SimHand App

 The SimHand App

The SimHand App is a role game that provides various handover scenarios that can be explored in a enjoyable manner. The simulation scenarios SimHand provides are typical handover communications with patients or other medical staff.

The game can be played in in two different languages English and German. Like in real handover situations, SimHand involves instant decisions on what to do next and requires the recall of important handover knowledge and checklists. Thus, it can easily be integrated as a part of face-to face handover teaching and training.

Medical students as well as professionals can experience different medical handovers wherever they may be on their mobile (iTunes and Android OS). The players can train their mental model for making decisions in critical handover scenarios. In that way they practice their psychological preparedness for different handover situations and receive a more prompt and appropriate response for their decisions.

It is available in the Google Playstore: LINK to SimHand App

Background information:

For 25 years experiential learning has raised great interest amongst medical professionals. Experiential learning includes learning by doing, role-playing and simulation (Cooper & Libby, 1997). In their article on Education in Resuscitation Chamberlain and Hazinski (2001) state that ‘repeated practice in realistic role-playing scenarios with situations and environments students are most likely to encounter’ can increase confidence and the willingness to respond. ‘By participating in simulation scenarios, students can learn to control feelings of panic and their fear of emergency situations (Leigh, 2008). Inspired by this, the SimHand App trains medical handovers using an engaging game with a role-based pattern.