The Wake County EMS System uses three 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 their dedicated simulation room and A/V suite, Wake County EMS has a dedicated medium-duty ambulance for mobile simulation. The “simbulance” 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 Donald Garner, Jr.