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A Novel Simulation Technician Laboratory Design: Results of a Survey-Based Study.

Ahmed R, Hughes PG, Friedl E, Ortiz Figueroa F, Cepeda Brito JR, Frey J, Birmingham LE, Atkinson SS - Cureus (2016)

Bottom Line: Quantitative methods were utilized to analyze data.Over 90% of technicians (n=65) think that a lab designed explicitly for the training of technicians is novel and beneficial.CONCLUSIONS : A space designed for the training of simulation technicians was considered to be beneficial.

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Affiliation: Emergency Medicine, Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa Health System.

ABSTRACT

Unlabelled: OBJECTIVE : The purpose of this study was to elicit feedback from simulation technicians prior to developing the first simulation technician-specific simulation laboratory in Akron, OH.

Background: Simulation technicians serve a vital role in simulation centers within hospitals/health centers around the world. The first simulation technician degree program in the US has been approved in Akron, OH. To satisfy the requirements of this program and to meet the needs of this special audience of learners, a customized simulation lab is essential.

Method: A web-based survey was circulated to simulation technicians prior to completion of the lab for the new program. The survey consisted of questions aimed at identifying structural and functional design elements of a novel simulation center for the training of simulation technicians. Quantitative methods were utilized to analyze data.

Results: Over 90% of technicians (n=65) think that a lab designed explicitly for the training of technicians is novel and beneficial. Approximately 75% of respondents think that the space provided appropriate audiovisual (AV) infrastructure and space to evaluate the ability of technicians to be independent. The respondents think that the lab needed more storage space, visualization space for a large number of students, and more space in the technical/repair area. CONCLUSIONS : A space designed for the training of simulation technicians was considered to be beneficial. This laboratory requires distinct space for technical repair, adequate bench space for the maintenance and repair of simulators, an appropriate AV infrastructure, and space to evaluate the ability of technicians to be independent.

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Mentions: A structured survey was developed by the research team and disseminated with Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com). The survey presented a blueprint of a simulation lab and then asked the participants to rate the adequacy of the space on several criteria using a five-point Likert-style scale (e.g., adequacy of student working space, adequacy of audiovisual infrastructure, storage space, etc.) (Figure 1). Demographic information was also gathered, and space was provided for the participants to write more detailed thoughts about the design of the simulation lab space. The study was considered exempt by the Institutional Review Board as it did not meet the definition of human subject research.


A Novel Simulation Technician Laboratory Design: Results of a Survey-Based Study.

Ahmed R, Hughes PG, Friedl E, Ortiz Figueroa F, Cepeda Brito JR, Frey J, Birmingham LE, Atkinson SS - Cureus (2016)

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FIG1: Image of blueprint
Mentions: A structured survey was developed by the research team and disseminated with Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com). The survey presented a blueprint of a simulation lab and then asked the participants to rate the adequacy of the space on several criteria using a five-point Likert-style scale (e.g., adequacy of student working space, adequacy of audiovisual infrastructure, storage space, etc.) (Figure 1). Demographic information was also gathered, and space was provided for the participants to write more detailed thoughts about the design of the simulation lab space. The study was considered exempt by the Institutional Review Board as it did not meet the definition of human subject research.

Bottom Line: Quantitative methods were utilized to analyze data.Over 90% of technicians (n=65) think that a lab designed explicitly for the training of technicians is novel and beneficial.CONCLUSIONS : A space designed for the training of simulation technicians was considered to be beneficial.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Emergency Medicine, Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa Health System.

ABSTRACT

Unlabelled: OBJECTIVE : The purpose of this study was to elicit feedback from simulation technicians prior to developing the first simulation technician-specific simulation laboratory in Akron, OH.

Background: Simulation technicians serve a vital role in simulation centers within hospitals/health centers around the world. The first simulation technician degree program in the US has been approved in Akron, OH. To satisfy the requirements of this program and to meet the needs of this special audience of learners, a customized simulation lab is essential.

Method: A web-based survey was circulated to simulation technicians prior to completion of the lab for the new program. The survey consisted of questions aimed at identifying structural and functional design elements of a novel simulation center for the training of simulation technicians. Quantitative methods were utilized to analyze data.

Results: Over 90% of technicians (n=65) think that a lab designed explicitly for the training of technicians is novel and beneficial. Approximately 75% of respondents think that the space provided appropriate audiovisual (AV) infrastructure and space to evaluate the ability of technicians to be independent. The respondents think that the lab needed more storage space, visualization space for a large number of students, and more space in the technical/repair area. CONCLUSIONS : A space designed for the training of simulation technicians was considered to be beneficial. This laboratory requires distinct space for technical repair, adequate bench space for the maintenance and repair of simulators, an appropriate AV infrastructure, and space to evaluate the ability of technicians to be independent.

No MeSH data available.