Table 1

Participants’ attitudes towards unannounced adult in situ simulation training in cardiac arrest

StatementNMedian (IQR)
Realism of the simulations
The simulated environment is a realistic representation of an actual cardiac arrest544 (4–5)
The simulated environment is a realistic representation of a peri-arrest event554 (4–4)
The clinical environment increases the realism of the simulation545 (4–5)
The model used is a realistic representation of a real unwell patient544 (3–4)
The simulation scenario is realistic overall554 (4–4)
Training and assessment
This simulation offers a good opportunity for training technical skills535 (4–5)
This simulation offers a good opportunity for training non-technical skills555 (4–5)
This simulation offers a good opportunity for assessment of technical skills534 (3–5)
This simulation offers a good opportunity for assessment of non technical skills524.5 (4–5)
Attitudes towards unannounced simulation
My behaviour in this simulation mirrors my behaviour in a real emergency524 (3–4)
I would benefit by repeating this simulation in the future535 (4–5)
I felt that an unannounced scenario is a better test of how I would perform in a true emergency555 (4–5)
This simulation is more useful that a simulation which you were warned of in advance534 (3–5)
This simulation was more useful than a similar scenario taking place in the skills laboratory or during a formal course.514 (4–5)
  • Scale: 1=strongly disagree, 3=neither agree nor disagree, 5=strongly agree.