3 Validating Benefits of Simulation Training in Obstetrical Ultrasound

3 Validating Benefits of Simulation Training in Obstetrical Ultrasound

By Roxanne Blanford


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Skilled obstetric ultrasound technicians are in high demand these days.

From the doctor's office and the labor ward, to the delivery room and the unforeseen emergency, the need for highly trained ultrasonographers has never been greater.


Why are ultrasonographers in greater demand today?

Immersive training in ultrasound techniques had once been restricted to the clinical setting. Learners basically learned on the job, practicing transducer positioning, scanning and imaging interpretation on actual patients with mixed results.

But since the advent of simulation-based medical education (SBME), training can flourish in low-stress, risk-free environments that pose no harm to living patients. High fidelity simulators now enable learners to gain invaluable exposure to low-frequency, high-risk fetal anomalies through sophisticated, 3D visualization for a more realistic learning experience.

                              

Benefits validate the merits of ultrasound simulation-based education

With ultrasound simulation, learners gain real-time scanning experience and can observe pathologies that they might not otherwise have exposure to. Student users gain confidence more quickly and, ultimately, achieve a level of competency that provides them with the clinical mastery they need to safely perform procedures in real world settings.

Additional benefits which validate the use of ultrasound simulation-based training include:

          1. obstetric ultrasound simulators have shown remarkable potential for enabling learners to acquire competency in psychomotor, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills

          2. trainees who use ultrasound simulation for learning demonstrate improvement in familiarity with the equipment ("most notably when performing fetal echocardiography")

As outlined above, the cumulative benefits of high-fidelity simulation-based training for obstetric ultrasound confirm and validate its value as a reliable mode of education.

                                

The lack of actual patients and hands-on experience with low frequency pathologies is a huge challenge to traditional obstetrical ultrasound training rotation within clinical settings. CAE Vimedix, on the other hand, is always available to help learners master the skills they need to perform delicate ultrasound procedures with accuracy and competency.

Vimedix Ob/Gyn ultrasound simulators operate on a manikin, computer-based system which allows a realistic replication of both the psychomotor and cognitive skills needed for effective ultrasound training. The Ob/GYN model, specifically, allows for practice using curvilinear and/or transvaginal probes and gives learners the opportunity to obtain standard ultrasound views and complete obstetric reports with measurements and calculations.

Sources:

Lee W, et.al., Interactive multimedia for prenatal ultrasound training |  Journal: Obstet Gynecol, 1995
Burden, C. et.al., Validation of Virtual Reality Simulation for Obstetric Ultrasonography | Journal: Simulation in Healthcare, 2012