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Simulation-Based Training: At Work in the Medical Field

 

Posted on Tue, 25/04/2017 - 08:55

Simulations are a way to gamify learning that allows learners to put themselves into real scenarios, but in a virtual medium. The learners are able to experience situations in real time and receive relevant feedback.

Simulation-based training has been a staple for training in the medical field for a long time. Like other technologies, simulation technology is expanding and advancing.

Medical Field Simulations

Three areas simulations provide benefits

There are several different areas in which simulation-based training is a benefit.

  • Teaching medical procedures. Simulations are very helpful for teaching different learners how to perform surgical and other medical processes without any risk to actual patients. It’s similar to a pilot learning to fly an airplane. They learn in simulators so that a mistake doesn’t result in a life-threatening crash. There are many medical procedures in which a mistake could be deadly for a patient.
  • Health insurance companies. Some insurance companies are using apps and simulations to encourage the people they insure to exercise more and live a healthier lifestyle. For example, friends can compete against each other to see who walks the most miles in a certain amount of time. It benefits the company because the healthier their insured’s are, the less money they end up paying in medical claims. The obvious benefits to the clients are their improved health.
  • Handling chronic illnesses. Gamifying the management of chronic illnesses can make an unfortunate situation a little more bearable when a little bit of fun is included. This can change the attitude and outlook of a patient dealing with a chronic illness. For example, a young person with diabetes can be motivated to track their habits via an interactive app. This assists with the management of their disease. The use of gamification can also have social benefits, by connecting insured’s with a chronic illness with others suffering from the same condition.

Benefits of simulation based training

Other than the advantages previously discussed, there are other benefits that make simulations well worth integrating into any training program.

  • Immediate feedback. The feedback is constant, consistent, and very timely. This allows the learner to see mistakes made right away and change course as necessary. They can also see the things they are doing correctly. This is a tremendous help to them when they are faced with a similar situation in a real-life scenario.
  • Retention and application. The use of simulation allows learners to have a real experience, as opposed to just reading about it or watching it. Being active in their own learning enhances the retention rate and raises the likelihood that the learner will be able to successfully apply what they have learned in an actual scenario.
  • The fun factor. Simulations and other game-based learning activities often involve a certain level of enjoyment. When a learner is having fun, they are engaged and will be more invested in what they are learning.

Simulation-based training has significant benefits, in the area of medical training. It can also be incorporated into many other areas of education, including corporate settings or in manufacturing.

Contact Designing Digitally, Inc. today to learn how your organization can benefit from utilizing simulation for training purposes.

By Designing Digitally, Inc.