The Calm before the Storm: Utilizing in Situ Simulation to Evaluate for Preparedness of an Alternative Care Hospital during COVID-19 Pandemic

Gianna Petrone, Linda Brown, William Binder, Sonya Naganathan, Scott Pasichow, Heather Rybasack-Smith, Cathy E. Duquette, Dana R. Palka, Andrew N. Musits

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Abstract

Objectives: COVID-19 has been identified as an acute respiratory illness leading to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. As the disease spread demands on healthcare systems increased, specifically the need to expand hospital capacity. Alternative care hospitals (ACH) have been utilized to mitigate these issues; however, establishing an ACH has many challenges. The goal of this session was to perform systems testing using a simulation based evaluation to identify areas in need of improvement. Methods: Four simulation cases were designed to depict common and high acuity situations encountered in the ACH using a high technology simulator and standardized patient. A multidisciplinary observer group was given debriefing forms listing the objectives, critical actions and specific areas to focus their attention. These forms were compiled for data collection. Results: Logistical, operational and patient safety issues were identified during the simulation and compiled into a simulation event report. Proposed solutions and protocol changes were made in response to the identified issues. Conclusion Simulation was successfully utilized for systems testing, supporting efforts to maximize patient care and provider safety in a rapidly developed ACH. The simulation event report identified operational deficiencies and safety concerns directly resulting in equipment modifications and protocol changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disaster Planning
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Field Hospital
  • Patient Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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