CORONA WARS: COVID-19 Emergency Sim Game
This is a low-fidelity, multi-disciplinary, table-top simulation ‘game’ designed to practice various scenarios in YOUR environment during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
We encourage you to use this simulation to mimic the environment and team members you will be dealing with. Consider the stage in the pandemic response that your setting is currently in.
If you are currently saving paper, or want to minimize arts and crafts, you may play by simply talking through the Case Cards as a team. If your scissors are up to it, we recommend cutting out the cards and using them to mimic your environment and enhance your simulation. Active play increases team engagement from passive to active learning and planning.
This is intended to be utilized by healthcare providers in any setting. We encourage you to play with the people and resources you have on your shift at that time to promote maximum fidelity. One case is anticipated to take about 5-10 minutes, depending on the depth of the conversation you end up having. This game can and should be adapted based on your local resources, protocols, time allotted, and team members available.
Share your learning! This game is intended to stimulate discussion among teams, departments, and leadership throughout the hospital to enhance preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn basic gameplay, practice donning and doffing PPE, triage protocols.
Management of COVID-19 infections with respiratory comorbidities.
Practice COVID-19 intubation protocols.
Remember that all the rest of Emergency Medicine is still going to happen, but given appropriate context, suspicion for COVID-19 should remain high.
Emergent and Rapid Intubation in COVID-19 Case… or Not.
Write your own case! Simulate a real life situation or something from your imagination in YOUR Emergency Department! Submit your case.
The card desk set includes team, PPE, equipment cards & information documents
- Cards are best printed single-sided on card stock (when possible)
- There are blank cards so you can customize to your site’s needs
- Information sheets, maps, etc can be printed on plain white paper (8 1/2 x 11)
Submit a Case
We have created a few cases that we hope will stimulate some local conversations and local planning. However, we’d love to release additional cases through ‘Expansion Packs’ to the COVID Wars Simulation Game and would love YOUR input.
Please consider sharing your ideas for cases, based either on situations you’ve experienced, or situations that your team has imagined. The goal is to Let’s share thinking globally to stimulate teams at centres of all sizes to get ‘ahead of the curve.’
Anyone submitting a case will be recognized as a ‘Content Contributor’ on the BC Emergency Medicine Network website. Please do not compromise patient privacy in sharing personally identifying details though your case submission.
We’d love to hear YOUR input. Tell us how we can improve this resource.
The purpose of this document is to provide health care professionals with key facts and recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the emergency department. This summary was produced by the BC Emergency Medicine Network and uses the best available knowledge at the time of publication. However, healthcare professionals should continue to use their own judgment and take into consideration context, resources and other relevant factors. The BC Emergency Medicine Network is not liable for any damages, claims, liabilities, costs or obligations arising from the use of this document including loss or damages arising from any claims made by a third party. The BC Emergency Medicine Network also assumes no responsibility or liability for changes made to this document without its consent.
Last Updated Mar 20, 2020
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