The 5 Minute Simulator that Could Save Your Life

The US Department of Health and Human Services has created an interactive training video simulation that lets you participate in life-changing infection control decisions. In a program called Partnering To Heal:Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections, the video educates viewers on how to prevent some of the most serious healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), such as surgical site infections, from occurring in hospitals.

There are five character options in the simulation-a doctor, a nurse, an infection preventionist, a family member or a third-year medical student. You are completely in control of each person and every decision that you make will change the patient’s life forever.  The dramatic and sometimes shocking outcomes allow you to peel back the curtain of medical care to better grasp the impact of your decisions and how they can affect your patient’s health.

With more than 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections occurring annually in the US, this video will open your eyes to the world of infection control prevention. Each scenario will challenge you to realistically weigh options and outcomes in order to prevent HAIs from occurring.  Nevertheless, the most alarming message is how quickly bacteria, such as MRSA, can spread from one person to another.

Partnering to Heal seeks to educate clinicians and patients on the importance of infection control practices in healthcare settings. This training simulation highlights the significance of teamwork, communication, and the appropriate use of antibiotics.  Please click on the link and try the simulation for yourself; it could mean the difference between saving a life. http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/training/partneringtoheal.html

Please visit www.mrsaid.com for more information on MRSA.

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