Simulation Best Practices
This photo gallery illustrates the proper level of environmental fidelity, which is needed to accomplish the learning objectives during simulation training.
Simulation is rapidly becoming the training standard in EMS education. To ensure program success, focus on specific priorities and best practices, such as learning objectives, hiring quality instructors, monitoring the technical aspects of the program, and ensuring ongoing funding and support. Photo Julie Macie/WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Environmental Fidelity: Aicraft
If the learning objectives focus on the care of a difficult airway while in the confines of an aircraft, then it makes sense to attempt to recreate the environmental confines and perhaps the noise that occurs in a helicopter. Photo Julie Macie/ WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Environmental Fidelity: Hotel room
If the learning objectives are aimed at merely establishing competence at following a protocol of difficult airway management, then the simulation can be carried out in a hotel room. Photo Paul E. Phrampus MD
Conducting a debriefing involves having trainee(s) reflect on what occurred during the simulation. This is thought by many experts to be the time when the most learning transfer occurs. As such, instructors involved in simulation programs should be well trained in debriefing techniques. Photo Laerdal
Simulation equipment, such as the fully stocked, high-tech ambulance mock-up shown here, is becoming much more technologically advanced. Dedicating someone to technical support who understands and can operate the simulation-based equipment, as well as the accompanying audio-visual equipment, can increase program efficiency and effectiveness. Photo Paul E. Phrampus MD
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