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A report from the Simulation Committee about Phoebe Lam & Anna Loez-Filici's work with the Anesthesia Simulation Centre to provide multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals with a way to maintain and enhance patient safety practices through ongoing learning.

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Phoebe Lam & Anna Loez-Filici University Health Network, Toronto, Anaesthesia Simulation Centre
The Anesthesia Simulation Centre at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, was created by the Anesthesia Assistants’ group to provide multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals with a way to maintain and enhance patient safety practices through ongoing learning. Its continuing education simulation programs are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The Anesthesia Simulation Centre provides a creative venue to practice clinical situations ranging from unit specific to interprofessional scenarios for students and trainees as well as novice and experienced healthcare professionals. In addition to providing clinical simulations in the Simulation Centre, in-situ simulations are provided in the environment within the clinical area where the actual patient activities take place. Participants can work individually or in teams to practice routine procedures, manage crisis situations, rehearse treatment protocols, and reflect on teamwork skills in a safe learning environment without any risk to real patients.

Simulation scenarios are based on real life situations. For example, the Anesthesia Resident Simulation Program is designed to assist anesthesia residents achieve the competencies required for the University of Toronto Residency Program. This simulation program has a 20-week structured curriculum that consists of 5 modules, tailored around the patient population of Toronto General Hospital. The modules provided include: resuscitation, vascular, cardiac, thoracic, and transplant patient management. Each week anesthesia residents have the opportunity to participate in a scenario that is centred on their knowledge and built upon skills acquired from previous weeks.

By bridging the acquisition and implementation of knowledge, skills, and decision-making into clinical practice in a safe environment, the Anesthesia Simulation Centre creates a cost-effective continuous learning environment for healthcare professionals. The result is increased patient safety, better interprofessional communication, and identification of learning gaps requiring improvement.

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