We co-design all our training and assessment games with the specific domain experts.
Serious Games Asia works with the different hospitals to develop computer-simulated games to sharpen skills and also for assessment purposes. One such project is the Neonatal Resuscitation Game used for imparting skills in resuscitating newborn babies.
Neonatal resuscitation providers in Singapore have to undergo retraining every two years. Recognising that knowledge and skills can decline four to six months after training, the game provides learners the flexibility to access the simulation programme at a computer or laptop, without the need for physical manikins or a scheduled class limited to a handful of learners at a time.
“We used the revised Singapore Neonatal Resuscitation Course (SNRC) Guidelines 2016 as the backbone of this web-based simulation game. The aim is to retrain, strengthen and assess competency of doctors, nurses, midwives, respiratory practitioners and paramedics who care for newborn infants,” shared Senior Resident Physician Dr Imelda L. Ereno, of SGH’s Department of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine.
The game is played by a single user taking on the team lead role, with one to three characters assisting the gamer in various realistic clinical scenarios.
At the end of each session, the game displays a score that can be used as an assessment tool. Performance is scored based on the player’s knowledge, technical skills, appropriateness of actions taken and leadership abilities shown while interacting with other characters assisting the gamer.
Dr Yeo and Dr Ereno are Programme Director and instructor of the SNRC, respectively. Now in its pilot stage, SGH and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital plan to incorporate the game as part of their regular retraining curriculum.
Besides the Neonatal Resuscitation Game, Serious Games Asia has also co-developed the Blood Transfusion Training and Assessment Game for the nursing team at the Singapore General Hospital. The same approach is used for training procedural steps for carrying blood transfusion for patients.