Simulation Solutions for Low Resource Settings From EM Sim Case Library

A new update from our friends at the EM Sim Cases Library website, covering “Simulation Solutions for Low Resource Settings”, written by a PGY 4 in Emergency Medicine at The University of Toronto. This article provides us a good insight on what medical learners consider to be “great sim” without the high tech, suggesting “The local simulation centres were well relatively equipped however there were no high fidelity mannequins or elaborate set of monitors. We had to use an intubating mannequin head and torso for the airway simulation and a basic CPR mannequin for the RCDP exercise.”

The article concludes that “Simulation is an important teaching tool for learners in EM no matter where they are training. We take for granted our high tech sim labs, dedicated simulation curricula, and protected time to practice resuscitations and learn. Simulation offers the ability to make mistakes in a safe environment, to learn with our peers, and to develop an expertise that we can apply in the ED—something the residents in Addis Ababa really wanted to have as part of their ongoing curriculum.”

Medical Learner Tips for Creating Great Sim Scenarios:

  1. Understand what actual resources are available to the trainees in the ED before you try to create a simulation exercise
  2. Communication skills do not require a high technology environment; Neither do CPR or BVM skills!
  3. GIFs make great rhythm generators
  4. Wherever possible, add fidelity
  5. At its core, simulation should be fun

Read the full Simulation Solutions for Low Resource Settings article here!

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