Second set of eyes for simulation training

Deakin University researchers have developed a new computational tool that can automatically evaluate trainee performance when carrying out simulated medical procedures on a mannequin.

The technology, developed by researchers at Deakin’s Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), is able to act like a second pair of eyes for medical trainers while assessing students’ performance.

CISR researcher Samer Hanoun said the application supports automatic extraction and encoding of clinical knowledge for medical training scenarios tailored to the trainee’s level.

“In a normal training setting, trainers are required to assess trainees by timing and counting responses, but at the same time they also need to measure and assess things like behaviour – how well under pressure the trainee performs and their interaction with the patient,” Dr Hanoun said in a statement.

“Our new tool allows the trainer to focus on assessing non-technical skills such as team communication, leadership, allocation of tasks, situational awareness and decision making, while the tool monitors the procedure followed.”

Dr Hanoun said the technology provided instant feedback to the trainee, as once the session is finished a report is printed out.

“And then we can evenly compare into the future, giving the trainee the same task again and monitoring how or if their performance changes according to the data,” he said.

The tool was developed as part of a three-year ARC linkage project, awarded to CISR director Saeid Nahavandi in collaboration with industry partner Ytek.

School of Medicine lecturer Kellie Britt said the technology would potentially be used by the School of Nursing and had capacity for future use in hospitals, emergency services and the military as a means for continued training for all health and medical professionals.

“Alongside our own observations, the tool allows us to provide instant and detailed feedback to the students on their performance,” Ms Britt said.

“The current practice is time consuming and requires two facilitators be available for the training – one to observe the technical skills and the second to observe the non-technical skills.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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