The MGH Learning Laboratory recently piloted an in-situ simulation space in the Emergency Department, as part of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Quality and Safety Olympics. The clinical bay houses an adult or pediatric mannequin simulator along with easily accessible equipment to provide training and education opportunities for emergency care team members.

The Feb. 12 exercise included a number of MGH staff, including attending physicians, resident physicians, nurses, physician assistants and unit coordinators. Participants cared for a simulated critical patient then discussed the team’s clinical approach and ways to improve team communication during challenging cases.

“The goal moving forward is to make realistic training more routinely available to busy clinical staff in their own unit,” says James Gordon, MD, director of the MGH Learning Laboratory and chief of the Emergency Department’s Division of Medical Simulation. “The creation of dual-use space to support both patient care and provider training offers exciting new opportunities to improve patient care at the point of service.”

This article was published in the 04/06/18 Hotline issue.