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Simulation debriefing—for wilderness medicine and rescue courses

Author: Dr. Steve Truong

Simulation training is a technique for practice and learning that is used in many different fields.[1] Wilderness first aid and wilderness medicine are no different and in my experience most wilderness first and wilderness medicine courses now include simulation-based learning. But if simulation provides the opportunity for practice, it is through discussion during debriefing phase that participants reflect and learn.[2]

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There are different tools and approaches to simulation debriefing. Drawing from the healthcare simulation world, on this podcast we will go over one of these tools today: the Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation or PEARLS framework.[3]

Now onto the podcast!

PEARLS debriefing tool

Here is a pocket card of the PEARLS debriefing tool—you can download PDF files of these on the Debrief2Learn website.

PEARLS simulation debriefing tool

PEARLS medical simulation debriefing tool - Analyses Phase

1.     Lateef F. Simulation-based learning: Just like the real thing. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2010;3(4):348-52.

2.     Oriot D, Alinier G. Pocket Book for Simulation Debriefing in Healthcare2018.

3.     Eppich W, Cheng A. Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation (PEARLS): development and rationale for a blended approach to health care simulation debriefing. Simul Healthc. 2015;10(2):106-15.

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