The Implementation of Paramedicine ‘Escape Rooms’ in Tertiary Education

Hannah Stack, Jacob Grevell, Isobel Toy

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review


Pedagogies in higher education and the field of paramedicine are both constantly evolving. Escape rooms involve participants to solve multiple clues and puzzles within a time limit in an interactive and collaborative environment. The use of escape rooms in other medical professions has been shown to engage student skills in situational awareness, teamwork, critical thinking and communication. This gamification teaching style has not reportedly been used in paramedic tertiary education.
The aim was to assess the feasibility of conducting a paramedicine-based escape room. In addition, it was observed whether this teaching pedagogy could be effectively used in tertiary education for student paramedics.
A student paramedic association organised a professional development session where academics would then manage the escape room simulation. Designing the escape room involved an interdisciplinary approach from experienced creators and paramedics with industry knowledge. Teams consisting of four student paramedics then completed the same escape room simulation whilst supervised by academics. Teams were tasked with two objectives: treat the patient in the scenario and open all locks that would allow the group to ‘escape the room’. As students progressed through the scenario, they solved medical based questions to identify digit combinations for safes and found keys to open various locks.
This activity demonstrated that escape rooms can be adapted to suit the paramedic profession. It can also be an educational activity for student paramedics at a tertiary level.
The implementation of a paramedic escape room is a viable teaching pedagogy. However, some limitations that were revealed include the significant planning involved beforehand, the time constraints with re-setting each escape room, and the additional financial costs in equipment when compared to standard simulations. Further research is needed on the effectiveness of escape rooms in paramedic education, particularly its usefulness in developing students’ soft skills.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
EventAustralasian College of Paramedicine International Conference (ACPIC) - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 14 Sep 202216 Sep 2022 (Call for abstracts)


ConferenceAustralasian College of Paramedicine International Conference (ACPIC)
Abbreviated titleEmbracing Strengths, Shaping Futures
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In 2022, we are pleased to be delivering the conference in-person in Brisbane.

This is an in-depth comprehensive paramedic conference that focuses on providing the education and research that paramedics need.

The ACP International Conference (ACPIC 2022) is curated to inspire, educate and broaden your horizons. The event includes workshops, conference sessions and social events.
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