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Coastal Simulation Program

LGH offers a Simulation Program with staffing expertise and a wide range of innovative equipment to support patient care improvements across all professional groups and within patient care teams.

Meet the simulation team

Karen Schafer, Education Lead, Simulation Strategy, Clinical Education 

Richard Pinto, Simulation Operations Specialist, Clinical Education
Dr. Shannon Chestnut, Medical Education Lead, Simulation

What is simulation?

Simulation is an interactive learning and practice technique to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences. Emergency situations, and general patient care scenarios can be simulated using a blend of high to low tech equipment including manikins.
Download the complete SIM equipment list.

What are the benefits of simulation?

Improve communication and care processes within care teams 

  • It's an opportunity for interdisciplinary care teams to practice unusual and difficult scenarios so they are better prepared for these events, gain clarity on roles, and practice specific skills to improve patient care processes and outcomes (e.g. mock codes, anaphylactic reactions)

Improve clinical skills within professional/student groups

  • Professionals and students can practice skills before trying them on patients as well as improving on existing skills.

Support risk assessment/management

  • Teams can run simulations and debrief specific adverse events to identify areas for improvement for future events (risk management and mitigation).

Potential to support rural and remote care

  • It's an opportunity to support care in rural and remote communities to support professionals/student learning, and care improvements in those environments.

Research new care and technologies

  • Care teams can use the simulation environment and/or equipment to test new equipment or care processes prior to introducing into the clinical environment.

Who can access the simulation program?

Physicians, nurses and allied health professionals who provide clinical education at LGH as well as the rural and remote communities within the Coastal Community of Care.

Training for simulation facilitators

We offer training for simulation facilitators. Since May we’ve trained 50 facilitators and have 10 user groups consistently providing simulation education in their area of clinical practice. The benefits of becoming a facilitator include:
  • Develop a foundational knowledge of simulation based learning strategies
  • Identify elements of effective teamwork and incorporate those elements into simulation-based learning objectives
  • Learn the foundations of debriefing skills  
  • Plan and develop a simulation scenario
  • Facilitate a simulation scenario
Contact us about course offerings.

Scenario resources for facilitators

Simulation-based courses we support         

  • ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • NRP – Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • MoreOB – Managing Obstetric Risk Efficiently
  • STRUC – Simulation Trauma Resuscitation Update Course
  • Mock code blues
  • Insitu Simulations on units: Pediatrics, Emergency and ICU

SOURCE: Coastal Simulation Program ( )
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