Patient Safety

About the Patient Safety project

Hospitals are increasily challenged to increase standards on patient safety. This requires an awareness in medical personnel to the risk caused by avoidable, unintentional damage done to patients during surgery or otherwise. That risk is increased whenever there is a lack of communication among medical staff, inexperience with certain procedures or stress in the O.R.

Dutch Game Garden partnered with the Amsterdam Academic Medical Center (AMC), TNO (the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) and Taskforce Innovation Utrecht Region (TFI) to use serious games for training teamwork and non-technical skills among doctors and other hospital staff, in order to increase patient safety.

Dutch Game Garden approached four professional game companies and asked them to develop concepts in which these issues are tackled. We came up with the ‘bootcamp’ idea: a week long design session at an external location.

All participating companies were thoroughly briefed on the subject and received advice by medical personnel during the bootcamp. The companies already had experience with designing applied games for a specific audience. They also received assistance from students of the Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences.


Dutch Game Garden, TFI, TNO, AMC
Media (clickable links)
NOS journaal op 3 (Dutch)
Online report (Dutch)
Photo page
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