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Health Care Simulation to Advance Safety: Responding to Ebola and Other Threats.

Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; February 2015. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0021.

Simulation has been advocated as a way to enhance safety in health care, including efforts to augment teamwork training and identify risks. This issue brief discusses the role of simulation as an improvement strategy, particularly for use in preparing health care professionals in treating patients with Ebola and other future viral outbreaks. A recent AHRQ WebM&M case study using simulation found that the use of protective equipment for Ebola was inadequate and that it improved with training