Simulation labs are operating under new guidelines in the COVID-19 era
When the coronavirus pandemic swept through the U.S. at the start of 2020, it forced the partial or complete closure of medical simulation training labs for healthcare students. Now, over a year later, COVID-19 is still ravaging the world and delaying the return to work, school, public events, and other activities.
Unfortunately, the longer students remain out of the lab, the more their education suffers. Healthcare simulation is a vital tool for teaching our future medical professionals valuable clinical, communication, decision-making, and teamwork skills. With that thought in mind, many simulation labs in Los Angeles, CA, and across the U.S. are considering reopening.
However, before doing so, your lab needs to set guidelines and policies in place to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and instructors. If you’re ready to get your sim lab back up and running, keep reading to learn four considerations for your reopening strategy.
Let’s explore what VR simulation can and can’t do in the healthcare training field
Virtual reality (VR) is one of many emerging technologies that’s transforming the healthcare education field. VR technology is one method through which medical simulation scenarios can be delivered to physician, nursing, and PA students during their training programs.
During a VR medical simulation scenario, headsets provide a dynamic, 3D view of simulated patients and structures, and students use hand controls to interact with the scenarios. Sophisticated software is used to design the scenarios, and virtual patients respond realistically to students’ decisions for care and treatment.
Virtual reality technology is glamorous and enthralling, and many educators are excited by the possibilities VR solutions could bring to medical training programs in Miami, FL and worldwide.
However, before you decide to invest in VR solutions for your facility, take the time to consider: when is virtual reality the right solution? When is it not? Let’s explore these questions in further depth.
Virtual simulations support practical training to improve patient-provider interactions
Good patient-provider communication is a core component of delivering high-quality patient care. But sometimes, training programs to improve medical students’ interpersonal communication skills aren’t effective. Facilities often use standardized patients — actors or other students engaging in role-playing as actual patients — for training purposes. However, med students may find it difficult to suspend disbelief or take a role-playing scenario seriously.
Virtual medical simulations have emerged into this landscape as an effective tool to improve patient communication skills. AI-powered virtual standardized patients can adopt distinct personalities, attitudes, medical histories, health conditions, and symptoms to deliver immersive simulated experiences that model real-life patient-provider interactions.
Keep reading to learn how online simulation programs with virtual standardized patients can help medical students in New York City, NY, and worldwide practice and improve vital communication skills.
Expose medical trainees to the types of situations they’ll be facing in the real world
Simulation-based education is an advanced tool for educating and training a new generation of doctors and nurses. Medical simulation technology uses a combination of AV components, advanced simulation software, and life-like training manikins to create hands-on, interactive scenarios that medical and nursing students are most likely to face in real life. Medical schools, teaching hospitals, and nursing programs in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S. are coming to realize the unique benefits simulation-based education brings to the medical field.
Among other training purposes, simulation labs are used to train students in three common healthcare scenarios where students can benefit from hands-on practice: emergency medicine simulation, surgery, and clinical exams. Keep reading to learn more.
Debriefing is a critical step in any healthcare simulation curriculum — make sure you know what you need for successful debriefings
Research shows the majority of learning and critical analysis occurs during the debriefing session of healthcare simulation
training. During debriefing, medical students have the chance to not only hear feedback from their instructors but see — through video playback — what went right, what went wrong, and what can be improved upon next time. It’s easy to miss small details during the hustle of a simulated experience, but debriefing opens a critical space for reflection and evaluation. The result is medical students learn and absorb valuable lessons to take with them into the next simulation and real-life scenarios.
Keep reading to learn how simulation debriefing
leads to better outcomes — and the components you need for successful debriefing for your Chicago, IL, simulation lab.
Level 3 Audiovisual hosts several trainings, simulation conferences and webinars for simulation professionals worldwide
If you’re a new or current simulation technician, ongoing education is crucial to advance your career and operate a fully functioning healthcare simulation lab.
Level 3 Audiovisual is here to help. As a worldwide leader in simulation lab design, installation, integration and operation, we provide several educational opportunities to further your success. Our team helps sim techs in Washington, D.C. and across the globe gain the technical and educational skills they need in a competitive industry.
What can you expect to get from our simulation conferences, webinars or training sessions? Keep reading to find out.
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A hybrid virtual solution offers a simulation experience with both in-person and remote components
Our last blog about healthcare simulation discussed augmented patient simulation solutions, which offer medical students a 100% remote option to complete simulation-based education and training. In today’s blog, we’re going to explore another option for remote medical simulation. As we enter 2021, educators and training schools in Miami, FL, and around the country continue to seek remote solutions that provide students the experience they need while reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus through in-person classes.
The value of simulation for medicine and healthcare education is undeniable. Keep reading to learn more about a hybrid virtual solution that includes in-person and remote components and how your students can benefit from this type of simulation-based learning.
Augmented patient simulation offers medical students a 100% remote simulation experience
As we near the end of 2020, one fact has become clear: the coronavirus will follow us into the new year. It’s time for organizations to strategize long-term solutions to enable remote work and remote learning, especially in the healthcare field. We need our new generation of healthcare providers to continue learning, training and growing, now more than ever.
Hands-on, interactive experience is crucial for medical students to practice and improve the skills they need to care for patients. Over the past several years, simulation-based education has been a steadily growing field in Washington, D.C., and worldwide. But with many medical schools, universities and training hospitals implementing remote strategies to keep students and teachers safe, what virtual medical simulation solutions are available for med students to continue their education? Let’s take a look at a fully remote solution that may be right for your organization.