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Designing and creating a simulated bleep
  1. Andrew Kermode,
  2. Michele Bossy,
  3. Suzi Lomax
  1. Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Kermode, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford GU2 7XX, UK; a.kermode{at}

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MediSim is a centre of excellence for simulation based education (SBE) training based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, England. It provides training for undergraduates from Southampton and St. George’s Medical Schools, and postgraduate training for almost all hospital specialties for trainees from across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region. SBE is now well established in both medical school and specialty doctor curriculums, but a candidate’s engagement can vary depending on the fidelity of simulation. We strive to improve our fidelity and therefore increase the candidate’s engagement, to obtain the most from an expensive resource.

Currently most hospitals require clinical staff to carry electronic bleeps. Key members of urgent response teams receive notice that there is an emergency through an emergency (or on-call) bleep. Despite this, medical students and specialty doctors are often placed into simulated scenarios where they are emergency responders and yet they are not in possession of a bleep. Furthermore, if that candidate places an emergency call, there is no replication of the emergency sound that would be emitted from their own bleep. The lack of audio response to an emergency bleep being placed can diminish the fidelity of the scenario. Medical students who have yet to …

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  • Contributor AK conceived of the idea of the presented idea. AB designed and manufactured the project. MB provided the department for AB to test the project. MB and SL supervised the project. AK wrote the manuscript in consultation with MB and SL.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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