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VHA Patient Safety Simulation/Communication Laboratory

This lab was established in 2001 to represent a single patient hospital room and was recently expanded to include video communication technologies. Designed to examine provider and organization level defenses for preventing multiple adverse events, we can collect physiological measures in a controlled laboratory setting, minimizing risks to staff and patients. This lab is staffed with a PhD nurse scientist and supports projects related to the safety, comfort and dignity of both patients and caregivers during patient transfer tasks as well as studies related to safe use of technology. An instrumented mannequin is used to standardize patient interactions. Engineers have retrofitted a mannequin to contain unobtrusive sensors capable of quantifying joint position, skin pressure, and dignity monitors. In the future, the mannequin will also be able to simulate combative behaviors and muscle spasms characteristic of unpredictable patient movements encountered by caregivers while interacting with patients. This mannequin will be invaluable in evaluating and assessing the merits of clinical procedures, work practices, caregiver training methods and emerging technologies. The Patient Safety Simulation Laboratory is useful to the PSCI in examining provider and organization level defenses for preventing multiple adverse events.

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