Early-Bird Extended for 8th ASPiH UK Healthcare Simulation Conference!

aspih uk healthcare simulation conference

Good news Sim Champs! The early bird deadline has been extended for the 8th annual ASPiH Simulation in Healthcare conference taking place in the UK. The group recognizes that it can be very difficult to obtain study leave over the holiday period, therefore ASPiH have extended the early bird deadline until midnight on 25th September 2017!


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ASPiH have once again put together a suite of pre-conference courses the day before conference, on Monday 6th November. Places are limited so early booking is essential:
  • Advancing your Debriefing Skills (Full Day)
    The session is for those who would classify themselves as intermediate or advanced in terms of their debriefing ability and ideally are involved in enhancing the debrief skills of others.
  • Developing and Maintaining a Simulated Patient Programme (Half Day)
    In this workshop, participants will discuss the current level of SP involvement in the group. Outline frameworks, standards and professional codes that assist in SP engagement. Consider resources, recruitment and selection, training, risk assessment and quality assurance processes. Evaluate ethical implications of SP engagement, List the next steps and available support in creating a sustainable SP programme
  • Writing for a Publication (Half Day)
    The session focuses on how to get simulation and education research published in peer-reviewed journals. The session covers elements of the editorial and publisher perspectives on peer-reviewed submissions; common pitfalls; structuring of manuscripts; and a brief overview of the ‘publication journey’ – an integrated view of turning original ideas into peer-reviewed articles.
  • In Situ Simulation (Half Day)
    In situ simulation is increasingly recognised as offering many potential advantages.
    These include the benefits of team training, ease and equality of access,
    integration into routine working practices and identification of latent errors.
    Establishing and sustaining an in situ simulation programme poses particular
    challenges. We aim to provide a framework for the process from planning in situ scenarios and common pitfalls to effective strategies for establishing a programme in your organisation.
  • A Toolkit approach to develop your Evaluation Strategies (Half Day)
    We have developed a toolkit based approach to assist in developing appropriate evaluation strategies, designed to guide novice and intermediate evaluators through the considerations which enable the selection of appropriate evaluation strategies. This toolkit will be complete and available for common use by the time of the conference and we wish to showcase the ways in which it can support educators.
  • *An introduction to the Simulation Technician Education Programme (STEP) (Half Day)
    *This pre-conference course is free to attend to paying conference delegates. Please ensure you book online if you would like to attend*
    Delegates will experience a ‘snapshot’ of the 1st module STEPuP – Simulation Technician Education Programme underpinning Professionalism which focuses on the professional registration opportunity with the Science Council and the application process. It is designed to utilise your examples, challenges and practices from your workplace activities to promote group work and discussions and develop shared solutions.

Learn more about ASPiH and Register here!


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Arch Virtual Partners with Envision to Provide Prospective Medical Students With Realistic Experiences, Becomes Official VR Developer for GE Healthcare

envision arch virtual medical simulation

Just received word from Arch Virtual about their new project with Envision EMI, which provides a way for students to be practicing the field of healthcare before they take their first course with a VR experience! Arch Virtual expanding its business opportunities in healthcare, and with a quality that caught the attention of GE Healthcare! Read below to learn why….

About Envision:

For over 30 years, Envision has delivered transformational career exploration and leadership experiences for high-aspiring students like you. Envisionaries who attend our programs gain hands-on experience and the success skills they need to become our next generation of entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, influencers, journalists, digital media stars, diplomats and leaders.

About the VR Experience

For students considering a career in medicine, it can be difficult to imagine the responsibility of caring for a patient and performing a medical procedure as they consider the commitment of time and money pursuing this career.

With the new VR application we developed for Envision, students can become immersed in a medical environment, working together collaboratively to clean a laceration, inject lidocain, staple the skin, and apply a bandage. “Immersive Virtual Reality represents a unique and compelling way to expose students to places and events they couldn’t otherwise experience. With Arch Virtual, we were able to mimic the operating room environment and allow students to feel what it’s like to be in that theater. Cool stuff!” Dr. Jan Sikorsky – Envision EMI. The application was used at the Johns Hopkins University during Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care this summer.

Official VR Developer of GE Healthcare

Arch Virtual was also thrilled to announce that they are now the official VR development partner for GE Healthcare! GE Healthcare has been a visionary client of Arch Virtual, exploring a variety of case studies and test projects that are pushing the boundaries of the use of VR in healthcare. Arch’s most recent VR application demonstrates the features and benefits of the new GE Senographe Pristina 3D Mammography product. The VR experience has been accompanying a roadshow traveling across the country, introducing health care professionals to this innovative new product.

Check out the Arch Virtual Website to learn more!

Icahn School of Medicine’s Dr. Khouli Presents on Integrating Medical Simulation into Training and Curriculum

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A Department of Medicine Grand Rounds presented by Hassan Khouli, MD, Chief, Critical Care Section; Director, Center for Advanced Medicine Simulation, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine), on Integrating Medical Simulation into Training and Curriculum.

Dr. Khouli founded the first simulation laboratory at Roosevelt Hospital through philanthropic support. The simulation lab expanded to a full institution-wide simulation Center in 2010 and was named the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (CAMS) with three state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, two full-time simulation specialists,and several faculty from critical care and other departments with specialized expertise and certifications in simulation education and training. The Simulation center has grown exponentially to gain regional and national reputation. The center obtained a rare 5-year full national accreditation status from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare in 2015 to become one of only few accredited simulation centers in the United States. Dr. Khouli established the first simulation fellowship in New York City in 2011. Dr. Khouli has been an invited lecturer regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is on advisory boards and committees of several regional and national organizations and societies. He has been a member of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. He has directed several local and regional symposiums. He has received many teaching and community awards.

Learn more about the Center for Advanced Medicine Simulation at Mount Sinai West


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Latest Healthcare Simulation Center Promotional Videos Show How To Promote Your Program

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Browsing youtube today we found a bunch of new promotional videos for simulation centers around the world. These videos help to promote the utilization of these emerging technologies, which not only helps demonstrate the dedication of these program to improving learning and care outcomes, but also helps enlighten the general public about the power of healthcare simulation. One simulation program reported that after launching their promotional video for their simulation center, an anonymous donor sent in $50,000 to help the program buy a birthing simulator — so clearly taking the time to produce a high quality video can really pay off!

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Center brings simulated patient experiences to life. Take a look inside!

Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center conducted a mass casualty drill where 46 picnic goers were injured from a simulated propane gas grill explosion. Local EMS agencies responded to the simulated 9-1-1 call. The Center was converted into a Level I Trauma Center staffed by HCA Medical Residents, BC nursing, EMS, Respiratory and allied health students.

#NSLCHEAL students visited the University of Texas McGovern Medical School’s simulation lab today to learn how to perform ultrasounds, draw blood, intubate a person, and how to do a lumbar puncture.

Read our how-to guide on how to create your own promotional videos at your sim center!

2017 Version of ADAM-X Patient Simulator Has Latest Product Upgrades From Medical-X

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Check out the latest version of ADAM-X from Medical-X, a high-fidelity patient simulator which we’ve been told has  “the highest standard of realism in form and function, designed to take training to another level!” Adam-X can be used wireless and tetherless, in the hospital, on-the-go and in an outside setting. The scenarios and stand-alone procedure practices are immersive and easy-to-use. Through its realism in looks and feels, vital signs, interactivity, procedural and scenario training, the Adam-X can and will be treated as an actual patient. Providing doctors and nurses, all (para-)medical staff, access to a true learning experience.

ADAM-X Features:

Realistic anatomy: ADAM-X is a reproduction of a skeletal and anatomical structure of a human with distinctive characteristics and features. It is human-sized, and has a very realistic skin. ADAM-X has automatic blinking depending on physiological status, as well as a physiological reaction of the pupils to light and to touch. The teeth are replaceable and the tongue of the ADAM-X can swell.

Training: The ADAM-X is ideal for ALS training, scenario training and medical treatment training. Because the ADAM-X is completely wireless and tetherless, and has realistic human proportions, it is very portable and ideal for on-site training. During CPR training, the accuracy of the hand placement is tracked, as well as the depth and rate of compression.

Sounds: ADAM-X has a wide variety of sounds. Auscultation is possible with 8 points of breath sounds, 5 points of heart sounds and 14 points of lung sounds on the front of the mannequin, with the possibility of an independent set of options of the sounds in 4 areas. There is also the possibility of auscultation on the back of the mannequin. Breath sounds are independent and are related to ventilation of each lung. ADAM-X has speech, and can say “yes”, “no” and some some interjections. Also featured are guttural and coughing sounds.

Cardiovascular system: The ADAM-X has a bilaterally palpable pulse on the carotid artery, the femoral artery, the radial artery, the dorsal artery of the foot, the popliteal artery and the posterior tibialis.

Pulmonology: ADAM-X has a very realistic respiratory tract. It has fully independent right and left lungs, and ventilation of the lung automatically leads to the appropriate sounds of breathing, chest excursion and pulmonary gas exchange. The occurrence of apnea or hypoventilation, along with the low fraction of oxygen in the inspired gas mixture, lead to corresponding physiological changes: the hypercapnia, the hypoxemia, the decrease of the SpO2 and the tachycardia. Ventilation of the lungs at a positive pressure or spontaneous ventilation restoration returns ADAM-X to the breath with an appropriate amount of respiratory rate. ADAM-X also features chest flotation, and the resistance of the airway changes accordingly.

Additional Features

  • Work with a real electrocardiogram and with a real defibrillator
  • Possibility to connect a real human patient monitor and a real anesthesia machine
  • Training of normal course of the anesthesia
  • Training of complications of the general character in the anesthesiology
  • Unique pharmaceutics system: the ADAM-X recognizes not only the administered drug, but also the received dose, a change of the vital parameters occurs correspondingly
  • Create more scenarios with the scenario editor
  • Realistic feedback force

Learn more on the ADAM-X Website today!


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SSH Simulation in Healthcare Journal August 2017 Research Articles Released

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The Society for Simulation In Healthcare (SSH) has recently shared their latest Journal publication of “Simulation in Healthcare”, August 2017 – Volume 12 – Issue 4 pp: 207-278 which contains the following peer-reviewed articles:

Empirical Investigations

  • Publication of Abstracts Presented at an International Healthcare Simulation Conference – Cheng, Adam; Lin, Yiqun; Smith, Jeremy; Wan, Brandi; Belanger, Claudia; Hui, Joshua
  • Improved Retention of Chest Compression Psychomotor Skills With Brief “Rolling Refresher” Training – Niles, Dana E.; Nishisaki, Akira; Sutton, Robert M.; Elci, Okan U.; Meaney, Peter A.; O’Connor, Kathleen A.; Leffelman, Jessica; Kramer-Johansen, Jo; Berg, Robert A.; Nadkarni, Vinay
  • Feedback Simulation for Acupressure Training and Skill Assessment – Noll, Eric; Romeiser, Jamie; Shodhan, Shivam; Madariaga, Maria Cecilia; Guo, Xiaojun; Rizwan, Sabeen; Al-Bizri, Ehab; Bennett-Guerrero, Elliott
  • Breaking Down the Objective Structured Clinical Examination: An Evaluation of the Helping Babies Breathe OSCEs – Seto, Teresa L.; Tabangin, Meredith E.; Taylor, Kathryn K.; Josyula, Srirama; Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Kamath-Rayne, Beena D.
  • The Role of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Simulation Training at Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Centers in the United States – Weems, Mark F.; Friedlich, Philippe S.; Nelson, Lara P.; Rake, Alyssa J.; Klee, Laura; Stein, James E.; Stavroudis, Theodora A.

Concepts & Commentary

  • Serious Gaming in Medical Education: A Proposed Structured Framework for Game Development – Olszewski, Aleksandra E.; Wolbrink, Traci A.
  • Simulation Faculty Development: A Tiered Approach – Peterson, Dawn Taylor; Watts, Penni I.; Epps, Chad A.; White, Marjorie Lee

Economic or Health Policy Articles

  • Simulation-Based Evaluation of the Effects of Patient Load on Mental Workload of Healthcare Staff – Rusnock, Christina F.; Maxheimer, Erich W.; Oyama, Kyle F.; Valencia, Vhance V.

Case Report/Simulation Scenario

  • An Innovative Approach: Using Simulation to Teach Primary Care Gynecologic Procedures – Hellier, Susan D.; Ramponi, Denise R.; Wrynn, Alexander; Garofalo, Stephanie
  • Common Complication of Sickle Cell Disease in a Resource-Constrained Environment: A Simulation Scenario – Binotti, Marco; Genoni, Giulia; Carenzo, Luca; Ferrero, Federica; Bona, Gianni; Ingrassia, Pier Luigi

Read the latest SSH Simulation in Healthcare journal edition here!

Australasian Simulation Congress is Only a Few Weeks Away – Don’t Miss Out!

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Check out this blog post by SimGHOSTS Training Director Kirrian Steer about the upcoming Australasian Simulation Conference taking place later this month in her country of Australia!

From SimGHOSTS

The Australasian Simulation Congress is an event combining healthcare, military and transport simulation through the SimHealth, SimTecT and Serious Games streams. This is a great opportunity to not only connect with your own simulation tribe but to also explore and be inspired the broader simulation community. The Congress launches in just a few weeks with pre-conference workshops on Monday 28 August and the conference program kicking off on Tuesday 29 August. The event venue is the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour in central Sydney. This is a stunning location only a short walk to the Sydney CBD and has multiple public transport options for getting to Sydney’s many attractions.

I was lucky enough to participate in Debra Nestel’s pre-con research workshop with Margaret Bearman at the 2015 Congress and think that this year’s workshop with Anjum Naweed and Cathy Smith on writing abstracts looks to be just as valuable. Other workshops range from Foundations in Simulation for those who would like a solid understanding of simulation practices to masterclasses in using simulation to develop teamwork, in-situ simulation, the importance and role of cues in simulations, and sustainable simulated (standardized) patient programs. This year the virtual reality masterclass has caught my attention. Not just a gimmick, virtual reality has emerged as a serious and affordable technology that warrants consideration for inclusion in all simulation programs. This is reflected in the full conference program with many sessions on VR across healthcare and other simulation settings. The pre-conference program also features a special session on NATO Simulation Standardisation Initiatives for military simulation.

They keynote speaker for the opening plenary is Professor Eduardo Salas, an organizational psychologist from Rice University who is speaking on key findings from 30 years of research in teamwork and communication and the future of team training. The morning program continues with four SimHealth streams; Surgical simulation, Safety and teams, Stress and simulation, and VR in health.

The afternoon program has two plenary presentations. Cycle Sprick and Anjum Naweed chair a presentation and panel discussion on innovators in simulation and the enablers and constraints to further developments in simulation. The second presentation is chaired by Professor Victoria Brazil and highlights the approaches to and practice of in-situ simulation in a variety of health care contexts. Day One concludes with a welcome reception and speed networking in the Exhibition hall. The Day Two program has an early start with the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare special interest group breakfasts. Choose from Rural, Simulated patient, Technology and Pediatric groups and meet like-minded simulation professionals over a casual breakfast. The day continues with three SimHealth streams; Undergraduate simulation, Simulated patients and Pediatrics. The morning program concludes with a plenary presentation from Jill Stow which follows into a panel presentation featuring Professor Eduardo Salas and Professor Victoria Brazil discussing teams and interprofessional simulation.

The afternoon program for Day Two starts with the Serious Games Showcase as well as workshops on running simulations and debriefing simulations, and a SimHealth stream. Following a break there are two SimHealth streams with themes of Innovation in Healthcare and Undergraduate Simulations, as well as a combined SimHealth/SimTecT stream, the SimTecT Plenary and Serious Games presentations. socializing and networking opportunities continue into the evening with the Simulation Australasia Awards Dinner which is always a great evening of recognizing those who make significant contributions to the field along with plenty of food, friends and fun.

Day Three is the final day of the program and starts with the SimTecT plenary: a panel discussion about the serious uses of virtual reality technologies. There is a SimHealth general stream and workshops on patient safety, debriefing strategies for difficult situations and hands-off teaching. The morning concludes with a SimHealth Plenary on maximizing the impact of healthcare simulation.

The afternoon program features the Fringe Plenary, highlighting the work of some of the creative and original thinkers working in simulation. The concurrent sessions are a virtual reality SimTecT stream, SimHealth streams on pediatrics and student competency, and a moulage workshop. The conference and Day Three conclude with a joint plenary exploring the wicked ideas and problems being faced by the broader simulation community.

Don’t miss out on Australia’s Largest Simulation 2017 Event – Register here!

Maritime Pilots Simulate To Train Docking World’s Largest Vessels

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Simulation training is an obvious requirement for high stakes situations in other industries — take maritime piloting for example. Did you know that supertankers and cruise ships have valets. They’re called maritime pilots, and they’re among the most elite ship handlers in the world. So where does one go to learn how to park the largest ships in the world? To the Maritime Pilots Institute in Covington, LA. There, they use mini-versions of the behemoth boats to teach the basics. All aboard! Maritime Pilots Institute is a membership-based organization providing world-class training, education, and services to the professional maritime pilotage community. Our seasoned instructors and researchers are committed to improving navigation, safety, and environmental impact throughout our industry.

They use both high-fidelity ship simulators in a technology center AND small scale boats in their specialized simulated training harbor to provide high-end learning to martime pilots from all over the world.

MPI’s ship simulator is a wrap-around, high vertical field of view, full mission ship simulator provided by Kongsberg, the world leader in marine ship simulation. This advanced system utilizes the finest real-time hydrodynamic vessel modeling for the utmost in realism and vessel behavior. The geographic areas in the MPI Kongsberg ship simulator are technically accurate representations of their real-world counterparts. These custom geographic databases provide an immersive and compelling training experience, and an accurate platform for technical research. The system is equipped with the latest in network technology allowing for lightening fast simulation load times while rendering smooth visualization of the nautical scene.

The console hardware is from Norwegian maritime controls manufacturer Lilaas, providing real hands-on control for all type of vessels including tankers, containerships, cruise vessels, supply vessels, tow vessels and azimuth stern drive (ASD) Tugs. The system is equipped with render/recover winch controls, RADAR/ARPA/ECDIS/AIS, pilot plug and monitoring equipment for ship’s sensors. The system is plug-and-play ready for Pilot laptop navigation systems (PPU) with full control to alter the quality of DGPS signals input to the PPU for interesting fault training for Pilots. The MPI Kongsberg ship simulator is best in class technology ready for your Pilot training and technical research.

Why do you think such simulated training common place in the naval industry but still “early-adopter” only in the healthcare industry? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

Check out more about the various MTI simulators on their website!

University of Birmingham Provides Queen Elizabeth Hospital Patients with VR Physical Therapy

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Recently ITV created a video report on how researchers from the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team at The University of Birmingham have developed a virtual reality cycling program for Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It won’t be long before all physical therapy departments utilize video games for healing patients — as results show that patients remain self-motivated for longer with better rates of improvement.

Patient recovering from major surgery are being given the chance to cycle the Devon coast path from their hospital bed. 

They are now working alongside medical professionals at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to help patients like Paul Kavanagh in their recovery. Patient in a hospital bed Paul Kavanagh recently had a dual-lung transplant. Credit: ITV News Central It took the team over three years to design and develop ‘Virtual Wembury’, which is based on the village on the south coast of Devon.

Professor Robert Stone who has been working in the field for 30 years, chose the area because he was born and bred there. He says it offers the perfect mix of green, sand and sea for an attractive virtual reality landscape. ‘Virtual Wembury’ landscape The landscape can reflect both day and night scenes. The virtual reality program has been designed to enable doctors and nurses here to use it alongside traditional rehabilitation techniques. If this trial is successful, they are hoping that it might be used in other hospitals across the UK.

We can’t embed the ITV video here, so be sure to check it out on ITV!

Airport Hosts Simulated Crash Exercise for Emergency Preparedness Training

Airport hosts simulated crash exercise for emergency preparedness training

Gosanangelo.com recently reported how loud sirens and flashing lights filled the air in-between the runways at San Angelo Regional Airport recently, as part of an emergency preparedness exercise, which involved a simulated crash between commercial and military aircraft which included irst-responders from the San Angelo Fire Department. The EMS group arrived at the scene to administer ‘aid’ to the ‘victims,’ portrayed by local volunteers, and Goodfellow Air Force Base personnel.

The purpose of the exercise was to help prepare emergency personnel for real-world emergencies, which is a REGULATED practice in the aviation industry!

“It keeps us updated on our training (so that) we’re prepared and ready to handle any situation that takes place,” Firefighter Roger Hernandez said. “We like to keep (first-responders) on their toes,” Santos Elizondo, EMS coordinator for SAFD, added. Firefighter Shane Mathews leads volunteer ‘victims’ to awaiting buses that will take them to local hospitals, where training will continue Thursday, July 13, 2017, at San Angelo Regional Airport. (Photo: Cara DeLoach) The mock scenario went like this: a military aircraft had been in the process of landing at the airport, when it collided with a passenger aircraft stopped on the run-way.

Following the script, the pilot and co-pilot of the military aircraft have ejected; one has serious injuries, and the other deceased, and 24 civilian passengers were scattered across the field with varying ‘injuries.’

Rescue crews followed protocol responding to the situation, first putting out the aircraft ‘fires’ and proceeding to help the injured, who used prosthetic makeup to simulate fake wounds. Responders applied first-aid to victims, and classified their injuries according to severity — all while being observed by leaders from the Office of Emergency Management and the San Angelo Fire Department. 

Simulations like these are “important because you can control an exercise. You can control how many dead, injured and missing you have … In real world situations you don’t really have too much of a control. You just try to make sure the damage doesn’t spread out,” said Zak Dale, who created the fake injuries, and works in Medical Logistics at Goodfellow Air Force Base.”