Background The Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation had previously used an innovative method so that SimMan 2G could be operated in a separate room simultaneously with other wireless manikins. Due to a growing demand in simulation training, including obstetric training, HILS have procured a SimMom manikin, which uses the same control system as SimMan 2G. As we continue to review, adapt and improve our service, we experimented whether the operating of these manikins could be further improved.
Innovation SimMan 2G is currently operated using a free ‘screen sharing’ software to control the SimMan computer over the trust network and a parallel wireless microphone and speaker system for voice. This method can be used to operate SimMom from a separate room from the manikin. Recently HILS have also received the Laerdal SimPad which after some experimentation, we were able to use as a control for the SimMom, giving us an alternative control and audio method to the one previously described.
Outcomes Adapting SimMom greatly increased realism, by freeing up space, redistributing the operator, improving communication with scenario leads and improving ‘patient’ communication.
We are still in the trial phase in our use of Simpads but below is a table that shows so far how these two methods compare.
Screen share and wireless microphone Simpads
· Clearer Patient Voice
· Integrated and more diverse voice system
· Mirrors standard practice
· Easier/Quicker to operate
· No extra costs
· Easier and quicker set up
· Difficult to integrate in to Trust network
· Additional training required
· Long set up time
· Additional costs incurred
· Regular software updates required
· Separate USB required for updates
· Take home messages
· Innovative means can improve the functionality of simulators
· Relatively small technical changes can have huge impacts on service
· Review, adapt and experiment with different technologies to improve simulation, which will yield richer educational rewards.
Dr Makani Purva - Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation
- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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