5 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing an Audio Visual System for Debrief

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Are you capturing your simulation training sessions on video?  These days, most medical simulation activities are recorded so they can be replayed during a multimedia debrief.

In fact, many educators assert that the debriefing session is the most important part of a simulation. It allows learners to get a bird-eye view of their actions and assimilate what they’ve learned. Educators use AV systems to review performance and assess their students.

Yet most medical educators are teachers first and technicians second. Choosing and installing a high-tech audiovisual system for clinical debrief is something they might do only once, and it can be stressful.

See for yourself how educators can avoid common mistakes and ensure a smoother AV system installation.

Avoid These Audiovisual Installation Mistakes:

Keeping IT Out of the Loop - Woe to the educator who selects and purchases an AV system without consulting IT and facilities staff first. You’ll need to call on both after you buy, whether it’s to establish your networking and backup system or rewire your simulation room with more outlets. They’ll know what questions to ask to ensure a smooth installation.

Leaving Everyone Out of the Loop – Sometimes the people making the purchase decision do not have a clinical perspective of simulation learning. Or in a new building, it may be left to the architect to design the system and make assumptions on their behalf.  Make sure all the future users are around the table.

Choosing the Wrong Camera  – A camera for suturing is not the right camera for a round table discussion. And for team training, you need a camera with a room-centric view. Consider what you want to record, and choose cameras with higher zoom capabilities for detail work and cameras with wider angles to capture team interaction.  




Misunderstanding your Timeline – Your crackerjack AV team arrives for the big installation day, but your sim room is empty. The furnishings or simulators haven’t arrived, and that’s a problem. Schedule your AV installation after everything is in place so the team can show you how to properly aim each camera and establish a workable schedule for installing the remainder of your equipment.

Not Planning Ahead for Growth - What types of simulations are you doing now? What will you be doing next year, and what will you be doing in the next five years? Consider multi-purpose rooms. If your AV team understands your plans up front, they might recommend adding additional cameras to allow for more flexibility as your program expands.


Would you like to consult with the CAE Healthcare AV team?  Right now, we’re offering a free consultation and custom recommendation just for you. If you already have an audiovisual solution for simulation, you may be eligible for a trade-in discount.

For more information, send an email to srqaccountmanagers@cae.com.