IMPACT OF VIRTUAL INTERPROFESSIONAL COVID-19 DISASTER SIMULATION TABLETOP EXERCISE (VICTER) WORKSHOP ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AMONG INTERPROFESSIONAL TRAINEES IN A TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL IN INDIA

S. Vimal Krishnan, J. Teddy Andrews, Ciraj Ali Mohammed, Sanjan Asanaru Kunju, William Wilson, Jayaraj Mymbilly Balakrishnan, Sharath Kumar Rao

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INTRODUCTION: Disaster planning is of significant importance for the healthcare professional and the healthcare setting. Hospital-based disaster protocols form the cornerstone of disaster response. There is a paucity of data on disaster preparedness training using the virtual tabletop exercise (VTTX) module for interprofessional education from in-hospital and prehospital settings. With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we have seen a paradigm shift of education strategies to the virtual realm. Here we attempt to study the impact of an online tabletop exercise workshop on the knowledge and confidence of disaster preparedness among Interprofessional trainees. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Interprofessional trainees from medical, dental, nursing, respiratory therapy, and paramedic domains who consented were included in this study. Institutional ethics committee approval was received and the study was registered with the clinical trials registry India (CTRI), before initiation. The VTTX module has been adapted from the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 training resources. Three international experts from the disaster medicine domain validated the module, questionnaire, and feedback. Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to compare the parameters (Knowledge and confidence level) pre and post-workshop. RESULTS: A total of 76 candidates with a mean age was 21.67 ± 2.5 (range:19-36) were part of the workshop. Comparison of the median scores and interquartile range of confidence level and knowledge respectively before [38 (29.25-45.75), 9 (7-11)] and after [51.50 (45-60), 11 (10-12)] the workshop showed vital significance (p-value < 0.001). All participants gave positive feedback on the workshop meeting the objectives. The majority agreed that the workshop improved their self-preparedness (90%) and felt that the online platform was appropriate (97.5%) CONCLUSIONS: This study sheds light on the positive impact of the online VTTX based workshop on disaster preparedness training among interprofessional trainees. Disaster preparedness training using available online platforms may be effectively executed with the VICTEr workshop even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VICTEr workshop serves as a primer for developing online modules for effective pandemic preparedness training in interprofessional education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalDisaster and Emergency Medicine Journal
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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