By Kathleen Davitt, nurse educator, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
National Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 8-14. While we remain focused on patient safety 24/7/365, we leverage this week as an education and awareness campaign for health care safety. The theme this year is “United in Safety”—which enforces the fact that everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care.
According to the World Health Organization, as many as one in 10 patients are harmed while receiving hospital care—seven out of 100 hospitalized patients acquire health care-associated infections.
Our state-of-the-art low-, medium-, and high-fidelity human-like simulators provide our Navy Medicine health care professionals with a broad range of team and individual training for childbirth, cardiac arrest, and perioperative complications. We also use life-like body part models for simulating procedural tactics such as lumbar or epidural punctures, abdominal ultrasounds, injections, and arterial line placements. For a more realistic approach, we conduct these training scenarios in actual patient care areas—increasing familiarization and proficiency.
And for our military and civilian staff who may deploy to combat zones or on humanitarian missions, we also use specialized simulators that replicate extensive trauma victims, likely encountered while deployed.
Through hands-on training our medical professionals are better prepared to mitigate risks that are inherent with the nature of medicine. This approach reaffirms and fine-tunes individual and team strengths, reduces the likelihood of errors, and elevates our quality of care.