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Patient with difficulty breathing

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated February 28, 2024.



Philippe La Rivière, Red River College

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You are a Paramedic, arriving at the scene and find the patient in respiratory distress and alongside them is a support worker/translator.

Learning Objectives:

Obtain a patient history (CC, SAMPLE, OPQRST)

Assess vital signs and conduct a respiratory system assessment using the Physical Exam tool

Interpret assessment findings

Prepare and administer treatment as appropriate using the Orders tool

Be sure to Adapt your communication style to pediatric population AND foreign language.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


128pe, PCS Spark


La Rivière P. Patient with difficulty breathing. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Emergency / trauma

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