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0019 Body-worn cameras and simulation
  1. Christopher Frerk
  1. Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, UK


Background/context Debriefing is a critical phase in embedding learning as part of simulation training. A well accepted method for this includes playing back audio-visual recordings of parts of the simulation to the participants, drawing on Kolb’s learning cycle.1 There are however associated technical and financial challenges: sound quality is often poor, the cost and technical expertise required to set up and run a fixed medium fidelity simulator precludes its use in most hospitals and even in hospitals with established simulation facilities it can be difficult and time consuming to set up mobile systems for in situ simulation training.

I assessed the feasibility of using a commercially available, low cost, high quality audio-visual recording system to record simulated scenarios.

Methodology I obtained a Reveal RS2-X2 high quality body-worn camera (as used by police and security services) from Reveal Media2 and with appropriate permissions, used it during a simulation faculty training day to record scenarios in our medium fidelity simulation centre. The quality of audio and visual recordings were reviewed

Results/outcomes (recorded to date) Audio and video was clear, and satisfactory for debriefing purposes. Recorded material is automatically time and date stamped allowing easy searching for specific events.

Potential impact

  • For modest set up costs this technology could facilitate in situ simulation and could replace or supplement hard wired AV systems in low/medium fidelity simulation suites.

  • The benefits of simulation with debriefing from audio-visual recordings could be brought to hospitals without dedicated simulation suites.

  • Body-worn cameras could be worn by more than one delegate in a simulation as the time signatures can be synchronised across cameras allowing more than one viewpoint of the same simulation.


  1. Kolb D, Fry R. Towards an applied theory of experiential learning. In: Cooper CL, ed. Theories of group processes. Wiley series on individuals, groups, and organizations. London; New York: Wiley, 1975: 33–58

  2. (accessed 17th May 2015)

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