EMS Simulation Video From Rappahannock Community College Demonstrates Power of Video Promotions

Recently, Rappahannock students in the Emergency Medical Services program took part in a live simulation at the Glenns Campus. The students were exposed to more complicated scenarios than were originally planned. These types of outstanding student experiences are only possible with a state-of-the-art mobile simulation lab. Videos like this one help promote the simulation program at your educational campus — attracting new students who can see the benefits of going to a school where simulation is taken seriously.

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For more information about the program visit the Rappahannock EMS website.

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Sim Tech Featured in Vice Magazine “I Create Fake Medical Crises for a Living”

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Recently Dave Matney, Simulation Technology Specialist at University of Utah Health Sciences wrote an article entitled “I Create Fake Medical Crises for a Living” which was featured on Vice.com – a print magazine and website focused on arts, culture, and news topics. Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the magazine later expanded into Vice Media, which consists of divisions including the magazine and website, a film production company, a record label, and a publishing imprint. It’s rare that international press agencies cover medical simulation champions from such a direct perspective and so this article is pretty unique for our community.

Excerpt From Dave’s Article:

“I work in a fake hospital. We have six ICU rooms, a 20-bed medical bay, and an 18-room outpatient facility. I’m a medical simulation technician, which means I help nursing and medical students learn how to perform medical procedures on our mannequins. Technically, they’re “human simulators,” which, in addition to serving as lukewarm bodies in the hospital beds, can blink, breathe, pee, cry, and bleed. They have fake pulses, heartbeats, lungs, and bowel sounds. We have 26 of those, including a newborn baby, a five-year-old kid, and a mom who can give birth. On a given day, I’ll do anything from aiming our security system–like cameras and editing video to doing stage makeup and mixing up fake bodily fluids. In addition to those jobs, I also program and maintain the mannequins. Oh, and I clean. A lot.

I am not a medical professional. My background is in IT, and most of my skills before working here were learned downloading illegal movies and watching porn on stolen WiFi—and then cleaning up all the shit that tagged along with said movies and porn. That is to say, I had no formal training: just a childhood with the internet and a couple programming classes in high school.

I’ve seen students climb on top of my patients to preform CPR as though they’re in a scene from Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve seen a teacher knee a student directly in the face (the teacher was acting as a combative patient, and the student’s job was to get him back in bed and restrained; the student leaned down just as the teacher’s knee came up). I’ve had campus security called on the scenario because we forgot to send out an email to the college warning them that we were going to have an altercation in the lobby involving a clear-plastic airsoft gun that was going to end in a heart-attack scenario. And I’ve seen students quit the program in the middle of a scenario because they couldn’t handle the stress of an combat veteran going through withdrawal from alcohol—played by an actor—heading down a path that ultimately would have ended in the patient committing suicide.

These aren’t just scenarios we make up to confuse students. Most of them are actual cases that our faculty members have experienced in their own practices (without any identifying information, of course). These cases are structured in a way that can show the students what they may experience in the field, and teach them how to act if they do—the same way the airline industry has been doing it since 1910, focusing on standardization and repetition.

At the end of the day, what we do in this fake hospital has been proven to improve patient outcomes in the real ones. That’s what keeps us coming in when our backs are sore from lifting 80-pound mannequins off the floor, when our scrubs smell like Liquid Ass spray (a real product, which is exactly what it sounds like), and when we’re all sick of the pressure coming from above to pull Hollywood-level production value from a high school musical budget.”

Read the full article on Vice.com

Europe’s First Sim Tech Training Event “SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK” Opens in Leeds


Today in Leeds, UK Europe’s first Healthcare Simulation Technology Training event opened to almost 100 global attendees. Global simulation organizations SimGHOSTS and ASPiH partnered to put on the event, which took over a year to plan and execute. Having announced an affiliation last November, this event was the first collaborative initiative between the organizations and global communities.


Laerdal Medical sponsored the opening keynote address by Dr. Amar Patel, DHSc MS NRP, Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health Hospitals in North Carolina, opened with the Laerdal Medical sponsored keynote address entitled “Transforming the Technician to the Technology: Our Future is Now”. The presentation is being recorded by Austrian-based SimStation and will be made available online shortly.

Being in the United Kingdom, the show opened with the board of directors putting on a Monty Python skit singing a tune akin to “I’m a Lumberjack”, but with the twist “I’m a Sim Tech”. SimGHOSTS event director Ryan Eling then provided morning announcements alongside an introduction to ASPiH by the organization’s CEO Andy Anderson.

Learn more at SimGHOSTS.org and follow @SimGHOSTS

Special Call for Manuscripts – Use of Games as Simulation and Gaming Theory in Simulation

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The official INACSL journal: Clinical Simulation in Nursing has a special issue call out for Manuscripts on the “Use of Games as Simulation and Gaming Theory in Simulation”.

We invite health professionals who are exploring the application of gaming theory to simulation and/or using gaming simulation for teaching or evaluation to submit manuscripts for a special issue to be published in January 2016. Eric Bauman PhD, RN and Nicole Harder PhD, RN will serve as the guest editors for this special issue, to be published in January 2016. Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted to Clinical Simulation in Nursing by 1 October, 2015.

When submitting manuscripts for this special issue, please select “special issue” when Clinical Simulation in Nursing is the flagship journal of the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning. The journal provides a forum for research, innovation, review, and debate in simulation. The journal is dedicated to the advancement of simulation as an educational strategy to improve patient care. A double blind peer-review process is used for all submissions.

You can submit at: http://ees.elsevier.com/nursingsimulation/


‘Creating Virtual Patients’ Guide From MedicalExamTutor.com

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Today HealthySim is sharing an excerpt from a recent LinkedIn article by Dara Devitt Byrne, Director of Simulation Saolta University Health Care Group & CEO of Medical Exam Tutor:

“Virtual patients are a unique form of simulation technology that have advantages over other methods such as manikin based or standardised patient simulation. They afford the learner the luxury of repetitive practice, recreating any clinical scenario (no matter how rare), and can be used by an individual learner in their own time or can be a cost effective way to deliver simulation based learning to large numbers in a classroom setting.

More recently they are being used to compliment other simulation based learning technologies and can promote a focus on non-technical skill learning and assessment in manikin based simulation. Virtual patients take the form of a computerised or on-screen patient represented in the form of a photograph, video or computer generated avatar. The initial outlay in their creation can be large but they can be cost effective in their longevity and accessibility. At Medical Exam Tutor we have created over 100 virtual patient scenarios and in this article we will offer some insights into the process, how to maximise your learners’ experience and how to avoid the pitfalls.

1. Source the clinical content from an expert

Working with consultants/attendings and other specialty experts is the best starting point for any virtual patient case. With years of experience, the consultant is best placed to advise on clinical presentations and complications, as well as having a whole host of practical advice which you simply will not find in a text book. This is the best way to produce validated content and ensure realism.

Collect the clinical information in conversation with the subject expert. Using a template and asking challenging questions (“what if..?”) results in an engaging and reflective story. To achieve this, record the conversation and collect any laboratory or radiological data relating to the case at the time of interview. This is also a cost effective way for generating valid content.

2. Decide on a platform for your virtual patients

You will need a platform to present your virtual patients. It may be as simple as PowerPoint or a more complex learning platform like Medical Exam Tutor with high tech interactivity. Research the features of various systems carefully, keeping your desired learning outcomes in mind.

If you want to build your own in house platform, engage a developer with a track record in educational platform design and development. Sit down with them and discuss your goals, targets and finances. It may be cost effective to build your platform in stages but you should have a clear vision of the final version, so that costly rebuilds are not required along the way. You will find that as your platform develops and grows, you require more flexibility in your system, so try not to commit to a rigid system at the outset.”

Read the full 6 Step Guide on LinkedIn and then Join Our Simulation LinkedIn Group for More Great Content!

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Still Time to Register for August 4th-7th SimGHOSTS USA 2015 at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles

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Sim Champs! There are only a handful of passes left for this innovative Simulation event!

The 5th annual SimGHOSTS USA 2015 event taking place August 4th-7th at Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center is only a few weeks away — but there is still time to register for the event. At a cost that is as much as HALF that of other non-profit simulation events, this is the place to receive hands-on simulation technology operations training from leading vendors and community members.

What are the SimGHOSTS Event Objectives?

  • Meet with other Simulation Technicians and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Receive specialized training in:
    • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
    • Audiovisual production techniques and debugging
    • Learning Management System troubleshooting
    • IT networking
    • Team leadership and communication techniques
    • Manikin moulage and makeup
    • Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices.
    • Much more….
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

Sponsored Keynote & Plenary Sessions:

  • Level 3 Healthcare Keynote Address by Dr. Alistair Phillips, MD, FACC, FACS Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery.
  • Level 3 Healthcare Sponsored Opening Reception Dinner & Show “Terminator Too” comedy play.
  • Laerdal Medical Sponsored Plenary Session by Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief for the journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing & SimGHOSTS Executive Director James Cypert on a new Sim Tech Standard of Best Practice.
  • Gaumard Scientific “Bug Busters” Simulation Technology Specialist Troubleshooting Competition

CAE Healthcare will also be utilizing their A/V systems to record the event for future learning opportunities by Sim Techs around the world.

Take part in 3 days of unique sessions with beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in all aspects of simulation technology operations with the world’s leading Sim Tech organization.

Register today for SimGHOSTS USA!

Surgical Team Simulates Zero-Gravity Surgery

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Recently on GizMag.com a story was shared on a “Healthcare Team Simulates Zero-G Surgery” utilizing the Cut Suit and a special research jet. Fascinating to think of the additional problems that need to be worked out in space, that only a special simulated environment can even begin to mimic.

Article Excerpt: “Surgery on Earth is hard enough, but at least the patient and all his insides stay put thanks to gravity. In zero gravity, things get a lot more complicated – the patient needs to be secured, organs drift where they aren’t supposed to, and blood could quickly become unmanageable. It’s one of those situations where hands-on experience is hard to come by, so a team lead by Major Andrew Kirkpatrick MD decided to experiment closer to home with a patient that isn’t quite real.

The operation was conducted on June 26 about a Canadian National research Council Falcon 20 jet from Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, which flew in parabolic arcs similar to those flown by NASA’s famous “vomit comet.” During these arcs, when the plane is at its zenith, the passengers experience up to 30 seconds of weightlessness. During these moments, the US/Canadian surgical team carried out a proof-of-concept emergency laparotomy operation to treat a blunt trauma to the torso. This was selected because internal bleeding is relatively easy to treat, but is also very likely to be quickly fatal if unattended.

The “patient” in this case was a “Cut Suit” made by the Strategic Operations firm, which specializes in extremely realistic field simulations. In this case, the Cut Suit is a vest complete with internal organs and simulated blood that fits over the chest of an actor, who yells and generally carries on while the surgeon practices dealing with field trauma. However, in this operation, the actor was replaced with a computer and a set of sensors that can detect the force of gravity. When the plane was weightless, pumps activated to simulate bleeding. When gravity returned, the pumps stopped and the operation was put on hold until the next weightless episode. The computer also kept track of flight data, blood loss, and other factors for late evaluation on the ground.

Meanwhile, the system also monitored sensors worn by the surgeons to record their physiological readings and cameras recorded the operation itself. During the experiment, the team also tested a self-expanding foam developed to control bleeding.”

To get a closer look at the Cut Suit check out our video demonstration!

Pocket Nurse & Omnicell Launch Education Tools for Simulated Medication Management

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Earlier this year we shared an announcement between Pocket Nurse and Omnicell regarding an educational affiliation to provide real world medication management solutions that fit seamlessly into the nursing education simulation lab and curriculum. The product mix is designed to teach the inventory and safety control measures typically deployed in clinical care environments by utilizing hardware and software solutions built with the latest available technology.

From the Website:

Healthcare simulation education is rapidly moving toward classroom environments that strongly mimic clinical environments – to better train the emerging healthcare workforce and reduce integration time from classroom to clinic.

Pocket Nurse and Omnicell have joined forces to provide real world medication management solutions that fit seamlessly into the nursing education simulation lab and curriculum. The product mix is designed to teach the inventory and safety control measures typically deployed in clinical care environments by utilizing hardware and software solutions built with the latest available technology.

The result of educating with these solutions is increased patient safety, reduced rates of medication errors, and more realistic training scenarios that transfer well into the workforce.

Read here Justin Allen’s article The Next Generation of Nursing Education for further insight into the future of healthcare simulation education.

Solutions from this new partnership:

  • Automated Dispensing Cabinets – Automated Dispensing Cabinets provide an excellent way to affordably model the drug cabinet configurations and features used in most healthcare settings. These space-saving modular table-top automated dispensing cabinets have flexible drawer configurations for enhanced scenario creation.
  • Medication Workstations – Savvy Mobile Medication Workstation provides secure transport of medications from the ADC to the point-of-care, creating a critical layer of accountability and addressing ISMP recommendations for safe transport of medications. Nursing students can place all needed patient medications for a medication pass from ADC into patient-assigned locking drawers and then move from bed to bed, instead of returning to the ADC between each patient.
  • Remote Medication Management – Anywhere RN™ creates a flexible medication administration process that positively impacts nursing and patient safety. It is a web-based application that lets nurses remotely perform medication management tasks away from the automated dispensing cabinet (ADC).

Learn more at: TeachMedManagement.com

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“Doctor Robot” Music Video from Sim Tech Todd Dadaleares

Today an awesome music video put together by our friend Todd Dadaleares, Simulation Specialist at Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation. Todd, like many Sim Techs, comes from a variety of backgrounds and combines his experience as a musician, audio engineer, and video specialist.

“A concept music video by Portland Maine band MeRCy. Doctor Robot juxtaposes live GoPro footage, original medical simulation cuts, hi def robot surgery, multi camera looks, tons of movement and video treatments to create a memorable dream-like experience. Sung from a first person perspective, the song (humorously) tackles issues surrounding the collision of health and autocratic technology.”

Learn more about Todd and his creative and technical background on MeRCy Music Mining!

Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Clinic Collaborate with Microsoft for Mixed-Reality Technology for Education

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Shared from Case Western Reserve University:

Case Western Reserve University Radiology Professor Mark Griswold recently shared how “HoloLens” can transform learning across countless subjects, including those as complex as the human body. Speaking to an in-person and online audience at Microsoft’s annual Build conference, he highlighted disciplines as disparate as art history and engineering—but started with a holographic heart. In traditional anatomy, after all, students like Ghodasara cut into cadavers to understand the body’s intricacies. With HoloLens, Griswold explained, “you see it truly in 3D. You can take parts in and out. You can turn it around. You can see the blood pumping—the entire system.”

In other words, technology not only can match existing educational methods—it can actually improve upon them. Which, in many ways, is why Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove contacted then-Microsoft executive Craig Mundie in 2013, after the hospital and university first agreed to partner on a new education building. “We launched this collaboration to prepare students for a health care future that is still being imagined,” Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos “Toby” Cosgrove said of what has become a 485,000-square-foot Health Education Campus project. “By combining a state-of-the-art structure, pioneering technology, and cutting-edge teaching techniques, we will provide them the innovative education required to lead in this new era.”

Because the technology is relatively easy to use, students will be able to build, operate and analyze all manner of devices and systems. “[It will] encourage experimentation,” Buchner said, “leading to deeper understanding and improved product design.”

In truth, HoloLens ultimately could have applications for dozens of Case Western Reserve’s academic programs. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory already has worked with Microsoft to develop software that will allow Earth-based scientists to work on Mars with a specially designed rover vehicle. A similar collaboration could enable students here to take part in archeological digs around the world. Or astronomy students could stand in the midst of colliding galaxies, securing a front-row view of the unfolding chaos. Art history professors could present masterpieces in their original settings—a centuries-old castle, or even the Sistine Chapel.

“The whole campus has the potential to use this,” Griswold said. “Our ability to use this for education is almost limitless.”

Read the full Hololens article here!