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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-20

Simulation and anaesthesia

Department of Anaesthetics, East Surrey Hospital, Canada Avenue, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 5RH, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Milind Bhagwat
5 Courtlands, Camborne Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 6RN
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.93338

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Training in anaesthesia relies on the duration and quality of clinical experience. It involves exposure to a range of interventions. This works well in routine cases, but when an uncommon and life-threatening event occurs, the anaesthetist needs to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously. Aviation has remarkable similarities with the practice of anaesthesia. Over the years, the aviation industry has used simulation to train and assess individuals very effectively. Anaesthetists face rapidly evolving clinical situations. This needs appropriate decision-making and communication with others in the theatre team. Simulation, using current technology, offers innovative and reproducible training experience. It enables standardised scenario building and reflective learning. Various non-technical aspects of an anaesthetist's day-to-day work could also be addressed to during such training. The technology could be used very effectively for the assessment of competence too. Simulation has been used for technology development and appraisal over the years.

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