Laerdal Medical and SonoSim Announce Strategic Partnership to Help Save More Lives

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Ultrasound training solutions provider SonoSim, which is already partnered with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, recently announced another ground breaking partnership with Laerdal Medical regarding distribution, product development, and R&D collaboration. This is a great opportunity to add additional capabilities to each company’s product lines by creating collaborative approaches to training ultrasound techniques through medical simulation manikins like the SimMan 3G.

About SonoSim:

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What I find most fascinating about the SonoSim is its low hardware profile. With just a USB dongle and a laptop clinical educators and learners can start to train ultrasound procedures on live standardized patients, manikins or in mid-air. As well, SonoSim provides access to patients, on-demand as they have “the world’s largest library” of actual patient cases with a broad spectrum of normal and real pathologic conditions. The allows learners to receive immediate probe-positioning guidance and expert feedback while scanning real-patient cases. Cathy Ruff RVT of GE Healthcare suggests that “The SonoSim Ultrasound Training solution is one of the more comprehensive and easy-to-use ultrasound training solutions available. In my over 25 years of experience with ultrasound and my exposure to multiple, different training courses, programs, and teachers, it is one of the best ones I have personally been exposed to.”

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Currently the Livescan Pads (the blue stickers seen in the photo above) can be utilized with any manikin product to enable ultrasound training during your high-fidelity simulations. What a great idea!


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From the Official Laerdal & Sonosim Newswire Announcement:

Laerdal Medical a leading provider of simulation solutions for healthcare, and SonoSim, Inc. a leading provider of ultrasound education and training, today announced a wide-ranging agreement regarding distribution, product development and R&D collaboration.

“Practitioners have long requested ultrasound training and the ability to integrate it into patient simulation learning activities,” said Clive Patrickson, Chief Executive Officer, Laerdal Medical. “This partnership with SonoSim will provide learners with the very best learning environment for an integrated patient simulation experience, combined with the very best ultrasound learning content. This will be a great step forward in patient safety.”

Derek McLeish, President of SonoSim International, stated, “The increasing adoption of ultrasound will save lives, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes. The main limitation of ultrasound to drive adoption has been the difficulty in training users. The combined efforts of Laerdal and SonoSim will have a major impact worldwide.”

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning, and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to the medical professionals.

SonoSim’s mission is to meet the global demand for SonoSim products and services needed by physicians, nurses, students, care providers, trainers, and educators worldwide. SonoSim’s market entries are based on products developed by leading ultrasound educators, computer-based instructional designers, content editors, computer engineers, scientists, and software developers, adapted to local market needs.

Learn more at the SonoSim Website today!

Featured Job: Sr. Strategic Account Executive for i-Human Patients

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A featured job post this time from the award-winning i-Human, who were the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2013 “Best in Show” company in the category of “small or entrepreneurial company”. The i-Human Patients Authoring System enables medical educators to create new simulated patient encounters (as well as derivative works of existing “Share & Share Alike” cases) using a point-and-click approach to content development.
More about i-Human:

i-Human Patients, Inc. is a privately held company founded by experienced entrepreneurs to transform worldwide medical education by giving students the ability to simulate comprehensive patient encounters using a cloud-based virtual patient service. Students interview virtual patients, perform exams, develop diagnostic hypotheses, order diagnostic tests, review test results, and develop treatment plans while getting online guidance and feedback from the system. Faculty can objectively assess individual and/or group student performance on patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills, and provide a learning tool that integrates clinical experience much earlier in medical education, making students better prepared for their apprenticeship training with real patients. In contrast to traditional, expensive mannequin and standardized patient (actor) approaches to simulation, IHP’s affordable service enables scalable, simultaneous training across an entire school whether in or outside of class, and provides students with the breadth and depth of patient encounters to better develop and refine their skills. By integrating basic science modules in a virtual clinical setting, our service further augments and accelerates students’ apprenticeship training.

IHP is currently working with medical, graduate nursing and physician assistant schools across the United States and fielding inquiries from around the world. This is an excellent opportunity to join a pioneering leader in the medical education industry at an early stage. The position offers substantial growth opportunities for a top sales executive who brings the required skills. Compensation, including stock options, will be competitive and commensurate with performance.

Company: i-Human Patients, Inc.
Title: Sr. Strategic Account Executive
Locations: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas or Houston
Type: Full-time
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Functions: Sales
Industries: E-Learning, Hospital & Health Care, Information Technology and Services
Apply: Click here to apply!

Open Call from I-human: We are looking for an exceptional sales executive dedicated to high performance, personal excellence and a strong work ethic, who shares our passion for transforming medical education and our commitment to teamwork.

Reporting to our Director of Sales, this position can be based anywhere in the Western or Southwestern U.S..

The primary purpose of this position is to establish relationships with medical and graduate nursing schools, and to sell our web-based simulated patient services to their administration, faculty and simulation lab staff on a consultative sales basis. Future products will extend customer relationships to other healthcare professional schools as well as large healthcare provider organizations, hospitals and health systems.

  • The ideal candidate will have previous experience within the Medical Simulation market, Medical Education and/or Academic Hospital/Medical Center sales, presenting to deans, department chairs, faculty, and simulation lab and/or IT staff.
  • Proven strategic account management experience based on consultative sales in multi-stakeholder decision process environments is critical.
  • 5+years of medical education, medical simulation, healthcare/medical device/medical equipment, or healthcare ITstrategic account management experience — establishing account relationships and penetrating accounts — is required.

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Desired Skills & Experience

  • A BS/BA degree required, clinical training (e.g., EMT, nursing, etc.) is a plus
  • At least 3-5 years prior consultative sales experience required; medical education or medical simulation preferred; healthcare/medical device/medical equipment or healthcare IT sales experience may also be sufficient
  • Track record of success in building relationships and sales required; experience presenting to deans, faculty, and simulation lab preferred
  • Experience demonstrating and selling sophisticated products/technologies, web-based medical education sales preferred
  • Must be able to learn various clinical academic structures, curriculum designs, and course layouts
  • Ability to identify client’s needs, communicate product benefits, while building lasting account relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to professionally follow up, move forward/advance, and close opportunities
  • Must be well versed is solution based selling and creative closing techniques
  • Ability to construct, present and execute a Territory Business Plan
  • Excellent listening, presentation and communications skills
  • Ability to travel at least 30% of time
  • Demonstrated success working responsibly and effectively in home office environment and ability to travel independently
  • Effective time management, and prioritization skills
  • Strong computer skills (WebEx, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, CRM Programs)
  • Good driving, credit and personal records

The Sr. Strategic Account Executive will work with a team that has full operational responsibility for i-Human Patients, Inc.’s (IHP) worldwide activities. Initially, the territory will include a large part of the United States. Territory responsibility may be adjusted based on the number and timing of additional sales executives who will be joining.

Using expertise in medical education and simulation, healthcare information technology, relationship building and networking in the medical education market, the person in this position will focus on building new relationships and growing existing institutional accounts.

To learn more about this position visit the i-Human.com Job Page!


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IMSH is Nearly Here: Watch 2014 Keynotes and Register by Nov. 19th for Early-Bird 2015!

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Have you registered for the 2015 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH yet? All professionals working with simulation should consider joining the international community of “champions” in New Orleans this January 10th – 14th, 2015. Early-bird registration ends November 19th for both members and non-members so be sure to sign up today! To get us ready for the world’s largest simulation meeting, here are two recorded keynote plenary sessions from this years meeting in San Francisco.

The first is the Lou Oberndorf Lecture on Innovation in Healthcare Simulation presented by Gary Klein, PhD on “Connecting Medical Simulations to Cognition”:

The second is the Michael S. Gordon Center Lecture in Medical Education given by Elizabeth Hunt, MD, MPH, PhD on “Why Simulation Education is the Ultimate Translational Research Tool: From Bench to Bedside and Back”:

 The 2015 IMSH Planning Committee invites you to Celebrate Simulation at IMSH 2015. Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of IMSH. You started making connections at IMSH 2014 in San Francisco, California, come to New Orleans to celebrate!

Why Attend?

  • Network with your fellow IMSH attendees
  • Create a customized agenda to meet your learning objectives
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall to see the latest in technology
  • Attend hands-on workshops
  • World-class plenary sessions

Program

Content is categorized into the following primary categories:

  • Assessment
  • Curriculum Development and Design
  • Debriefing
  • Faculty Development
  • Technical Operations
  • Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice
  • Program Administration
  • Simulation-based Research

Learn more and Register for IMSH 2015 here!

2015 Australia and USA Event Locations Announced for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Training & Community Events

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Looking for the best in simulation technology training and community support? Well mark your 2015 calendars because the world’s leading organization for those operating simulation technology just announced its 2015 event schedule! SimGHOSTS will be at the Clinical Skills Development Service late June and Cedar-Sinai for USA in August! Year after year this technology-centered event grows in attendance by both operational staff and leading industry vendors. Now celebrating its 5th year, SimGHOSTS has firmly established itself as the premiere organization for healthcare simulation technical conversations! Watch the video testimonials from SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia which was just published:

What is SimGHOSTS?

SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for Sim Techs or those operating medical simulation technology. SimGHOSTS has held internationally attended events to provide community-driven and vendor technical training.

Now operating in its fifth year, SimGHOSTS continues its expanded mission offering yet again both a US-based and Australian-based events in 2015!

5th Annual SimGHOSTS USA Event Save the Date:

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Los Angeles, California

August 4-7th

Presentation Proposal Submission: Launches December 1st, Ends March 1st

Registration Opens Earlier this year: March 16th

About the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills: The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of professionals working together performing different roles and navigating the latest technology within our system. Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, ultimately, patient safety are at the heart of the center’s ethos. This proactive approach – training in teams, communicating in teams and solving problems in teams – helps Cedars-Sinai provide the best possible care to patients and provides staff with the latest in educational technology.

The new Simulation Center is the ultimate training environment — one where surgeons, physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals can master advanced skills. By constantly improving the skills of clinical staff, Women’s Guild is providing a resource that benefits every department at Cedars-Sinai and the patients they serve.


SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia 2nd Annual Event:

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Brisbane, Queensland

June 23rd-26th, 2015

Presentation Submission: Now Open until January 31st. Visit the SG15AUS Abstract submission page here.

Event Registration Opens February 9th

For the past four years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists or those who operate healthcare simulation technology at the annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States.  After a successful inaugural Australian event in 2014 and several strong partnerships built with healthcare simulation leaders in the country, SimGHOSTS 2015: Australia will be an exciting second chapter for our organization!

SimGHOSTS, or The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is bringing its successful hands-on training event for those operating simulation technology and labs in Australia this June 2015! Join us at The Clinical Skills Development Service at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital this June 23rd – 26th to take part in manikin programming, hardware repair, A/V System debugging, medical pharmacology, IT infrastructure building, community development and much much more!

About the CSDS:

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is the one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide. We aim to achieve the best outcomes for patients, educators, and clinicians in Queensland through seven core functions.

Annually, the SDC now supports the training to tens of thousands clinicians and students. This training is being matched by the work of Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres that the CSDS supports through the training of Faculty and Simulation Coordinators, provision of curriculum resources, and the distribution and maintenance of simulator equipment across the state. An investment in research and ongoing commitment to improving services for simulation education providers will continue to enable simulation to enhance the education of clinicians, improve clinical service delivery, and contribute to better clinical outcomes for patients.


SimGHOSTS 2015 events will provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Who Should Attend This Event?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Event and the USA Event!


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Featured Job Posting: Simulation Education Specialist at Arizona St. Joseph’s Hospital

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Looking for a new position in medical simulation? Today we have a featured job posting from Dignity Health out of Arizona which is a featured position from our medical simulation jobs listing page!

Simulation Education Specialist:

At St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, part of Dignity Health, we provide a wide range of health, social and support services in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to being a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research, we’re consistently named an outstanding place to work. What’s more, AZ Business Magazine recognizes us as one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies. So if you’re ready to join a healthcare organization that’s respected both locally and nationally, pursue the following opportunity:

In this position, you’ll help design and implement simulator-based educational/training activities to improve the overall performance of personnel providing medical care. This will involve developing simulated scenarios, troubleshooting operating systems and equipment, and identifying, implementing and managing hardware, software and multimedia resources that will enhance the operations of our simulation center. Bring your unique talents to our tight-knit team, and make a big impact on our future and yours.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • 5 years of professional experience related to medicine, nursing and/or emergency response

Preferred qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Certification in simulation education
  • Current AZ RN licensure
  • Experience with AV simulation and scenario development software
  • Experience operating task trainers as well as low- and high-fidelity simulations/mannequins

We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package that includes comprehensive medical and dental plans, matched 403b retirement and pension plans, and much more. You also may be eligible for an incentive plan after your first year of service.

For more information, visit us at www.dignityhealth.org/stjosephs or contact Jackie Schierenberg at Jackie.Schierenberg@DignityHealth.org.

Learn more and apply directly here!

Tennessee Simulation Alliance Annual Conference November 20th-22nd in Nashville

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Our friends from the Tennessee Simulation Alliance are reminding us today about their awesome annual event taking place at Belmont University Nashville from November 20th-22nd. If you are in the state, region or even located in the US than this is definitely a great learning opportunity! Regional directors Teresa Britt MSN RN, Beth Hallmark PhD RN, and Melina Klar RN are bringing us another year of great clinical simulation content!

About the Tennessee Simulation Alliance:

The Tennessee Simulation Alliance (TNSA) began as a means to provide Tennessee nurse educators a central location for communication, collaboration and sharing. The funding for this project began as a national collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation grant that was designed for establishing a stable, adequate nursing workforce. The Tennessee Simulation Alliance was begun after the first simulation conference held in 2008 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation. Annual conferences have continued to be partially funded through HRSA’s Faculty Development Program: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative (Grant No. U1KHP12906, Elizabeth Weiner, PI, Vanderbilt University).

TNSA now brings the world of simulation to the nurse educators of Tennessee with links to current resources, scenarios, websites, conferences, and an in depth look at what is currently being practiced in nursing education with simulation. In today’s world of healthcare, we have learned simulation provides the learner a place safe from patient harm, helps the learner to increase confidence, and can provide the educator a means to make things happen, unlike clinical experiences. Educators are also learning that simulation education provides a format to teach teamwork. Teamwork among disciplines in where TNSA wants to go. We envision a website designed to embrace all healthcare professionals as we practice and learn to work together for the ultimate benefit of safer patient care

2014 Event Courses Scheduled Include:

  • Tennessee Hospital Association, Education and Practice Collaboration to Impact Patient Outcomes
  • Moulage and Making it Real! Create-an-Abscess
  • Simulation, Evaluation, and Rubrics
  • Access to Simulation for Courses with Large Numbers of Students
  • Which Way Do I Go Coach? Improving Student Decision-Making and Learning in Simulation
  • My Worst Day at Camp: Utilizing simulation to teach students to apply clinical judgment skills in the outpatient setting.
  • Keeping students engaged during simulated clinical experiences
  • Using Virtual and live simulation in preparing nursing students for transition to practice
  • Improving the patient experience with simulation training
  • Many many more!

You can download the full conference presentation summary here and visit the 2014 TN Simulation Event webpage to register today!


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Level 3 Healthcare Shares Impressive Portfolio of Simulation Center A/V Integration Projects

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Level 3 Healthcare, who were the platinum sponsors of the 2014 SimGHOSTS USA event, have updated their new website with some amazing shots of their impressive A/V integration portfolio. Having worked with them closely this year for SimGHOSTS and after touring their impressive integration work at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center, I would highly recommend you add them to your contact list for all major sim lab A/V integration plans!

Zero Hour: First Responder Disaster Training ‘Serious Game’ Now Free

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Just received word that Zero Hour: America’s Medic Disaster Response Training Video game has been released free for download (PC only)!

About Zero Hour:

Released in May 2009, Zero Hour: America’s Medic is a first-person video game designed to train and exercise first responders to respond to mass casualty incidents such as earthquakes and terrorist attacks. Zero Hour was designed by George Washington University’s Office of Homeland Security and Virtual Heroes, Inc. on a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Zero Hour is developed using Unreal Engine 3.

Zero Hour is intended for training and exercising of EMS response, but will also serve the EMS community as a recruiting tool. The scope of practice of the tools in the game are geared toward pre-hospital emergency medical service practitioners, especially paramedics.

Taking place in the fictional city of St. Lillo, the player begins each mission in an ambulance and receives calls from the EMS dispatcher. As the ambulance approaches the scene, the player sees the chaotic scene unfolding. The player chooses which equipment to bring and then acts in accordance with the unique requirements of the situation.

About Virtual Heroes From Their Website:

Virtual Heroes creates blended learning courseware by combining educationally sound and scientifically validated approaches in a robust, proven, production process. We create interactive learning architectures and content based on interoperable industry system standards.

We focus on delivering content in three formats:

  • Simulations for Learning: Representations of real life that accurately demonstrate a physical or simulated process or phenomenon.
  • Serious Games: Game technology used for other than purely entertainment purposes including education, training, strategic messaging, mission planning and rehearsal, marketing, scientific visualization etc.
  • Virtual Worlds: Computer-based, simulated 3D environments intended for many users to inhabit and interact with via avatars.

Our Advanced Learning Technologies leverage simulation and digital game-based learning paradigms to accelerate learning, increase user proficiency and reduce training costs. Powered by the award-winning Unreal Technology, our applications provide self-paced learning and instructor facilitated team training via our browser based GO platform and mobile devices.

Products Available:

  • Skins: Critical Thinking Assessment, Prevention and Treatment
  • HumanSim: Blast Prehospital Disaster Triage
  • HumanSim: Sedation & Airway
  • HumanSim: Zero Hour
  • HumanSim: Biotech
  • HumanSim: Combat Medic
  • Medical Team-based Training
  • Other military, space and anatomy games also available

Train with Zero Hour for Free here and learn more about Virtual Heroes and their many other simulation training games here!


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‘Hemoulage’ – A Review of TrueClot Blood Simulant by Will Enfinger

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With Halloween just around the corner we thought now would be a great time to review Luna Inc. ‘s TrueClot’s Blood Simulant. Simulation Technology Specialist Will Enfinger wrote this wonderful breakdown of this amazing product!

Let There Be… Simulated… Blood:

Welcome to the inaugural simulated blood-product series! My name is Will Enfinger, and I will be your guide on this magical journey through the myriad of products available to us as Simulation Professionals. I have a unique understanding of blood products, as my experience in simulation has required me to bring realism to combat medical training, OR scenarios, and traumatic mass casualty events. I have spilled many a gallon of blood in my quest to illicit realistic stares and flustering amongst participants.

Whether we call it “blood simulant”, “simulated blood”, or just “fake blood”, we all have a need for it at some point during simulation. We fill IV arms with it, pump it through the manikin, or create a trauma wound or scene. And let’s be honest: “concentrated blood” from the majority of manikin manufacturers looks like, well, Kool‑Aid.

While some simulation programs have great success with food coloring or manufacturer’s concentrated mixtures, others feel the need to step it up just a notch. Raise the bar. Add the next level of realism. Give students and learners a memorable experience. That’s where good fake blood comes into play. Hemoulage!

For the sake of this series, we are going to refer to these products as “simulated blood products” since the majority of sim programs will use them for bleeding wounds, scene creation, or realistic IV training and these events involve human whole blood (one of the blood products as recognized by the Red Cross). I will review four Key Elements for these products: Color; Viscosity; Washability; Bonus Traits.

The first product on our testing block is TrueClot™ Blood Simulant by Luna Inc. As you can imagine, the focus of simulated blood products is going to be trauma training and hemorrhage control. This is where realism plays a vital role in the development of skills and intestinal fortitude. According to the Luna website their product

“. . . is the most realistic blood simulant available today. Developed for training first responders in traumatic hemorrhage control, wound packing and the use of advanced hemostatic dressings, TrueClot™ Blood Simulant will form realistic simulated blood clots when used together with TrueClot™ Simulated Hemostatic Dressings and a suitable task trainer or manikin-based wound simulator. Moulage clots can also be created instantly by mixing TrueClot™ with our liquid Clotting Solution.

TrueClot™ accurately matches the color, opacity and flow characteristics of human blood. It is non-biological and non-hazardous, washes from skin and clothing with soap and water and is shelf-stable for six to twelve months. TrueClot™ Blood Simulant is available as a pre-mixed solution or as a concentrate designed to be diluted in water by the end user.”

I believe that is a challenge!

In the sample package I found instruction pages, a large bottle of TrueClot ™ Blood Simulant, a roll of TrueClot ™Simulated Hemostatic Gauze, and TrueClot ™Clotting Solution. The last two bits are intriguing, as shops are beginning to focus on ultra-fidelity with blood. Other than color and viscosity, what makes human blood so special? It clots. Interest piqued.

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COLOR: Red water is not realistic. Appearance is everything in simulated blood. Appearance consists of a combination of color and viscosity. If the color is wrong, we know it right away and the believability suffers.

The first thing I noticed about TrueClot ™ is the color. It is surprisingly realistic. Kind of like that shade of red just this side of I-stole-it-from-a-blood-bank. So far, off to a good start! Luna actually has an image online comparing TrueClot ™ with human blood for color. I was hard-pressed to tell the difference.

I opened the bottle and immediately poured some in my hand. It looked like I really hurt myself. I was impressed. It was extremely life-like and I immediately had a flashback to one of any number of times I have sliced my hand/finger open while cooking, carving things, or just being a boy.

Then I poured some onto our Testing Surface to see how it would fare in the next test . . .

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VISCOSITY: Blood is not water-thin. Neither is it syrup-thick. On a smooth surface blood runs, but slowly. It splatters, but uniformly. Have you ever rubbed it between your fingers? It’s sticky. All of this is viscosity at work.

On the fingers, TrueClot ™ feels like water. On our Testing Surface (a laminated sheet) it beaded up and ran when tilted, just like water would. This is not a deal-breaker, but I began to have my doubts. Deduct one point from TrueClot ™. According to Luna Inc, TrueClot ™ can be used in a manikin. I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I’ll update as soon as I do. With this thin viscosity it may be just fine. Spattered on the floor or manikin, it looked realistic despite the thinness of it.

Maybe some other properties will raise the score. . .

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WASHABILITY: This is The Number One Simulation Concern. I suppose the proper word here is “cleanability”, but the idea remains the same: will it wash off? Not just from skin (ours and our learners) but from clothing (again, ours and learners) and, most importantly, from the manikin. A little known fact: the color red stains more persistently than any other (we could debate about black Sharpie on a manikin’s skin or Red Dye #5 which is probably of the devil). My general rule: If it stains me, it will never come off the manikin.

I left the sample on the Testing Surface to dry for 24hrs, a sample on the manikin for 12hrs, and my skin for about 5 minutes. The interesting thing about TrueClot ™is that it doesn’t actually dry. This is a little strange to me. Luna sells a concentrated TrueClot ™product that reconstitutes with water and I can only assume this is the case here. Once the water evaporates we are left with a concentrate.

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A purple, slimy concentrate.  All traces of “human blood” are now gone (See Image 3) on the Testing Surface.  On my skin, I actually had staining right away (when I first opened it I spilled some and washed up immediately).  But at the 5 minute mark, I was concerned.  Even with soap and warm water, per instructions, I had staining (Image 4).  It easily rinsed off of the Testing Surface with water alone, and I could see that it was reconstituted when the water touched the “dry” sample.  On the manikin, it was a nightmare.  Purple, deep-set stains that I couldn’t remove with soap, acetone, elbow grease — which was not a good sign for cleanup.

CLOTTING:

TrueClot ™ does clotting! The namesake of this product is one of the most incredible aspects of human blood. Our clotting factor keeps us from leaking like a sieve. Anyone who’s dealt with traumatic amputations, childbirth, or just simple lacerations can attest to the miracle of a little direct pressure (or a few shakes of a coagulant).

With the included TrueClot Simulated Hemostatic Gauze, a flow of TrueClot Blood Simulant will actually begin to clot in 30-60 seconds to facilitate the experience of hemorrhage control in a trauma or surgical setting. The addition of a Clotting Solution is even more impressive and more than makes up for the viscosity and washability issues. A ration of 5:1 Blood Simulant to Clotting Solution yields incredibly life-like, almost-instant, clots. So realistic, my co-worker (an experienced trauma/advanced care certified Paramedic) walked into my experiments and just stared. Pale. He turned around and walked out. Luna has a few amazing videos on their site demonstrating the clotting factor, and I really think it’s absolutely brilliant. The possibilities are frightening . . .

CONCLUSION:

So, in conclusion and in summary, Luna Inc.’s TrueClot ™Blood Simulant is a life-like simulated blood product with qualities that far surpass dyed water especially when it comes to educating about clotting, but there’s still a few things to be desired. If the staining isn’t a concern to you, be my guest and try it out.  But for the clotting factor, that is absolutely awesome! The price for this, and other simulated blood products, is not cheap.  You truly get what you pay for (about $50/gal of the pre-made solution), and while tempra paint can do in a pinch, it’s just not the same.

To learn more visit Luna’s TrueClot Webpage!

Stay tuned, my Hardcore Hemoulage Heads! More to come next month… If you have any questions or would like to know how a simulated blood product (can we call these things SBPs?) acts in certain situations, email me!

GoPro Unveils 4K Resolution Camera: Hero4

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GoPro, the makers of the world’s most popular HD personal camera, recently unveiled their Hero4 which records at an incredible 4K resolution. Why is this so important? Well, as we all know technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and at this point, none of us would be comfortable watching our favorite shows on a black and white 6″ TV screen. Think about the resolution quality of DVDs at 720 pixels by 480 pixels which are almost phased out being replaced by BluRay. Contrast that with the resolution of 4K which is at an astounding 4096 pixels x 2160 pixels.

Look at the breakdown below at the difference between pixel ratios between various types of media. Our current high “standard” is 1080p HD which you will find on most new TV flatscreen TVs. Imagine four of those 1080p TVs together and then some packed into the same size screen – thats 4K!

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What does this mean for healthcare simulation?

Consider being able to read the label on the simulated medication, or the tick mark on the syringe with the amount of medication to be administered. Or consider the level of detail surgeons will be able to work through with higher resolution screens for training. As advanced simulation attempts to mimic real experiences with the highest level of fidelity, recording and presenting those engagements to learners in the highest quality possible will always been an important element towards success. While this level of technology is not required to run medical simulations effectively, the trend to utilize the latest in a/v technologies will eventually make 4K the standard in healthcare — and that we can now do that with a personal camera like the GoPro Hero4 is a huge shift towards mass adoption of such technologies, which previously were extremely cost-prohibitive. Just like the first clinical manikins were!

About the Hero4 Black:

Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates,1 HERO4 Black takes Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. New Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at a blistering 30 frames per second and improved audio,1 HERO4 Black is the ultimate life-capture solution.

Check out the latest GoPro video to see 4K in action. Note: To see the true potential of 4K, I suggest loading this video full screen and making sure the playback quality is set to 4K in the settings options located on the gear lowered right.


(Load this video in full screen and set 4K as the Quality)

Since the holidays are coming up, I know what’s going to be on my list for this year! Get your GoPro Hero4 Black through amazon today:

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