Medical simulators are basically tools that are employed for the education and training of health professionals. They are an integral part of medical or healthcare simulation, wherein different types of medical skills and techniques are imparted to students, nurses, medical personnel, rescue teams, and midwives. Medical simulation also provides doctors and surgeons with a platform to learn and master the critical skills required for conducting medical and surgical procedures with greater precision.
Medical simulation is a type of experiential learning, where trainees can get a realistic hands-on experience with the help of the medical and surgical simulators. With the implementation of AR and VR in medical simulation, trainees can now get the most realistic learning experience. Medical simulation is nowadays used in almost every aspect of medical education and training.
Right from first aid training and life support training, to surgical training, anaesthesiology training, training in patient care, gynaecological training, and diagnostic procedures, medical simulators are used to provide more effective training. The process involves the use of simulated human patients, that can be artificial, human, or a combination of both.
Medical simulators are made with precise anatomical exactitude, so that they can simulate human soft tissues and their characteristics and reactions more accurately, in order to provide a real, life-like training environment. It has been observed that medical simulation offers better training outcomes than purely theoretical training, as it helps close the gap between the theoretical and the real situation.
Medical simulators enable students to engage or participate in a realistic training or learning process. Moreover, medical simulation makes the learning process more flexible, as it can be customized according to the need of the students and the course. It can also help perfect the hand-eye coordination and force application required for different medical procedures including surgery.
Further, the simulation technique can be employed to evaluate the skills of the trainees before they apply them in the real world. All these help make trainees calm and confident when they face a real situation or work with patients. Thus, medical simulators play an important role in providing well-organized, simulation-based learning programs that are critical for developing the required knowledge and skills in health care providers.