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COVID-19 Scenario & Guide for Hospital Preparedness

Contributed on March 12, 2020, last updated June 28, 2022.



Jared Baylis, MD, FRCPC, Kelowna General Hospital
JoAnne Slinn, RN, MN, ENC(C), UBC / Interior Health Authority

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Scenario: Case designed during the January 2020 COVID-19 outbreak in order to assess and improve team preparedness for safely and effectively caring for a critically ill coronavirus patient from triage through to intubation and disposition in a community hospital. The scenario focusses on system processes more than individual skills. This case was adapted from one published on”>EM Sim Cases by Dr. Alia Dharamsi, Dr. SooJin Yi, and Dr. Kate Hayman from the University of Toronto.
Guide: A brief guide to planning your own in-situ simulation for COVID preparedness based on lessons learned at the Kelowna General Hospital.

Learning Objectives:

Goal: Practice personal and team safety while assessing and providing care to a patient with a potentially airborne respiratory illness requiring full personal protective equipment.
1.    Effective team communication from triage to intubation to disposition of a high-risk coronavirus patient
2.    Mitigating exposure of HCPs, patients, by appropriately isolating high risk patients in negative pressure room
3.    Mitigating personal risk by utilizing the appropriate donning/doffing of PPE
4.    Conducting effective high acuity clinical care (i.e. intubation) in space and personnel limited negative pressure room effectively

Simulation Modality:



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This scenario was adapted as described above. It has been implemented several times in real-world use.


Baylis J, Slinn J. COVID-19 Scenario & Guide for Hospital Preparedness. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2020. Available from

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Target Learners




Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Radiation Technology
Physician Assistant
Practical Nursing
Respiratory Therapy
Speech-Language Pathology


Continuing professional development
Graduate / postgraduate / residency

Fields / Disciplines:

Critical care
Emergency / trauma
Mass casualty & triage

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