Clinical healthcare simulation is an educational tool that LifeMed Alaska uses to replicate real-life situations to achieve learning outcomes. A key benefit of clinical simulation is it provides a safe environment free from the risk of patient harm to practice high-risk, low-volume scenarios and procedures. Simulation scenarios are immersive and interactive. The participants deliver care to computerized manikins that are remotely operated to accurately and consistently recreate the history, physical findings, and response pattern of actual patients.
Partners at Work
LifeMed Alaska has partnered with the Interprofessional Health Science Simulation Center (IHSSC) at UAA to create a range of realistic settings including hospital rooms, clinics, and various pre-hospital environments. Scenarios are observed by clinical educators and are video recorded. The participants and educators use the recording to identify their strengths, weakness, and opportunities to improve their practice. The educators use feedback, debriefing, and evaluation to assess and improve clinical competency of the participants. Clinical simulation has gained widespread acceptance in the healthcare community and is an integral part of ongoing quality improvement efforts at LifeMed Alaska to decrease medical errors and improve both patient safety and clinical outcomes.
All medical flight crew members are required to complete two simulation sessions per year and medical ground crews complete one simulation session per year.