Simulation Center Research

Research

Akron Children’s Simulation Center for Safety and Reliability is not only a training center, but also a research laboratory. Research simulation can be an important tool for testing new equipment and procedures in a safe environment. Our goal is to affect behaviors and strengthen skills to improve multidisciplinary teamwork and patient outcomes.

We focus on improving patient safety throughout our hospital system by partnering with our department educators. Together, we pinpoint safety concerns and implement simulations to develop solutions.

In addition, our center works to advance patient care as a member of INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation Based Pediatric Innovation Research and Education), a research collaborative for pediatric simulation that includes about 50 children’s hospitals from around the world.

Epic EHR System Research

Our research center will use simulations to train our medical professionals and evaluate how clinical processes are affected by electronic health records. These training sessions will be used to detect safety threats and develop solutions to improve patient safety before the EPIC system goes live.

Research

Situational Awareness

Through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), our research center will test theories in situation awareness, a field of study concerned with the perception of the environment and the knowledge that information, events and decision makers’ actions can impact patient goals and objectives.

The two-part grant looks at how we can accelerate expertise among novices and build resilient teams to maximize patient outcomes.

We will analyze what constitutes an expert and whether simulation can be used to accelerate expertise. We will conduct interviews on experts and novices to build simulations to test this theory.

In addition, we will review experts making decisions under stress and recognize what is similar or different from other situations.

Communication barriers across hierarchies, failure to acknowledge human weaknesses and a lack of situational awareness can lead to poor teamwork. We will look at how we can train teams to mitigate errors and recover from those that do happen.

Through simulation, we can look at these situations proactively to determine what causes a team to be resilient.


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