Simulation in critical care and trauma education and training

Curr Opin Crit Care. 2004 Oct;10(5):325-9. doi: 10.1097/01.ccx.0000140950.47361.c9.


Purpose of review: To review theory and practice of simulation technology in critical care and trauma training.

Recent findings: Simulators provide a safe and realistic environment in which active learning, enhanced by repetition and feedback, can take place. Simulation and computer-based education address the needs of knowledge and skill acquisition across a continuum of professional development.

Summary: Simulation appears poised to revolutionize education, training, and credentialing in critical care, surgery, and anesthesiology. However, advances in computing and technology have outpaced the evaluative and validation studies of simulation-based education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Manikins*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Traumatology / education*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*