How to Design Medical Simulation Curriculum — From Mentice

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Mentice recently shared a free whitepaper called “How To Design A Curriculum for Healthcare Simulation” by Dr. Patrick Henn that is intended to take you through the process of curricular design. It will show you how to select and develop the essential components that, together, deliver the key elements of the curriculum. This approach is applicable to large and small organizations with varying budgets. This document is a really useful tool for educators beginning their journey into healthcare simulation curriculum design, or educational design in general.
Benefit of the approach found within this whitepaper:
  • It will save you time and effort
  • It can be used for the design or redesign of courses, workshops and seminars
  • It can help you meet the demands of accreditation bodies
  • It will help ensure that you ask all the important questions, and consider and explore all options, before decisions are made
  • It will help you improve your curriculum
  • Curriculum design and evaluation, when performed using this approach, is an opportunity for scholarship.

Lessons here include how to:


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  • Tell the learner exactly what to expect including the methods of student support
  • Advise the teacher on the content to deliver and how to support learners in their personal and professional development
  • Enable the institution or organization to set appropriate assessments of student learning and implement relevant evaluations of the educational process
  • Inform society on how the institution or organization is delivering on its social responsibilities.

Click here to download this Free How To Guide from Mentice! 


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When Simulation Goes Too Far… Dangers Become Real

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When I first started as a simulation technician in 2008 I was warned by my clinical educator Brad Brown of a rumor that some nursing students had been in a simulation lab playing around with an AED thinking it was also “simulated”. The rumor goes that the AED was not a training model but a fully functioning device which administered a shock to one of the students, killing them in the simulation lab. True or not, Since then I have always confirmed the range of functionality in AED’s in all of the simulation programs I’ve worked in.

One of the primary reasons to utilize simulation is the dramatic increase in safety of all potential participants. In construction CAT simulators can help reduce the likelihood of vehicle accidents to driver or nearby workers. In Aviation, flight simulators reduce the physical risks to new pilots, trainers, passengers and those on the ground. In healthcare, simulation reduces the risk of harm to a patient while learning a new procedure. But when simulation is not treated with the greatest of respect, there can be lethal consequences.

I was shocked to learn about the dangers of simulated military training from friend Mike Fischer who served as a Para Trooper in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division. While stationed at Fort Bragg leadership reminded newly stationed Para Troopers like Mike that the goal was to go 82 days without a fatality — a goal that had never been achieved before (and would remain so until over a decade later).  Jumping out of planes at minimum safety elevations with live ammunition is certainly a recipe for fatal error.

While training at El Camino Fire Academy, Instructors waited until the class had proven its ability to work as a team and respect the live-fire spaces we were entering before ever actually letting us see real fire. Fire, will predictable, is never entirely controllable — and indeed there was at least one day when the fire became unruly and training plans were instantly abandoned by our instructors in favor of “immediately extinguishing that flame”. Clipboards were thrown that day.

Just last week in Sydney, a bomb training device had been brought on board a Passenger Ferry without previous administrative warning.

“A bomb scare on a ferry that caused major disruptions in downtown Sydney was a training exercise gone wrong, an official said Friday. The transport hub of Circular Quay, between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, was shut for two hours Thursday afternoon after the crew of a moored ferry found a suspicious package.

Bomb squad police were called to examine the package, which was described by Australian Broadcasting Corp. as two bottles containing liquid and nails with protruding wires. Steffen Faurby, chief executive of Harbour City Ferries, which operate the Sydney fleet, on Friday described the package as “a training device, which was not recognized as a typical training device by staff.” Read the full EMS World article here. 

Arming police and bomb squads and injecting them into what appears to be life threatening situations has the potential to bring unnecessary injuries to many.

While thankfully the simulated training we as healthcare professionals (outside of the Fire Services) is less personally dangerous — the potential for damage to ourselves or others still remains.

Simulation Materials Outside the Lab Cause Real Life Patient Injuries

 

Last month, simulated IV solutions bags were used on actual patients — causing illness to at least 40 patients across a multitude of states.

“Back on December 30th, FDA alerted health professionals about a patient who became ill after receiving an IV solution meant for training purposes only. Educators often utilize training products for simulations with students and want these items to look like the real solutions. However, there have been serious adverse events associated with misuse. These solutions aren’t sterile and should never be used in humans or animals.

Since the initial alert we learned of additional patients who received these solutions since the earlier alert and late Wednesday evening FDA published a statement saying that over 40 patients have actually received these solutions, many suffering adverse events, including fever, chills, tremors and headache. Some patients were hospitalized, and there is one death associated with the use of these products although it’s not known if this death is directly related to the use of the product. Adverse events have been reported in seven states: Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, and Colorado.” Read the full article on Philly.com

The manufacturer of the solutions noted in the FDA alert, said it has recalled current products, including IV bags filled with sterile distilled water.  I don’t place much blame the manufacturer — these products are designed to mimic reality as closely as possible in-order to maximize the fidelity of our training solutions. But just as an AED can be too real in a simulation lab, so too can simulation materials outside of the lab. How did these products escape their lab? Considering the rapid adoption of simulation technologies in healthcare facilities around the world, the potential for this oversight is quite large in our domain.

So many times I have seen simulation programs have to funnel their purchases through the same purchasing departments and processes as other normal supplies — and I have never agreed with that policy. Simulation IS special, and simulation supplies should be treated as such.

Strategies For Minimizing Patient Risk:

  1. Convince leadership to have simulated supplies be shipped directly to the simulation labs and skip normal medical supplies processing.
  2. Actually keep track of your simulation supplies. A box of sixteen simulated IV bags should be counted and properly managed through a single individual responsible for those items.
  3. Keep simulated carts separate from main carts with a lock that will NOT work without a simulation-specific staff member present. Simluated materials should never be mixed into patient care carts. Instead, another cart should be purchased that can contain whatever you want — but it is clearly labeled as a simulation only cart, locked and stored only in simulation specific areas
  4. Lock simulation specific areas if possible. Unless you are in-situ, simulation areas should be off limits. This not only reduces risks of supplies walking away, but physical damage or loss of expensive simulation equipment as well.

Perhaps Manufacturer’s need one clear label that demonstrates product is NOT FOR PATIENT USE. The article above argues “patient simulation” is too close to “Patient Situation”. Whereas NOT FOR PATIENT USE in red or orange is hard to miss. The article above suggests the manufacturer is already working on such indicators to help reduce future errors.

What Does Your Sim Lab Do?

What does you simulation program do to minimize risks of simulated medications or other simulated tools being used on actual patients?

Join the HealthySim Medical Simulation LinkedIn Discussion Group and let your community know! 

Featured Job: Director of Simulation Education for University of Iowa College of Nursing

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Here’s an awesome simulation position from the folks at The University of Iowa College of Nursing!

Apply here!

Job Title: Director of Simulation Education (REVISED)

Job Location: Nursing Clinical Education Center, Iowa City, Iowa

The University of Iowa College of Nursing is seeking an influential and dynamic leader to serve as the Director of Simulation Education in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (NCEC). The NCEC is a joint effort between the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care (DON) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and the College of Nursing (CON). The University of Iowa is a quality- focused, research-driven organization in pursuit of an individual with experience in health science education; motivated to innovate, create, and prosper both nursing and interprofessional initiatives that support the NCEC. This person will be a forward-moving visionary with a commitment to simulation education.

Primary responsibilities include planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating simulation-based learning across the continuum from standardized patients through high-fidelity simulators. This position is a fulltime faculty administrative role (rank and salary commensurate with education and experience in accordance with University of Iowa College of Nursing guidelines).

Responsibilities:

  • Leads the integration of simulation/instructional technologies throughout the CON and DON curriculums.
  • Uses evidence-based simulation models to design, implement, evaluate, and standardize educational programs for faculty/staff development in the use of clinical simulation, debriefing, and assessment.
  • Mentors faculty, clinicians, and staff in the design of curriculum involving clinical simulation.
  • Ensures instruction is consistent with national professional standards for clinical practice.
  • Collects data on learning outcomes for simulation exercises and collaborates with faculty/staff educators on disseminating findings through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Supervises all CON simulation faculty and serves as a liaison/resource for DON staff educators.
  • Institutes continuous quality improvement strategies for simulation program improvement.
  • Facilitates comprehensive evaluations of the NCEC to promote growth and development.
  • Collaborates with Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) to support and encourage the use of electronic health records in simulation and other learning activities where applicable.
  • Prepares for accreditation by Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Partners with NCEC Manager and other administrative personnel in reporting of program activities, standards, accreditation requirements, external meetings, educational concerns, and student/staff successes.
  • Inspires the advancement of simulation research.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies

  • Visionary approach to simulation education in clinical and academic settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate all aspects of simulation education.
  • Familiarity with use and basic maintenance of simulation equipment.
  • Collaborative approach to working with CON and DON faculty, staff, and students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to fostering diversity.

Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a healthcare or related field (or documented program of study that adheres to the doctoral timetable for completion of a doctoral degree within an identified timeline).
  • Certified in Simulation Education (preferred).
  • 3-5 years’ experience in:
    • Simulation-based education and training, evaluation of outcomes, patient safety, and implementation of innovative simulation-based education and training programs necessary, or an equivalent combination of training and experience;
    • curriculum development and assessment for adult learners;
    • a healthcare setting (hospital/clinics preferred); and
    • a healthcare management or leadership role.
  • Evidence of scholarship contributions related to clinical simulation.

Applications should be submitted online at the job page for the Director of Simulation, (or goto https://jobs.uiowa.edu and search for requisition #65731), including a cover letter with a statement of interest, curriculum vitae/ resume, a philosophy statement of the role of simulation in education (academic and professional practice), and the names and contact information of 3 professional references.

See more jobs on the HealthySimulation.com Medical Simulations Jobs page!

Level 3 Healthcare Returns as SimGHOSTS USA Platinum Sponsor Hosted by Cedars-Sinai

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Last week the SimGHOSTS’ Executive Board announced that Level 3 Healthcare will once again be the Platinum sponsor of their world famous USA hands-on simulation technology training event!  Level 3 Healthcare’s commitment to the simulation champion community specializing in healthcare simulation technology has helped to connect professionals across the world and elevate the discussion around technology in simulation.

SimGHOSTS 2015: USA will take place August 4 – 7, 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling and Level 3 Healthcare’s CEO Brad Peterson are happy to announce that Dr. Alistair Phillips, Co-Director & Congenital Heart Program Chief at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Division of Congenital Heart Surgery will be the Keynote Speaker at SimGHOSTS 2015.  Dr. Phillips brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and innovation within cardiology.  His presentation will focus on the future of healthcare simulation technology.

About Level 3 Healthcare:

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Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of healthcare engineers trained in the process of integrating current audio visual technology to existing healthcare work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in surgical environments, OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and simulation centers. This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large simulation centers, digital operating rooms, telehealth, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems. Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of healthcare, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use and curriculum and then apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Page and Level3Healthcare.com to learn more!


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Reader Survey for Low Cost Healthcare Simulation Research

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An email here from French HealthySim Reader Dr. Martin who is looking for assistance with his healthcare simulation Research. Please download his survey and return it to him at your earliest convenience!

Click here to download his Research Survey.

“Hello HealthySimulation,

I am Frederic MARTIN, French anesthetist physician. I’m currently researching data about low-cost simulation session in order to graduate as a healthcare simulation teacher.

In this investigation, High fidelity simulation means mannequin full of electronic devices like HAL S3201 (Gaumard) or iStan (CAE HealthCare). Moreover, we’ll consider that « low-cost simulation » means « reduced-cost » without losing pedagogical interests.

Thanking you in advance for your participation.

Kind regards,

Dr. Frédéric MARTIN”

Anesthésiste-réanimateur
Hôpitaux privés de Versailles
Clinique des Franciscaines

Email: dr.martin.frederic@gmail.com
Twitter: @drmartinfred

Need help with your medical simulation research? Email us and we’ll help spread the word!

IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Video Highlights Reel!

IMSH 2015 was another showcase year for innovations in medical simulation. Starting off I visited with B-Line Medical booth, who announced a first for healthcare simulation with the ability to capture first person perspectives in their a/v recording platform.

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With no headaches on the user’s side, B-Line Medical customers will be able to directly integrate Google Glass devices as a POV camera feed into their SimCapture system. Imagine putting Google glass on your primary learner, your patient manikin or confederate standardized patient. Each one of those unique angles will provide increased fidelity and debriefing opportunities for learners outside the simulation lab.

Benefits of Using Google Glass and B-Line Medical’s SimCapture:

  • High Definition: Video Engineered to provide the highest definition and lowest latency video supported by Google Glass.
  • Unique Perspective: View simulation through the eyes of learners to gain a better perspective of their experience and provide more precise guidance on their technique.
  • Portability: Recording video over Wi-Fi to any SimCapture on your center’s internal network allows you to maintain the first-person point-of-view video no matter where you are in the room.

Laerdal’s LLEAP and Vitalsbridge

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Next door, Laerdal showcased their new LLEAP software, which stands for Laerdal Learning Application. To simplify simulation, the new LLEAP software unifies the control of all PC operated Laerdal simulators in one intuitive platform. This software is free in 2015 for existing Laerdal customers and looks easy to learn for those already familiar with their platform — or just beginning into simulation.

Laerdal also showed off a new hardware innovation in the form of this small black box called Vitalsbridge — which makes it possible to hook up specific models of Philips or GE Healthcare clinical patient monitors directly to your SimMan 3G or SimMan Essential! *Note that new Vitalsbridge hardware will need to be installed by a Laerdal Field Service Engineer into your SimMan product. Vitalsbridge really increases fidelity for Laerdal customers operating simulation in their professional care environments.

CAE Healthcare’s Fidelis Module, Replay & VirtaMed announcement

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Lastly for this highlights video we stopped by CAE Healthcare, who unveiled a new module for their Fidelis Maternal Simulator which enables customers to convert Lucina to a standard female patient with a non-pregnant abdomen and new Clinical Scenarios. CAE Healthcare also showed off their new Replay mobile camera system and announced a partnership to distribute European based VirtaMed surgical training products in the United States and Canada.

There’s a lot more video content from IMSH 2015 coming soon so stay tuned to HealthySimulation.com!

Omnicell and Pocket Nurse Announce Agreement to Provide State-of-the-Art Medication Automation to Nurse Education Organizations

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Hot off the wire this morning is this fantastic announcement about a collaborative partnership between Pocket Nurse and Omnicell to provide better educational training solutions through simulation!

Lees-McRae College First Institution to Benefit from New Partnership

Mountain View, Calif. January 14, 2015. Omnicell Inc., (NASDAQ:OMCL), today announced that Pocket Nurse, a leading provider for nursing healthcare education and medical simulation initiatives, has entered into an agreement to bring state-of-the-art medication automation solutions to the nursing education market. Pocket Nurse will develop real-world simulated education curriculums using Omnicell automated medication dispensing systems for nursing students in healthcare education and medical simulation education programs in the USA & Canada.

Together, Omnicell and Pocket Nurse will bridge the academic preparation of nursing students with real-world experience by providing medication management technology used by nurses in the majority of hospitals across the country.

Simulation labs are today’s adjunctive method for nurse education1. Just as pilots refine and hone their skills on the ground in simulators, nurses need to be able to practice their craft in a dynamic and realistic environment. The rapid advance of technology in simulation education allows students unlimited opportunities to practice clinical events in a safe and controlled environment. As simulated education programs continue to evolve, educators are tasked with improving and fine-tuning the skills of today’s nurses as current staffing shortages increase and the demand for nurses heightens. Validating this new initiative, Lees-McRae College will be deploying Omnicell technology into their updated state-of-the-art simulation labs, scheduled to be open in fall 2015.

Pocket Nurse is well known within the nurse education and simulation center communities. Key purchasers of the Company’s solutions include nursing educators, simulation center supervisors, and programs for continuing nursing education. Pocket Nurse will provide a wide range of Omnicell’s catalog of products, particularly those designed for nursing, including:

  • OmniRx automated medication dispensing cabinets (medication cabinets) including the integrated Medication Label Printer that allows nurses to print patient-specific labels right from the medication cabinet during medication issue. The Omnicell medication cabinets also include the Touch & Go advanced biometric ID system, designed with state-of-the-art biometric technology to improve efficiency and security.
  • Savvy™ mobile medication workstation, which streamlines the medication administration process and provides safe and secure transportation of medications from the medication cabinet to the patient’s bedside.
  • Anywhere RN™ remote medication management software, a unique web-based application that allows nurses to remotely access the Omnicell dispensing cabinets at their convenience from virtually any hospital workstation, to streamline workflow and minimize interruptions that can lead to medication administration errors.

“Omnicell has a long-standing history of supporting the vital role nurses play in caring for patients with innovative solutions that improve their workflow and support improved patient outcomes,” states J. Christopher Drew, executive vice present, Field Operations at Omnicell. “We are proud to work with Pocket Nurse. This agreement further supports nurses in the academic environment prior to the start of their professional careers.”

“Continuous innovation and realistic, dynamic environments are central to nursing education and offer the hands-­‐on experience necessary to properly refine clinical skills,” says Anthony Battaglia, president at Pocket Nurse. “As a company founded and operated by nurses, we take pride in understanding the daily demands nurses face and our goal is to lessen the transition of students out of the classroom and into clinical settings. Partnering with Omnicell expands the technology we’re able to offer simulation centers and increases the quality of education nursing students receive.”

“It’s impossible to teach student nurses a correct and comprehensive way to practice their skills without all the properly integrated technology in place,” offers Justin Allen, BSN, RN, instructor of Nursing and Health Sciences at Less-­‐McRae College. “With the number of pre-­‐licensure nursing students outpacing the amount of clinical experience available, it’s important that in the simulation environment these students have the most exposure we can give them to real world experiences.”

Omnicell representatives were present in the Pocket Nurse booth at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference January 10-13 where they had an opportunity to discuss the new agreement with attendees.

About Pocket Nurse

Pocket Nurse, a leading simulation laboratory and healthcare education solutions company, was founded more than twenty years ago to conveniently and cost-­‐ effectively provide essential clinical learning supplies to colleges and universities. Today, Pocket Nurse sells more than 7,500 products throughout the U.S. and in 180 countries worldwide to a diverse population of public and private institutions across the academic, governmental and healthcare enterprise. A Nurse Owned and Operated company, Pocket Nurse is the market share leader for products such as Student Health Totes for clinical education and Demo Dose simulated medications. Headquartered in a new 128,000+ square foot green-­‐certified corporate complex and state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art distribution center in Monaca, Pa., Pocket Nurse is committed to providing best-­‐in-­‐class instructional solutions—from essential standards to the latest in technological innovation—to meet and exceed the supply needs of the simulation laboratory and healthcare education industry.

About Omnicell

Since 1992, Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL) has been creating new efficiencies to improve patient care, anywhere it is delivered. Omnicell is a leading supplier of comprehensive automation and business analytics software for patient-­‐centric medication and supply management across the entire health care continuum—from the acute care hospital setting to post-­‐acute skilled nursing and long-­‐term care facilities to the home. More than 3,000 customers worldwide have utilized Omnicell Automation and Analytics solutions to increase operational efficiency, reduce errors, deliver actionable intelligence and improve patient safety. Omnicell Medication Adherence solutions, including its MTS Medication Technologies brand, provide innovative medication adherence packaging solutions to help reduce costly hospital readmissions. In addition, these solutions enable approximately 6,000 institutional and retail pharmacies worldwide to maintain high accuracy and quality standards in medication dispensing and administration while optimizing productivity and controlling costs.

For more information, visit www.pocketnurse.com & www.omnicell.com!

Free EMS Webinar Next Wed: Training Simulated or Standardized Patients for Role Portrayal

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Another great webinar from EMS, this time on the acting

Presented by:
Debra Nestel, PhD, FAcadMEd, CHSE-A
Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare School of Rural Health,
HealthPEER – Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Abstract: High quality simulated or standardized patient (SP) work requires training for role portrayal and for feedback. The webinar is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on training approaches for role portrayal while the second considers ways to ensure establishing standardization prior to high stakes examinations. Training SPs for feedback is beyond the scope of this webinar.

The training approach draws on the tradition of theatre practitioner Stanislavski and comprises four steps: (1) developing the person’s character, (2) explaining the learning activity to the SPs, (3) exploring the clinical context and (4) rehearsing. Underpinning the approach is the notion that the character of the person to be portrayed remains prominent, allowing the SPs to develop a shared and coherent understanding of their role, the scenario and the overall activity (Nestel et al, 2014).

The readiness for participating in high stakes assessment draws on practices developed for the Pharmacy Board of Canada. Smith et al (2014) have developed materials that will be shared that facilitate SP educators in ensuring that standardization has been achieved.

The presenters will share their experiences and invite questions and comments.

Brought to you by:
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2:00 pm EST
(1:00 pm CST; 12 Noon MST; 11:00 am PST)

Webinars are one hour in length. Space is limited. 

Click here to register for this FREE Webinar!


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International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops May 4th-6th Vancouver Canada

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Canadians rejoice! The International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops are coming to Vancouver May 4th-6th. SimGHOSTS has been invited out to provide a pre-con workshop on the Fundamentals of A/V Technology in Medical Simulation so those of you looking to connect with a/v technology be sure to join them there! IPSSW is wonderful event for anyone interested in healthcare simulation, pediatrics and innovation. Also in attendance will be the awesome pediatric simulation research support organization INSPiRE!

Join renowned and global experts in the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation for three days of in-depth discussion on the role simulation plays to provide safe and effective care to sick children and infants, and the continued evolution and expansion of pediatric simulation across the globe. IPSSW2015 will feature distinguished international speakers from a range of industries with important in-sights applicable to our practice. Don’t miss an inspiring conference with unmatched networking and knowledge exchange in hands-on workshops, roundtable sessions, special interest groups and poster presentations!

All pediatric subspecialties from novice to expert level: Physicians, Nursing, Allied Health Care, Simulation Educators and Researchers, Technicians and Administrators. Register soon and take an active role in the advancement of pediatric simulation science for the purpose of improving education and patient outcomes in perinatal and pediatric medicine.

5 Reasons to Attend the 7th IPSSW Event in Vancouver, Canada:

  1. Join renowned and global experts in the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric and perinatal simulation.
  2. Get top-notch education and hear about the latest advances in pediatric simulation with the exciting and stimulating program.
  3. Meet prestigious keynote speakers from a range of industries and leverage your professional network.
  4. Sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge with the pre-conference workshops.
  5. Enjoy the stunning views while walking through the breath-taking city of Vancouver, Canada.

May 4th Pre-conference workshops, choose the one that’s right for you!

  • Designing and Conducting Pediatric Simulation-based Research
  • The Business of Simulation
  • Interprofessional Education – How to Introduce Simulation to a New Audience
  • Challenging Debriefings: Tools to Navigate Difficult Conversations During Simulation-based Education
  • Sim-based Evaluation and Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Audiovisual Technology in Simulation (Taught by SimGHOSTS Leadership!)
  • Building a Program to Last: Complete SIMToolkits for Busy Hospital-based Pediatric Simulator Program

Learn more at the IPSSW 2015 website today!

Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont, Royal Oak

Saw this new great video tour of the Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont, Royal Oak, explained as one of the most advanced medical simulation facilities in North America. This $4.5 million educational facility is designed to change the way health care professionals learn and train. With its state-of-the-art equipment and experienced staff, the Center further cements Beaumont’s reputation as a leader in medical education and high-quality patient care.

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Mission: Make Patient Safety as Important as Medical Progress

The mission of the Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont Hospitals is to provide national leadership in the scientific application of modern simulation technologies to improve cognitive, communication and psychomotor skills for health care providers. By providing leadership in the scientific application of simulation technology in health care education, we hope to accomplish our goal of shifting the learning curve for surgical procedures and technologies out of the clinical operating room environment to improve safety and outcomes for the patients we serve.

Going Beyond Surgery

The Applebaum Simulation Learning Institutes’s efforts reach beyond surgical skills training to involve a complete range of health care professions. Programs have been conducted for hospital departments of:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency and trauma
  • Internal medicine
  • Medical education
  • Nursing
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Surgical technologists

Programs even reach out into the community to retrain workers for jobs in the medical field or encourage younger students to enter the field. Unique to other training facilities, the Institute includes in its training programs the development of research-based objectives and metrics to measure educational effectiveness.

Learn more at the Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute Webpage!