SIM107 Sim Physical and Psychological Safety
No./Title: SIM107 – Sim Physical and Psychological Safety
Resp. Office: CHIPS Approval Body: CASA
Effective Date: 01/15/2019
Last Review: 06/07/2022
Next Review: 06/07/2025
Contact: Executive Director CHIPS
SIM100 – Sim Confidentiality SIM104 – Sim Media Capture
SIM109 – Sim Equipment, Supplies- Separation
- Basic assumption: the belief that all participants in simulation are intelligent, well- trained, care about doing their best, and want to improve.
- Participants: anyone involved in or observers of simulation activity (e.g., students, learners, educators, instructors, faculty, staff, or observers).
- Safe learning environment: a learning environment where it is clarified that learners feel physically and psychologically safe to make decisions, take actions, and interact in the simulation.
- Safety phrase: A phrase agreed upon by participants prior to initiation of the simulation that indicates a true emergency has occurred or is occurring that requires attention. A generally accepted safety phrase is “This is not a simulation” which terminates the simulation for the reasons of physical and/or psychological safety.
- Simulation Faculty/Facilitators [referred to in this document simply as “Faculty/Facilitators”]: Any person meeting minimum simulation competencies, as determined by the Director of Education, who is associated with the delivery and/or planning of the simulation activity.
- Standard Precautions: minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, in any setting where health care is delivered.
CHIPS is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. Because the nature of simulation can pose physical and/or psychological risks to participants, Faculty/Facilitators are expected to follow appropriate procedures and best practices to ensure the participants are as safe, both physically and psychologically, as possible.
- Faculty/Facilitators and CHIPS staff should act in accordance with UTHSC Campus Safetyand Emergency Management initiatives which can be found here: https://www.uthsc.edu/campus-safety/index.php
- Faculty/Facilitators are responsible for an effective pre-brief which includes, at a minimum, the following elements:
- Basic assumption
- Suspension of disbelief
- Educational objectives
- Confidentiality and media capture policies
- Respectful communication and mutual support
- Orientation to simulation environment and equipment
- Safety phrase
- Hand hygiene and sharps safety, as described by the Center for Disease Control’s Standard Precautions, should always be practiced. At the discretion of the Faculty/Facilitator, participants may be required to practice additional standard precautions.
- Although CHIPS is primarily a latex-free facility, any participants with known latex allergies should disclose to the Faculty/Facilitator. When this occurs, the Faculty/Facilitator should work with CHIPS staff to ensure there is no risk of latex exposure.
- In the event that a participant becomes psychologically uncomfortable or threatened by the simulation, the Faculty/Facilitators will:
- determine the appropriate course of action, including whether to continue or stop the simulation.
- If warranted, the participant’s emotional reaction to the simulation should be discussed in a private setting.
- A CHIPS Staff Director or Assistant Director should be notified.
- Any UTHSC participant that incurs a psychological injury should be referred to University Health Services or, in the case of students, the Office of Student AcademicSupport Services and Inclusion.
- Any non-UTHSC participant that incurs a psychological injury should inquire with their primary organization/employer for referral to a behavioral health assistant program orother resource as determined by the primary organization/employer.
- Faculty/Facilitators will be responsible for following up with the participants.
- In the event a participant’s physical safety is compromised, the Faculty/Facilitators will:
- Terminate the simulation.
- Activate the emergency medical response system, if warranted.
- Notify a CHIPS Staff Director or Assistant Director.
- Suggest any injured UTHSC participant to be evaluated by University Health Services.
- Suggest any injured non-UTHSC participant to inquire with their primary organization/employer for direction on injury evaluation.
- Ensure proper protocol is followed when filing a Campus Incident Report.
- Follow up with any injured participant if an evaluation occurs.
Effective: January 15, 2019, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs (CASA) Approved: January 15, 2019, Chancellor
Approved: June 7, 2022, CASA
Approved: June 16, 2022 Chief Academic Officer