Simulation: Improving patient outcomes

Abi Smith*, Dimitrios Siassakos, Joanna Crofts, Tim Draycott

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Effective training has been shown to improve perinatal care and outcome, decrease litigation claims and reduce midwifery sick leave. To be effective, training should be incentivised, in a realistic context, and delivered to inter-professional teams similar to those delivering actual care. Teamwork training is a useful addition, but it should be based on the characteristics of effective teamwork as derived from the study of frontline teams. Implementation of simulation and teamwork training is challenging, with constraints on staff time, facilities and finances. Local adoption and adaptation of effective programmes can help keep costs down, and make them locally relevant whilst maintaining effectiveness. Training programmes need to evolve continually in line with new evidence. To do this, it is vital to monitor outcomes and robustly evaluate programmes for their impact on patient care and outcome, not just on participants. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Bibliographical note

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Simulation
  • Teamwork
  • Training
  • Obstetrics
  • Patient outcomes
  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • PERIMORTEM CESAREAN-SECTION
  • SHOULDER DYSTOCIA
  • OBSTETRIC EMERGENCIES
  • NEONATAL DEATHS
  • CARDIAC-ARREST
  • HEALTH-CARE
  • TEAMWORK
  • DELIVERY
  • MANAGEMENT

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