Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10, 2016 – The first-ever Healthcare Simulation Dictionary, a project of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) has been published and is now available online, the society announced today [June 10, 2016].

The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary defines 127 phrases and terms as they are used specifically in healthcare simulation and is designed to enhance communication and clarity for healthcare simulationists in teaching, education, assessment, research, and systems integration activities.

“By defining these terms, and clarifying their use in healthcare simulation specifically, we are -- in a larger context -- also defining our specialty,” said Chad Epps, President of SSH. “Every medical specialty and sub-specialty has its own vernacular, and our hope is that by establishing these terms in a healthcare simulation setting, we will create a universally understood language for our field.”

The dictionary was compiled by a team of simulation in healthcare experts and edited by Joseph O. Lopreiato MD, MPH, with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and an SSH board member. In addition, 70 subject matter experts and 18 other healthcare societies contributed content and assisted with compiling the definitions.

A free copy of the dictionary is available for download.

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