What is triage simulation and what purpose does it play for those training in the health care industry? Can triage simulation training benefit those healthcare professionals facing the ordeal of prioritizing patients for medical treatment?
Nonbelievers may answer the above questions in the negative. They may tout the value of watching more experienced professionals in action or practicing by trial and error on living patients. These nonbelievers will become believers because current data continues to implode the very foundation on which they base their opinions.
Opponents to medical simulation training reject the idea that students can and do become immersed in medical triage simulation scenarios. Those in the know have seen or personally experienced the nervousness, perspiration, raised blood pressure, adrenaline rush, and trembling hands during the process of treating a patient who is in reality an “almost human” and technologically superior simulator.
Triage Simulation – Value
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a credible triage simulation experience just may be worth a thousand lives. Just ask Kevin Ching, MD who is the director of the Weill Cornell Simulation Program in New York.
Dr. Ching played a major role in Cornell’s BASE Camp event on November 1st and 2nd of 2014. He shared an insightful perspective with us about what triage is and what the triage course of action means to a medical professional. He expressed the fact that life-threatening emergencies are rare and unpredictable. He explained that one of the many objectives of Base Camp was “…to bring together an expert multi-disciplinary collaborative of pediatric emergency medicine, critical care, surgery, and anesthesia faculty and nurses to help review and practice crucial teamwork behaviors and critical pediatric emergency airway and trauma procedural skills… Using state-of-the-art simulation technology, fellows and nurses work together in teams to manage simulated crisis conditions and emergency resuscitation events, while developing hands-on experience and proficiency in teamwork behaviors and procedural skills.”
Dr. Ching’s enthusiasm could not be disguised as he shared his thoughts.
“There is little opportunity to work with a concentrated highly intensive, high impact, immersing weekend training. The training we provide is not like anything else… people might never have opportunity to work with a large group of expert experienced pediatric simulation faculty of educators like this all at one time. They bring to the table so many different layers of expertise…”
To be continued.