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Enhancing Student Engagement Through Application of an Integrated Simulation and Assessment in Donning and Doffing for Healthcare Professionals (iSADD)

Authors: Neville Schembri, Phyllis Farrugia Abanifi, Jonathan Vella, Dorianne Cachia,
  • Institute: Institute of Applied Sciences
  • Symposium: Quality Pedagogy and Effective Learning
  • Day: 2 , Session: 2 , Location: Conference Hall 3
  • Session Type: Long 20 min (Externally funded projects and collaborations with the industry) , Start: 11:30 , End: 11:55

Abstract

To date, donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment relies on specific written guidelines. The iSADD research project (funded by Malta Council for Science and Technology under the Research Excellence Programme) aimed to build and test an innovative technology which could be the first step towards providing an attainable solution than the traditional methods of training and can support Health Care Professional educators in providing an enhanced simulation environment. The project was a joint collaboration between MCAST lecturers from the Institute of Applied Science and the the Institute of Information and Communication Technology.

Initial testing of the application presented a sound basis for an innovative tool which provides clear signage and visual alerts in a classroom setting going beyond traditional teaching methods. On application, it was found to be effective and can provide simulation which does not allow trainees to progress further during a donning/doffing educational process if this is done incorrectly. Student engagement and enhanced active learning was positively noted and reported..

Such interdisciplinary collaborations with educators ranging from diverse technical and professional backgrounds are highly beneficial in enhancing, developing and introducing innovative teaching pedagogies in clinical simulation education.