Simulation Center Audiovisual Design Priorities, A Checklist From B-Line Medical

B-Line Medical recently shared an article on covering “Simulation Center Audiovisual Design Priorities” which provides a few helpful hints to consider when faced with the difficult task of designing a sim lab space. While searching Google for “what to include in a simulation lab”, you get a couple of literature reviews, examples of simulation scenarios, and descriptions of a lot of simulation labs at universities around the world. But what you don’t get is an actual checklist of what needs to be thought about when creating a new medical simulation lab. Read on to see some of the key questions your program will need to review when considering Sim Lab A/V designs, care of B-Line Medical.

 Simulation Center Audiovisual Design Priorities Excerpts from

The simulation specialists at B-Line Medical have learned from talking to many simulation clients over the years is that often, sim labs were designed based primarily on space and budgetary constraints, and the day-to-day logistics of working in the center are put on the back burner. This has often lead to a simulation center where much time and money has been invested, but that is less than ideal operationally for the medical simulation experts left in charge of it. (See HealthySim’s article posted yesterday on How to Increase Technical Support Staff for Your Healthcare Simulation Program)

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So, what are those logistics and priorities that need to be remembered and addressed? At the highest level, decision makers need to keep in mind:

  • Which departments/groups will be using the space?
  • How many rooms are needed, and what is the purpose of each room?
  • What equipment goes in each room? How ‘realistic’ does that equipment need to be?
  • Are manikins desired? If so, for what purpose?
  • And what are the recording, debriefing and assessment needs of the simulation center?

HealthySim has seen simulation centers where the AV equipment is not optimally located in the rooms, too much (or too little) equipment has been installed, or the AV equipment present is not ideal for medical simulation education. The end result is a center that faculty are not able to fully leverage.

To create an idea medical simulation facility that faculty will want to use, audio, video, debriefing and assessment concerns need to be addressed in the design process with stakeholders BEFORE designing, installing and using the spaces. After the highest level decisions have been made, specific use cases need to be incorporated in the AV design much more easily.

Some of the Article Checklist Considerations from the Article Include:

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Audio Considerations

  • Location of air vents/HVAC in the room
  • Ambient noise
  • Ceiling height
  • Number of people who could be speaking at once

Video Considerations

  • Sight lines within the room, including objects (such as curtains around beds) that could interfere
  • Number of people in a video session
  • Ceiling height

Debriefing and Assessment Considerations

  • Will assessment occur during or after simulation sessions or both?
  • Are assessments to be provided by standardized patients, faculty, peer review, or self-reflection?
  • Will debriefing occur inside the simulation rooms or in adjacent conference rooms?

Read the entire list of checklist considerations for each of these areas to better design your simulation audiovisual spaces through the link below!

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