Healthcare Simulation Programs in the News

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HealthySimulation.com loves to share the most recent news agency coverage of healthcare simulation programs around the world! The more our industry gathers public exposure and support the faster our methodology will be expected as the cultural norm, and the sooner we can improve patient safety and learning outcomes through simulation!



Here’s the latest collection of awesome medical simulation news stories from around the web:

  • Queen of the Valley Nurses Trained in Stroke Assessment with Simulators From Napa Valley Register – A “patient” named Hal has helped train some 450 nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center to fine-tune their stroke assessment skills. But Hal’s not human. He’s an advanced medical simulation mannequin. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, simulation training allows healthcare providers to apply theoretical knowledge in a controlled environment without risks to patients. “Simulation training supports our goal of providing patients with the highest quality of care,” said JoAnn Munski, nursing director of orthopedic, neuroscience, and rehabilitation services at the Queen. Many aspects of a real-life situation can be simulated, according to trainers Suzy Banuelos and Nancy Stump.
  • Tripler Army Medical Center Stays at Forefront of Technological Advancement From Hawaii Army Weekly – Doctors practice Laparoscopic surgery on a simulated pregnant patient in the Tripler Army Medical Center Simulation Center. The Simulation Center allows hospital staff the opportunity to hone their skills prior to a procedure in order to improve patient services. HONOLULU — Technological advancements have improved health care for years and the military Simulation (SIM) centers have strived to be at the forefront of that advance. That is why Tripler Army Medical Center recently received an upgrade to its SIM center by moving into its new facilities. This move quadrupled the workable space for the SIM center and provided the opportunity to train more staff members and obtain new equipment they didn’t have the space for prior to the move.
  • Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital Prepares Doctors to Save Lives From ABC News 13 – Chief of Service in Anesthesiology, Doctor B. Wycke Baker told ABC13 these simulations are allowing team members to train for situations they might have not experienced yet in real life. “There are certain scenarios that don’t happen very often because of low frequency. But when they happen they’re very high impact,” Baker said. “So we had to resuscitate mother and deliver baby rapidly. So my role in that was the anesthesiologist, assuming care of her resuscitation, and basic and advanced cardiac life support and resuscitate her baby as well.” After every simulation, the team goes over what worked and where improvements are needed. Arnold said, “The debriefing, it is critical for learning. We’re talking about the things that went well so they can continue to do them. Were also talking about the things that didn’t go well so they can learn things for improvement on future clinical cases.”
  • Medical Education Tech Abounds at New Facility for OSU Center for Health Sciences From Tusla World – Construction on the $45 million project in west Tulsa began in October 2015 and is expected to be finished in time for this year’s fall semester. The 84,000-square-foot Tandy Medical Building will include a hospital-simulation center to provide training for students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The simulation center will include a fully operational emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay that will allow students to practice procedures and skills commonly used in hospitals throughout the country.

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How Health Sciences North Sim Lab is Fundraising for Their Program!

HSN Foundation event to support simulation learning

Dr. Rob Anderson, left, medical lead of Health Sciences North Simulation Laboratory, introduces simulation technician Tyler Montroy at the launch of Health Sciences North Foundation Taste St. Beach Party fundraiser in Sudbury, Ont. on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Montroy wore a cut suit used in simulation training.

About the Program and the Fundraising Event:

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care committed a few years ago to provide 90 per cent of funding for a new centre where health professionals and students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine can take part in multidisciplinary simulation-based education and build on HSN’s work at the current simulation lab at the Sudbury Outpatient Centre on Regent Street.

“We’re able to create really realistic educational programs and now we have grown, year after year, to the point that we are busting at the seams,” Anderson said during a press conference at the sim lab on Wednesday. “We are a first-class educational institution, we are leaders in Northern Ontario with respect to simulation-based education, we do outstanding educational research and we’re actually booking time in our sim lab 18 months in advance and having to turn people down, which is great, considering we don’t even have a learners’ centre yet. When we have the learners’ centre, the lights will be on all the time and that’s the most important thing we can do.”

To make the new centre a reality, the HSN Foundation has committed to provide the other 10 per cent of the capital costs of the facility, as well as much of the equipment used to build the programs, with a total funding target of $5.4 million. Taste St. Beach Party will be a key fundraiser in helping the foundation meet that target. Held at the Caruso Club on March 31, the event is billed as “the first beach party of the year” and features hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer, and other speciality food and drinks donated by supporters of the HSN Foundation, as well as an auction with items donated by artists, actors and other celebrities. All funds raised will support the building of the new learners’ centre and the purchase of teaching equipment.”

Read the Sudbury and the Sudbury Star to learn more!
Have you successfully held a fundraiser for your Simulation Program? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

Simulab Launches World’s First Transvenous Pacing Simulator | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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HealthySim was on hand at IMSH 2017 to interview Simulab about their new PacerMan — the world’s first high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing from insertion to capture using your own equipment! Check out this 4-minute video about this innovative new product:

About PacerMan from Simulab

PacerMan exponentially improves your training. It’s the first and only high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing—from needle insertion to capture using all the clinical equipment. The system offers a one of a kind opportunity to practice the entire procedure—including identifying intrinsic bradycardias, assessing intracardiac waveforms and manipulating output and rate with a pacing generator.

Simulab’s patented SimuSensor technology powers PacerMan, replicating a true clinical workflow by allowing the learner to use their own equipment to trigger patient responses on a simulated patient monitor. PacerMan can be set on Instructor Mode, with specifically chosen scenario parameters or randomized Student Mode. Both settings include options for multiple outcomes and offer hands-on learning anytime, anywhere. Investing in the PacerMan System is empowering. Clinicians can finally practice the whole emergent procedure in a safe, simulated setting —providing a new opportunity to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

“PacerMan is an outstanding resource for teaching transvenous pacer placement. There’s nothing else like it. We have now taught TVPacer placement to 150 physicians and have found it extremely valuable!” Jeffrey Tabas, MD Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine UCSF School of Medicine.

Learn more about PacerMan from Simulab!


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Ohio Consortium of Learning Labs Annual Simulation Conference May 4th & 5th

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For only $100 you can participate in this fantastic regional simulation event entitled “Ohio Consortium of Learning Labs Simulation Conference” put on May 4th&5th at the University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, Ohio! Here’s the basic schedule of the event:

  • 7:30-8:00 am Registration
  • 8:00-8:15 am Welcome
  • 8:15-9:45 am Keynote Speaker – Dr. Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Power Up Your Debriefing to Create “Sticky Learning”
  • 9:45-10:00 am Break *
  • 10:00-11:00 am Keynote speaker- continued
  • 11:00-11:30 am Vendor
  • 11:30-12:45 pm Post–Partum Hemorrhage
  • 12:45-1:30 pm Lunch and Vendors*
  • 1:30-2:45 pm VR/Gaming – Christina Alvaredo RN, MBA, Toledo University
  • 2:45-3:00 pm Break*
  • 3:00-4:15 pm Moulage Techniques – Stephanie Justice MSN, RN
  • 4:15-4:30 pm Wrap up & Evaluation

Learn more and Register here!

University of Washington Gains Media Attention Over Production of Next-Gen Combat Training Manikin

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Our good friend Troy E. Reihsen, Director of the Human and Artificial Tissue Labs at the Department of Surgery of the University of Washington’s WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) write in to share some awesome recent coverage the program has received from regional news outlets. Working alongside the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) the WISH team have been working on new innovative projects in medical simulation.
Are you launching a new simulation program, product or service? Read our comprehensive guide on how to gain more media attention to your healthcare simulation program to expand your marketing footprint!
The University of Washington’s premiere simulation training facility for healthcare education serving the WWAMI region. WISH connects over 30 departments and programs throughout UW Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Physician’s Assistant Training Program.
1. Next Gen Manikins at UW Medicine Can Help Prep Combat Medics – Dr. Robert Sweet is the Director of the Simulation Lab at UW Medicine and has been leading the charge with the efforts to obtain the grant from the Department of Defense. He is looking forward to what the newest mannequin will be able to do to provide combat medics with real life scenarios. “Historically we haven’t had a lot of investment in simulation systems for training and now is a time when they are starting to invest,” Dr. Sweet said. “There’s a great interest.” This is a joint effort by the University of Washington, UW Medicine, the University of Minnesota, and the Department of Defense. Reihsen is excited about the potential. “We know that when we move better-trained health care providers to the front lines, we have better survivability. So there definitely needs to be more training and we need a model like this to support the training,” Reihsen said.
 
2. Josh Kerns UW WISH on Kiro Radio – The Ron and Don Show Covers the WISH Simulation Program
3. UW Creating Next-Gen Manikins with to Train Battlefield Medics – Sweet and UW researchers are creating mannequin skin that’s warm to the touch, tongues moist with fake saliva, arms that reveal layers of fat when cut open, animatronic legs and more. By 2019 they expect to have a lifelike mannequin that looks and bleeds like a real soldier. And their technology may help the military move away from training its medics on live animals, a controversial practice that’s involved wounding and killing pigs and goats. “The practice itself is very much alive. That’s not to say we haven’t made progress,” said Shalin Gala of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Named for Frankenstein, the Frank mannequin was built by Sweet and his team from parts created by three companies specializing in different areas — neck, torso, limbs — of medical mannequin training.
 Obviously we are excited to learn more about these new manikins, visit the UW WISH website for more!

SESAM President Dr. Antoine Tesniere Continues Opening Ceremonies of LAU Lebanon Sim Conference

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SESAM President Dr. Antoine Tesniere, continued the opening ceremonies of LAU’s 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, and focused on the future of Healthcare Simulation!

Antoine reminded the audience about the current learners of healthcare, primarily from the Y-Generation who come from a perspective of

  • Rapid communication
  • Community based learning
  • Peer orientation
  • Instant gratification
  • Immediate feedback
  • Stimulating working environment
  • Tech-savvy

He reminded the audience that the image of “fat, lazy, gamers” is not the reality of the serious gaming which will help us go from simple knowledge to direct useful experience. Dr. Tesniere then went into a deeper dive of new technologies coming to healthcare, moving ‘video games’ to ‘serious games’ — showing some of the latest learning opportunities available through digital mediums and virtual environments.

Designing these learning programs requires the combination of the right learning content with the correct virtual environment for integration and gamification, while looking to achieve the right “flow theory” in between anxiety and boredom. While the research is still early, the advantages are clear to provide gaming challenges, skills, behavior change and evaluation. Antoine asked the audience to continue the research looking at effectiveness, cost, availability, and interfaces.

Dr. Tesniere finished his talk suggesting that virtual environments are part of the future of simulation, that its a part of the blended learning integrative into the curriculum, that there are still challenges to overcome and open questions to address, and finally that serious games is not just about fun!

Follow Antoine and @SESAMSimulation for all the conference updates!

 

Lebanon’s LAU Medical Simulation Conference Opens in Beirut

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This morning at the Metropolitan Hilton in Beirut, Lebanon, the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie School of Medicine 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, under the patronage of His Excellency The President of The Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, opened with a focus on Simulation for Education and Patient Safety.

Dr. Vanda Abi Raad, MD, MHPE Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Director and Clinical Simulation Center Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee helped co-chair the event alongside SESAM President Antoine Tesniere. The event was supported by SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

Dr. René Amalberti, MD, PhD Senior Advisor of Patient Safety for Haute Autorité de Santé France provided the opening keynote “Adapting medical simulation to the rapid massive structural and organizational changes occurring in healthcare”. Dr. Amalberti is a professor of medicine, physiology, and ergonomics – who after a residency in psychiatry, joined the Air Force in 1977, and graduated in aerospace medicine, obtaining a permanent military research position in 1982. He retired with the rank of general in February 2008 and is now working part-time as Senior Advisor, Patient Safety, at the Haute Autorité de Santé.

Dr. Amalberti explained that the costs of healthcare will dramatically in the next few decades as the population continues to grow and age. For example to this audience, he reminded us that the population aged over 60 in Lebanon will more than double by 2050 to 31%. Furthermore, he explained that simulation is a perfect fit for many of the challenges that will be facing healthcare as this demand continues to increase.

  • Develop training on interfaces and distant communication among professionals
  • Provide specific training scenario on the coordination between hospitals and primary care
  • Broaden the type of professionals involved to capture the true variety of pros involve in patients journey
  • Connect the time frame of training to the patient journey
  • Improve scenarios and debriefings introducing a larger range of strategies

He explained that by optimizing strategies to adopt best practices and working conditions you can better manage risks to increase control, recover, mitigate and innovate.

Dr. Amalberti’s latest book “Safer Healthcare Strategies for the Real World” is available for download for free. The opening ceremonies continued with Antoine Tesniere, President of SESAM.

Follow @HealthySim and @SESAMSimulation for all the conference updates!

RemedySim Provides Affordable and Realistic Customizable Injection Trainers

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Check out these new simulated injection pads from RemedySim! Improve training with auto-injecting devices, used by EMTs, nurses, teachers, parents, and patients. Be prepared for every scenario by practicing your technique and teaching others with Remedy’s Injection Pads. The tools come in two flavors:

  • PATRICK is your choice for a larger working area. Skin pad can be pinched and spread to simulate SubQ, IM, and Z-Track Injections.
  • PADDY offers a more compact working area. It is great for traveling practitioners and training on the road.

Realistic Puncture resistance mimics the feel of an actual injection and triggers most auto-injectors. Both injection pads can also be used for intra-muscular and subcutaneous injections. Use with our removable epidermis layer to simulate intra-dermal injections. Construction and materials will meet requirements for airline carry-on items.

About RemedySim

Remedy Simulation Group uses the best combination of old school production methods and cutting edge technology providing solutions to the medical community. Remedy offers our own line of Medical Simulation products developed from customer input. They build all products in the United States and provide the same innovative production methods to medical startups and other medical simulation companies via Contract Manufacturing. Speed and cost are addressed with the use of cutting edge 3D printing equipment. Their Rapid Anatomy branded service allows us to develop products faster and provide the medical community with custom patient anatomy in a physical form you can hold and explore. Remedy Simulation Group looks forward to working with you to Improve the Standard of Practice.

Learn more on the RemedySim website!

Headed to Lebanese American University Third International Conference on Medical Education

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Today HealthySimulation and SimGHOSTS founder Lance Baily is headed for the first time to Beirut Lebanon for the Third International Conference on Medical Education held at the Lebanese American University! Lance will be speaking about the future of healthcare education technology and the international growth of SimGHOSTS.org, alongside SimGHOSTS Vice President Ferooz Sekandarpoor.

Here’s a letter from Zeinat Hijazi, President of the Simulation-Based Medical Education Conference Associate Dean for Medical Education Professor of Pediatrics Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Lebanese American University regarding the event:

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the Third International Conference on Medical Education to be held on March 24 & 25, 2017, at the Hilton Metropolitan Hotel in Beirut and the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Health Sciences Center in Byblos, Lebanon. The theme of the conference is Simulation for Education and Patient Safety and its objectives include:

  • Addressing current challenges and innovations in Simulation-Based Medical Education
  • Promoting interprofessional collaboration practices with the purpose of ensuring patient safety
  • Encouraging networking among educators in simulation and health-related professions

This regional conference targets all educators in the health professions, hospital management & quality improvement personnel, biomedical scientists, physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, dentists, insurance companies, and bankers. The conference’s rich program will cover topics such as Simulation & Interprofessional Collaboration, Patient Safety, Art of Debriefing & Feedback, Building a Simulation Center, the Use of Standardized Patients, Hybrid Simulation, Moulage and Makeup and Technology for Simulation.

In addition, the program will include hands-on experience through workshops and roundtables led by world-renowned professionals from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, KSA, the United States, and other leading countries in medical education. Continuing Education Credits: CME, CNE & CE are offered for this conference. We look forward to welcoming you all!

Learn more about the LAU conference event here!

New Healthcare Simulation Safety Org Provides Free Safety Stickers and More

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A concerned group of simulation champions have created a new organization to help ensure that medical supplies designated for use in simulation are not accidentally used in patient care. The website provides FREE warning templates or allows you to order some pre-made stickers for your simulation lab. HealthySim applauds this new groups innovation and concern for this very real issue! Some years ago patients were given simulated IV bags which caused numerous illnesses which you can read about here.

About the Warning Label Stickers

Standardized “Not for human use / education only” labels have been designed in three sizes to be affixed to all simulation equipment, supplies, and medications. They can be purchased here as self-stick laminated labels in rolls of 250 for the printing cost plus shipping and a handling fee. Alternatively, templates for printing your own labels on Avery adhesive label sheets can be downloaded (note – they will not be waterproof unless you laminate them).

About the Healthcare Simulation Safety Project

“The spread of simulation throughout the healthcare world has been a wonderful technique to improve education, teamwork, and patient safety. Thousands of programs around the world are actively innovating every day to deliver high quality simulation sessions in a variety of settings with a wide array of educational goals. Promoting this evolution must not stop, as the aspirations and achievements are truly remarkable. However, there are dangers lurking.

As with anything new, unanticipated and subtle hazards exist and can be difficult to manage. In healthcare simulation we are introducing programs with its array of real and simulated equipment, supplies, and medications. We also bring a certain degree of deception, asking people to act as if things that are not real are true and things that are real are not. All of these introductions are into a healthcare world that has its own difficulties maintaining a safe and error free environment. The chance that this new world of simulation will lead to an accidental misuse of some simulated entity on a real patient or healthcare worker is real and worrisome.

On this website, we will try to present accidents and “near misses” from healthcare simulation that come to our attention. We will try to use the collective wisdom of the field to present best practices and mitigation strategies to help the simulation community reduce the potential for harm. Working together we hope to make the chance of a simulation related injury vanishing small. label The Foundation for Healthcare Simulation Safety has applied for 501-C3 not-for-profit status, as it has been established solely to promote education and safe practices for healthcare simulation programs.”

Learn more and get your free resources on the Healthcare Simulation Safety Website!