EMS White Paper: “What is IT’s Role in Human Patient Simulation?”

EMS provided an excerpt from the white paper “What is IT’s Role in Human Patient Simulation?”:

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“Human Patient Simulation has found an important place in nursing, medical, allied health, and EMT certification programs all around the world. Borrowing from lessons learned from simulation in the aviation sector, patient simulation calls for instructional methodologies that enable both student and mentor to evaluate decision processes and clinical skills during any given scenario.

As patient simulation technology matures, so do the methods and technologies used in its implementation. Human Patient Simulation is not just one device (the simulator), but includes a variety of technologies that have been adapted or combined in order to improve fidelity (realism), simulator control, learner assessment, research-based practice and ultimately, patient outcomes. Patient simulation technology must be seen as a system of components that have been selected to meet clearly defined instructional and/or assessment objectives. Information Technology’s (IT) involvement is critical to the successful implementation and maintenance of this technological system. However, many IT professionals are unnecessarily intimidated by this type of system.

Hospitals utilize patient simulation technology in much the same way that many academic programs do. Certainly, training objectives may differ since hospitals are utilizing the patient simulation technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital staff errors. In spirit, academic programs are trying to do the same thing, but the primary objective in the academic setting is to give students hands-on experience with patients without actually putting a patient at risk. In both settings, assessment of the participants is an important component, so video is a critical tool in providing an objective ally.


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EMS White paper on the role of IT

Good simulation requires that learners are debriefed. In a recent unpublished poll of more than 10 simulation labs and centers, 100% saw that debriefing was critical to learner success. Of this group, over 90% relied on recorded video to debrief their learners. Recorded video enables the instructor to show objective evidence of a learner’s activity during a scenario. It also provides a platform for each member of the assessed team to see the “big picture.” Ultimately, the recorded video can become a baseline to show progress or decline of a learner’s skills throughout training. Video documentation plays an important role as ever-greater emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, and the need increases for solid research on how simulation technologies impact the quality of care…”

Excerpted from the white paper “What is IT’s Role in Human Patient Simulation?” Email EMS to request a copy of the white paper, click here.


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