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.

Coastal Simulation Program

Our Team:Karen Schafer – Education Lead, Simulation Strategy, Clinical Education
Richard Pinto – Simulation Operations Specialist, Clinical Education
Dr Shannon Chestnut – Medical Education Lead, Simulation

Contact UsEmail Karen Schafer to learn more about Simulation: Karen.Schafer [at] vch.ca
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.


What are the Benefits of Simulation?

1. Improve communication and care processes within care teams

  • Opportunity for interdisciplinary care teams to practice unusual and difficult scenarios, so that 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, etc)

2. Improve Clinical skills within professional/student groups

  • Opportunity for professionals/students to practice skills before trying them on patients, or to improve existing skills

3. Support Risk assessment/management

  • Opportunity for teams to run simulations and debrief specific adverse events, to identify areas for improvement for future events (risk management and mitigation)

4.Potential to support Rural and Remote Care

  • Opportunity to support care in rural and remote communities to support Professionals/student learning, and care improvements in those environments

5.Research new care and technologies

  • 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.

For Simulation FacilitatorsWe also 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. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a facilitator:

  • 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:

Some of the Simulation based courses that 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