This is the second year SEMS will be hosting this prestigious challenge. The SEMS-Laerdal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) SIMWars is catered for all pre-hospital providers and will be challenging, educational and a fun experience for teams. The scenario is based in the pre-hospital setting and lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. It will challenge each team’s ability to manage multiple patients with different illnesses or injuries in front of a large audience.
Through this simulation challenge, the organizer aims to put pre-hospital providers through tough challenges that they may encounter in the pre-hospital setting. The SEMS-Laerdal EMS SIMWars was not created to test a team’s ability to recite management protocols. Instead, these scenarios will test teamwork, communication and leadership in patient care and whether teams are able to complete assigned tasks at an efficient pace.
2. Event Dates and Prizes
There will be a preliminary round held on Thursday, 25 January 2018 at Civil Defence Academy, SCDF. The top teams will proceed to the finals on 28 January 2018 at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
The victorious team will win prizes worth $750, and bring back and keep the SEMS-Laerdal EMS SIMWars Champion’s Trophy for the year. The Runners-up will win a prize worth $250. In the end, it aims to allow the participants and the audience to have fun learning.
3. Team Composition
Each team will comprise of three members, and they must have a fourth alternate member on standby. Eligible participants include paramedics, EMTs, registered nurses, first responders and first aiders.
The fourth (alternate) team member must be registered along with the team and can substitute one of the three main team members in the event of illness, or if there is another reason deemed acceptable to SIMWars officials. Should a substitution be necessary, ample time should be given to SIMWars officials to assess its validity. SIMWars officials reserve the right to disallow substitutions.
Physicians and committee members are not eligible to participate in this competition.
Paramedics, EMTs and registered nurses within the organizing committee are not eligible for this competition.
- Proceedings for SIMWars will begin with each team’s check-in to confirm their current certification.
- Team Check-in venue and time will be advised closer to the date.
- During check-in, all team members will be required to present original relevant certification cards from their respective countries such as ACLS (AHA), ACLS (NRC).
5. Holding area
On the day of the preliminary competition, all teams would be held in a holding room away from the SIMWars venue. The teams are not allowed to have their communication devices with them and there should be no communication between teams.
Any team caught utilizing their communication devices or communicating with external parties would be immediately disqualified.
Light refreshments will be provided in the holding area.
In the event any team members would like to utilize the washroom, an official from the organizing committee will accompany the team member to the washroom.
6. Equipment Inspection & Team Meeting
The organiser will provide all the necessary equipment. All teams will carry the same equipment.
Review/reference or “cheat sheets” will not be allowed in the competition. Examples include printed or electronic field drug guides, quick reference drug calculations or formulas, radio report summary cards, or any other material that would provide an advantage to the competing team.
The only exception is a paediatric, length-based resuscitation tape (Broselow Tape), which will be provided to each team.
7. Team Briefing & Equipment Orientation
All competitors will be offered an orientation familiarization with Laerdal manikins/simulators that will be positioned and used throughout the competition, as well as the team equipment being supplied.
This briefing will be advised closer to the date, usually before the preliminary competition. This will be the only opportunity to be exposed to the simulation manikins and provided equipment.
8. Scoring of the Final Competition
- Scoring will place an emphasis on each team’s ability to assess and treat multiple patients efficiently and effectively in the 20-minute time frame.
- The decision of the judges is final and not subject to debate or challenge.
9. Skills for the challenge
During the pre-hospital simulation challenge, teams would be given scenario in accordance to Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pre-hospital trauma life support (PHTLS) guidelines.
10. Photography and videography
There would be photography and videography during the SEMS-Laerdal EMS SIMWars. By participating in the challenge, it is implied that the team has consented for photography and videography.
11. Drugs provided
Teams would be provided the following drugs during the SIMWars.
- Amyl Nitrite
- Calcium Gluconate
- Dextrose 50% (D50) & 10% (D10)
- Epinephrine 1:1,000 & 1:10,000
- Morphine Sulphate
- Magnesium Sulfate
- Pralidoxime Chloride
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Sedative drugs (Midazolam, Etomidate, Ketamine)
- Paralytics drugs (Succinylcholine)
12. Registration for SIMWars
All three team members must be registered as full participants of SEMS ASM 2018 conference. It is not necessary for the fourth member to be a participant of the SEMS ASM 2018 Conference. Do note that he/she will not be granted entry in the conference.
Registration will be closed on 30 November 2017.
Confirmation of the participating teams will be sent via email within 2 weeks following the closing date of the registration.
Further details will be furnished at a later date to these teams.
In the event of a withdrawal, the team shall inform the organizers at least 1 month before the event (ie, by 26 December 2017), to give sufficient time for any replacement team to prepare.