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Success and Failure in the Simulation of an Accident and Emergency Department

Bowers J, Ghattas M & Mould G (2009) Success and Failure in the Simulation of an Accident and Emergency Department. Journal of Simulation, 3 (3), pp. 171-178.;

Healthcare simulation has the potential to offer many benefits but the implementation is often problematic. This paper describes the development of a simulation of an Accident and Emergency Department in an NHS hospital. The early experience of the client provoked great enthusiasm but ultimately the simulation failed to meet all expectations. The simulation delivered a number of benefits, notably in terms of stimulating constructive debate and helping the stakeholders appreciate the complete Accident and Emergency system. The project produced a technically proficient tool that was delivered too late to have the desired impact. This mixed record of success appears typical of many simulations. Important lessons were learned, both technically and in the management of client expectations, which have contributed to subsequent successful implementation in other departments of the hospital. The experience suggests that both potential clients and analysts need to establish realistic expectations and appreciate the particular challenges of simulation in a healthcare environment.

health service; emergency departments; simulation; Emergency Service, Hospital Scotland; Emergency medical services Scotland

Journal of Simulation: Volume 3, Issue 3

Author(s)Bowers, John; Ghattas, Mikhail; Mould, Gillian
Publication date30/09/2009
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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