Gone are the days of using fellow students as ‘bodies’ for training and exams in medical education settings. COVID-19 has changed the way of things, and adapting hands-on medical training will be crucial to see the uninterrupted training of the next generation of clinicians. Luckily, simulation technology has been around for years already and these devices that mimic anatomical structures with advanced sensors, cameras, microphones, and other cutting edge technology provide a more accurate and robust experience for educational purposes.
In the days of social distancing, these simulators go from a nice-to-have for programs to an absolute must to continue with their hands-on curriculum.
Education Without Simulators
Students aspiring to be healthcare professionals mainly rely on theoretical knowledge of internal anatomy, images from textbooks, cadaver labs, and fellow students to practice varying techniques with tools and equipment.
Without simulators, most of the hands-on learning is done on a fellow classmate who acts as the ‘body’ while their partner practices techniques and feels for anatomical landmarks while being mindful of any discomfort their partner might be experiencing. This can be useful when there is no other alternative, but unfortunately because of COVID-19, this option now puts trainees at risk and within close proximity of each other. The need for medical simulators are greater than ever.
Education With Simulators
Simulators now offer value that we could not have expected six months ago - it allows students to maintain safe distance from each other while practicing hands-on procedures. With the use of infection control protocols defined by your region/institution, you can ensure these simulators remain sterile for all users and provide a stress-free place for students to practice independently, or with an observer.
As is still the case, these simulators add additional value by facilitating more in-depth educational experiences as they allow users feedback and data that they may not be able to receive with real patients in a clinic. They may provide you with a view of the internal anatomy, measurements to quantify training/evaluations, the ability to control internal conditions, and if your lucky enough to have a big program and a big budget, you can control a whole human!
The Future of Education and Simulator Technology Post-COVID-19
COVID-19 has had a major impact on post-secondary education, especially with hands-on programs like healthcare. How is your institution going to mitigate the pandemic, while properly training healthcare students to perform procedures and learn to palpate anatomy? How will you prepare the next generation of clinicians who will help us through future crises?
Our work with COVID-19
AHead Simulations has been developing medical simulators for the Audiology industry since 2017. Offering realistic hearing loss patient simulators to assist in educational settings, CARL has provided a greater learning experience to students and Audiology professionals alike.
To expand beyond CARL, we recently created a Nasal Swab Task Trainer to assist in training frontline healthcare professionals to properly swab for COVID-19. Stay tuned for an official product reveal!
Since the coordinated international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AHead products are now being used in:
Post-Secondary Colleges & Universities
Medical Manufacturing Facilities
Research & Development Settings
Frontline COVID-19 Testing Centres
EMS Emergency Services
Long-term Care Facilities
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