December 25, 2020By Lance Baily

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.

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.

Simman Santa made sure to visit The Center for Professional Development and Simulation at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

Mannequins at the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital enjoyed some cookie decorating festivities this holiday season!

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.

“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!

Check out more festive simulations from previous years: wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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