Established in 2001, the Center for Simulation and Research at Cincinnati Children’s provides simulation education to interdisciplinary teams. We are a national center of excellence and an innovator for healthcare simulation, education, patient safety and research. Our programs improve multidisciplinary healthcare communication and teamwork, and our research advances the field of healthcare simulation.

We help improve patient safety by:

  • Promoting experiential learning using adult learning principles in a safe environment
  • Playing a critical role in shaping patient safety initiatives through the use of national and institutional assessment of needs for simulation-based education. Implementing these simulation-based initiatives will translate into improved patient care.
  • Targeting multidisciplinary healthcare teams, helping all members to understand their roles and effectively communicate
  • Exercising expertise in curriculum development, execution of simulation-based curricula and skills evaluation
  • Establishing local, regional and national partnerships
  • Advancing the field of healthcare simulation through research and dissemination of our work in relevant local, regional and national forums
  • Achieving national accreditation in simulation through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

At the Simulation Center, we understand that healthcare is rapidly evolving. Technical expertise, excellent communication and teamwork skills are necessary to successfully care for patients in a complex clinical environment.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports teamwork and communication failures as a cause of medical errors. The aviation industry experienced similar problems: poor communication, authority gradients and systems issues contributed to the majority of airline disasters. Aviation began to address these problems by correcting systems issues and employing simulation-based training for high-risk, but infrequent, events.

The IOM report also states that healthcare training should incorporate “proven methods of teamwork training like simulation.” This report also recognized the importance of breaking down “silos”; it is important to train as we work. Instead of nurses practicing with nurses and doctors practicing with doctors, training should be as multidisciplinary teams − physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists − working together, just as in the clinical environment.

Traditionally, healthcare teaches technical skills, or algorithms of care, but equally important for patient safety are the non-technical skills, such as teamwork and communication. Simulation gives healthcare providers the ability to practice these skills in a safe environment to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The simulated experience provides a realistic and challenging experience that prepares the healthcare team to perform successfully in the clinical setting.