Navigate Simulation Education Management with a 360° View

Clinical simulation is one way that healthcare educators can go beyond assuming that their learners understand their training — rather, both the educator and learner should be confident in their skills. To help instill this confidence, CAE Healthcare’s LearningSpace is a video-driven clinical education management solution designed to improve clinical performance with an audiovisual component. This A/V component provides an opportunity to record, annotate and debrief performance for real-time and post-event assessments.

Such a healthcare simulation solution helps answer the following questions: How do you capture how much a trainee has learned during a simulation scenario? How can you best confirm they can safely apply what they’ve learned? In the case of healthcare simulation, success stems just as much from students seeing themselves in the scenario as it does from them participating in it.

Ultimately, hands-on practice in any field is invaluable. In the arts, a concert pianist may practice for hours on end to master the dexterity of finger placements for a piano piece. A dancer marks choreography, measuring steps through space and time, measured by music. Or, a professional basketball player practices to maintain agility and reaction response time in the body and watches tapes after a game to debrief and assess their performance.

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Much the same, building muscle memory among healthcare workers helps to hone clinical competency before being in a real-world scenario. Hands-on practice takes what is learned and memorized from a textbook and creates an embodied understanding of procedures that converts to muscle memory. For clinicians, taking the time to practice healthcare procedures correctly can prevent medical errors, errors that can have devastating impacts on a patient’s health, the clinician and the institution.

Rather than causing learners to focus mainly on what they are being tested on, simulation technology helps learners build, develop and improve muscle memory, where they can achieve learning permanence in various medical skills and procedures. Hands-on training, combined with medical center experience and academic studies, creates well-rounded, confident professionals.

Having tools to capture, measure, evaluate and prove how much learners understand takes medical education to another level. As seeing is believing, one way to accomplish this is to have a 360-degree view of your simulated sessions, with metrics that reflect what has been learned, absorbed and understood. CAE Healthcare’s LearningSpace helps educators and learners do just that.

In a community of experienced users, simulation centers and classrooms worldwide, CAE LearningSpace has exceeded expectations for nearly two decades, innovating every step of the way. “LearningSpace has enabled EVMS (Eastern Virginia Medical School) to verify and validate most of the soft skills that we teach to our students. It has proven helpful to provide captured video to instructors and students as part of the feedback mechanism and learning process.

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“Due to this increased level of instruction, our students are consistently ranked highly against their peers when in residency or preceptorships; this is due in part to our widespread and consistent use of LearningSpace,” said Bob Armstrong Jr., M.S., executive director of Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning, director of Corporate Relations and assistant professor at EVMS School of Health Professions and former president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Simulation centers are a busy, complicated web of people and moving parts. CAE’s LearningSpace is adaptable, scalable and grows with each center. With universal hardware configurations available on one single platform, LearningSpace allows users to add rooms and features, as well as link simulation centers to accommodate growing programs.

CAE Healthcare has three available platforms custom-designed for different organization types and needs. Each LearningSpace platform is user-friendly with the capacity to record audio and video using high-definition cameras that sync data directly from the simulator. LearningSpace engages students with live-streamed or uploaded video lectures and student sessions that can be viewed from any online device.

With high-definition recordings of real-time, video-driven performance assessments, facilitators can debrief anytime and anywhere to improve technical and non-technical skills. Depending on the customized solution, LearningSpace offers integrated tests, curriculum, checklists, surveys, custom scenarios and more.

Each platform offers unique capabilities designed with specific features that allow for centers to grow and upgrade their equipment according to their evolving needs:

  • At its most basic level, CAE LearningSpace Experience offers simple debriefing features that are easily adaptable to fast-paced healthcare environments where standards and practices rapidly evolve, helping clinical teams to hit the ground running. The user-friendly system allows clinical teams to practice new safety protocols and gain instant feedback.
  • Designed for nursing and allied health programs, the CAE LearningSpace Essentials center management system provides easy scheduling, an integrated patient simulator curriculum and checklists for standardized assessments and evaluation.
  • CAE LearningSpace Enterprise is engineered to offer an enriched end-user experience, including audiovisual capture and debrief, centralized Standardized Patient (SP) management, advanced scheduling and rich reporting to manage all aspects of healthcare learning. Its web-based interface and hardware-free, cloud-based simulation management solution enables virtual delivery of simulation training — including SP management, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) scheduling and manikin-based sessions, lectures, presentations and reporting to manage all aspects of healthcare learning.

As adoption of distance, virtual and online learning has become more prominent, CAE Healthcare continues to innovate, ensuring that clinical education moves forward so practitioners can face the future of patient care with confidence.

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers integrated education and training solutions to healthcare students and clinical professionals across the professional life cycle, allowing them to develop practical experience in simulated environments before treating patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the CAE LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and neonatal patient simulators. Today, hospitals, medical schools, nursing schools, defense forces and societies in more than 80 countries use CAE training solutions to make healthcare safer.

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Today’s article was guest authored by Heidi Fedak, Manager, Creative Marketing and Communications at CAE Healthcare.

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