UCC host critical incident simulation exercise with Cork gardai

UCC host critical incident simulation exercise with Cork gardai
Training for the Unexpected: ASSERT, UCC and the AGS joined forces to collaborate on a Critical Incident Simulation Exercise in a simulated hospital emergency department.Pic by Gerard McCarthy.

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.

 Participants during today's critical incident simulation at UCC. Pic by Gerard McCarthy.
 Participants during today's critical incident simulation at UCC. Pic by Gerard McCarthy.

“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. 

 Participants during today's critical incident simulation at UCC. Pic by Gerard McCarthy.
 Participants during today's critical incident simulation at UCC. Pic by Gerard McCarthy.

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.

Participants during today's critical incident simulation at UCC. Pic by Gerard McCarthy.
Participants during today's critical incident simulation at UCC. Pic by Gerard McCarthy.

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.

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