Medical Simulation Technology: Educational Overview, Industry Leaders and What’s Missing.

Modern medical simulation technology (MST) arrived in 1960 with the development of the Resusci Annie which assisted  students in the acquisition of proper ventilation and compression techniques used during basic life support.  Following a steady stream of subsequent technological advances, MST manufactures are now able to offer training aids capable of facilitating innovative learning in such diverse areas as: human patient simulators, simulated clinical environments, virtual procedure stations, virtual medical environments, electronic tutors and performance recording. This paper lists a number of the most popular MST’s currently available and cites several evaluative efforts undertaken to date regarding the efficacy of MST to the medical profession.  The article concludes by proposing a variety of prospective simulation innovations of potential interest to both medical and technology personnel while offering health care administrators a series of recommended considerations when planning to integrate MST into existing medical systems.

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