Designing for Prehospital Care Training

Abstract

This is an educational design project focusing on how prehospital care training can improve mental proficiency for medical professionals.

The London Air Ambulance performs a complex life-saving procedure known as REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) on the roadside, the only emergency medical service to do so worldwide. Teams are required to perform at their peak in extreme environments, making training for such circumstances crucial.
As a result, this project strategically maps current mental processes into a framework, identifying multiple design opportunities to approach chaotic accident scenes. This framework acts as the basis for defining a curriculum, which, using Instructional Design principles, develops into a learning programme that highlights how learners experience training activities to modify behaviour.

A three-part toolkit embodies this learning programme, functioning as a sensory guide to explicitly direct attention at pre-, during- and post-procedure interaction points between team members.