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Gulf Medical University highlights importance of simulation-based training to improve patient safety at Global Healthcare Simulation Week Celebrations

Ajman, United Arab Emirates, 22 September 2022: Gulf Medical University (GMU) commended ‘Global Healthcare Simulation Week’ at the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare Department, raising awareness about the value of simulation among health professions students and faculty. The event also introduced the techniques of latest simulators offered by partnered distributors, subsequently providing a better learning on how to access, experience and explore the resources.

Each year, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) hosts Healthcare Simulation Week – an observance dedicated to celebrating clinical simulation professionals worldwide. This year the weeklong observance was held in September, with the theme being “Excellence in a New Era.”, GMU has celebrated Simulation Week at the university’s Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare which provides a cutting-edge simulation center equipped with a virtual hospital set-up for simulation-based training of university students and UAE healthcare professionals.

“Healthcare simulation is rapidly evolving. VR, AR, and AI-powered simulators are ubiquitous. These technologies would be critical for medical education and performance evaluation. More healthcare professionals are recognizing the value of simulation in improving patient care, which is encouraging. GMU wishes to acknowledge the increased importance and impact of simulation-based training on patient safety,” said Professor Hossam Hamdy, chancellor, Gulf Medical University. 

A total of 140 people attended, participated and competed in simulated childbirth, patient communication, examination, VR-based patient care and CPR sessions.

Dr. Abdulghaffar Mohammad Abdulghafoor Alhawi, head of department, Added “GMU’s Healthcare simulation has several Courses with advanced Techniques to train various health professionals , which imitates or recreates a healthcare environment to improve trainee performance across multiple domains, thus allowing attendees to develop procedural, clinical, social, communication, decision making, and interpersonal skills as well as for competency-based assessment, learning enhancement, and addressing ethical or process-related issues. “The goal of healthcare simulation is to replace the old approach of teaching ‘see one, do one, and teach one’ in health professions education with ‘see one, simulate many, do one, and teach one’ to promote safe and effective patient care,”

The simulators used for the event included Lucina, Alex, CPR Kiosk and SimX VR simulator of Leader Healthcare, Victoria, Pediatric Hal of Medical Life Simulation, Prompt Flex of MPC, Proven Reality’s VR Patient Examination Simulator, and Desertrain’s CPR manikins.

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