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Safer Spaces through Simulation with Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak (#27)

Title: Safer Spaces through Simulation with Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak (#27)

In this insightful episode of Safe Space Made Simple, host Trace Hobson welcomes Andrew Petrosoniak, an emergency physician and trauma leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and co-founder of Advanced Performance Healthcare Design. Together, they discuss the importance of well-designed clinical spaces and the role of simulation in enhancing patient care, team performance and psychological health and safety.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Simulation in Healthcare: Andrew’s journey into simulation and design during his residency in New Zealand. The concept of translational simulation focused on testing processes and improving clinical spaces.
  • The Impact of Design on Patient Care: How efficiently designed spaces can drastically improve patient outcomes.
  • Building Psychological Safety: The significance of creating psychologically safe environments where team members feel comfortable speaking up through pre-briefing and debriefing to enhance team dynamics and performance.
  • The power of asking, “What am I missing?” to foster open communication and accountability.
  • Bridging Gaps in Healthcare Leadership: Addressing the disconnect between point-of-care staff and clinical leadership. The role of empathy and firsthand observation in understanding frontline challenges. Using design thinking and simulation to align leadership decisions with clinical realities.
  • Simulation Beyond Clinical Scenarios: The potential for using simulation in non-clinical settings, such as team building and communication training. Practicing difficult conversations and setting boundaries through simulated scenarios.

Contact Andrew on LinkedIn or his website



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