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Patient safety and simulation 

Patient safety and simulation
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Patient safety and simulation
Author(s):

Christine L Mai

, Rebecca D Minehart

, and Jeffrey B Cooper

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198717621.003.0017
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date: 09 May 2021

The initiation of the patient-safety movement in the 1970s has evolved over many decades to become a well-established healthcare discipline, which has dramatically changed the practice of medicine. The prevention of harm resulting from system failures and human error has become a strong focus for healthcare around the world. Many different forms of simulation can be applied with the aim of preventing errors and improving systems and, thus, reducing the numbers of healthcare-related preventable deaths and injuries. Utilized extensively in other high-risk organizations, simulation has been applied to healthcare in order to address issues of teamwork development, competency assessment, and evaluation of new processes and technologies. Simulation may be used to promote a culture of patient safety, to reduce human errors, and reduce risks to patients by allowing a safe environment in which learners of all types can practise and expand their skills.

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