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Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
September 2010

Major incident tabletop exercises: "The Next Generation"

Mooney, J & Driscol, P & Griffiths, L 2010, Major incident tabletop exercises: "The Next Generation", in: '10th International Association For Medical Education, AMEE 2010', An International Association For Medical Education, Glasgow, UK.

Abstract

Major Incident (MI) and Emergency Planning tabletop exercises conventionally rely on paper plans to deliver scenario-based training. We have utilised an inexpensive, electronic whiteboard to display bespoke interactive software created to examine MI planning within a particular environment.

 

Connecting a Nintendo-Wii handset to a computer and projector provides a proprietary-comparable, highly portable, improvised interactive whiteboard surface. Utilising this technology we ran an exercise to determine our new Paediatric Emergency Department’s MI Plan. The software was purpose-built to permit scrutiny of patient flow within our own physical environment and captured the team’s output. Questionnaires were retrospectively completed by participants.

Both the ‘whiteboard’ technology and the software used were readily accepted by the Medical clinicians running and participating in the exercise. The main outcome was whether the setup facilitated MI Plan development. The collated data found strong agreement with this and allowed action cards to be developed for future MI use.

We positively applied the feedback generated to develop the new Paediatric Unit’s MI Action Cards. Future work will involve retesting this new MI Plan.

We developed a unique electronic system for updating and delivering bespoke MI training that was readily accepted and used by Medical clinicians without a Computer Science background.

Authors

SEEK Members

External Authors

Jane Mooney

Pete Driscol

Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Mooney, & Driscol, & Griffiths, L eds. 2010, 10th International Association For Medical Education, AMEE 2010, An International Association For Medical Education, Glasgow, UK.