New Hospital Simulation Training Programs Expect to Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Medical Errors

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Laerdal Medical Corporation and SimMedical, a company of UPMC, announce the development of two cutting-edge health care simulation curriculums for hospital staff. These programs address the 2008 National Patient Safety Goals with education products for training hospital staff.

Laerdal Medical Corporation and SimMedical, a company of UPMC, announce the development of two cutting-edge health care simulation curriculums for hospital staff. The goal of the courses is to improve overall clinical performance, reduce medical errors and increase patient safety.

These "courses-in-a-box" contain a complete array of educational tools for Faculty Instructors, Participants and Simulation Support Personnel.

The Institute of Medicine's 2000 report "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System" suggested that close to 90% of medical errors are a result of failed systems and procedures. The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, cites team training as an essential factor in reducing risk of medical errors. The 2009 National Patient Safety Goal, which applies to Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals, requires formal education for those that provide urgent response to critical conditions.

The "Rapid Response Team Training" course developed by Michael DeVita, MD, an international leader in Rapid Response Systems and Associate Director at The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER), is designed for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and critical care physicians. Participants will learn to manage and avoid critical errors in the hospital, and focus on team skills such as communication and decision-making.

This training program was recently cited as a case study to meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Standards in The Joint Commission Guide to Staff Education in 2008.

The "First 5 Minutes®" curriculum takes a multi-disciplinary approach to training hospital staff to manage a patient in a crisis situation and to respond appropriately during the critical first five minutes of a medical crisis before the Code Team arrives. The course is intended to improve identification of critical incidents, establish standardized behaviors for initial in-hospital responders and promote improved patient outcomes.

These new life-saving products are available to the health care community now.

The Rapid Response Team Training and First 5 Minutes Curriculum, developed in conjunction with SimMedical, are the most recent additions to Laerdal's growing courseware portfolio. The Simulation in Nursing Scenarios, developed in partnership with the National League for Nursing are used by nursing educators to train their students in undergraduate nursing programs. The ACLS scenarios, developed with the American Heart Association, teach and test learners to the 2005 AHA ACLS Guidelines. Laerdal's Emergency Preparedness Scenarios were created as a result of a partnership with the Gordon Center in Miami. These scenarios help prepare military, hospital, paramedics and pre-hospital first responders in the event of a Terrorist attack.

SimMedical, a company of the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), provides comprehensive simulation-based training curricula developed by experts to address today's most pressing clinician training and patient safety concerns. In addition, SimMedical provides expertise in the creation and management of integrated healthcare simulation training programs, featuring curricula and a web-based simulation information management system (SIMS). SimMedical is a corporation committed to creating leading edge simulation solutions through technology, training and operational excellence. For more information, visit or call 866-751-1348.

Laerdal Medical, one of the world's leading providers of Healthcare Solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning, and Medical Education. A complete line of Education and Technical Services, Courseware and Consulting Services is also available. Laerdal serves all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to the medical professional. For more information, visit or contact:

Jolynn Oblak
Product Marketing Manager for Simulation
Laerdal Medical Corporation
Phone: 845-297-7770, ext. 3233


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