Over the last decade and a half one of the most significant threats to public health has emerged – that of medical errors. While the existence of errors has always been known, it is the magnitude that has now been uncovered.
Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death – third only to cancer and heart disease. Reports on patient safety indicate that “the true number of premature deaths associated with preventable harm to patients is estimated at more than 400,000 per year in the United States”. This is equivalent to four Boeing 747s crashing every day, of which at least 60% are considered preventable.
A key component in the delivery of safe care is the professionalism of healthcare providers. Simulation-based training is a powerful tool and effective means to help prevent errors and enhance the quality of medical care by improving the preparedness and competence of health professionals to perform their clinical and humanistic duties.
Necessary conditions to continue to realize MSR’s vision:
Today over 15,000 are trained or tested annually and the demand is growing. However, increased demand for training and testing comes with a cost.
MSR has reached a moment of truth where its physical capacity, human resources and technological status have reached their limits and it can no longer adequately respond to the growing demand in the pace and quality it aspires to, as part of its moral educational mission in the service of public health.
In order for MSR to advance its ability to improve healthcare educational and preparedness standards in Israel, it is essential that MSR secures sufficient and stable resources to substantially expand the facility, engage and train more faculty and staff and purchase and upgrade newer simulation technology as it becomes available in the rapidly developing field of medical simulation.
The needs are vast and MSR is grateful for any support that can be provided:
MEDICAL DEVICES & EQUIPMENT:
Simulation utilizes real medical devices and equipment in order to provide as realistic a training platform as possible.
Advanced computer-driven human patient simulators are used for emergency cardiac and trauma scenarios and enable teaching and training of clinical skills, communication, leadership and decision-making skills and teamwork. The simulators are physiological – they breathe, bleed, have a pulse and react to drugs.
MSR will need to purchase 8 3Gs over the next 6-18 months (our forecast) to fulfill MSR’s current and expanding needs. Each simulator costs $100,000.
Advanced hi-fidelity pediatric and neonatal simulators are used for emergency and trauma scenarios in children, babies and neonates. They enable teaching and training of clinical skills, communication, leadership and decision-making skills and teamwork. The simulators are physiological – they breathe, bleed, have a pulse and react to drugs. The simulators are wireless and tetherless and can simulate clinical cases in any setting, even in transit.
For expanding national courses and simulation-based certification exams Pediatric and Neonatology Intensive Care MSR needs to purchase two children and two neonates. Each simulator costs $70,000
The Victoria Simulator provides advanced and realistic simulation in labor and delivery in which the care provider’s goal is to ensure the well-being and safety of both the mother and the newborn. Unexpected complications can occur and thus training and readiness for these critical situations is so crucial. The Victoria can be transported from the birthing suite to the operating room without interrupting the flow of simulation and learning. Moreover, the care providers can monitor her vital signs and fetal heart tones using real medical equipment.
This simulator provides hands-on practice of endovascular procedures performed under fluoroscopy in the cath lab, interventional suite or an OR, in an extensive and complete virtual reality simulated environment. It provides a complete individual and team training solution to learners of all levels and across multiple disciplines.
A mobile audio-visual debriefing unit is used for in-situ simulation-based training to facilitate the provision of performance review and constructive feedback.
Over the last few years MSR has increased the number of staff members by 30%. The duration of staff training is 6-12 months depending upon the role and complexity. To ensure MSR’s ability to answer our growing clients’ needs and maintain the high quality, flexibility and stability of our programs, we need to make sure we have enough professional & trained staff to conduct our multitude of activities (both at MSR and throughout the country with MSR on Wheels). MSR needs an annual endowment to ensure the training and professionalism
Sheba has provided MSR with a 250 sqm building that is being renovated to use for simulation.
The space will have 3 simulation rooms, 1 debriefing room, 1 control room, a lobby and reception space.
MSR needs to fully equip the space for simulation activities – one way mirrors, AV system for debriefing, IT and storage, simulators, hospital beds, medical equipment and medical disposables. Total cost to equip the space is conservatively estimated at $600,000.
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