Keep it simple.
That’s our top piece of advice when training multiple trainees.
When working with large groups of people, you want to make sure that everyone is getting the experience that teaches them new skills.
Challenges of training multiple trainees
The challenge that comes with such a training experience is that you will need to measure the basic technical skills of these people (whether we’re talking about warfighters, rescuers, or first responders).
One of the first things to start with is measuring their basic technical skills. For example, they can get trained on how to stop bleeding with a tourniquet. Packing procedures, pressure points, and IV are also life-saving skills during an extreme incident. They also need to know how to carry a wounded person.
These are the basic skills that teams of any size need to master before they can train in other areas.
Realistic training of multiple trainees
At the same time, the team of trainers should consider several other aspects of the training session, such as:
- The training should be time-efficient while engaging a large number of trainees
- The training should be efficient in the number of guides and/or operators available to assist the trainees
- Trainees should receive a high-fidelity procedure simulation (the simulation needs to come as close as possible to the real event look and feel)
- In the case of an IV, make sure that there is a venous return
- Bleeding needs to be present when training for stopping a bleeding with a tourniquet
- When simulating the carrying of a wounded person, the mannequin needs to have the tonus and weight of a real person
Measuring the training results
Measuring training efficiency is crucial when training multiple trainees as well as when training small groups of rescuers. One way of conducting measuring is by automating data collection – a thing that we specialize in at Extreme Simulations.
Additionally, once the relevant data is collected, it needs to be analyzed and the results need to be compared according to the key performance factors you are following.
For a smooth training measurement, the process should be automated and digitalized. It needs to be suitable to be used intensely on the field, under extreme circumstances.
These are all factors that we take into account during every Extreme Simulations training we perform. Regardless of who the client is or what training session they are looking to get (search and rescue, casualty id, prehospital care etc), we always make sure that we collect the relevant data and compare it to trainees’ previous skills.
Data is key to ensuring you evolve in your trainings. Even more importantly, it prepares you for the real-life event where you will be responsible for saving your and others’ lives.