The hospital’s team set-up, procedures, and equipment are used, and team members play their own professional role. A manikin is used as a patient and each team is given a case based on a real patient history, with appropriate X-rays and lab-results.
An instructor provides the pertinent physiological data after each monitoring procedure has been properly performed. The simulations are video-recorded. After the simulations the teams are debriefed, reviewing the video using a structured format. The teams are encouraged to focus on areas for improvement in leadership, communication, co-operation and decision making during the debriefing.
The teams are then given a new case and another simulation and debriefing follow, based on the criteria mentioned above. The clinical problems presented in the caser stories are recognizable from the participants’ own practice, and the instructors are aware of the actual resources available at each of the hospitals.
Due to the flexible simulation format, the instructor may adjust the challenge of the case to the competence of the actual team.