Using simulation for disaster preparedness

Surgery. 2016 Sep;160(3):565-70. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2016.03.027. Epub 2016 May 17.


Background: As it addresses both technical and nontechnical skills, simulation-based training is playing an increasingly important role in surgery. In addition to the focus on skill acquisition, it is also important to ensure that surgeons are able to perform a variety of tasks in unique and challenging situations. These situations include responding to mass casualties, dealing with disease outbreaks, and preparing for wartime missions. Simulation-based training can be a valuable training modality in these situations, as it allows opportunities to practice and prepare for high-risk and often low-frequency events.

Methods: During the 8th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institutes in March 2015, a multidisciplinary panel was assembled to discuss how simulation can be used to prepare the surgical community for such high-risk events.

Conclusion: An overview of how simulation has been used to address needs in each of these situations is presented.

MeSH terms

  • Disaster Planning*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Simulation Training*
  • Specialties, Surgical / education*