National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Collaborative Health Education Building
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Simulation is revolutionizing approaches to patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare. It is contributing to meaningful improvements in care quality metrics, patient outcomes, safety culture, cost effectiveness, and adverse events.

The Forum is a truly unique event that highlights applications of simulation, and evidence for its effectiveness, to advance patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

2020 Theme:
'Seas' the Day!
Collaborations to Transform Health Systems

The primary audience for this conference is healthcare agency leadership and patient safety or quality improvement officers who wish to better understand how simulation-based approaches are meaningfully improving organizational reliability, culture, safety and care quality.

Call for Presentations

There is no formal call for abstracts for the Forum, but we are looking for those who are doing leading-edge work with simulation in the clinical setting who would like to share their achievements. This could include (but isn't limited to):

  • simulations to address a known safety or quality gap
  • further examining suspected safety/quality gaps with simulations
  • supplementing root cause analyses
  • simulations to test new processes or procedures for latent errors
  • improving safety culture / just culture
  • human factors analyses
  • simulations during the design and building of clinical spaces
  • on-boarding new staff or improving staff retention
  • simulation as part of the hiring process
  • simulation for patients, families and caregivers
  • evaluating options for medical device procurement
  • just-in-time training
  • skills refreshers
  • in-situ simulations
  • learning hospital layout

Given the focus of this conference, we generally do not include presentations on simulation used in the undergraduate, pre-licensure, or post-graduate setting to improve skills or patient safety.

If you have an idea for a presentation, please contact Tim Willett via twillett@SIM-one.ca as soon as possible!

PROGRAM

We are currently confirming presenters. Details will be added as presenters are confirmed!

Since this is a leading-edge and rapidly evolving area of innovation, the Forum is structured to include as much time to network, discuss, ask questions, and learn from other participants as possible.

Conference Scope

At the Forum, we specifically focus on applications of simulation to achieve quality and patient safety (rather than educational) goals. Examples include:

  • simulations to address a known safety or quality gap
  • further examining suspected safety/quality gaps with simulations
  • supplementing root cause analyses
  • simulations to test new processes or procedures for latent errors
  • improving safety culture / just culture
  • human factors analyses
  • simulations during the design and building of clinical spaces
  • on-boarding new staff or improving staff retention
  • simulation as part of the hiring process
  • simulation for patients, families and caregivers
  • evaluating options for medical device procurement
  • just-in-time training
  • rapid skills refreshers for low-frequency high-acuity events
  • in-situ simulations
  • learning hospital layout

Overall Program & Activities

The conference will include:

  • A keynote speaker to inspire and motivate.
  • Presentations from 15-20 innovators using simulation in creative and impactful ways to improve the healthcare system, processes, spaces and culture.
  • Extensive networking time for participants to connect with and learn more from presenters.
  • Workshops for a deep dive into key aspects of system-level simulations.
  • Tours of local simulation facilities.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce this year's keynote from two inspirational change agents and patient advocates from Nova Scotia!

Re-Conceptualizing System Improvement

Krista Lane BA PCP EMD
JK Health Equity Consultants;
Acting Operations Supervisor, Nova Scotia Emergency Health Services

Jennifer Lane BSc BScN RN
JK Health Equity Consultants;
PhD Student, Dalhousie University School of Nursing;
Psychiatric Nurse, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Jennifer and Krista advocate diversity and inclusion to be key factors in equitable engagement, culturally safe care and systems change that benefit individuals, groups, and organizations alike. They deliver simulation-based education through an 2SLGBTQ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) lens to bring about diverse and applied understandings of equity in a variety of professional settings.
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Innovation & Impact Presentations

These national leaders will share a brief overview of their work with simulation and its impact on care quality and patient safety. Afterwards, there is time for delegates to meet and discuss initiatives with presenters. Confirmed presentations are listed below (more to follow!):

When the Root Cause Analysis solution misses the mark – How simulation can help Doug Sinclair; IWK Health Centre, NS
Get in the Game! Using Clinical Simulation Virtual Games to Educate Interprofessional Healthcare Teams on Patient Safety Initiatives: Medical Device Incident Danielle Byrne, Kelly Lackie & Shelley L. Cobbett; Dalhousie University, NS
Crash Testing the Dummy: In Situ Trauma Simulation at the QEII Hospital Samuel Jessula, Robert Green & Samuel Minor; Dalhousie University, NS
Code White! Assessing the hospital’s response to aggression through in-situ simulation Glenn D. Posner; The Ottawa Hospital & University of Ottawa, ON
In Situ Pediatric Mock Codes: Improving simulation delivery to improve team and system performance Jennifer Foster; Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre, NS
Improving Patient Safety by Enhancing Team Work and Communication Knowledge and Skills Using the ‘TeamSTEPPS CanadaTM Essentials’ Online Open Access Microlearning Course Gina De Souza & Maureen Sullivan-Bentz; CPSI, ON
Using Simulation During the Design and Redevelopment of NICU and PICU Barb Ellesmere & Tanya Bishop; IWK Health Centre, NS

Workshops 

Confirmed workshops are listed below (more to come!):

Simming outside the box: Considerations for Interagency Simulations

Glenn D. Posner, The Ottawa Hospital Simulation Patient Safety Program & the University of Ottawa Skills & Simulation Centre

Simulation in the clinical environment has its own set of challenges, but when your simulation extends beyond your own institution, there are a host of other considerations that come into play. This workshop will present a recent simulation involving a midwifery birthing centre, paramedics, and a tertiary hospital. Using this example as a springboard, participants will practice crafting their own interagency events, demonstrating an appreciation for the stakeholder engagement required for success.

Objectives: By the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize in-situ simulation to identify latent safety threats in the clinical environment
  • Design a simulation scenario that involves two or more healthcare units
  • Brainstorm around the stakeholder engagement required when planning an interagency simulation

Discussion Panel

Patient-Centred Simulation: Sim By, With and For Patients and Caregivers

Patient-centred simulation is simulation that truly incorporates patient- and family-centred principles. It can look like incorporating the patient voice into scenario design, including the patient as a simulation participant, sims whose target audience are patient and families, sims designed specifically for the unique characteristics of individual patients, or a combination of the above. This interactive session will begin with a brief introduction to patient-centred simulation, followed by a patient panel discussion about current initiatives, challenges and benefits related to planning and implementation, and hopes for the future. Audience participation is highly encouraged.

VENUE

This year's National Forum will be held in Halifax, NS. Room 170, Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) of Dalhousie University.

Travel & Accommodations

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HOTEL

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Halifax • 1515 South Park St, Halifax, N.S.  B3J 2L2:  A limited number of rooms are currently held for Simulation Canada on May 28 and May 29 at a preferred group rate of $202.00 until March 31 based on Classic guest room and rate availability. To make your reservation online at the group rate, please click HERETo reserve your room directly with the Lord Nelson team or for further assistance, please contact the reservations department directly at 1-800-565-2020, (902) 423-5130, or by email at ask@lordnelsonhotel.com and refer to Group Reservation # 47556 or Simulation Canada Courtesy Block. Wish to extend your stay in Halifax? This preferred rate may be booked online or through the reservations department directly for up to three (3) days pre and post based on Classic Guest Room and rate availability. The Lord Nelson Hotel is located within 5 minutes of the CHEB Building, Dalhousie University.

SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

This is a unique and affordable event to connect with patient safety and quality improvement leaders! A limited number of exhibit tables is available. To sponsor or exhibit at the National Forum, please follow to our prospectus here to complete the application.

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Previous Forums

The 2019 National Forum, held on June May 28th in Vancouver, BC, was a huge success! Now in its fifth year, this unique 1-day conference highlights the many roles simulation can play to advance patient safety and quality at the point of care delivery and celebrates achievements in Canada.

Access summaries and presentations from past events here:

2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016