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Title: Delivering Simulation Activities Safely: What if We Hurt Ourselves?
Austin Authors: Naweed, Anjum;Dennis, Diane;Krynski, Ben;Crea, Teresa;Knott, Cameron I 
Affiliation: University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Real First Aid Pty Ltd, New South Wales
Monash University
Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Centre for Creative and Cultural Studies, University of Canberra, Canberra
Curtin University, Western Australia
Bendigo Hospital, Victoria
Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, Western Australia
Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, Central Queensland University, South Australia
Issue Date: 4-May-2020 2020-05-04
Publication information: Simulation in Healthcare 2021; 16(1): 60-66
Abstract: Although a focus on the learner rightly remains in any teaching environment, the psychological safety of everyone involved in the conduct of experiential learning and critical academic scholarship is important. Education literature suggests that faculty are just as prone to psychological harm as their learners. This commentary describes adverse experiences from a simulation-based education event that took place at an Australasian interprofessional and cross-domain simulation workshop. Event facilitators explored the notion of the "safe container" but, in the process, were themselves exposed to psychological injury. We summarize an ostensibly complex simulation activity with unintended sequelae, the ethical concerns surrounding the faculty care, and from lessons learned, present an extended conceptualization of the safe container including broader parameters around the preparation of all involved in the delivery of simulation-based activities. Our goals in sharing this case is to encourage the community to become more vigilant regarding the unintended consequences of our simulation activities and to encourage open reporting and discussion of such incidents for the betterment of the field.
DOI: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000460
ORCID: 0000-0002-8902-6228
PubMed URL: 32371748
Type: Journal Article
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