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The Vital Role Debriefing Plays in Medical Simulations

The Vital Role Debriefing Plays in Medical Simulations


Historically, “debriefing” was first used in the military. After returning from a mission, soldiers would give their commanding officers an account of their experiences. This intelligence was then analyzed and used to strategize for future missions and operations and demonstrate a learning opportunity for other soldiers.

Modern-day debriefing in medical simulation education is a descendant of military-style debriefing. The debriefing process is a crucial time for review, evaluation, reflection, knowledge absorption and learning. Without the proper debriefing technology integrated into a simulation solution, students miss out on a rich opportunity to learn from simulated experiences.

At Level 3 Audiovisual, our team has the skills and experience to design, install, integrate and customize high fidelity simulation labs that incorporate both training and debriefing for teaching hospitals and medical programs in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S.

Keep reading to learn how we ensure your solution contains the necessary hardware and software to provide students a comprehensive feedback and debriefing experience.

SEE ALSO: Level 3 Audiovisual Wins Prestigious Commercial Integrator Award for a State-of-the-Art Medical Simulation Project

What Does the Debriefing Process Look Like?

Medical simulations allow students to practice clinical and surgical skills, critical thinking, communication and teamwork in an interactive, stimulating environment. They’re part of a comprehensive training and education program that ensures students are ready to face medical emergencies in real life. But simulations are only effective when paired with an in-depth debriefing session afterward.

During debriefing, students have the time, space and guidance they need for reflection and evaluation. Through feedback, open discussion and video review of a completed simulation, students can gain more-in-depth insight and understanding into the curriculum. Like the simulation itself, the debriefing process creates an environment where students are actively engaged in the material. The majority of learning and absorption of material happens during debriefing.

Critical reviews of the existing literature about high fidelity healthcare simulation identify feedback and debriefing as the most important component of medical-based simulation education. Therefore, educators looking to build high fidelity simulation labs for training and education need to ensure that high-quality debriefing software and AV are included in the solution.

The Importance of Debriefing Software and Hardware in Simulation Solutions

At Level 3 Audiovisual, our techs design, install and integrate comprehensive simulation solutions from SIMStation. Our custom solutions include integrated hardware and software in a recording room, training room and debriefing room. So how do we make sure that our systems are designed to provide the best learning and debriefing experience for students? Let’s take a closer look:

  • In the recording room, instructors use advanced SIMStation software to monitor the simulation. Our software solutions include capabilities for creating and editing checklists, bookmarking video, making real-time annotations and notes and time-stamping video. Simulations techs can create custom icons to notate events for future discussion. Instructors can also give instructions to the trainees, project images into the training room and guide the training room cameras.
  • Our training rooms are equipped with recording cameras that have pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) capabilities to capture the simulation from every angle. A connected sound system and microphones transmit clear, intelligible audio back to the recording room. All audio installations include noise cancellation technology that removes ambient noise during playback. The simulation instructors in the training room have a connected touchscreen tablet for making real-time notes and annotations.
  • Everything comes together in the debriefing room. Students can watch and listen to video playback on large 4K display screens with crisp, clear audio. Flagged, annotated and bookmarked sections help guide specific feedback and discussion so students can learn from mistakes, take note of successes and engage more deeply with the learning experience.

Level 3 Audiovisual brings to the table a unique blend of AV technology expertise combined with extensive industry knowledge of medical simulation. Unlike other companies that design and build simulation centers, Level 3 Audiovisual provides a complete, custom solution from start to finish. To learn more, reach out to us here or click the chatbox below to instantly connect.

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