The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Robert L. Chatburn1, Teresa A. Volsko2; 1Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; 2Health Professions, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

BACKGROUND: The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has a working relationship with an organization called the Simulation Alliance (SA), which was formed by members of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. As a coordinating center or clearinghouse, the SA gathers common goals and initiatives, shares resources and develops guidelines and potentially even standards related to simulation-based education. The objective of this research endeavor was to determine the level of interest among AARC members who might be stakeholders in simulation programs. METHODS: An online survey was designed and distributed using The AARC board of directors approved survey content and members of the AARC Education Specialty Section were invited to participate in March of 2010. Descriptive statistics (percent of total responses and number responding) were used to report the results. RESULTS: Emails were sent to 930 members of the AARC education section. Responses were received from 310 practitioners (33% response rate). Interest levels were - Very interested:75.5% (234); Interested: 16.5% (51), Neutral: 5.2% (16); Mostly disinterested: 2.6% (8); Not interested: 0.3% (1). More than half of the respondents reported active involvement in simulation for training and competency documentation; 56.5% (175). The level of involvement in simulation was as follows - simple mathematical simulations (e.g., blood gas calculator): 10% (31); complex mathematical simulations (e.g., ventilator simulator): 32.5% (53); simple mechanical simulations (e.g., intubation simulators): 59.5% (97); complex mechanical simulators (e.g., computer controlled pistons): 46.0% (75); simulation center: 44.8% (73); other 20% (33). Respondents said their current simulation activities take place in – hospitals: 20.7% (34); college/university: 78% (128); private company: 1.8% (3); other: 4.9% (8). Approximately one third, 34.5 % (n =107) of those surveyed were willing to participate in the AARC’s ongoing exploration of simulation in healthcare, and provided contact information. CONCLUSIONS: In this study of members of the AARC, the large majority of respondents indicated interest and experience using simulation for education. All levels of simulation, from simple mathematical models to high fidelity simulation centers are being used. These data should support the AARC’s ongoing activities related to simulation in education and inform future initiatives. Sponsored Research - None