Vision and Mission

Introduction

As in other industrial domains accidents and incidents in anesthesia are usually caused by a combination of organizational and operational factors. Investigations into adverse events or ‘human errors’ have shown that as many as 80% of them are the result of human factor breakdowns such as poor communication, inadequate monitoring, failures to cross-check drugs and equipment, rather than lack of technical knowledge or equipment problems.

Research observing medical teams in operating theatres has also highlighted difficulties arising from loss of situation awareness and poor team interactions. Reducing the likelihood of such problems requires anesthetists to have an additional set of skills, known as non-technical skills, that are used integrally with medical knowledge and clinical techniques. These non-technical skills can be defined as behaviors in the working environment not directly related to the use of medical expertise, drugs or equipment. They encompass both interpersonal skills such as communication, team working, leadership on the one hand, and cognitive skills such as situation awareness and decision making on the other. In the past, these skills have not been explicitly addressed through any formal education and trainees have had to acquire them along the way. With an increased focus on reducing adverse events and the introduction of competency based training and simulators, this has been changing within the recent years.

The curriculum of the Erasmus Simulation Center results from these principles and follows a concept that has become known as “Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM)”. The trainee is exposed to a simulated clinical experience that typically unfolds into an unplanned life-threatening event in which there is a mismatch between the ambient level of resources and those that a patient needs to regain stability requiring the application of the aforementioned non-technical skills along with the attendee’s technical skills. Realistic patient simulation is created as vehicle for introducing crisis management principles into formal training and continuous medical education of health care professionals to improve patient safety without causing any damage in a safe and blame free learning environment.

Vision
The vision of our institution is to enhance patient safety due to improvement of the quality of medical care by using and improving innovative training technology and teaching methodology.

Mission Statement
Organization:
• Cultivation of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional relationships to mould cooperation to become a highly-regarded, internationally-accredited, multidisciplinary learning environment.

Teaching:
• Implementation of cutting-edge technology and educational content into medical training of health care providers of all levels and disciplines.
• Improvement of training and competence development in a safe, non-threatening, and controlled simulated learning environment.
• Aspiration of transparency, organizational effectiveness and efficacy, continuous evaluation and feedback to assure high learner and customer satisfaction and improvement of learning contents.

Patient care:
• Reinforcement of the discipline of acute medicine and patient safety.
• Enhancement of quality of safety, effectiveness and efficacy of patient care by using up-to-date, methodologically sound research results and knowledge from current literature.

Research:
• Validation and improvement of technical and educational innovations, didactic methods and simulation technology.
• Improvement of healthcare education, skill sets, processes and outcomes by encouraging and promoting simulation-based research projects