Background To review how eye tracking technology data can be utilised when examining the eye gaze of the healthcare providers when monitoring a deteriorating simulated patient.
Methodology There are limited publications on high fidelity simulation and eye tracking in the healthcare setting. Wide variations in the eye-tracking data and no standard template make the analysis process impossible to compare and interpret. The analysis of how healthcare student’s eye gaze or eye fixation alters and how eye gaze changes when making a clinical assessment of a deteriorating simulated patient will be explored. Current evidence suggests, eye tracking technology has been used in laparoscopic simulation or anaesthetic airway training and has mainly concentrating on workload and fatigue.1–5
Results The expert eye gaze frequency and scan of the patient’s vital signs displayed on the monitor is reduced but the dwell time increases. In comparison the novice does the opposite i.e., focuses on the task and infrequently looks at the patient’s clinical vital signs. Patient safety is paramount and Schulz et al .2 recorded an increase in visual awareness on the patient monitor from 20% to 30% during a simulated incident.
Potential Identify, how future healthcare professionals need to trained during simulation training. Plus, do the vital sign monitors need to be switched off to encourage physical examination?
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