With the opening of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) and Royal University Hospital Adult ED approaching, point-of-care staff are preparing for serving a diverse mix of patients in their new spaces.
Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) staff and physicians took part in three full days of simulation exercises in the new spaces in June, July and August. During these day-in-the-life experiences, interdisciplinary teams had the opportunity to rehearse and refine what they would do in certain scenarios before they begin working in the space, so they can get accustomed to the new environment. After completing each scenario, the teams discussed what went well and what could be improved going forward.
A “newborn” simulation baby is examined during a maternal, ED and NICU simulation in July.
Staff and physicians examine a “newborn” simulation baby during the maternal, ED and NICU simulation in July.
A simulated patient is wheeled down from the heliport during the Code Orange simulation event in August.
The simulation event on August 14 focused on a Code Orange—or multiple incoming casualties situation—which included approximately 150 participants and 27 patient-family advisors.
“Planning a simulation of this size and complexity was stressful, because you don’t want to forget any key components,” said Christa Sather, Emergency Preparedness Planner at RUH. “However, the Code Orange simulation went very well, because of the hard work and dedication of our staff and physicians. They are experts in their areas, and the simulation would not have been successful without them.
Dr. Laurie Mazurik, a critical care physician and crisis simulation expert from Toronto, spent the day observing the procedure. She noted the readiness of staff and the involvement from patient-family advisors—a critical part of team learning.