CAE’s COVID-19 Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) for healthcare is now available and free of charge to the global iRIS Health Solutions community. iRIS and the SCE will shortly be made available free of charge to the full membership of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), which has 4,200 members in 60 countries, to aid collaboration and sharing between members at this time.

iRIS is a healthcare training authoring and sharing platform with more than 1,800 users worldwide. It allows physicians, educators and healthcare professionals around the world to create, share, and download simulation training for use on simulators from different manufacturers. The addition of CAE’s COVID-19 SCE will allow users to create derivative scenarios for different healthcare contexts and sets of circumstances. It will also enable the delivery of the SCE on other non-CAE patient simulators.

“The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) knows that our members are working tirelessly to develop and deliver critical training and educational experiences during this challenging time,” said Bob Armstrong, President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. “Social distancing and sequestering are moving learning to virtual spaces. I am very pleased that CAE Healthcare, an SSH Corporate Roundtable member, and their affiliate, iRIS, are making their COVID-19 simulation scenario and database tool available at no cost to our society members. We thank CAE Healthcare and IRIS for helping improve patient care during this pandemic.”

The iRIS community includes universities and health systems globally and members of both the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) in the UK and the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). Each scenario can be aligned with leading society standards or best practices and shared with other authors.

Throughout April, CAE Healthcare is also offering complimentary webinars and its COVID-19 SCE to help caregivers practice personal safety procedures and initial patient assessment related to coronavirus. CAE Healthcare is developing a simulation-based Pathogens of High Consequence course for release in the coming weeks.

“Amid this crisis, we are working in unison with our partners to support front-line healthcare providers with training resources and expertise as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Rekha Ranganathan, President of CAE Healthcare. “By offering our COVID-19 scenario on a global platform, we can leverage the simulation community’s collective experience to deliver vital education to regions that may not have access to essential training that will protect healthcare providers and improve patient outcomes.”