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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: The classroom and technical repair laboratory facilitates the development of skilled technicians capable of troubleshooting problems with the simulator's internal hardware, software, and mechanics. Trained technicians will be capable of real time, on-site repairs, thus reducing down-time of simulators and costs by decreasing the need to return simulators to manufacturers for repairs. The large open concept classroom has enough table-top space to lay two full body simulators side-by-side on each station (three tables at each station). The table-top on these stations provides appropriate work space to allow students to work directly across from each other while visualizing and repairing a mannequin’s internal electronics (Figure 2). With the students sitting on the outside area of the U-shaped table, the Master Instructor can observe the students working on their own simulators and instruct multiple students simultaneously by using the inside area of the U-shaped table. This potentially provides an environment to learn about various types/manufacturers of simulators simultaneously. The open space design provides for effective, hands-on summative testing of technicians, allowing for station rotation, problem identification using diagnostic algorithms, followed by real-time repair, with multiple technicians being tested simultaneously.


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)

Technician classroom
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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FIG2: Technician classroom
Mentions: The classroom and technical repair laboratory facilitates the development of skilled technicians capable of troubleshooting problems with the simulator's internal hardware, software, and mechanics. Trained technicians will be capable of real time, on-site repairs, thus reducing down-time of simulators and costs by decreasing the need to return simulators to manufacturers for repairs. The large open concept classroom has enough table-top space to lay two full body simulators side-by-side on each station (three tables at each station). The table-top on these stations provides appropriate work space to allow students to work directly across from each other while visualizing and repairing a mannequin’s internal electronics (Figure 2). With the students sitting on the outside area of the U-shaped table, the Master Instructor can observe the students working on their own simulators and instruct multiple students simultaneously by using the inside area of the U-shaped table. This potentially provides an environment to learn about various types/manufacturers of simulators simultaneously. The open space design provides for effective, hands-on summative testing of technicians, allowing for station rotation, problem identification using diagnostic algorithms, followed by real-time repair, with multiple technicians being tested simultaneously.

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.