No./Title: SIM107 – Sim Physical and Psychological Safety
Resp. Office: CHIPS
Approval Body: CASA
Effective Date: 01/15/2019
Last Review: 01/15/2019
Next Review: 01/15/2022
Contact: Chad Epps, Executive Director CHIPS
SIM100 – Sim Confidentiality
SIM104 – Sim Media Capture
- Basic assumption: the belief that all participants in simulation are intelligent, well-trained, cares about doing their best, and wants 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/Facilitator and CHIPS staff should act in accordance with UTHSC Campus Safety and 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:
- Describe the basic assumption.
- Encourage participants to suspend disbelief.
- Ensure participants are aware of educational objectives.
- Ensure participants are aware of confidentiality and media capture policies.
- Encourage participants to use respectful communication and mutual support.
- Properly orient participants to the simulation environment.
- Ensure participants are aware of the safety phrase.
- Faculty/Facilitators for educational and formative assessment activities should follow best practices to ensure a safe learning environment.
- In the event that a participant becomes uncomfortable or threatened by the simulation, the Faculty/Facilitators will determine the appropriate course of action including whether to continue or stop the simulation.
- In the event a participant’s physical or psychological safety is compromised, the Faculty/Facilitators:
- The simulation should be terminated.
- If warranted, the emergency medical response system should be activated.
- 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.
- Faculty/Facilitators will be responsible for following up with the participants.
- CHIPS does not accommodate activity that requires animal tissue. These activities should be referred to the General Education Building (GEB).
- 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.
- 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.
- Any UTHSC participant that incurs a physical injury should be evaluated by University Health Services.
- Any non-UTHSC participant that incurs a physical injury should inquire with their primary organization/employer for direction.
- 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 Academic Support 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 or other resource as determined by the primary organization/employer.
Effective: January 15, 2019, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs (CASA)
Approved: January 15, 2019, Chancellor