There are four components to full-immersion, high-fidelity simulation:
- an individual or team who are engaged in an activity which mimics reality in some ways
- a means of recording the events and responses during the activity
- a group of observers
- a means of analysing and discussing the events and responses during the simulation with the aim of improving future performance.
You will be engaged with all of these components.
The simulation itself is a recreation of an actual clinical situation which has been chosen to emphasise a number of potential learning points. The scenario usually focuses around a patient who may have a story to tell and signs to display. Other information is usually available and may be accessed through more or less realistic means. The participants in the simulation interact with the patient (usually a computer-driven mechanical mannequin), each other, materials such as blood results, radiology, clinical information, etc to develop a working diagnosis, a differential diagnosis, an immediate management plan and subsequent investigative and treatment strategy.
The simulation is usually observed live by a group who do usually not take part in the action. They take note of particular potential discussion points and bring their observations to subsequent discussions. In most cases, the action os recorded using an audiovisual system so that playback may provide a more objective view of the evens before discussion.
At GAPS we do not ask participants to role-play. You should act and behave just as you would in a clinical area.