Clinical Simulation Labs: A Boon for Novice Medical Practitioners

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Dr Ganni Sandeep

Simulation replicates substantial aspects of the real clinical world in a fully interactive manner. The past two decades and especially the last five years have seen rapidly growing interest in using simulation for the purpose of improving patient safety and patient care through a variety of applications, writes Dr Ganni Sandeep, Managing Director, GSL Healthcare Institutions and GSL smart LAB (Simulation Modules for Advanced Research and Training Laboratory) for Elets News Network (ENN).


There is a need of a model in which the structures and systems of healthcare are optimised for safety and quality where it does not conflict with these goals for efficiency. Present systems around the world are working to accomplish this with new innovations.

The concern is on how personnel are educated, trained and sustained for providing safe clinical care. Therefore, the healthcare system places focus on basic science education and leaves most clinical training to a relatively unsystematic apprenticeship process.

Thus a fundamental part of the vision is that clinical personnel, teams, and systems should undergo continual systematic training, rehearsal, performance assessment, and refinement in their practice.


The future depends on the commitment and ingenuity of the healthcare simulation community to check whether improvement in patient safety using this tool becomes a reality. Simulation appears to be here to stay. More studies and research are needed to determine whether simulation improves patient outcomes. Biomedical engineers and different medical professionals should work in harmony to improve the technology of virtual reality to make experiences as seamless as possible. The increase in demand will make the logistics cost effective.


Simulation-based training has opened up a new educational application in the field of medicine. The clinical faculty must be engaged early in the process of development of a programme. Early adopters will see the potential in virtual reality learning and will invest time and energy in helping to create a curriculum. They can then help to engage the wider medical community. Teamwork training conducted in the simulated environment may also offer an additive benefit to the traditional didactic instruction, enhances performance, and possibly reduces errors.

The cost-effectiveness of potentially expensive simulationbased medical education and training should be examined in terms of improvement of clinical competence and its impact on patient safety. It is a more ethical means of training in safe and controlled environments.


GSL Simulation Modules for Advanced Research and Training Laboratory is a world class medical and surgical training platform which is aimed at remodelling the approach towards patient safety and care. It has a cutting edge training system with new age fidelity simulators, a modern skills lab with basic and advanced skill trainer mannequins, premier faculty, a dedicated team and most importantly – a vision to make GSL Clinical Simulation Lab a seemly destination for world class Medical and Surgical Training and obliging the healthcare skill needs of the community.

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