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Designing the Process and Space of Simulated Interdisciplinary Healthcare Environment

What: Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) World Conference
When: February 28 – March 2, 2017
Title: Designing the Process and Space of Simulated Interdisciplinary Healthcare Environments

Real-world healthcare environments, both current and future, continue to trend towards a complete and collaborative approach to patient wellbeing, while simulated learning environments are increasingly 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 2017 HPSN World Conference regarding this shift.

Session attendees left with a better understanding of the process of designing a simulated interdisciplinary healthcare environment; understood more about why this progressive and ever-evolving model continues to become a national trend; gained valuable knowledge regarding the components of these types of facilities; and obtained further insight into the advantages of incorporating these environments into programming scenarios that include all stages of healthcare, from initial patient contact to follow-up.

Through the application of real-world scenarios, attendees were given examples of why this model has quickly become desirable in simulated healthcare environments. Educational models were featured to reflect healthcare trends that many attendees were already seeing and will continue to see in the future.

In the session, every step of the design process was discussed. From getting started to completing a successful project, topics included timelines, funding, the who’s who of the project team, and problem seeking and solving efforts. Virtual reality systems used in the design process were on-hand to engage participants in hands-on learning. Presenters also explained why many clients adopt virtual reality systems into their teaching pedagogy after experiencing their advantages during design.

The presentation also included defining spaces within the facility, understanding programmatic elements such as audio-visual and virtual reality systems and equipment, and defining operational and space needs, whether in a repurposed existing space or in a newly constructed facility. Attendees left with an improved understanding of why and how 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 support learning goals by connecting real-world scenarios and preparing learners for “life after the classroom”. For example, attendees of this session left with an understanding of how a medical emergency scenario can impact the programming and environment of a medical education facility.

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2017 HPSN world conference website

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