CAE Healthcare just shared “5 Mistakes to Avoid when Installing your AV Debriefing System” on their company blog. Mike Bonner, Team Lead of LearningSpace Operations at CAE Healthcare shares these top 5 tips:
1 – Keep IT in the loop – Woe to the educator who selects and purchases an AV system without consulting IT and facilities staff first. You’ll need to call on both after you buy, whether it’s to establish your networking and backup system or rewire your simulation room with more outlets. They’ll know what questions to ask to ensure a smooth installation.
2 – In fact, involve everyone who is going to use the AV system – Sometimes the people making the purchase decision do not have a clinical perspective of simulation learning. Or in a new building, it may be left to the architect to design the system and make assumptions on their behalf. Make sure all the future users are around the table.
3– Choose the right camera for the right task – “A camera for suturing is not the right camera for a round table discussion,” says Bonner. “And for team training, you need a camera with a room-centric view.” Consider what you want to record, and choose cameras with higher zoom capabilities for detail work and cameras with wider angles to capture team interaction.
4 – Understand your timeline – Your crackerjack AV team arrives for the big installation day, but your sim room is empty. The furnishings or simulators haven’t arrived, and that’s a problem. Schedule your AV installation after everything is in place so the team can aim each camera properly and show you how to operate your system.
5 – Plan ahead for growth – What types of simulations are you doing now? What will you be doing next year, and what will you be doing in the next five years? Consider multi-purpose rooms. If your AV team understands your plans up front, they might recommend adding additional cameras to allow for more flexibility as your program expands.