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Wednesday, June 18 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
CON3.13 – Queen’s Joanna Briggs Collaboration and ‘the Room of Horrors’ (Room A342)

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The Queen’s Joanna Briggs collaboration (QJBC) was established in 2004 as the first and only Canadian collaborating centre of the international Joanna Briggs Institute.  QJBC’s mission is “To improve the quality and reliability of practice and ultimately health outcomes by enabling the use of best available evidence on patient safety.”  QJBC is achieving this by synthesizing evidence based on priority topics identified by diverse partners, and by adapting synthesized evidence from one context to another. The QJBC team is comprised of academic and clinically-based faculty, library scientists, methodologists and core research staff located at Queen’s University School of Nursing.

As part of Canadian Patient Safety Week, QJBC sponsors an interprofessional event called “The Room of Horrors”. This event is run between the Schools of Nursing, Rehabilitation Therapy, Medicine and Pharmacy residents and staff. The purpose of this event is to increase students’ awareness of patient and provider safety and to engage in problem solving with health profession colleagues. The event challenges interprofessional teams to identify potential safety issues that occur in the provision of care to patients.  The Faculty of Health Sciences Patient Simulation Labs are set up to provide a variety of scenarios and simulation mannequins have actors providing audio feedback to the students as they progress through the patient care activities. Some scenarios have actors role-playing as health professionals providing care to patients while the students watch and discern where the patient’s safety may be compromised.  Students also complete patient safety knowledge quizzes.  The first three teams scoring the highest marks for the quizzes and simulation exercises win prizes. All students receive a certificate of participation and tokens for participating.

This presentation will demonstrate how this innovative teaching event develops the skills of the healthcare students, with the following goals in mind:

  • Simulate interdisciplinary interaction in the health care setting
  • Promote dialogue between students from different disciplines
  • Build increased awareness of patient safety issues
  • Provide opportunity for students to identify patient safety hazards within a   simulated & safe environment
  • Keep learning fun!

We will share the opportunities and challenges involved in planning, implementing and evaluating the Room of Horrors and the potential for this type of platform to be used in various educational settings. It will also demonstrate the application of theory to hands-on practice that has occurred over the four years of running this event and identify changes that have been implemented based on evaluation of student and provider feedback.



Wednesday June 18, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
A342 McArthur Hall