Using simulation for disaster preparedness

Aimee K. Gardner, Marc A. DeMoya, Glen H. Tinkoff, Kimberly M. Brown, George Garcia, Geoffrey T. Miller, Bernice W. Zaidel, James R. Korndorffer, Daniel J. Scott, Ajit K. Sachdeva

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Background: As it addresses both technical and nontechnical skills, simulation-based training is playing an increasingly important role in surgery. In addition to the focus on skill acquisition, it is also important to ensure that surgeons are able to perform a variety of tasks in unique and challenging situations. These situations include responding to mass casualties, dealing with disease outbreaks, and preparing for wartime missions. Simulation-based training can be a valuable training modality in these situations, as it allows opportunities to practice and prepare for high-risk and often low-frequency events. Methods: During the 8th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institutes in March 2015, a multidisciplinary panel was assembled to discuss how simulation can be used to prepare the surgical community for such high-risk events. Conclusion: An overview of how simulation has been used to address needs in each of these situations is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSurgery (United States)
StateAccepted/In press - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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