A Commitment to Simulation

Long used in the medical and aircraft industries with great success, more and more EMS agencies are realizing the benefits afforded to their systems through the integration of simulation into their education and evaluation systems.

This simulation supplement, sponsored by Laerdal Medical, is designed to give you a historical and current review of the development, use and benefits of simulation training and evaluation in EMS.

Driving forces such as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CoAEMSP) and the EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future are setting clear expectations for improved patient care, improved outcomes and improved efficiency. This changing landscape has placed increased demand on EMS educators to train, certify and retrain highly competent EMTs and paramedics and evaluate their performance on a continuous basis.

Through many years of research and science, it’s become well known that simulation training offers standardized, measurable learning experiences that allow students to practice and refine critical skills and procedures in risk-free environments that lead to improved competency and patient outcomes. What has been lesser known is the important role that simulation plays in EMS education, how it relates to real world practice and how it can be implemented effectively and in a cost-effective manner.

It’s with these questions in mind that the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Board of Directors made a commitment to conduct a study to characterize the use of simulation in EMS education. Upon completion of this research, the information and conclusions will be disseminated via the NAEMSE website, educational programs and professional EMS publications.

To follow the progress of this research project and locate resources based on the findings, please visit

National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)