Research studies have shown that simulators and manikins are often underutilised. The two main reasons are equipment downtime and lack of trained staff.
Equipment downtime is a result of non-operational or poorly functioning equipment. This causes disruptions to productivity and ultimately, learner outcomes.
Availability of trained staff can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful simulation program. Those who are capable of both operating equipment as well as running simulations to meet the education objectives of the curriculum are often a scarce resource.
Whether due to equipment downtime, untrained staff, or both, the underuse of simulators represents a poor return on investment.