The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Simulation and Learning

Research in the Focus Area “Simulation and Learning” aims at developing and evaluating the use of simulation for training of medical practitioners, preparedness assessment of organizations and modelling of proposed interventions. Aims are also to develop knowledge and models about teaching in crisis and disaster management, workplace education that promotes  emergency prepardness among staff and within hospital organisations, and public education that promotes emergency prepardness within the population of Östergötland. The aim is also to support teachers at the Centre for Distaster Medicine and Traumatology in methods of teaching and development of courses. In addition, the focus area works on developing online methods for creating learning communities, aimed at increasning emergency prepardness within municipalities, regions and authorities.

Projects within the Focus Area include the development of a digital disaster management training system, DigEmergo®, and a method for modeling a health care region’s disaster management capacity to respond to a major incident with many critical patients. A computer software system has been developed to simulate emergency resources, staff, competences, patients and managers involved in such scenarios. The system uses a dynamic patient model to track each simulated patient and calculate preventable deaths depending on the health care organization’s capacity.

Coordinator for focus area ‘Simulation and Learning’
is Dr Lars Kåreklint.