University College Cork today hosted a critical incident simulation exercise in association with the gardaí in the state-of-the-art Assert Centre in UCC.
The exercise focused on a simulated emergency department of a hospital with the theme of Training for the Unexpected.
Members of An Garda Síochána, Cork participated in the exercise in the ASSERT Centre at UCC which is a state-of-the-art world class simulation centre.
“I am delighted that the ASSERT Centre and the AGS have joined forces to collaborate on a Critical Incident Simulation Exercise within a simulated emergency department of a hospital with the theme of Training for the Unexpected which will showcase our superb facility and no doubt achieve excellent results,” said Pat Henn, Director of Research & Education at the ASSERT Centre.
A number of simulation exercises took place throughout the day with the aim of improving the use of effective communication methods; immediate reactions and responses of Garda to a rapid escalation of situation; the ability to understand the issues, risks and prioritisation of actions; and escalation or responses.
One scene depicted a busy Emergency Department waiting room with gardaí having to control an escalating situation involving intoxicated students, ill babies and just one clerical worker.
Simulation based training in healthcare is shown to lead to enhanced skills including knowledge-in-action, procedure performance, critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving in dynamic fluctuating environments, leadership, effective communication, collaboration and teamwork.