How Simulation Advances Emergency Medical Services Education
In 2015, Medical Educator Kim McKenna led the “Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER)” study, which surveyed more than 600 paramedic programs. The research concluded that while paramedic training programs have access to a wide range of simulation resources, the equipment is often underused, or sits idle due to lack of faculty training. Seventy-eight percent of respondents felt they could use more simulation-based training.
At EMS World Expo, participants from the full spectrum of emergency medical services engaged in discoveries and inquiries surrounding the need to advance their discipline for improved training and deliverance of quality patient care.
During the EMS Essentials of Simulation workshop, attendees had exclusive opportunity to
1. Learn best practices in scenario design, facilitation, evaluation and debrief
2. Engage in hands-on practice; perform a needs analysis and design a simulation curriculum to fill those gaps
3. Deliver the simulation; debrief and assess learners, and measure results to ensure that the simulation offers actual benefits the learning process
“We’re hoping this is something that the EMS community and related associations will pick up on so we can expand,” Whitaker concludes.
A unique workshop of this kind has immense value and untapped potential to serve as a useful pilot program for wider implementation in the training of global EMS faculty through simulation-based education.