Effectiveness of Simulation Training

What is it that makes simulation-based training effective?

The training should be designed in a way that allows for targeting specific learning objectives. For example, we have investigated whether and to which extent technical (e.g. intubation) and behavioral (e.g. treatment of a difficult airway in a team) skills can be trained using simulation. Anesthesia teams participated either in purely technical training or trainings combining technical and non-technical components, and participated in various airway scenarios. Results showed that purely technical training is not sufficient to improve performance in difficult intubations. Training purely technical skills does not automatically lead to improved teamwork and team performance, as often erroneously assumed in clinical routine.

This implies also that if Speaking Up should be enhanced via simulation-based training, it requires a particular speaking up intervention.

Efficacy of simulation training projects


Combined technical and non-technical skills training for managing unanticipated difficult intubations

​Principle Investigator: Prof Dr. Gudela Grote (ETH Zurich), Co-Investigator: Prof. Dr. Donat R. Spahn; Employees: Dr. Bastian Grande, Dr. Michaela Kolbe, Mona Weiss, Carl Schick.


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