Virtual Journey Through a Safe Hospital - Multimedia Training Program on Hospitals Safe from Disasters


Multimedia Training Program on Hospitals Safe from Disasters

It has been several years since PAHO opted for the use of new information technologies in the production of educational materials and technical information resources; however, with this material we have both reinforced and made a significant qualitative leap forward with regard to this option. In what way? This multimedia tool makes more intensive use of more sophisticated, efficient technologies and combines different resources and uses, making it much more versatile and easy to use while enhancing its didactic potential. In its design and development, videos, graphic animation in two or three dimensions, images, sound, text, graphic presentations and technical publications are combined, creating a virtual learning environment or atmosphere in order to learn all there is to know about the safe hospital.

It is arranged in modules which can be used independently to understand specific aspects of the issue, or which can be reviewed together in order to have a complete overview. The technical guide (contents) has been formulated based (above all) on the concepts and the factors included in the Hospital Safety Index, given that experts have agreed that these are the main issues which determine the safety of a hospital or a health facility.

However, its use is flexible; that is to say, it can provide support for courses for evaluators, but it can also be used by everyone who wishes to know about and study the issue of the safe hospital, in greater or lesser depth. In the same way, it can be used to promote and disseminate the concept and the strategy of the Safe Hospital, advocating for greater investment and more political and technical attention focused on this issue.

The tool is designed for navigation through these multimedia resources which illustrate the concept, and the “traveller” can always adapt the journey to his/her needs, choosing the preferred route, repeating or skipping subjects, as s/he chooses. A complete journey can take almost three hours, but the viewing of the general introductory video will take only 15 minutes and facilitates a quick understanding of all the components.

During the journey, the following modules can be seen:

  • Preparation for the journey
  • What is a safe hospital?
  • Location and main hazards
  • Let’s study the structural components
  • Let’s analyze the non-structural components
  • Let’s analyze the functional components
  • Let’s get to know the Safe Hospital Index
  • Disaster hospital planning

The tool also includes a virtual library where supporting materials can be consulted (and downloaded), such as guides, videos, graphic presentations or photographs which complement the study and the analysis of all the themes.

In summary, this “virtual learning environment” was designed so that it is:

  • Instructive and entertaining, since all the multimedia materials guide and facilitate learning and promote particular actions to ensure safe hospitals.
  • Motivating, since interaction with the computer and multimedia help to capture attention, arouse interest and ensure concentration on the most important aspects of a safe hospital. In addition, it is the user him or herself who builds the learning process.
  • Informative: since all these materials include content which provide considerable information on the issue of the safe hospital. In addition, the library contains all the most important technical documents produced by PAHO on this topic.

All the above follows an innovative methodology which uses modern technology, promotes interaction, facilitates various uses and opens up possibilities to experiment. For example, these materials can be used for personal learning, be adapted as virtual courses via internet, or be used for support in classes which require students’ attendance. In addition, they can be used for individual or group activities.

It is also important to highlight that although production and design are more costly than traditional materials, multimedia can ensure cheaper training costs, promoting decentralization and decreasing the need for travel and classroom courses. It is a tool that will create capacities, promoting sustainability to train experts at country level. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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