SimGHOSTS Dubai Day 2 Opening Plenary By Executive Director James Cypert

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Today at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai, SimGHOSTS executive director James Cypert provided the plenary session on “The Need for Sim Tech Training”.

James defined the eight primary domains of knowledge necessary for Simulation Champions to operate healthcare simulation technology. These domains were identified after two years of development workshops which took place at SimGHOSTS events around the world. The domains included:

  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Audio Visual
  • Education
  • Management
  • Evaluation
  • Simulation

He explained to the audience of Sim Techs from across the Middle East (and Europe) that this professional community are the “GateKeepers” to technology. Referencing solid research, James shared how technology is taught and managed in the field of IT.

He then explained the new online Simulation Training Courses that SimGHOSTS are enrolling for this January. Several eight week courses have already been announced with more to come. More on that here.

Follow @SimGHOSTS & #SG15MEA to follow the latest news — and the visit SimGHOSTS MEA page to learn more!

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Inaugural SimGHOSTS Middle East Opens in Dubai

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This morning at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai, UAE – the inaugural SimGHOSTS 2015 Middle East & Africa event opened to an audience of over 60 simulation champions and vendor attendees from around the world. MEA distributor Simulead provided

SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford provided the opening keynote address where he spoke on the advancements of technology that will directly affect medical education in the very near future. He reminded the audience that these rapidly changing technologies require a community of professionals continually trained in the latest systems in-order to affectively integrate into medical education. He reminded the audience that even relatively small technology solutions can have huge impacts for education and clinical performance — but that they must be managed and supported by trained and professional specialists. The need to support the professional sim tech staff who operate medical simulation technologies — is clear.

Scott B. Crawford, M.D. is the also the Assistant Professor & Associate Program Director of Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso Department of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Physician of University Medical Center El Paso, Texas.

Over the next two days over 30 specialized simulation technology based courses in a variety of domains key to the profession including: A/V, IT, simulation, healthcare, education, management, and theatrics/moulage.

Thanks to Simulead’s support, SimGHOSTS was able to bring out leading simulation technology specialists from around the world including the US, Canada, and Australia. Vendors MPC Healthcare, Limbs & Things, Medaphor, Al Mazroui, B-Line Medical, Gaumard, Laerdal, Adam Rouilly were also in attendance.

Follow @SimGHOSTS & #SG15MEA to follow the latest news — and the visit SimGHOSTS MEA page to learn more!

“A Simulator Is Not A Strategy” – New Solutions From Laerdal and NLN

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Laerdal’s new solutions website says “A Simulator Is Not a Strategy”. Partnering with the NLN, Laerdal has built new solutions to help nursing simulation programs increase the adoption and utilization of their simulator systems to improve their learning outcomes. What new support is Laerdal offering?

Comprehensive Assessments: Expert trained consultants will conduct a series of on-site meetings, interviews, and surveys with your team to evaluate your institution.

Implementation: A key success factor in building a successful and sustainable simulation program, is tailoring the scope of the implementation to address the teaching, program infrastructure, curriculum, debriefing methods, and clinical environment.

Pulse Checks: Pulse Check is the time to take the pulse of your simulation program, adhere to business success tools and make a lasting, effective change.

From Laerdal’s New Webpage:

“A Simulator Is Not a Strategy” may sound bold coming from the leader in high fidelity simulation. But, even our best simulators only do a fraction of their job if they are not put to good use. In a survey of nursing programs, the majority reported owning patient simulators. Yet, only 50% used them to conduct high fidelity scenario-based simulations. That means the other 50% are missing out. 

Simulation in nurse training can replace up to 50% of hospital clinical hours. Clinical hours are often viewed as one of a nursing program’s biggest constraints. Clinical hours are often expensive, involve logistical challenges, and can even be a barrier to school expansion. Simulation can replace half of those clinical hours. And, the good news is that for the majority of our customers, achieving this means merely leveraging the resources you already have. Your simulators are eager to be put to good use.

Laerdal’s Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing are designed to provide you with an optimized training environment that will help you improve utilization, achieve efficient quality outcomes, and maximize your return-on-investment for the assets you already have.

Please take our Simulation Gap Assessment to see how well you are optimizing the assets you already have. These questions are based on recognized standards from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Take the Assessment on Laerdal’s New Solution Webpage today and see where your program can grow!

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Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) Launches New Advances in Simulation Journal

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Today a note about a new medical simulation journal coming soon from the world’s longest running healthcare simulation organization: SESAM!

Advances in Simulation provides a forum to share scholarly practice to advance the use of simulation in the context of health and social care. Advances in Simulation publishes articles that cover all science and social science disciplines, all health and social care professions and multi- and inter-professional studies. The journal includes articles relevant to simulation that include the study of health care practice, human factors, psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, teamwork, human performance, education, learning technology, economics, biomedical engineering, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics, scientific computation, simulation modelling, population studies, theatre, craft, program evaluation and more.

All articles published by Advances in Simulation will be made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.


The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) was founded in 1994 in Copenhagen and aims to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care and medicine for the purpose of training and research. Key roles of SESAM are to develop and support the application of simulation in education, research, and quality management by facilitating collaborations and the exchange of technology and knowledge throughout Europe.

Professor Debra Nestel, Editor-in-Chief

Professor Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, Australia. For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities.

Good news! Advances in Simulation is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles soon so head over to their website to submit your simulation research today!

Visit the Advances in Simulation Journal Website and SESAM’s Website for more information!

Save the Date: May 9-11 for 8th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops

The 8th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW2016) is the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation. The next meeting will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on 9-11 May 2016, and will provide three days of stimulating content, discussion and debate from the evolving world of pediatric simulation.

The keynote speakers always play a crucial role in the sustainability and strength of the IPSS conferences and so here is the list of their 2016 distinguished speakers!

Rhona Flin – Rhona Flin (PhD, FBPsS, FRSE) is Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. Her research examines human performance in high risk industries with projects on leadership, culture, team skills and decision making in healthcare, aviation and the energy industries. She now conducts research and consultancy on managers’ safety leadership and on non-technical skills in surgery and in the oil and gas sector.

Tore Laerdal – Tore Laerdal is Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation, Chairman of Laerdal Medical, and Managing Director of Laerdal Global Health. In recent years he has focused on helping reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance.

Bob Shepton – Bob Shepton has been a Royal Marines Officer, a full time youth leader in the east end of London, and Chaplain to two schools, combining a strong emphasis on outdoor pursuits with the pastoral work.  He pioneered climbing at Lulworth and Portland, and made new rock routes on the Ormes of Llandudno. Voyages include a circumnavigation of the world with school leavers via Antarctica and Cape Horn, and fifteen Atlantic crossings.

Apparently IPSS has already received an impressive number of 203 abstracts for IPSSW2016  — but theres still time to submit poster presentations.

Learn more about IPSS and their 2016 event on their website today!

Military Medical Simulation Program Highlighted on Local News

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Nothing compares to the real thing, but Army medic Jason Russell said a battlefield simulation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord comes close. “The animatronics, the bleeding, the smells,” said the staff sergeant, “Everything plays into that key that you don’t get stuck. You don’t freeze where you’re at.”

Part of the training at Madigan Army Medical Center’s Andersen Simulation Center involves sessions in a dark, smoky room filled with mannequin amputees covered in fake blood. “You can’t really train for this in a classroom,” said Russell.

Capt. Shannon Renfrow, a chief resident at Madigan, will have to go through the battlefield simulation room before she’s deployed overseas. As a doctor at Madigan she regularly participates in other medical simulations. Madigan was selected as a test site for a new birthing simulator. A rubber human belly and fetus replica allows doctors and nurses to practice C-section surgeries. The mannequin is called “C-Celia.” Like a flight simulator, it creates different complications for staff to handle.

Read the full Military Medical Simulation article on NBC’s King 5 News Website!

Last Week to Register for Nov. 23-25 Dubai Healthcare Simulation Technology Training Conference!


The inaugural SimGHOSTS Middle East & Africa event is taking place next week November 23rd-25th in Dubai Healthcare City at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind medical simulation technology training event!

Dates Next Week:
November 23 (pre-con)
November 24+25

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center,
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai Healthcare City


Download the Full Brochure and Course Listings Here.

There is only one week before the Middle East’s first healthcare simulation event dedicated to those operating the technology! Join us for two full days and one pre-conference workshop day full of specialized courses by leading global experts, regional peers, and top medical simulation vendor technicians.

Benefits of Signing Up NOW:

  • Choose from over 40 specialized training sessions covering manikin, simulation, a/v, and IT technologies.
  • Secure CMEs for your attendance at SimGHOSTS!
  • Save $100 by registering BEFORE you attend
  • Connect with simulation technology peers from the region AND the world
  • Learn from healthcare simulation technology specialist experts flying in from around the globe
  • Gain complimentary access to the SimGHOSTS online subscription service and gain access to hundreds of courses, documents, and more.

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS 2015: MEA?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”) AND/OR Those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a low to high-fidelity healthcare simulation facility.

Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-to-day operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs. The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare simulation technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events (like IMSH or CSC) are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation.

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

Meet with other Simulation Technology Specialists 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. Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards. Much more….

Supported by Leading Vendors & Distributors:

Join leading regional and international organizations distributing the latest in medical simulation technologies, and providing some hands-on training sessions:
Simulead (Gaumard, B-Line Medical, Kyoto Kagaku, and more)
MPC Healthcare (Laerdal and more)
Limbs & Things
Al Mazroui
Adam, Rouilly

Learn More At The SimGHOSTS 2015 MEA: Dubai Page Now Before Time Runs Out!

Save the Date for CAE Healthcare Human Patient Simulation Network HPSN World Event Feb. 2015

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There’s no better place to be in February than Tampa, Florida. And, there’s no better reason to be in Tampa than to attend HPSN World 2016!

From expert speakers and in-depth discussions on emerging medical simulation technologies, to the widely-anticipated return of the EMS CAE Cup competition, HPSN World 2016 is the ultimate simulation meeting of the year!

Plan to attend CAE Healthcare’s largest Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) conference of the year! HPSN World 2016, the premier Human Patient Simulation Network event, is back and better than ever! Join us in Tampa, FL this February for one of the most important educational networking opportunities for the medical simulation community. With this conference, we hope to strengthen the conversation surrounding healthcare simulation, as we explore a new world of fast changing and innovative solutions for improving the quality of care by “improving the way healthcare learns”.

This year, HPSN World is being reconstructed with all new content and activities for an entirely new experience. The theme of HPSN World 2016 is “Spice it Up.” We chose this theme because it reflects the importance of excitement, innovation, and change. And nowhere is change more relevant than at a Human Patient Simulation Network conference!

Change is the law of life. Change is constant. Change is inevitable. And change is at the core of human patient simulation. At HPSN World 2016, we embrace change at every turn. Whether it is through a hands-on workshop, a simulation-training course led by a CAE Healthcare expert educator, or by interacting with an influencer in the global simulation community, your attendance at this year’s HPSN World conference will change the way you view healthcare simulation forever.

To learn more and register early visit the CAE Healthcare HPSN 2016 Page!

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When Something Goes Wrong At The Hospital, Who Pays? Costs of Medical Errors

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Shefali Luthra of Kaiser Health News recently shared the story of one patient’s unfortunate experience — which represents a global problem with the costs of medical errors: 

Despite the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 1999 report, “To Err Is Human,” and, more recently, provisions in the 2010 health law emphasizing quality of care, entering the hospital still brings risk. Whether because of mistakes, infections or plain bad luck, those who go in don’t always come out better.

More than 400,000 people die annually, in part thanks to avoidable medical errors, according to a 2013 estimate from the Journal of Patient Safety. In 2008, the most recent year studied, medical errors cost an extra $19.5 billion in national spending, most of which was spent on extra care and medication, according to another report.

If a problem such as Thompson’s stemmed from negligence, a malpractice lawsuit may be an option. But this can take time and money. And lawyers who collect only when there’s a settlement or victory may not want to take on a case unless it’s exceptionally clear that the doctor or hospital is at fault.

That creates a Catch-22 situation, said John Goldberg, a professor at Harvard Law School and an expert in tort law. “We’ll never know if something has happened because of malpractice,” he said, “because it’s not financially viable to bring a lawsuit.” That leaves the patient responsible for extra costs.

Ann and Charles Thompson maintain that he experienced an avoidable error. The hospital denied wrongdoing, Ann said, and the physician’s notes indicated the Thompsons had been advised of the risks of the procedure, including injury to the colon. She and her husband tried pursuing a lawsuit but couldn’t find a lawyer who would take the case. The hospital and the doctor who performed the test declined to comment, with the hospital citing patient privacy laws.

Read the full article on the Kaiser Health News Website!

Hollywood Special FX Artists Help Boston Children’s Train for Pediatric Surgery

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Boston Children’s Hospital has formed an odd partnership with a practical special effects company to create more realistic surgery simulator models. Santa Monica-based Fractured FX is well acquainted with human anatomy (and gore), having worked on FX’s bloody American Horror Story. It also helped recreate surgeries performed in the early 1900s on the Cinemax Series The Knick. For its part, Boston Children’s Hospital has had a surgery simulator program for quite awhile, but decided it needed to up the realism quotient and give doctors a better “haptic” feel for patient’s organs.

With input from Boston Children’s Hospital doctors, Fractured FX developed models “not only look real, but they feel real,” according to the hospital’s press release. They contain “artificial tissues that bleed and pulsate, man-made blood vessels that feel like the real thing when doctors insert a catheter and special gels that feel like brain tissue when an endoscope is guided through them.” The FX team need to develop new designs and materials for the models, with the doctors giving them feedback as to how realistic they felt compared to real organs.

From Children’s Hospital Website:

“A lot of us had aspirations in medicine, and have collaborated with prosthesiologists to help improve prosthetics artistically,” says Fractured FX CEO Justin Raleigh. “We wanted to take our skills in special effects to try and help people.”

One model, of the neck and upper chest, was developed in consultation with the hospital’s ECMO team, is designed to help surgeons put critically ill children on heart-lung bypass. The model includes tissues that bleed and pulsate, blood vessels and the vagus nerve, which surgeons need to avoid.

A second simulator, developed with the neurosurgical team, is helping teach surgical residents how to perform a tricky procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), used to treat hydrocephalus. ETV uses an endoscope to remove tumors and bypass other blockages that prevent fluid from draining from the brain. This requires working perilously close to the basilar artery—if that artery is torn, the patient could die. The simulators, made with special gels that feel like real brain tissue, help surgeons hone their hand-eye coordination.

Learn more at & the Children’s Hospital Website!