attendees better understood the process of designing a simulated interdisciplinary healthcare environment; why this model is quickly becoming a national trend; gained valuable knowledge regarding the components of these types of facilitates; and garnered insight into the advantages of incorporating programming scenarios that include all stages of healthcare, from initial patient contact to follow-up.

The presentation covered every step of the design process, from getting started to completing a successful project. Presenters discussed timelines, funding, the who’s who of the project team, and problem seeking and solving efforts.

Through the application of real-world scenarios, examples were given of why this model is quickly becoming desirable in simulated healthcare environments. Educational models were applied to reflect healthcare trends that many attendees had already been seeing, and are sure to see in the future.

Facilities were a hot topic in this presentation. Whether in a repurposed existing space or in a newly constructed facility, defining spaces within the facility, understanding programmatic elements, and defining operational and space needs were all part of the discussion. Attendees left with a better understanding of why and how the facilities are scenario-driven, and why it’s not the other way around.

Ideal simulation environments remove the silos among academic healthcare professions, including those related to first response. Well-designed facilities bolster learning goals by connecting real-world scenarios and preparing learners for “life after the classroom”. Attendees of this session will understand how a medical emergency scenario can impact the programming and environment of a medical education facility.

More about HPSN

2016 HPSN world conference website

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