Add Cheer To Your Simulation Center With These Christmas Scenarios
There’s no reason why simulation centers and facilities can’t be a little festive during the holiday season! To help bring joy to learners, some simulation educators have incorporated a bit of the Christmas spirit into their simulation scenarios. In addition to increasing emergency preparedness for Santa Claus and his team, these healthcare simulation scenarios create additional training opportunities for learners across the field of medicine.
One holiday scenario involves preparing for a Christmas Eve transportation emergency. The simulation and clinical skills team based at Milton Keynes University Hospital shared their Christmas-themed simulation scenarios for anaesthetic trainees, featuring Santa who sustained a sleigh vs. chimney collision.
Christmas themed simulation scenarios for anaesthetic trainees, featuring Santa who sustained a sleigh v chimney collision. pic.twitter.com/v8CgKFfo3g
— SimMK (@SimMKUH) December 15, 2020
Earlier in the year, learners at The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine took part in the second annual “Student Sim War” in the Clinical Evaluation Center. During this competition, the Class of 2022 team battled against the Class of 2023 team to diagnose and treat an “elf” who collapsed at Santa’s Reindeer Games.
@WVSOM‘s second annual Student Sim War took place Jan. 31 in the Clinical Evaluation Center, pitting a Class of 2022 team against a Class of 2023 team to diagnose and treat an “elf” who collapsed at Santa’s Reindeer Games. pic.twitter.com/zWOqKGvheV
— WVSOM (@WVSOM) February 3, 2020
Simman Santa made sure to visit The Center for Professional Development and Simulation at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
— @LaheySimulation (@LHSimCenter) December 22, 2020
Mannequins at the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital enjoyed some cookie decorating festivities this holiday season!
— Texas Children’s Quality Education and Simulation (@TCHQUEST) December 22, 2020
MedCognition contributed to the holiday season with a little simulation humor. Grandma may have gotten run over by a reindeer, but with MedCognition’s virtual patient simulation, learners have the chance to save her!
Laparo Medical Simulators expressed season’s greetings by sharing the creation of a snowman inside of the company’s laparoscopy trainers. Laparo Medical Simulators added that the company hopes simulationists find time to develop and hone their laparoscopy skills while enjoying peace and quiet at home this holiday season.
Last year, the team in the Mater Hospital Brisbane Emergency Department participated in an educational healthcare simulation training activity known as the “Registrar’s Revenge.” During this simulation scenario, a patient named Kris Kringle arrived at the hospital with a variety of challenging injuries and medical conditions.
While simulation training occurs regularly, this annual training event known as ‘Registrar’s Revenge’ is serious fun and allows junior doctors to present their senior leaders with a simulation designed to make them sweat! 😅 #Mater #MaterEducation https://t.co/BDyZyz1zEv pic.twitter.com/u4Ib6u2fTk
— Mater (@MaterNews) November 29, 2019
“We start the simulation with an ambulance call giving the interprofessional team, including nursing, doctors, volunteer support persons and allied health professionals, five minutes to prepare and then we present them with the patient,” Mater Education Clinical Facilitator Zachary Buxton said. “As the simulation continues and they resolve one issue another more complicated one arises.”
During this clinical simulation scenario the physicians, nurses and other team members had no idea what would happen and this allowed observers to see how managers communicated with each other. The medical simulation scenario also demonstrated how providers manage their time and allocate resources in a complex situation.
“While the simulation is carried out on a mannequin we had Mrs Kringle played by Leigh Johnson from the Mater Volunteers Embedded Simulated Person program,” Volunteer Coordinator Russell Williams said. “So often in emergency presentations the patient will be accompanied by a loved one and part of the training is keeping them supported and how best to communicate with them. We also had Marleene Brooks from the volunteer Mater Pet Therapy team with Ruby the ‘Reindeer’ who played the role of accompanying service animal presenting the team with yet another complex challenge.”
This simulation ended with Kris being stabilized and sent to the Intensive Care Unit before being discharged right in time for Christmas. Mater Hospital’s healthcare simulation scenario is just another example of how Christmas-themed simulation scenarios can be both entertaining and educational!
In 2019, SimMan joined the Christmas party in the Integrated Education, Simulation and Surgical Skills Training Centre at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! He was all dressed up in his seasonal attire, ready to spread holiday cheer!
Throwback to Christmas 2019 when SimMan joined Educations Christmas party 🎉🎅🏻🎄 best get the dressing up box back out 🤔 @BTHFTclinicaled @clinskills @BTHFTPracticeEd @bthftresus pic.twitter.com/JROWWpuYdV
— BTHFT Education, Simulation and Surgical Skills (@BTHFTsimtech) December 19, 2020
Check out more festive simulations from previous years:
- Best Holiday Healthcare Simulation Pictures From Around the World
- Central Michigan University features the Laerdal SimMan3G and festive family of manikins
HealthySimulation.com wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.