New solution system optimises simulation training

March 31, 2012

MALAYSIA – Patient safety is driving more and more hospitals and higher education to use simulation as a teaching strategy to prepare learners for the rapidly-changing healthcare workplace. Technology, whether it is portable or provided in a fixed space, such as a simulation centre, can enhance the learning experience. The value that technology brings to the simulation environment is the ability not only to provide a more realistic experience in a safe environment, but also to reproduce the types of scenarios that the learner is likely to encounter in a real clinical setting. However, to provide learners with the ultimate training experience, the simulation program must be backed by a single, unified and fully integrated audio-video and learning management and assessment solution.

“Recording and data management in simulation training is a relatively new trend,”says John O’Brien, International Sales Manager of Education Management Solutions (EMS). “The company is based in the U.S., and has been leading the clinical simulation management market since 1997. Throughout our history, we have learned how important it is to listen, and provide our customers with the most reliable, innovative, and flexible solutions that help lead to better patient care and positive outcomes.”To date, EMS has more than 175 installations worldwide, including those in Singapore, The Middle East, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

It is essential to digitally record simulated training events so that healthcare providers can see themselves during playback and learn through self-reflection and feedback. Furthermore, it helps healthcare team members to effectively communicate and work together, and medical practitioners and educators to track the progress of learners using electronic assessment tools. This type of training helps to increase the safety and effectiveness of patient care.
Asked how simulation would fare in regions where new graduates find the nursing job market a bitter pill, O’Brien believes that simulation training would be a clear advantage for students who have experienced it as part of their education. “The nurses that are graduating with this kind of technology background under their belt would be a better selection for hospitals and nursing homes than those who are not exposed to such innovativetraining practices. In addition, students are taught to chart correctly with an educational electronic medical record (EMR) application so that it minimises the learning curve when they have to use a real EMR in a hospital.”

Unlike other simulation management and A/V software vendors, EMS provides the whole suite of services, including design, consultation, installation, quality control, training, and support under one roof. The advantage for customers is that they have just one support call to make for all software- and hardware-relatedmatters. The company has a support team based in the U.S., which provides 24-hour customer service.

“To optimise the training workflow, we advise clientson the layout of their simulation centre. We also obtaininformation about their curriculum and whether they are or will be using mannequins, patients, actor-patients or a combination of the three in their simulation training,” says O’Brien. After establishing the details, EMS then plans the appropriate simulation management and A/V solution to install and test. Aside from providing software and hardware support, EMS provides clients with regular training webinars to help enrich their experience using the EMS solution.

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