Enhancing Clinical Learning Through an Innovative Instructor Application for ECMO Patient Simulators

Abdullah Alsalemi, Mohammed Al Disi, Yahya Alhomsi, Fayçal Bensaali, Abbes Amira, Guillaume Alinier

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Background. Simulation-based learning (SBL) employs the synergy between
technology and people to immerse learners in highly-realistic situations in order
to achieve quality clinical education. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) SBL, there is a pressing need
for a proper technological infrastructure that enables high-fidelity simulation to
better train ECMO specialists to deal with related emergencies. In this article,
we tackle the control aspect of the infrastructure by presenting and evaluating
an innovative cloud-based instructor, simulator controller, and simulation
operations specialist application that enables real-time remote control of fullscale
immersive ECMO simulation experiences for ECMO specialists as well
as creating custom simulation scenarios for standardized training of individual
healthcare professionals or clinical teams.

Aim. This article evaluates the intuitiveness, responsiveness, and convenience of
the ECMO instructor application as a viable ECMO simulator control interface.

Method. A questionnaire-based usability study was conducted following institutional ethical approval. Nineteen ECMO practitioners were given a live demonstration of the instructor application in the context of an ECMO simulator demonstration during which they also had the opportunity to interact with it. Participants then filled in a questionnaire to evaluate the ECMO instructor application as per intuitiveness, responsiveness, and convenience.

Results. The collected feedback data confirmed that the presented application has
an intuitive, responsive, and convenient ECMO simulator control interface.

Conclusion. The present study provided evidence signifying that the ECMO
instructor application is a viable ECMO simulator control interface. Next steps
will comprise a pilot study evaluating the educational efficacy of the instructor
application in the clinical context with further technical enhancements as per
participants’ feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-514
Number of pages18
JournalSimulation and Gaming
Issue number5
Early online date10 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) simulation
  • high-fidelity simulation
  • instructor application
  • medical simulation
  • simulation-based learning (SBL)
  • simulator control interface


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