Why Simulation-Based Training is Effective in Healthcare

Why Simulation-Based Training is Effective in Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, June 14, 2021

The development and learning process of knowledge and skills require simulation-based training. In healthcare, a nurse begins training with a manikin.

FREMONT, CA: Training using simulations gives people an opportunity to experiment with different situations and discover which ones work and which don't. By trial and error, trainees learn to apply their new skills in the real world. To build on simulation-based training, one can utilize follow-up coaching and debriefing sessions. With video recordings, training sessions can be analyzed, errors identified, and successes noted. Below are the reasons why simulation-based training in healthcare works.

Safe practice

In a simulation facility, preferably in a working area where the staff works typically, one can test new tools and methods, implement CRM, and develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Since no actual patients are put at risk, errors are permitted. Additionally, trainees must be assured that the simulations are confidential and video recordings are private.

Human Behavior knowledge

Simulation reveals how people respond in real-life situations. It allows making mistakes and learning from them, as it isn't a real-life event. Thus, it can help avoid errors and make responses more efficient when needed. An example would be simulated noise or other disturbances, which help affect distraction.

Enhance teamwork

Teamwork includes communication, collaboration, team leadership, team building, and CRM. Without the willingness to cooperate toward shared goals, the partnership is not automatic. The common goals in healthcare are to keep patients healthy and to avoid errors. To understand teamwork in a simulated environment, trainable teamwork skills are necessary.

Enhancing trust

Using simulation-based training, learners can put theory into practice, gaining valuable confidence for managing similar real-life situations. Confidence is tied to competence. For instance, the ability to communicate confidently with patients is necessary. Comfortable decision-making increases as trainees develop more self-confidence. Trust is just as important for patients as it is for individuals.

Clarifying trainees' behavior

Simulations can be filmed inside a training facility. It illustrates how unconscious processes work in a visual representation. Expanding the video recording to include an eye tracker or data acquisition system will help researchers discover more about unconscious processes. Post-session, all data can be displayed alongside the video recordings, providing a comprehensive picture.

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