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Patient care in the prehospital and retrieval medicine (PHARM) environment presents
many technical and non-technical challenges. Clinicians are frequently required to
perform complex interventions in a time critical and resource limited setting. Intensive
training is required prior to operational deployment, and ongoing training is vital
to ensure optimal team performance in the delivery of high quality patient care. Regular
simulation training with high situational fidelity is valuable in developing and maintaining
excellence in PHARM. We describe the methods employed by two Australian aeromedical
retrieval services to facilitate daily on shift simulation.
Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, New South Wales Ambulance,
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Discipline of Emergency Medicine, Sydney University Medical School, Sydney, New South