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Improving CPR Training with Clinical Simulation

Clinical simulation seeks to fuse the use of equipment with knowledge and content. It's up to a skilled CPR educator to make a good fusion occur.

If you have ever taken a CPR class you have used clincial simulation. The act of pressing on a CPR mannequin's chest and using a CPR mask to give breaths is one example of mixing task based training with clinical simulation. Think about CPR for a moment. The entire process of CPR is a set of predetermined, very time sensitive, and coordinated tasks. Simulation is the only method which allows the learner to act upon what they learned (just one reason online only CPR training is poor at best).

Enter low-fidelity simulation (more on fidelity in a moment). CPR classes use low-fidelity systems to merge task based skills into a repeated learning process. A typically CPR training system (mannequins and all the extra equipment) costs around $1,000. 

The Fusion of Equipment and Knowledge

There are a host of different ways to blend simulation equipment and learning. Typically larger medical simulation centers will have very expensive high-fidelity mannequins that cost $80,000 or more per mannequin. However most simulation centers will clearly tell you clinical simulation is not about what equipment they have but how they use the equipment. The term fidelity is used to explain complexity of the mannequin. High, medium, and low fidelity simulation equipment yields various results (and sometimes the least expensive works the best). Oh and there's a host of other options as well - read more here.

Amplifying Reality, Improving CPR Training

As David M. Gaba, M.D. David M. Gaba, M.D. would say, medical simulation is a set of "techniques" to replace or amplify real experiences with planned experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion. Medical simulation seeks to be immersive in nature. "Immersive" conveys the sense that participants have of being immersed in a task and/or setting as they would if it were the real world. While seamless immersion is not currently achievable, experience shows that participants in immersive simulations easily suspend disbelief and speak and act much as they do in their real jobs.

Simulation may use various modalities – with or without different kinds of technologies/equipment – to replicate key aspects of the real world. The simulation modalities can be categorized in the following way:

  • Standardized Patient Actors
  • Part-task Physical Trainers
  • Virtual Reality and Visualization
  • Desktop Simulation and Virtual Worlds
  • Mannequin-based Simulation


At the CPR Training Company we are dedicated to supporting our learners and instructors with cutting edge content on clinical simulation knowledge. Stop  by a class and see how we use clinical simulation tools in our training.

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