But you can’t just yell “CLEAR!” and whack someone with the defibrillator at your local footy field like you’re on Grey’s Anatomy. New tech means new skills to learn in order to use them properly — and also new ways to learn old skills. Progressive and technologically advanced simulation-based first aid training offers a deeper and more immersive learning experience, with knowledge and skills more readily recalled. Simulation-based first aid courses are a far cry from the ones you did years ago with creepy CPR dummies and easy workbooks. This training method, formerly used only by police, the military and emergency professionals, has been embraced by first aid trainers and course participants.
Simulation-based first aid and emergency response training uses professional actors, realistic props, pyrotechnics, sirens, alarms, simulated 000 calls, VR, realistic-looking fake injuries and blood, and other effects like capsules that make your “patient” foam at the mouth to simulate a seizure. Basically, it means when the real thing happens, it feels familiar, and hopefully, not quite as scary.