Building on its zero-tolerance policy for hospital-acquired infections and medication errors in its member facilities, the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset, N.Y., recently opened The Patient Safety Institute in neighboring Lake Success. The new site will serve as a learning center for staff and a training center for medical students who will be attending the health systems medical school in partnership with Hofstra University.Students can log on to computers stationed in the hall to look up their patients condition.
The 20,000-square-foot institute is part of the health systems Center for Learning and Innovation and is one of the largest medical simulation training facilities in the country. The state-of-the-art center features an interactive learning environment and simulation laboratory where students and staff treat pediatric and adult computerized patient simulators and practice cardiac, vascular and neurosurgical procedures.After each simulation session, participants sit down with an instructor to view a video of their session and review their actions.
There also are 14 standardized patient exam rooms in which actors portray patients with various illnesses. Students check their assignments on computer stations set up outside of the exams room to learn what type of patient they have and to diagnose his or her illness. The rooms are viewed simultaneously in real time in a master control room and all activities are recorded so students can review their performance with an instructor.Pediatric critical care nurses Jacqueline Colombraro, RN, left, and Ronit Schwart, NP, of Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, insert a breathing tube and check airways on a computerized infant mannequin during a simulated medical emergency during the opening of the Patient Safety Institute.
This is not a knowledge-driven program, but a competency-driven program, said Lawrence Smith, MD, chief medical officer, North Shore-LIJ and dean of the Hofstra University School of Medicine. Were raising the bar.
There were 100,000 preventable deaths per year a decade ago. Its no better now and about 70% of them are caused by lack of communication, said Cathy Gallo, RN, PhD, chief learning officer at North Shore-LIJ. The point of this facility is interprofessional education.