March 20, 2020By Lance Baily

Latest COVID-19 Clinical Simulation Resources From Global Community

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread globally, the clinical simulation community continues to respond with new resources every day. With every resource we have found listed on our Comprehensive Coronavirus Medical Simulation Resource Page, here we share the latest resources from readers, covering training tools, virtual learning opportunities, organizational partnerships, sim scenarios, posters and more. Do you have any additional resource to share, like a scenario file, research highlight, or success story? Email us right now so we can add it here!

For more details of the items on our COVID-19 Medical Simulation Resources List Page, please be sure to also read / share this and our previous Coronavirus Simulation articles:

Healthcare Learning Innovations Supports Nursing Schools Transitioning to Online Learning: In light of social distancing, Healthcare Learning Innovations (a division of American Sentinel University) is looking to provide virtual learning solutions for Nurse educators. To protect students, faculty and staff and to maintain social distancing, many schools are choosing to move their instruction online. American Sentinel has been building digital tools and delivering online education to nurses and healthcare professionals for many years, and we have developed several virtual clinical simulations and scenarios through their division, Healthcare Learning Innovations. In the chance that COVID-19 is affecting the clinical hours available to your students, or if you need alternative online learning activities, they are offering some affordable virtual clinical simulations and scenarios. Additionally, they will donate 25% of virtual simulation purchases to The Center for Disaster Philanthropy – CDP COVID-19 Response Fund!


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Upcoming AACN Webinar “A Call to Leadership: Navigating Uncharted Waters” March 23rd, 2:00-3:00 pm ET: Maintaining quality nursing education programs while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting new challenges to faculty and deans in our nation’s schools of nursing. Join a seasoned academic nursing leader who will share his perspectives and lessons learned that will help inform your work to adapt nursing coursework and clinical practice to meet the needs of your students and the communities you serve. You can also register for the other COVID-19 related webinars including: Making Informed Decisions in Response to COVID-19 Recording Available F.A.S.T: Academic Nurse Educators Respond to COVID-19 Recording Available Bridging the Gap- Implementing Technology to Deliver Courses Online March 18, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Upcoming SIM-One Webinar “Preparing for COVID Via Simulation” April 3, 2020 @ 12:30 Eastern: Leading simulationists from several hospitals in Canada are using simulations to test their hospital’s spaces, processes, protocols and care teams’ readiness for coronavirus outbreaks. On this web discussion, join them to hear about the approaches and scenarios they used, insights into running the exercises, and tips and strategies for other care agencies who would like to do this as well. Each presenter will summarize their organization’s approach and there will be time for questions and answers. We will post resources that other organizations can use.

HealthImpact Works with NovEX to Provide Online Nurse Clinical Learning: Presented in partnership with NovEx and the California Simulation Alliance, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced universities and colleges to cancel student nurse clinical rotations and mandate online-only instruction. Without completing this requisite, student nurses risk failing to graduate. This will have a significant impact on the workforce and institutions that rely on these graduates to fill vacancies. In response to this critical need, HealthImpact’s California Simulation Alliance (CSA) has partnered with NovEx Novice to Expert Learning, LLC, to provide an online, immersive MedSurg clinical replacement simulation to universities and colleges across the United States.

WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Training Medical Simulation Exercise: To support countries’ preparedness effort on the COVID-19 outbreak, WHO`s Department of Health Security and Preparedness has developed a generic COVID-19 tabletop exercise package. The exercise aims to examine and strengthen existing plans, procedures and capabilities to manage an imported case of 2019-nCov and targets the health authorities at the national level. The simulation package consists of different elements including:


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  1. A participants’ guide and a facilitators’ guide to explain what is expected from the different people involved in the preparation and running of the exercise.
  2. A PowerPoint presentation to support the facilitation of the exercise and its subsequent debriefing
  3. A set of reference documents and technical guidance on 2019-nCov

The package highlights clearly where some minor adaptions are needed to make the simulation country-specific and more relevant to the participants. They also provide an article on “Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control“.

EMCenterED COVID-19 Do’s & Don’ts: Jacquelynn Carter and Angus MacDonald share some key resources, tools, do’s and don’ts, and learning tips for COVID-19.

St Emlyn’s Sim Training for Coronavirus: A PEWC is a Practical Exercise Without Casualties. We use these on (H)MIMMS​​ courses to teach and learn how to manage major incidents. It’s based on the military TEWT​ (Tactical Exercise Without Troops). Both involve giving a hypothetical situation to decision makers and asking them to formulate and articulate their plan that can then be discussed as a group. This takes place in the real clinical environment, so in a way it’s a form of in-situ simulation. However, there is no mannequin, no actor and no resus team. Instead you use the most powerful simulator on the planet – your own brain! In this article are prompt statements which are then followed by discussion and then movement to the next area +/- preparation of areas, movement of staff, cordons etc.

Intensive Care Society’s Wellbeing Resource Library of COVID19 Posters: The Intensive Care Society is delighted to share their new wellbeing resource pack developed with Dr Julie Highfield, Clinical Psychologist. Their poster series aims to improve our understanding of psychological wellbeing at work, the impact reduced wellbeing can have and what we can do in response, and includes tips for dealing with extraordinary situations such as COVID-19 and everyday working in critical care.

NETEC Coronavirus Clinical Exercise Resources & Repository: The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) is comprised of faculty and staff from Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue Hospital Center. All three of these health care institutions have safely and successfully treated patients with Ebola and have worked diligently to share their knowledge with other health care facilities and public health jurisdictions. This repository of clinical exercises is perfect for those programs looking for a dynamic range of various simulation scenario tools. They also have a great list of clinical resources here.

MOOC: UPEC Ventilation artificielle : niveau avancé: La ventilation artificielle est le premier support vital des patients critiques. Il s’agit donc d’une technique incontournable de sauvetage en médecine intensive-réanimation, en médecine d’urgence et en anesthésie. Mais mal ajustée, elle est susceptible d’induire des complications et d’augmenter la mortalité. Le MOOC EIVASION « niveau avancé » est consacré à la personnalisation de la ventilation artificielle. Il correspond à la seconde partie d’un parcours de deux MOOCs. Il est ainsi conseillé d’avoir suivi la première partie (intitulée « Ventilation artificielle : les fondamentaux ») pour pleinement profiter de cette deuxième partie dont les objectifs sont d’initier les apprenants (see website for more).

Laerdal Medical Shares More Tools Supporting COVID-19 Training: Complimentary simulation scenarios, safety procedures, and checklists for healthcare providers. As more and more people rely on healthcare, it is important to keep both personnel and patients safe. To help prepare your staff, we’re offering a set of free resources to help your teams plan and act under crisis conditions – ultimately to helping save more lives.

Body Interact Shares Coronavirus Virtual Patient: Body Interact is offering you a chance to experience a clinical scenario about COVID-19 with virtual patients, applying the most up to date management guidelines. The Body Interact COVID-19 scenario was designed by Filipe Froes, MD, PhD, expert in Intensive Care and Tiago Alfaro, MD, PhD, expert in Respiratory Medicine, in order to assess and improve the healthcare team’s preparedness for safely and effectively managing acute situations.

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