Surgery (11/01/23) Simmons, Luke; Kube, Erika; Cortez, Eric; et al.
A recent program successfully provided simulation-based education for emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners in Ohio. While continuing education is required for EMS providers in the state, insufficient simulation resources, equipment and trained simulationists have been challenges. For this program, a simulation team from OhioHealth, working with OhioHealth Emergency Medical Services, provided education to 171 learners in ambulance bays of three local hospitals in Columbus. The classes were scheduled in 2 hour blocks for 3 consecutive days. In Likert scale surveys, participants in each session reported they were able to complete their learning objectives. Additionally, 90 percent of the learners said they "agree" or "strongly agree" that using ambulance bays for the classes was useful. The findings, the researchers report, highlight the value of using ambulance bays to address challenges such as cost and access to equipment when providing simulation-based education for EMS providers.