The Wake County EMS System uses high-fidelity human patient simulators as part of their education curriculum. Based on adult learning theories, the goal is to allow students to practice their skills, learn from their mistakes and gain confidence. Students also have the opportunity to keep their skills current for those high-risk, low-frequency procedures.
We learn from our mistakes. Based on this principle, every sound and action during the simulation exercise is recorded, thanks to a set of camera and microphones. After the simulation exercise, the student and instructor review the video and critique themselves. This debriefing exercise allows for reflection, where two-thirds of learning occurs.
Along with its dedicated simulation rooms and A/V suites, Wake County EMS has a dedicated Mobile Simulation Unit (MSU). The MSU is 37 feet long and is built on a Freightliner M2 Chassis. There are three distinct areas for simulation: control room, debrief area and the simulation area that is designed to mimic the back of an ambulance. The MSU has the same capabilities as the simulation room, including an extensive A/V system, with the added benefit of mobility.
Simulation has been incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum. Simulation is used for high-stakes testing such as promotional exams and the initial hiring process. New hires in the academy are put through a battery of simulations to reinforce protocol knowledge and skill competence. Simulation is part of the field training and medical clearance process, as well. New employees complete a series of simulation, increasing in difficulty, to ensure the “Wake Way” of patient care and competence.
For more information on our simulation program, please contact:
Training Chief Mallory DeLuca