University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine Develops and Tests Mock Scenarios to Train Med-Surg Teams

Improving the performance of health care teams using simulation team training

The Center for Simulation and Safety in Healthcare at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine created and tested approximately 20 mock scenarios for use in "immersive simulation" training sessions for medical-surgical teams.

In immersive simulation sessions, a medical team acts out a mock scenario, which is often modeled after a real-life case. The sessions are videotaped and team members' performances are analyzed later.

Key Recommendations

  • The investigators identified several steps necessary to promote adoption of immersive simulation training by the health care industry:

    • Conduct research to demonstrate that immersive simulation training can lead health care institutions from a reactive approach to patient safety to a pro-active approach that emphasizes the need to fix processes to prevent errors and reduce risk.
    • Create educational programs to teach instructors how to lead simulation-training sessions.
    • Demonstrate that a financial case can be made that there is a reasonable return on investment in simulation training.