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The Simulation Olympics: a resuscitation-based simulation competition as an educational intervention

  • J. Damon Dagnone (a1), Amandeep Takhar (a1) and Lauren Lacroix (a2)

Abstract

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen's University developed, implemented, and evaluated an interprofessional simulation-based competition called the Simulation Olympics with the purpose of encouraging health care providers to practice resuscitation skills and foster strong team-based attitudes. Eleven teams (N = 45) participated in the competition. Teams completed three standardized resuscitation scenarios in a high-fidelity simulation laboratory with teams composed of nurses, respiratory therapists, and undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. Trained standardized actors and a dedicated technician were used for all scenarios. Judges evaluated team performance using standardized assessment tools. All participants (100%) completed an anonymous two-page questionnaire prior to the competition assessing baseline characteristics and evaluating participant attitudes, motivation, and barriers to participation. The majority of participants (71%) completed an evaluation form following the event focusing on highlights, barriers to participation, and desired future directions. Evaluations were uniformly positive in short-answer feedback and attitudinal scoring measures. To our knowledge, the Simulation Olympics competition is the first of its kind in Canada to be offered at an academic teaching hospital.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, 76 Stuart Street, Empire 3, KGH, Kingston, ON K7L 2V7; damondagnone@hotmail.com.

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The Simulation Olympics: a resuscitation-based simulation competition as an educational intervention

  • J. Damon Dagnone (a1), Amandeep Takhar (a1) and Lauren Lacroix (a2)

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