Going Virtual: A Pediatric Hospital-based In Situ Simulation Center Experience with Distance Simulation (1090-003590) (Technical Proceedings Manuscript Oral Presentations: COVID-19, Virtual, Telesimulation)
Start time: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 2:30 PM End time: Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 3:30 PM Session Type: Technical Proceedings
Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused simulation centers across the world to re-imagine the delivery of their services that are essential to the safe care of patients. Through collaboration, research, and testing, Seattle Children’s Hospital piloted the use of virtual simulation with diverse learner groups before full implementation of this methodology. As a center without dedicated space that performs all simulations in-situ, having a means to continue to support our educators and learners during physical distancing is essential to our longevity. Methods: Simulation Educators required consultation with our simulation experts on the format and workflow process. Two learner groups then participated in virtual simulations in May of 2020. Immediately following the simulation, learners anonymously took a survey that included a 5-point Likert scale to measure the overall effectiveness of the experience in achieving the learning objectives. Results: The two pilots ran successfully and resulted in overall scores of 4.52 (n=23) and 4.66 (n=6). Feedback from both the educators and learners is encouraging and that virtual simulations are an adequate surrogate with physical distancing. Conclusions: More research is needed to determine the transference of knowledge to the bedside, and effectiveness across additional learner groups. As an iterative process, the simulation center will continue improving the virtual simulation environment by promoting realism during the simulation experiences. Disclosures: The authors have no source of funding for work described and no conflicts of interests.