• CAE Healthcare’s COVID-19 Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) checklists which was launched earlier this month will be made available on the iRIS simulation authoring platform for all users, which includes three international simulation societies
  • All iRIS users will be able to download the scenario for translation and localization for their regions or healthcare environments
  • All 4,200 members of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) will have free access to iRIS and the SCE for download and customization during the COVID-19 pandemic

CAE Healthcare and UK-based iRIS Health Solutions announced today that CAE’s COVID-19 Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) for healthcare is now available and free of charge to the global iRIS 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.”

“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.”

Philip Purver, Managing Director of IRIS Health Solutions said “The need to train thousands of people in rapid timescales is of paramount importance. With our global community of simulation professionals, iRIS is in a unique position to aid the rapid delivery, creating and sharing of training scenarios for COVID-19. We applaud CAE Healthcare's quick response to the situation. This is not the time for us each to be creating training from scratch, but more for us to all pull together and share resources."

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. Learn more at https://caehealthcare.com/patient-simulation/iRIS/

Throughout March and 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. For more information, visit https://caehealthcare.com/covid19/

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers integrated education and training solutions to healthcare students and clinical professionals across the professional life cycle, allowing them to develop practical experience in simulated environments before treating patients. CAE Healthcare's full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the CAE LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, hospitals, medical schools, nursing schools, defense forces and societies in more than 80 countries use our training solutions to make healthcare safer. cae.com/healthcare

About CAE

CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, we continue to help define global training standards with our innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defense force readiness and enhance patient safety. We have the broadest global presence in the industry, with over 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, we train more than 220,000 civil and defense crewmembers, including more than 135,000 pilots, and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide. www.cae.com

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