Silence Kills: Can Technology Drive Meaningful Cultural Change In Healthcare?

technology in healthcare communication

CEO of X Tech Ventures Robert Szczerba has posted another great article connecting the future of healthcare and technology. In this LinkedIn post he reminds us that an AACN report entitled ‘Silence Kills’ reported that out of 1700 healthcare professionals “84 percent of doctors observed colleagues who took dangerous shortcuts when caring for patients and 88 percent worked with people who showed poor clinical judgment. Despite the risks to patients, less than 10 percent of physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff directly confronted their colleagues about their concerns.” Robert continues to explore this gap in healthcare communication:

In the years following this study, there has been a strong movement by a number of companies to develop improved communication and patient safety tools. However, the 2010 follow-up study The Silent Treatment concluded, “that while safety tools are one part of the solution to improving patient care, they do not compensate for crucial conversation failures in the hospital. Silence still kills.


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A common perception in the healthcare industry is that the underlying cultural environment limits technological advances in safety and efficiency. Following this logic, no significant advances can be made until major cultural changes occur. However, what if technology was not necessarily limited by culture, but, if applied correctly, could actually be used to drive a desired cultural change?

Read the full article entitled “Silence Kills: Can Technology Drive Meaningful Cultural Change in Healthcare” on LinkedIn


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Next Wednesday Morning: Watch SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address Sponsored by Level 3 Medical

Level 3 Medical

Level 3 Medical has sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA @ CHEST (#SG14USA) keynote address, presented by recently appointed SimGHOSTS President James Cypert! This event will be broadcast and streamed LIVE Wednesday morning Day 1 of the main event at the American College of CHEST Physicians in greater Chicago, IL – so even if you can’t make the USA event this year you should mark your calendar to watch this free session.

TIME: NEXT WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6th, 8AM CDT (UTC-5), 6AM PT, 9AM ET

SimGHOSTS proudly introduces Level 3 Medical as the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Medical is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team has added a special plenary panel Friday morning to dive deeper into the Level 3 Medical build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program. Be sure to stop by their booth to learn how they can help your simulation program too!

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert will present on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He will begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this year’s keynote address is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

Level 3 Medical Sponsored SimGHOSTS 2014: USA Keynote address “Of Mice and Geeks: Elevating the Dialog Through Research”

James Cypert - Technology Director – California Baptist University, President, SimGHOSTS

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When the concept of “research” for the typical geek invokes images of Gandalf at Minas Tirith frantically searching through the hordes of scrolls and tombs looking for information about the One Ring. For others, it could be an image of Master Yoda and Obi‑Wan in the Jedi Temple discovering the betrayal of Anakin. That imagery aside, research is fundamentally exactly this, a search for the truth of any matter, and research can be done by anyone. In fact, we all conduct research at various levels. The issue at hand however, is how does one go about conducting research that is acceptable to others that is well‑formed, and answers definitively any given question. With that in mind the purpose of this session is to explore the basic research methods for the simulation technician.

The learning objectives of this keynote are:

1. Acquire knowledge about basic research methods
2. Identify the core components conducting of research
3. Discuss possible topics for SimGHOSTS community research focus
4. Identify individuals in the community that can be used as resources for research

James will present basic research methods that everyone can apply, then begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research. To wrap up the session the facilitator will invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research.

About Level 3 Medical:

The medical division of Level 3 has been providing advanced multimedia solutions in minimally invasive surgical environments and simulation centers since 2007. This Phoenix based medical engineering group has pioneered designs in telehealth, live HD video distribution, recording, archiving, content management and media retrieval systems for medical universities, teaching hospitals and simulation labs. Level 3 Medical’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use case and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow, profitability and/or learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Level 3 Medical was founded as a division of Level 3 Audio Visual who has been well established in the commercial industry since 1996. Level 3 AV had been working with a major medical university on their classroom presentation technology when they were presented with a challenge from the Dean of Anatomy. Level 3 AV was asked to design and build a cordless, wireless, mobile HD video cart for their anatomy lab. The Dean and his faculty had several uses in mind for this cart but Its main purpose was to capture high definition video from a student’s cadaver, transmit that video to an AV head end, store and meta-tag the captured video while simultaneously transmitting the video back out to twenty, high definition, LCD monitors dispersed around the lab as well as to a secondary lab located across the campus. A secondary purpose of this cart was for the creation of video text books that could be produced and stored online as an additional reference for the medical staff and students.

The creation and use of this cart was a major success for both Level 3 Medical as well as the University. Level 3 Medical realized they had just created one of, if not the first ever, high definition telemedicine carts and, for the University, use of this cart was shown to increase both test scores as well as enrollment.

Level 3 Medical is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of applying current technology to existing medical work spaces, medical training centers and simulation labs.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Level 3 Medical Opening Keynote Address Page Wednesday morning to get the link!

 


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CAT Simulators – Heavy Equipment Operators Can Now Train Safely Through Simulation

CAT simulator

Every boy (and still many men) have a dream to drive around a big tractor, bulldozer or other heavy piece of construction machinery. Well, now from the folks at CSE Software that is entirely possible with their CAT Simulators – designed to safely train and prepare heavy machinery operators for their unique jobs.  In the not to distant future I believe that every job training will have an element of simulation which is why from time to time I share how simulators continue to increase in other industry verticals.  Simulation as training methodology is here to stay, especially as the technology becomes more advanced and more affordable. Check out these two videos which highlight a new Logging Simulator with synchronized hydraulic seat movement and a testimonial from a CAT educator about the benefits of working with simulators for education and recertification.

Why Simulators in Heavy Equipment?

Simulators aren’t new to the industry, but many companies don’t understand the cutting edge training they offer for heavy equipment operators. Simulators are easy to use, cost effective, and allow operators to be well trained and comfortable before being placed in the cab of an expensive piece of equipment. They combine technology and operator instruction with rich graphics and realistic controls to help operators feel like they are in the actual machine, allowing them to become familiar with and memorize the machine’s essential operating techniques.

“I think simulators are important for the overall training experience,” says Tom Whitworth, an account manager for Simformotion LLC, the licensee for Cat® Simulators for Caterpillar Inc. “A simulator provides training in a virtual environment. It keeps the operator and other ground personnel out of the equation and out of harm’s way.”

Training exercises on the simulator are measured and recorded for each operator’s simulator sessions. That way, the operator can see how well he/she performed. An instructor can check the results to determine if there are areas of inefficiency that need further instruction and additional training time.

“We use our simulators almost every day here,” says Danny Turner, training and development coordinator at Aecon Mining in Alberta, Canada. “In the last four months, we’ve had 250 trainees go through our training center.”

The use of simulators allows operators to make mistakes without endangering themselves or the equipment. This is huge. No one wants to put a greenhorn behind the wheel of a haul truck or at the controls of a loader, excavator, or other expensive machine without knowing he/she can operate it correctly.

“If you make a mistake on a simulator, it’s better than making one on a machine,” Whitworth says. “A trainer can immediately explain to the operator what he did wrong, give him instructions on how to do it correctly, and allow the operator to practice until he has mastered the operation.” Shared here is a case study highlighting a “Technical College That Found Cost Savings with Simulators”.

About SimForMotion LLC

“A leader in heavy equipment simulator training solutions – is the licensee for Cat® Simulators for Caterpillar Inc. Cat heavy equipment simulators deliver dynamic training technology and outstanding safety results through the power of state-of-the-art virtual training. These training simulators help businesses dramatically lower costs; address initiatives such as safety and production; while ensuring training can be delivered anytime day or night, regardless of weather conditions. Cat Simulators are chosen as training solutions in such markets as mining, contracting, government, forestry, and trade and vocational schools. Ken_Lara_ReneeSimformotion LLC is owned and run by three tech-loving gurus who also own sister company, CSE Software Inc. Ken Pflederer founded CSE in 1990. Vice Presidents Lara Aaron and Renee Gorrell joined him as partners in 1992. In 2008 they formed Simformotion LLC as the simulator arm of the company. The development teams have the capabilities to program all types of simulation software and engineer tandem hardware, whatever the machine, tool, or industry.”

Next I will post more about CSE Software who have also successfully built training simulators in healthcare. Interested in vehicle simulators in other industries? Check up my write-up on Police & Fire Rescue Simulators.

 

Help Fund Movie That Connects Aviation Simulation to Healthcare Simulation

aviation team training into healthcare

IndieGoGo, a crowd-funding platform for independent projects, is hosting the opportunity to donate towards: “Beyond the Checklist: A Feature Length Documentary Film”, which explores how lessons from industries like aviation can provide solutions to the crisis of patient deaths and injuries in healthcare. I urge you to join me in pledging towards this important documentary film which will attempt to show how training in the aviation business using evolved communication practices has lead to an incredible safety record, especially in comparison to the number of deaths attributed to medical error now occurring in the United States.

The Concept Behind the Film:

“On January 9, 2009. US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the middle of the frigid Hudson River in New York. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his crew – as well as ferry and Coast Guard crews – had all practiced and trained in teamwork for years. Which is why not a single passenger or crew- member was seriously injured when the plane was totally disabled when struck by a flock of Canada Geese.

Our 60-minute film will demonstrate that healthcare can transform its culture and stem the epidemic of medical errors and injuries in the US and elsewhere. It can do this by learning lessons from the safety model and culture change movement that transformed commercial aviation over the last 30 years and that has been successfully adapted to make other high-risk industries much safer. The film “Beyond the Checklist” shows exactly how this safety model and culture can be implemented in the healthcare industry.

Take a trip on a $14 million dollar flight simulator, and see how pilots, fight attendants, ground crew, and air traffic controllers all learn to work together to make air travel safer. Sit in on training sessions that teach people on very different rungs of the health care hierarchy how to communicate so they can form quick teams and react instantly in crisis. Here, pilots aren’t only graded on how well they guide a plane during both routine flights and crises but on how well they communicate and work as a team with their crew. Flight attendants mechanics, and gate agents and many others learn to speak up when appropriate and challenge each other, as well as the captain and rather than experiencing “push back,” they are thanked for it.

“Crew Resource Management gave you a process and a language…so that if I said to you, captain I’m not comfortable with this, he had to hear that because it was done in a way that we were all trained,” recalls Nancy Burns, who was a flight attendant for 39 years both and experienced the change in culture when aviation introduced CRM. “It meant that if you spoke up they had to listen. It also meant that you had a responsibility to speak up.” Airline personnel are also encouraged to report mistakes – even serious violations – without being punished and all airlines share information about near misses, errors, and other problems to change practice and insure safety.

The film concludes by showing how the lessons of these pioneering practitioners and institutions can be implemented in every single hospital and health care facility so that every patient everywhere is safe. Each and every one of us will someday be a patient. Our lives and the lives of our loved ones depend on whether our caregivers are trained to work together as a team, can learn together to prevent mistakes, and are able to create a culture of safety in healthcare.”

Click here to learn more and donate to the Beyond the Checklist Documentary Film!


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SIMStation Provides Cutting Edge Video Recording Debriefing Systems to EU

simstation

I have recently been made aware of SIMStation, an Austria-based company providing medical simulation A/V recording and debriefing hardware & software that’s already creating a lot of buzz in the European Union. Having watched their video I can attest to the claimed simplicity of their GUI (Generated User Interface) which looks simple to operate and manipulate. SIMStation will be at ASPIH 2014 in the UK later this year so if you are in the EU, that will be the best place to check out this new emerging company and product. I love how the system captures direct wireless microphone audio from participants which should produce better sound results, and I am always a fan of anything that shoots, captures, displays and records quickly in HD! Their products are in numerous centers around the EU and they have plans to expand into the United States in the near future.

About the Company

With the professional background of 20 years international expertise in the media software and media technology field, SIMStation was founded in 2011. With the support of currently 17 employees, we design and develop innovative audio-video debriefing systems, and we are providing consultant services in planning and implementation of technical facilities for medical simulation centers. As technicians and enthusiasts for medical simulations we see it as our task to set a new standard in the area of audio-video-debriefing with our mobile and fixed facilities.

About SIMStation From Their Website:

SIMStation is Mobile:

More and more frequently, in-situ simulation trainings are being conducted in the familiar work environment, e.g. a hospital´s intensive care unit or emergency room rather than in a special simulation center.The SIMStation system can be used both in a mobile or stationary capacity. Thanks to a lightweight aluminum design and to carefully selected components that are as compact and space-saving as possible, the SIMStation system fits in any car and can be effortlessly set up within a few minutes directly at the training location.

Video Recording in HD-Quality

Although it is compact and portable, the system shows no loss in quality when compared to stationary systems – quite the opposite: SIMStation offers four individual video channels in HD-quality! Video signals can be optionally displayed during recording or debriefing in quad split screen view or HD full screen. As Application Development Partner of AXIS, the global market leader in network video, we have access to the best and most reliable video recording technology and are able to integrate this in our systems.

Outstanding Audio Quality

We believe that optimal clarity of the spoken word is a particularly relevant factor which is not sufficiently considered in many debriefing systems in use. In order to optimally identify ‚human factors‘ in particular, i.e. strengths and weaknesses in communication and team coordination, the excellent transmission and recording of each spoken word is essential. The SIMStation comes equipped with professional wireless microphones used in stage technology which allows for individual and synchronous recording and transmission of communication of up to six training participants.

SIMStation Recording Software

The SIMStation recording software with touchscreen interface handles audiovisual recording and at the same time offers trainers the option of inserting easy and precise marks and notes during training simulation. The exact timing of important events such as the administration of drugs, intubation or cardiac massage can be stored via preconfigured icons just as notes on good or bad communication or coordination may be saved.

SIMStation Debriefing Tablet

It is important to create a discreet and personal environment during debriefing, letting technology fade into the background. Debriefing may take place in a room in the immediate vicinity of the training room. With this in mind, SIMStation offers a compact and mobile debriefing unit, controlled by tablet. During debriefing, the trainer only needs the SIMStation Tablet with which individual scenes marked or annotated during training can be played back on an HD- television set or projector.

SIMStation Live Player

The compact SIMStation LivePlayer System allows you to transmit sounds and images of any training live to several rooms.

simstation medical simulation recording

Download the SIMStation PDF Product Sheet Here to learn more and then visit the SIMStation Website!

Central Florida Continues to Push Medical Simulation Innovations

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Terri Bernhardt wrote an article earlier this year for i4biz.com, which promotes entrepreneurship through Central Florida, covering the topic of Medical Simulation. The article is a great highlight of where simulation is, and where it is all going. Highly recommend this one!

Excerpt from i4biz.com:

“No commercial airline pilot or military aviator ever takes off in a multi-million dollar aircraft without logging countless hours in a flight simulator. Military and commercial aviation learned long ago it was not only much cheaper (one tenth the cost of live training), but it was far more effective to train personnel in lifelike scenarios where failure was an option. In fact, it was part of the learning experience.

The transition from simulating jets, tanks and helicopters to simulating patients in emergency or clinical situations faced by combat medics, nurses and doctors has been quickly evolving, in an industry that has called Central Florida its home for over 40 years.

This inventive group combines science, engineering and art to make fake blood that feels, smells and clots just like real blood. They turn a high-fidelity mannequin into a groaning, twisting man with congestive heart failure that is so realistic that the trainee sweats while trying to stabilize him. These same people develop serious games that take nurses through triage and combat medics through tying tourniquets in real time with life-like scenarios, followed by an after action review for effective memory retention.

With all eyes on Lake Nona’s Medical City, breakthrough simulation technologies, medical research and medical training are able to converge. Harry Robinson is the national program manager of the Veterans Health Administration’s Simulation Learning Education and Research Network, “SimLEARN.” For the retired Navy aviator, the ability and potential of simulators to duplicate real life scenarios was obvious. “Just like when I was a squadron commander, we are able to replicate an actual situation, in this case a medical procedure or medical emergency situation, in a safe environment, where there is no danger or inconvenience to a human patient. Also, trainees are able to both develop the skills (in diagnosis and in muscle memory) and then have a meaningful debrief, where we actually watch the training exercise.

What’s Next?

Greg Welch, Ph.D., the Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Health Care Simulation at UCF, has been working in the field in one form or another for decades, but his current work is taking medical simulation to a whole new level. Currently, medical personnel are sometimes trained using actors that emotionally and physically imitate the behavior of someone with a particular condition, but there are limits to what an actor can mimic. What is more, there are limits to the number of actors and frequency of times these scenarios can be simulated.

Welch is working not to simply duplicate the movements, the feel or the anatomical authenticity of a medical android, but its mental and emotional behavior. “Part of the diagnostic procedure is really an interrogation of sorts, to actually determine what symptoms the patient is experiencing.  To successfully do that you have to understand how to communicate with the patient and empathize with their condition; you have to learn what questions to ask, along with developing the patience that is necessary to succeed in that process.

“My area of expertise and my passion over the last 20 years has been about simulating human interactive experiences. This is a physical/virtual reality, which simulates human behavior with the goal of building a computer-controlled system that mimics human responses for medical or health care related training,” continued Welch. “To do that you have to study human interaction and transfer that knowledge to a patient/clinician experience that is lifelike and authentic. We want to simulate the fear, pain, discomfort of a patient and help the clinician learn to be comfortable interacting and doing what is sometimes awkward or socially inappropriate to do.”

Read the Full “Heart of Medical Simulation Article” on i4biz.com!


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3D Printed Anatomy To Revolutionize Medical Training

Check out this amazing story coming out of Australia where 3D Printers are being used to create anatomical models for medical education!

3d printed anatomy

From the Monash University Website:

“The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical.

The ‘3D Printed Anatomy Series’, developed by experts from Monash University, is thought to be the first commercially available resource of its kind. The kit contains no human tissue, yet it provides all the major parts of the body required to teach anatomy of the limbs, chest, abdomen, head and neck.

Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education, said the simple and cost-effective anatomical kit would dramatically improve trainee doctors’ and other health professionals’ knowledge and could even contribute to the development of new surgical treatments.

“For centuries cadavers bequested to medical schools have been used to teach students about human anatomy, a practice that continues today. However many medical schools report either a shortage of cadavers, or find their handling and storage too expensive as a result of strict regulations governing where cadavers can be dissected,” he said.

“Without the ability to look inside the body and see the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, it’s incredibly hard for students to understand human anatomy. We believe our version, which looks just like the real thing, will make a huge difference.”

After scanning real anatomical specimens with either a CT or a surface laser scanner, the body parts are 3D printed either in a plaster-like powder or in plastic, resulting in high resolution, accurate colour reproductions. The kit, which is set to go on sale later this year, could have particular impact in developing countries where cadavers aren’t readily available, or are prohibited for cultural or religious reasons.”

Read the full article on 3D Printed Anatomy from Australia’s Monash University here!

Serious Games @ Google: Playing Surgery – A Laparoscopy Game for Surgeons on the Nintendo Wii From Lap-X

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Not too long ago I posted an interview with the folks from Lap-X about their mobile and cost effective Laparascopic training simulator. They also suggested I check out this awesome presentation held on the Google Campus entitled “Playing Surgery - A Laparoscopy Game for Surgeons on the Nintendo Wii”. Check out how video gaming can be utilized for this “Google Tech Talk” presentation!

Presented by Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker, Tim Laning, and Jetse Goris.

ABSTRACT

Laparascopic (or keyhole) surgery is challenging for surgeons and can be dangerous for patients. The surgeons who perform these procedures need ongoing training and hands on practice. The University Medical Centers of Groningen and Leeuwarden in the Netherlands have teamed up with game developer Grendel Games (http://www.surgical-games.com/) to produce a unique solution. Instead of using expensive, traditional simulators to teach their doctors the motor skills needed for laparoscopic surgery, they have developed a full Nintendo Wii game with customized controls that imitate a surgeon’s instruments… but in a non-medical context.

What makes this game unique is the choice to make a virtual game world that offers an immersive storyline, exciting puzzles and pleasing visuals, around the control scheme and motor skills of laparoscopic surgery. This deliberate change of context is unique for a medical serious game.

At the 2010 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the first prototype of this game was presented. Forbes crowned it “one of the ten games that can change the world.” The 2010 presentation is one of the most viewed serious games videos in the GDC vault.

Project team members Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker, Tim Laning and Jetse Goris will describe their development process and demo the new version of the game and Wii controllers. Time permitting, local/live attendees will be able test out the redesigned controllers and game.

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H.O. ten Cate Hoedemaker MD
Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker is a gastrointestinal surgeon at the University Medical Center of Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands. His specialities include colorectal surgery, abdominal wall surgery and laparoscopy. In 1999, he won best instructor award at UMCG where he has taught many surgical and laparoscopic courses. Since 2000, he has been medical director of the Wenckebach Institute Skills Center at UMCG. He is also inventor of the C-seal colon stent.

Tim Laning
Tim Laning is CEO and co-founder of the 
award winning Dutch serious medical game company Grendel Games (www.grendel-games.com). Grendel Games builds games focused on physical and mental rehabilitation, surgical and medical training for medical education universities, hospitals and rehabilitation institutes. Grendel Games is one of the first companies to partner with medical training hospitals to develop a laparoscopic surgery training game
 to be released on Nintendo consoles in 2013.

 Laning helped found Gameship (the largest serious game development media lab in the Netherlands) and founded the annual serious game jam G-Ameland in 2007.

Jetse Goris MSc
Jetse Goris is an educational consultant and researcher at the University Medical Center of Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands. Jetse is currently conducting research to validate the efficacy of a Nintendo Wii laparoscopy game he helped design with UMC Gronigen/Leeuwarden and Grendel Games. Jetse is passionate about using and building innovative technologies to enhance medical teacher and student learning and performance.


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What’s in a Name? The Many Titles of “Sim Techs”

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Recently Michelle Howard MSN, CNS, APRN Director of the Allied Health Simulation Center Executive Director at Ozarks Technical Community College wrote in to ask “What should we title our new simulation technology operator position?”. What a question Michelle! I have had several job titles throughout my career as a Sim Tech, but what’s out there? I exported the titles of those attending SimGHOSTS 2014 USA at the American College of Chest Physicians early next month to demonstrate what a dynamic range of titles this profession currently entertains. I removed redundancies but will point out that “Simulation Technician” had the most results!

  • Administrative Simulation Technician
  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Director of Simulation
  • Biomed Electronics Technician
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Technologist
  • Biomedical IT Specialist
  • Clinical Education Specialist
  • Clinical Educator
  • Sim Lab Coordinator
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Learning Lab Specialist
  • Clinical Simulation Lab Director
  • Clinical Simulation Specialist
  • Co-ordinator Clinical Learning and Simulation
  • Code Resuscitation Program Project Manager
  • Coordinator of Simulation and Technology
  • Coordinator
  • Corporate Planning Manager
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Education Specialist
  • Equipment Systems Specialist
  • Faculty Support/Health Sciences Simulation Center Coordinator
  • GME Simulation Coordinator
  • Health Science Simulation Technician
  • Health Sciences Simulation Coordinator
  • Healthcare Simulation Technician
  • Instructional Services Technician
  • Interim Director of the Learning Center
  • IT Manager
  • IT Professional
  • IT Support Technician
  • IT Technical Associate
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Lab Simulation Specialist
  • Lead Analyst
  • Learning Products & Services Manager
  • Manager Training and Simulation
  • Media and simulation technician
  • Media Services Technician
  • Medical Education Technologist
  • Medical Educational Technologist
  • Medical Instructor
  • Medical Simulation Coordinator
  • Medical Simulation Facilitator
  • Medical Simulation Technician
  • Network Manager
  • Nursing Faculty/Lab Facilitator
  • Nursing Information Technology Coordinator
  • Nursing Simulation Technologist
  • Operations Manager
  • Professor of NursingProgram Analyst
  • Program Director
  • PSA & REdI Program Administrator
  • REdI Program Coordinator
  • Senior Technology Specialist
  • Sim Operator
  • Sim Tech
  • Simulation Center Assistance
  • Simulation Center Coordinator/Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Simulation Center IT/Networking Specialist
  • Simulation Clinical Supervisor/ Simulation Consultant
  • Simulation Coordinator
  • Simulation Director
  • Simulation Education Technician
  • Simulation Engineer
  • Simulation Intern
  • Simulation Lab Administrator
  • Simulation Lab Coordinator
  • Simulation Lab Tech
  • Simulation Learning Center Assistant
  • Simulation Operator
  • Simulation Specialist
  • Simulation Specialist
  • Simulation Specialist II
  • Simulation Specialist/Coordinator
  • Simulation Tech
  • Simulation Tech Specialist
  • Simulation Technician
  • Simulation Technician Program Coordinator
  • Simulation Technologist
  • Simulation Technology Specialist (MOST USED)
  • Simulation Training Specialist
  • Specialist in Simulation Technology
  • Supervisor, Teaching LabSys
  • AdminSystems Analyst 2
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Lab Assistant
  • Technical Simulation Coordinator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Technicien de simulation et téléprésence
  • Technologist
  • Telehealth and Audio Visual Support Analyst
  • Undergraduate Simulation Technician
  • Unit Coordinator

Several years ago I worked with a team of Simulation Technicians across the state of California to build a comprehensive job responsibilities list for this position (which you can download here). The term everyone agreed upon was Simulation Technology Specialist — and indeed that is the name that is incorporated into SimGHOSTS which stands for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. We added “healthcare” so that non medical-simulation related groups could identify us as apart of healthcare, as there as “simulation technicians” in a variety of other fields — mostly from aviation.

If you had to choose a new title for the position I would argue for “Simulation Technology Specialist”!

Simulated Patient “Allergic to Ink” Warning Sign – Download to Save Your Manikins!

ink stained manikin removal

Recently a Sim Tech wrote in that his manikins were permanently stained by ink pens. Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains. Will also had this tip on removing the ink stain: “Try Magic Erasers – they seem to work ok, depending on the ink type and how quickly you get to them.  Also, benzoyl peroxide on the mark, then exposed to skin seems to work for some folks.” For more tips on how to remove ink, try my article Quick Manikin Moulage & Cleaning Tips! But take an ounce of prevention and download Will’s sign now for ALL your simulation lab spaces!

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Click here to download the high resolution copy of Will’s “Ink Allergy Warning Sign”