A Simulation-Based Safety Curriculum in a Children's Hospital Emergency Department

Mary Patterson, M.D., Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH AHRQ Grant No. HS015841-01


This project aims to decrease and mitigate the effects of medical errors in a pediatric emergency department through the implementation of a multidisciplinary, multi-clinician, simulation-based safety curriculum that emphasizes team behaviors. The project toolkit provides:

  • A simulation-based curriculum.
  • A re-evaluation and reinforcement plan involving all ED personnel and house staff.
  • An abbreviated teamwork training course for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary trauma teams.
  • Instructional materials necessary to implement the 1.5-day safety course including a training agenda.
  • Knowledge pre- and post-test questionnaires.
  • Lectures, including a section on crew resource management concepts and video presentations.
  • A link to a Safety Attitude and Safety Climate Survey.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, quality and safety professionals.

Health Care Setting

Emergency departments, pediatric hospital units.

Toolkit Web Site


Press Releases

AHRQ Awards More Than $8 Million To Further Implementation of Evidence-Based Patient Safety Findings
June 8, 2005

Journal Articles

Educational and research implications of portable human patient simulation in acute care medicine. Kobayashi L, Patterson MD, Overly FL, Shapiro MJ, Williams KA, Jay GD. Acad Emerg Med. 2008 Nov;15(11):1166-74. Epub 2008 Jul 14.

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Current as of October 2004
Internet Citation: A Simulation-Based Safety Curriculum in a Children's Hospital Emergency Department. October 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/pips/patterson.html