Benefits of Emergency Simulation
While emergency simulators often come in the form of manikins, learners are also able to simulate emergency scenarios through paper-and-pencil problem-solving exercises. There are also computer screen-based cases that use software programs to test the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals and learners alike. For example, computerized anesthesia simulators, ultrasound simulators and virtual reality-enhanced healthcare scenarios and environments are all different tools available for professional and educational use.
Whether by manikin or another form of simulation, breaking down such standardized scenarios enables learners to develop a mastery of the skills needed to accurately and efficiently perform each task. In the instance of error, instructors are then able to assess their performance step-by-step, providing a detailed explanation of how a mistake or error occurred. Through errors on life-like products, learners are able to develop an understanding of the severity of such a mistake, correcting the error before ever encountering a real-life patient.
Another benefit of simulated emergencies is often that learners and students can witness how other, more experienced healthcare professionals react in times when critical decisions are imperative. This includes learning and deciding when to perform certain procedures on patients who are unstable or unresponsive at the time of arrival and assessment. As patient conditions can vary grateful, and often become unpredictable, having learners experience a wide variety of simulated scenarios helps to best prepare a prospective responder for what may occur in the field.