Arch Virtual Partners with Envision to Provide Prospective Medical Students With Realistic Experiences, Becomes Official VR Developer for GE Healthcare

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Just received word from Arch Virtual about their new project with Envision EMI, which provides a way for students to be practicing the field of healthcare before they take their first course with a VR experience! Arch Virtual expanding its business opportunities in healthcare, and with a quality that caught the attention of GE Healthcare! Read below to learn why….

About Envision:

For over 30 years, Envision has delivered transformational career exploration and leadership experiences for high-aspiring students like you. Envisionaries who attend our programs gain hands-on experience and the success skills they need to become our next generation of entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, influencers, journalists, digital media stars, diplomats and leaders.

About the VR Experience

For students considering a career in medicine, it can be difficult to imagine the responsibility of caring for a patient and performing a medical procedure as they consider the commitment of time and money pursuing this career.


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With the new VR application we developed for Envision, students can become immersed in a medical environment, working together collaboratively to clean a laceration, inject lidocain, staple the skin, and apply a bandage. “Immersive Virtual Reality represents a unique and compelling way to expose students to places and events they couldn’t otherwise experience. With Arch Virtual, we were able to mimic the operating room environment and allow students to feel what it’s like to be in that theater. Cool stuff!” Dr. Jan Sikorsky – Envision EMI. The application was used at the Johns Hopkins University during Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care this summer.

Official VR Developer of GE Healthcare

Arch Virtual was also thrilled to announce that they are now the official VR development partner for GE Healthcare! GE Healthcare has been a visionary client of Arch Virtual, exploring a variety of case studies and test projects that are pushing the boundaries of the use of VR in healthcare. Arch’s most recent VR application demonstrates the features and benefits of the new GE Senographe Pristina 3D Mammography product. The VR experience has been accompanying a roadshow traveling across the country, introducing health care professionals to this innovative new product.

Check out the Arch Virtual Website to learn more!


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Australasian Simulation Congress is Only a Few Weeks Away – Don’t Miss Out!

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Check out this blog post by SimGHOSTS Training Director Kirrian Steer about the upcoming Australasian Simulation Conference taking place later this month in her country of Australia!

From SimGHOSTS

The Australasian Simulation Congress is an event combining healthcare, military and transport simulation through the SimHealth, SimTecT and Serious Games streams. This is a great opportunity to not only connect with your own simulation tribe but to also explore and be inspired the broader simulation community. The Congress launches in just a few weeks with pre-conference workshops on Monday 28 August and the conference program kicking off on Tuesday 29 August. The event venue is the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour in central Sydney. This is a stunning location only a short walk to the Sydney CBD and has multiple public transport options for getting to Sydney’s many attractions.

I was lucky enough to participate in Debra Nestel’s pre-con research workshop with Margaret Bearman at the 2015 Congress and think that this year’s workshop with Anjum Naweed and Cathy Smith on writing abstracts looks to be just as valuable. Other workshops range from Foundations in Simulation for those who would like a solid understanding of simulation practices to masterclasses in using simulation to develop teamwork, in-situ simulation, the importance and role of cues in simulations, and sustainable simulated (standardized) patient programs. This year the virtual reality masterclass has caught my attention. Not just a gimmick, virtual reality has emerged as a serious and affordable technology that warrants consideration for inclusion in all simulation programs. This is reflected in the full conference program with many sessions on VR across healthcare and other simulation settings. The pre-conference program also features a special session on NATO Simulation Standardisation Initiatives for military simulation.

They keynote speaker for the opening plenary is Professor Eduardo Salas, an organizational psychologist from Rice University who is speaking on key findings from 30 years of research in teamwork and communication and the future of team training. The morning program continues with four SimHealth streams; Surgical simulation, Safety and teams, Stress and simulation, and VR in health.


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The afternoon program has two plenary presentations. Cycle Sprick and Anjum Naweed chair a presentation and panel discussion on innovators in simulation and the enablers and constraints to further developments in simulation. The second presentation is chaired by Professor Victoria Brazil and highlights the approaches to and practice of in-situ simulation in a variety of health care contexts. Day One concludes with a welcome reception and speed networking in the Exhibition hall. The Day Two program has an early start with the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare special interest group breakfasts. Choose from Rural, Simulated patient, Technology and Pediatric groups and meet like-minded simulation professionals over a casual breakfast. The day continues with three SimHealth streams; Undergraduate simulation, Simulated patients and Pediatrics. The morning program concludes with a plenary presentation from Jill Stow which follows into a panel presentation featuring Professor Eduardo Salas and Professor Victoria Brazil discussing teams and interprofessional simulation.

The afternoon program for Day Two starts with the Serious Games Showcase as well as workshops on running simulations and debriefing simulations, and a SimHealth stream. Following a break there are two SimHealth streams with themes of Innovation in Healthcare and Undergraduate Simulations, as well as a combined SimHealth/SimTecT stream, the SimTecT Plenary and Serious Games presentations. socializing and networking opportunities continue into the evening with the Simulation Australasia Awards Dinner which is always a great evening of recognizing those who make significant contributions to the field along with plenty of food, friends and fun.

Day Three is the final day of the program and starts with the SimTecT plenary: a panel discussion about the serious uses of virtual reality technologies. There is a SimHealth general stream and workshops on patient safety, debriefing strategies for difficult situations and hands-off teaching. The morning concludes with a SimHealth Plenary on maximizing the impact of healthcare simulation.

The afternoon program features the Fringe Plenary, highlighting the work of some of the creative and original thinkers working in simulation. The concurrent sessions are a virtual reality SimTecT stream, SimHealth streams on pediatrics and student competency, and a moulage workshop. The conference and Day Three conclude with a joint plenary exploring the wicked ideas and problems being faced by the broader simulation community.

Don’t miss out on Australia’s Largest Simulation 2017 Event – Register here!

Maritime Pilots Simulate To Train Docking World’s Largest Vessels

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Simulation training is an obvious requirement for high stakes situations in other industries — take maritime piloting for example. Did you know that supertankers and cruise ships have valets. They’re called maritime pilots, and they’re among the most elite ship handlers in the world. So where does one go to learn how to park the largest ships in the world? To the Maritime Pilots Institute in Covington, LA. There, they use mini-versions of the behemoth boats to teach the basics. All aboard! Maritime Pilots Institute is a membership-based organization providing world-class training, education, and services to the professional maritime pilotage community. Our seasoned instructors and researchers are committed to improving navigation, safety, and environmental impact throughout our industry.

They use both high-fidelity ship simulators in a technology center AND small scale boats in their specialized simulated training harbor to provide high-end learning to martime pilots from all over the world.


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MPI’s ship simulator is a wrap-around, high vertical field of view, full mission ship simulator provided by Kongsberg, the world leader in marine ship simulation. This advanced system utilizes the finest real-time hydrodynamic vessel modeling for the utmost in realism and vessel behavior. The geographic areas in the MPI Kongsberg ship simulator are technically accurate representations of their real-world counterparts. These custom geographic databases provide an immersive and compelling training experience, and an accurate platform for technical research. The system is equipped with the latest in network technology allowing for lightening fast simulation load times while rendering smooth visualization of the nautical scene.

The console hardware is from Norwegian maritime controls manufacturer Lilaas, providing real hands-on control for all type of vessels including tankers, containerships, cruise vessels, supply vessels, tow vessels and azimuth stern drive (ASD) Tugs. The system is equipped with render/recover winch controls, RADAR/ARPA/ECDIS/AIS, pilot plug and monitoring equipment for ship’s sensors. The system is plug-and-play ready for Pilot laptop navigation systems (PPU) with full control to alter the quality of DGPS signals input to the PPU for interesting fault training for Pilots. The MPI Kongsberg ship simulator is best in class technology ready for your Pilot training and technical research.

Why do you think such simulated training common place in the naval industry but still “early-adopter” only in the healthcare industry? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

Check out more about the various MTI simulators on their website!


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7th Annual SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Opens at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina

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This morning at the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina, the 7th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) meeting opened its doors with two simAlliance sponsored keynotes. 200 Registrations from simulation champions across North America and the World came together with 17 vendors to spend 4 days with hands-on training in the operation of healthcare simulation technologies.

The first keynote was by Carol F. Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Professor of Nursing Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) and Past-President of INACSL on the most recent update to the industry-wide Standards for Excellence in Simulation. Carol presented about the creation, evolution, and benefits of the Standards which healthcare simulation champions can utilize to convey to managers, clinical educators, department heads and administrators the best possible guides to creating successful outcomes and programs. From debriefing, to staff, space considerations, outcome identification, methodology selection, and more — the INACSL standard is a MUST-READ for anyone providing healthcare simulation education and training programs. You can download the new Healthcare Simulation standards here on the INACSL website.

Following this, Dr. Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore provided the official keynote address “Partnership, Creativity and Innovation: Successful Management, Support and Growth in Healthcare Simulation”. Dr. Gillet covered the challenges of innovation within healthcare. Dr. Gillett’s presentation also explored new technologies designed to improve healthcare performance through innovative, intuitive, and high impact solutions from within our community. Brian shared how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems. For simulation to succeed it has to first be managed and supported in an effective way, and this presentation showed us how through creative approaches and innovative solutions. You can learn more about the innovative management of simulation at simAlliance.com!

About WakeMed

WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning is designed to facilitate realistic multi-disciplinary clinical training and education using human patient simulators, educational gaming and other technologies. Funded by The Duke Endowment, the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning offers education for all levels of healthcare providers throughout the region, including: • WakeMed Health & Hospitals employees • Wake AHEC students • Capital Regional Advisory Committee members • Wake Technical Community College students • Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) affiliated hospitals The Center for Innovative Learning features a nurses station, intensive care/trauma suite and a flexible patient care room that can be used for general medical or birthing. Each area is designed to mimic a typical inpatient unit and features the same technology, supplies, equipment and design found in units throughout a hospital. In the Center, healthcare providers administer treatment to human patient simulators that can bleed, cry, breathe and die. The goal is to allow clinicians to practice their skills, learn from their mistakes and gain confidence.

They also have the opportunity to keep their skills current for those high-risk procedures in which they need to maintain proficiency but rarely have the need to perform. Based on the concept that “hindsight is 20/20” and that two thirds of the learning process occurs in reflection, the Center for Innovative Learning also features an extensive A/V system where every sound and action is recorded. Following a simulation experience, students and educators go immediately to the debriefing room to review the video and critique themselves. Learn more about the Center for Innovative Learning here!


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Other Program Highlights So Far:

Yesterday during the pre-conference workshops, EMS SimulationIQ provided sponsorship of the Industry’s first organizationally sponsored Hackathon event. Three teams competed to solve an industry-wide problem with 8 hours of project development utilizing hardware, software, electronics, moulage systems and 3D printers. The winning group will be announced later today!

Bobbie Merica from Moulage Concepts provided multiple hands-on training courses in moulage application, providing simulation champions the means to be able to demonstrate better patient presentations through advanced makeup application.

Later today, Laerdal Medical Gold Sponsored a talk by WakeMed Sim Center Director Dr. Amar Patel entitled “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” on overcoming the technological hurdles of healthcare simulation.

Tomorrow, CAE Healthcare provides a sponsorship of the plenary address by SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford, entitled “We Are State of the Art” which will outline the current state of healthcare simulation technology and operations including the many advancements and innovations in this field. Stay tuned for more coverage here!

Follow along with #SG17USA, and the SimGHOSTS Live Stream for Keynote Addresses

Association for Standardized Patient Educators Releases Standards of Best Practice

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The Association for Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) have released Standards to go alongside those from INACSL, through the Journal Advances in Simulation which is free for all readers! In this paper, ASPE defines the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP) for those working with human role players who interact with learners in a wide range of experiential learning and assessment contexts. Contributors include: Karen L. Lewis, Carrie A. Bohnert, Wendy L. Gammon, Henrike Hölzer, Lorraine Lyman, Cathy Smith,Tonya M. Thompson, Amelia Wallace and Gayle Gliva-McConvey.

The five domains identified by the document include:

Domain 1: Safe work environment
Domain 2: Case development
Domain 3: SP training
Domain 4: Program management
Domain 5: Professional development

ASPE Standards Abstract

These human role players are variously described by such terms as standardized/simulated patients or simulated participants (SP or SPs). ASPE is a global organization whose mission is to share advances in SP-based pedagogy, assessment, research, and scholarship as well as support the professional development of its members.


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The SOBP are intended to be used in conjunction with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: Simulation, which address broader simulation practices. We begin by providing a rationale for the creation of the ASPE SOBP, noting that with the increasing use of simulation in healthcare training, it is incumbent on ASPE to establish SOBP that ensure the growth, integrity, and safe application of SP-based educational endeavors.

We then describe the three and a half year process through which these standards were developed by a consensus of international experts in the field. Key terms used throughout the document are defined. Five underlying values inform the SOBP: safety, quality, professionalism, accountability, and collaboration.

Finally, we describe five domains of best practice: safe work environment; case development; SP training for role portrayal, feedback, and completion of assessment instruments; program management; and professional development. Each domain is divided into principles with accompanying key practices that provide clear and practical guidelines for achieving desired outcomes and creating simulations that are safe for all stakeholders.

Failure to follow the ASPE SOBP could compromise the safety of participants and the effectiveness of a simulation session. Care has been taken to make these guidelines precise yet flexible enough to address the diversity of varying contexts of SP practice. As a living document, these SOBP will be reviewed and modified periodically under the direction of the ASPE Standards of Practice Committee as SP methodology grows and adapts to evolving simulation practices.

You can review the and download the ASPE SOBP on the Springer Publisher Website!


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Darien’s McGraw Family Pledges $3M For Simulation Learning Center At Norwalk Hospital

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Recently many of the news agencies in Norwalk Connecticut reported on a huge donation from the McGraw family for a new simulation center at Norwalk hospital. Have you considered ways of marketing your simulation center to prospective donors? Check out our article about the importance of adding media to your center’s website!

From the DailyVoice: NORWALK, Conn. – The McGraw family, founders of global multimedia publishing company McGraw-Hill, is continuing its legacy of investing in community health by pledging up to $3 million in a challenge gift to establish the new McGraw Family Center for Advanced Learning at Norwalk Hospital. Of the McGraw family’s $3 million pledge, $2 million is in the form of a challenge grant. It encourages community support by matching individual donations dollar-for-dollar. Norwalk Hospital’s fundraising goal for the project is $5 million.


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Featuring a modern library, state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities, and dedicated space for group and distance learning, the new McGraw Family Center will provide Norwalk Hospital with an optimal learning environment for healthcare providers. “We believe the ongoing education of our entire staff is essential to high-quality care at Norwalk Hospital and across our Network,” said Dr. John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Norwalk Hospital.

“This project will modernize our teaching and learning facilities to keep pace with new technology and clinical advancements. It will also enable us to combine the latest in life-saving technologies with the medical expertise and personalized care the community has come to rely upon.” More than 1,300 students, residents, and fellows in healthcare disciplines such as internal medicine, radiology, nursing, pharmacy and social work rotate through Norwalk Hospital annually. The new learning center will be the nexus for training current hospital staff in state-of-the-art practices and interdisciplinary care.

SynDaver Expands Executive Leadership Team and Prepares for IPO

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Recently in Tampa, SynDaver Labs, who focus on high-fidelity synthetic human and animal simulators for medical and veterinary training, announced the expansion of their executive leadership team Monday with the hiring of Kevin King as their new vice president of global marketing. Not many companies in our industry are in the public sector so this is exciting news!

“This is a great day for SynDaver, and I am very excited to have Kevin join my leadership team,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “As we continue to experience record growth, the wisdom and expertise Kevin brings will be instrumental to our expansion as we continue progress towards our planned IPO.” King, a native of Toronto, Canada, and an 18-year seasoned healthcare executive in the medical simulation marketplace, moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2015, where he served as a senior executive for CAE Healthcare, before joining SynDaver’s executive leadership team.

“SynDaver’s products are profoundly transformational in terms of medical education, and there’s nothing like them anywhere in the world, which is why I found SynDaver attractive,” King said. “Prior to my executive leadership roles, I have more than 15 years serving patients as a critical care paramedic in the air environment and on the ground, so patients and their outcomes are still fundamentally important to me. With SynDaver, I feel the company’s vision closely aligns with mine by providing the highest-fidelity simulated trainers to both human doctors and veterinarians so we can improve training and help save lives.”  Prior to his time at CAE, King worked for Muskoka EMS as chief of ambulance services and was adjunct faculty at METI in Sarasota as a critical care clinical educator.

SynDaver recently experienced a record-breaking second quarter and is expected to double their sales from last year. Additionally, this past January, SynDaver began executing plans to enable them to have an initial public offering, which is scheduled for 2020.


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About SynDaver Labs

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, SynDaver Labs is the world’s leading manufacturer of ultra-realistic, synthetic human and animal surgical trainers. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies simulate fully-functioning live organisms and are primarily used for training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts and fibers. The company currently has 12 patents on these materials, processes and related products. Currently, SynDaver Labs employs more than 100 people at their Tampa facility and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe and Latin America.

SynDaver Labs products have been lauded by industry experts and earned a cult following after appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank, MythBusters, Grey’s Anatomy, and the series finale of CSI. The company’s models are also expected to feature prominently in multiple episodes of the upcoming MythBusters 2.0.

 Learn more about the awesome synthetic cadavers at SynDaver’s website!

Innovative Sim Solutions Provides Healthcare Simulation Services To Improve Your Outcomes

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We received word today from friend Deb Tauber, that she has launched her new healthcare simulation consulting services website for her company “Innovative SimSolutions”, who are working towards improving safety in healthcare today through simulation. Their goal is to create opportunities and provide solutions to help your simulation program attain your vision through customized value based solutions!

About Deb Tauber MSN, RN, CEN

Deb has over 35 years in healthcare experience with a wide variety of responsibilities in both clinical and academic settings throughout the United States.


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The majority of Deb’s clinical experience has been in emergency medicine, with a special focus on pediatrics, geriatrics, special needs, and team building. Her experience includes working at 5 major hospital systems in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Deb held positions in ICU, Telemetry, ER and various clinical educator roles spanning over 25 years.

Regarding Deb’s academic experience, she worked for a national nursing university as Manager of Simcare Operations. Serving in this role, Deb led or significantly contributed to the set up and oversight of 20 simulation centers across the United States. This included design, planning, budgeting, implementation/set-up, testing of the lab equipment and training of all Lab staff. Additionally, Deb worked with all levels of the organization to provide education for nursing faculty on implementing simulation into practice. As an adjunct professor, Deb also taught clinical classes to the students at the university’s Chicago campus. Deb is a simulation subject matter expert and has presented nationally and internationally on simulation at both IMSH as well as INASCL, and many other institutions and organizations.

Learn more about Deb and her Healthcare Simulation Services on the new Innovative Solutions website! 

Featured Job Listing: Western Region Sales Representative

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Another featured medical simulation job posting from Engenium:

Western Region Sales representative reports to the Director of Sales and is responsible for managing sales activities throughout every stage of the sales cycle, from lead generation through to close. Covering the Western region, you will be responsible for selling software and hardware solutions used to improve training and patient outcomes in Hospital, Nursing Schools and colleges.


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Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the sales of Software and hardware solutions for simulation and clinical environments within the Northeast region.
  • Responsible for building strong relationships within the Northeast region within hospitals, Nursing School/colleges and health system networks.
  • Consult and make recommendations to prospects and clients with respect to solutions the company offers.
  • Clearly articulate technology and product positioning to clinical and medical education.
  • Deliver web-based and onsite presentations to audiences of varying sizes and professions
  • Demonstrate the ability to build relationships with Medical Education and Patient Safety Key stakeholders.
  • Maximize all opportunities in the process of closing a sale, resulting in the taking of market share from competitors.
  • Exhibit at industry conferences and special events.
  • Maintain accurate records of all sales and prospecting activities including sales calls, presentations, closed sales, and follow-up activities through weekly reports and the use of a CRM tool.

What we are looking for:

  • A minimum of 2-4 years professional experience
  • Proven ability to achieve sales quotas
  • Experience with web-based productivity tools
  • Willingness to travel a minimum of 30% and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • B.A./B.S. in Business, Computer Science, Healthcare Management, or related degree strongly preferred
  • Experience using Salesforce is a plus
  • Software & Simulation experience is highly desired
  • Existing contacts within the Medical Education and Patient Safety industries is strongly preferred

Apply here for the position!

Watch: Gardaí Simulate Terror Attack at Dublin’s Docklands

Watch: Gardaí test response to terror attack in simulation at Dublin's Docklands

The Irish-based Gardai engaged with a counter-terrorism exercise in Dublin recently to test their response in the event of a mass casualty terrorist attack. The simulation, codenamed ’Sciath’, involved a number of actors at the Docklands railway station in Dublin’s north inner city and the garda units involved today had not been told ahead of time what would be involved.

Does your simulation program work with local Civil Service Groups to provide simulated training opportunities? The promotional opportunities to develop new business opportunities and showcase your simulation program are clearly evident!


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As part of the simulation, the men inside acted out assaulting a number of people inside the station. Armed officers used stun grenades and blank rounds, shooting one of the suspects and securing the scene. “Today has demonstrated the professionalism and the capability that we have,” Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told reporters after the training exercise was finished. “Incidents like this can happen. We have to make sure that we are ready to respond to those incidents. In the last few days we have given instructions to all of our members and I think we wanted to see how those instructions would work,” she said.

The Commissioner said simulations such as today’s operation are prioritised in high density areas like Dublin city, but she said further exercises will take place in other parts of the country to test response times outside the capital.