Are Games The Future Of Medical Education? | 21012
Journal of Health & Medical Informatics
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echocardiography. Anaesthetists need to remain competent to deal with emergency scenarios that occur on an average once,
twice or less in an individual?s career. These include the treatment of anaphylaxis, malignant hyperthermia, local anaesthetic
toxicity and venous air embolism. Specific treatment algorithms are required and anaesthetists need to remain adequately
prepared to deal with these scenarios if and when they arrive. Simulation is one method for keeping familiar with these
algorithms. Critical incident training is provided for trainees across my region and departments are beginning to provide
yearly simulation updates for their consultants. This is an expensive resource, requiring specialist equipment and trained staff
to facilitate. Anaesthetists? practical skills will be adequate; it is the incident specific protocols that require revision. The author
believes serious games are an effective alternative for providing these updates. Anaesthetists use smart phones and tablets daily
to update log books, access textbooks or drug references, and an additional game app to keep up to date with resuscitation
algorithms would fit nicely into the professional life of most of the anaesthetists.
Gareth B Kitchen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and an advanced cardiac Anaesthesia Registrar at the University Hospital of South Manchester.
His interests include cardiac anaesthesia, anaesthetic allergy & anaphylaxis and information technology & medical education. He completed his Medical Degree
at the University of Manchester in 2007.
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