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Medical simulation makes its mark in Milford

_GEP1897 Weeks before the Meehan Family Pavilion at Milford Regional Medical Center opened its doors to a new Emergency Department on October 28, a few special patients had already been treated. There was a woman who went into premature labor, a child who accidentally overdosed on medication, and a man with a bacterial infection, among others.

All of these patients were in fact only actors playing their part in a SIMTest, a service provided by Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds) that helps expose unanticipated safety issues and avoid mistakes before they arise in real-life settings. Medical simulation has grown in popularity over the past ten years, as studies show that the practice can result in “safer and more efficient care for patients, providers, and systems.”

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