Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

At the 2016 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego, California, Laerdal Medical queried the experts in attendance on a variety of topics, including “Is simulation just about the simulator?” With innovations in technology expanding teaching and learning options over the past decade, simulation has become an integral part of medical education at all levels. During the event Laerdal covered a series of important questions with the following video interview topics.

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Laerdal’s Ask the Experts Series:

  1. Does Simulation Work?
  2. How does deliberate practice and debriefing work?
  3. How do I make a case for simulation?
  4. Is simulation just about the simulator?
  5. How do people manage the process of change?
  6. How do people sustain their simulation programs?
  7. What makes a good supplier partner for simulation?

Watch the entire 7 videos series from Laerdal here!


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CAE Healthcare Shares Patient Safety Foundation Info Graphic

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CAE Healthcare covered the NPSF last week and shared this info graphic of tips to reduce patient harm established by the group:

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) issued a report which calls for ‘federal agencies to create a portfolio of national standard patient safety processes’ across the care continuum, and ‘to retire invalid measures that are not useful or meaningful.’

Here, above, are the eight recommendations from the National Patient Safety Foundation to achieve this goal. The full report, “Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human” (Boston, MA; 2015) is available online.

CAE Healthcare is a medical simulation/simulation training company with a mission to improve healthcare education and patient safety. The global leader in simulation-based healthcare training, product design and manufacture, CAE Healthcare produces patient manikins / nursing manikins; surgical simulators, ultrasound simulation trainers, and clinical simulation management solutions for customers in more than 60 countries around the world.

Read more about Patient Safety on the CAE Healthcare website

Plan for Australasian Simulation Congress Late September

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Monday 26 September – Thursday 29 September 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria, Australia

Simulation Australasia, the national body for those working in simulation in Australasia, will once again bring together the SimHealth and SimTecT conferences under the name of the Australasian Simulation Congress (ASC) with opportunities for a number of joint sessions of mutual interest. In 2016, it will also incorporate the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA).

About Simulation Australasia

Simulation Australasia and the SimTecT / SimHealth Organising Committees invite you to join us at the inaugural Australasian Simulation Congress. This year we are Melbourne bound, to celebrate in effect, our coming of age. Yes, it’s our 21st birthday and a new chapter begins.

You are encouraged to join us in highlighting the leadership that thrives within our community (both local and abroad) as we unite again, SimTecT and SimHealth, now together as curated streams of the newly titled Australasian Simulation Congress. This year we also stand alongside an old ally, the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA), as we incorporate their 47th meeting and throw open our doors to a wider public audience.

The sense of achievement was palpable as we celebrated the conclusion of our 20th conference year in 2015. Delegates, exhibitors and committee members alike were basking in the perception of a job well done, relationships forged, deals struck and opportunities identified. It was a time for celebration!

After all, is that not our purpose? Of course it is, celebration of the potential in this community of ours!

The SimAust Chairman, Dr Mike Brennan, has declared we are at the nexus of technology, academia and industry. Indeed we are, for this is a year that we bring a spotlight to you, our industry partners. For the first time in many years, perhaps in our history, we have appointed an Exhibition Convenor, to bring industry capability to an equal partnership with scientific research in our Congress program. Make no mistake, we deeply value the scientific contribution our research community brings to this event, and we think the best way to secure our place in academic society is to draw a firm line in the sand, and so we have determined that if it’s not research, it needs a new home in the Congress schedule. This year, our Exhibition will have a dedicated program of activities, an industry showcase event will be held in the Exhibition Hall, and our Exhibitors will have unprecedented engagement in signature events throughout the Congress.

We want to be heard in Melbourne above the fever pitch of the AFL Grand Final week – will you come and help us make some noise!! We are so excited about showing off our amazing industry, and look forward to discussing with you what that looks like for your business. Our team is ready to build the show with you.

Learn more at the Australasian Simulation Conference Website today!


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Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways: the Role of Simulation-Based Education

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Have you checked out the Advances in Simulation journal yet? Great news it’s free for everyone online thanks to the folks at SESAM! Just finished reviewing “Supporting transitions in medical career pathways: the role of simulation-based education” by Jennifer Cleland et al., and found it very useful for us all to consider!

About Advances in Simulation Journal

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

Abstract

Transitions, or periods of change, in medical career pathways can be challenging episodes, requiring the transitioning clinician to take on new roles and responsibilities, adapt to new cultural dynamics, change behaviour patterns, and successfully manage uncertainty. These intensive learning periods present risks to patient safety. Simulation-based education (SBE) is a pedagogic approach that allows clinicians to practise their technical and non-technical skills in a safe environment to increase preparedness for practice. In this commentary, we present the potential uses, strengths, and limitations of SBE for supporting transitions across medical career pathways, discussing educational utility, outcome and process evaluation, and cost and value, and introduce a new perspective on considering the gains from SBE. We provide case-study examples of the application of SBE to illustrate these points and stimulate discussion.

Conclusions

Increasing doctors’ preparedness to perform the skills and behaviours required to fulfil the responsibilities of any new role is important for patient safety, service efficiency, and individual psychological well-being. Whilst true mastery of a role cannot be achieved until one is immersed within the workplace itself [6], the literature indicates that we can go some way to preparing individuals for the technical and non-technical elements of any new role, and indeed the associated psychological challenges, through the judicious and imaginative use of SBE. In this paper, we have provided an overview of some of the key factors associated with planning and evaluating SBE for transitions.

We have also highlighted a number of areas for future research in SBE to support medical career transitions. These include the development of understanding around the practical factors to be considered when designing SBE, ranging from the delivery of feedback and the incorporation of longer term outcome measures to analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the approach being undertaken, as well as the socio-cultural influences on learning in simulated settings. We urge those working in SBE research to consider how best to identify and evaluate concrete specific outcomes of SBE for this purpose. There remains the need for further investigation into the use of SBE to support the transition from medical student to junior doctor, but we urge those working in this area to not neglect examining the use of SBE to support later medical career transitions where “learners” are working with less supervision and increasing responsibility yet where (largely non-technical) issues pertinent to patient safety remain apparent.

Read the full article on the Advances in Simulation Journal

University of South Alabama Healthcare Simulation Program Covered by Local News

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From the WKRG website: USA Health Science students are using cutting edge technology to learn how to take care of patients. In the Department of Simulation, they are using mannequins that are programmed to have real life medical problems. Twenty-five of these mannequins are so high-tech, that they can simulate a woman in labor, or a patient having a heart attack in addition to about 100 other medical conditions. Instructors even use a red substance, to put blood in their veins, and these dummies have a pulse.

Read more at the WKRG website!

*Looking to get media attention to your simulation program? Read our guide!

CRAFT Virtual Learning Environment Provides Machine Learning Through Simulation

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Working in heavy machine shops can obviously be a hazardous environment. Learning how to work in such spaces and properly use heavy machinery carefully in a simulated virtual reality environment makes a lot of sense. Craft, by video gaming company Little Chicken, provides this kind of safety training platform for craftsmanship.

Craft is an innovative training platform for technical craftsmanship in metal, electrical and mechanical technologies. 3D virtual simulation or real-life equipment, combined with moodle integration and gamification elements, provides engaging, realistic and safe learning environments for professionals and students alike.

The Craft platform is a unique blend of expert knowledge training, gamified simulation technology, and engineering. Training operating staff by using the CRAFT creator-tool: let your experts build step-by-step procedural tests for the machines you use and introduce students to safety and operating procedures before they enter the workplace!

Learn more about CRAFT on the Little Chicken Website!

DeVry Medical International’s Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy Provides Innovation in Healthcare With Simulation & Beyond

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Did you know about the innovative healthcare technology based learning programs at Devry International University? The Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy (IRCS) at DeVry Medical International (DMI) is a dedicated academic unit committed to researching and developing simulation technology as it pertains to clinical education.

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One problem plaguing medical and nursing educators is a lack of good clinical sites with the ability to provide a standardized, comprehensive clinical experience. That’s why DMI has turned to simulation centers and technologies to supplement preliminary in-person patient encounters.

The benefits are immeasurable. First, the controlled environment of the simulation center provides students with increased competence and confidence in a number of skills before they enter clinical environments with live patients. By allowing faculty to create and replicate various scenarios, students log practice hours in a true-to-life environment that may not have been possible in a conventional clinical setting. And by supplementing with simulation technologies, students are afforded an arguably more thorough learning process than live clinical experiences alone can provide. The end result is increased patient safety.

Mobile Applications

Games are an effective source of entertainment, with the best ones engaging players in skill building, strategy, and competition. With the prevalence of mobile devices, gaming has taken a turn for the convenient, as mobile users are able to challenge friends from any location and at any time of day. What if we could harness the intrinsic engagement of mobile gaming, and leverage it to build practical skills in the medical and veterinary world? Through strategic partnerships with Games Learning Society and Learning Games Network, DMI has done just that.

With mobile game-based simulations, medical and veterinary students have access to a range of designed experiences — from hand washing to emergency patient intervention — to facilitate practice and mastery before interfacing with live patients or animals. Each of these game-based mobile applications records user proficiency in the given task. For faculty, this means continuous access to students’ progress; for many students, though, this also means friendly competition and enhanced engagement through learning as game-play or performance.

Virtual Learning Environments

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers post-licensure educational opportunities through use of a virtual learning environment, used in tandem with traditional clinical placements. The current environment, called Second Life, is a virtual, three-dimensional application that is fully interactive and mimics the real world through the use of avatars.

These types of learning environments in the field of nursing are growing in popularity since they have become an opportune adjunct to practicum sites. One major benefit of a virtual learning environment, like Second Life, is that it can provide some of the necessary experiences for students, without relying solely on external sites. Additionally, faculty have enhanced control over the student experience in Second Life and the option to tailor scenarios to curriculum and student need.

Second Life allows students to navigate real-world scenarios in realistic environments that may not have been possible on-site. These experiences include but are not necessarily limited to patient interactions. For example, Second Life provides students the opportunity to explore and renovate an abandoned wing of a hospital to accommodate a new a cardiac wellness center that has a working budget. In traditional practicums, budget details are not shared with students; in the virtual learning environment, though, faculty can create such scenarios to help students develop the skills they need to assume their future roles.

These developments have reshaped the learning landscape by creating new opportunities in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program’s indirect care tracks at the graduate level, while supporting learning in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, and Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN online degree completion option.

Learn more at the IRCS Website!

2nd Annual SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Opens at GAPS Simulation in London

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Today more than 85 simulation champions and vendor representatives from around the world came together at the GAPS Simulation Center at St. George’s University in London, UK for the 2nd annual SimGHOSTS-ASPiH event. Gold Sponsor CAE Healthcare introduced the keynote speaker Lance Baily, Founder of SimGHOSTS, who spoke on the past, present and future of healthcare simulation. ASPiH Executive Director Andy Anderson was also in attendance.

About the SimGHOSTS ASPiH 2016 UK Keynote Address by Lance Baily

Lance Baily is an innovator and thought leader in the world of healthcare simulation. Using his background in digital media production and EMS fire fighting, as well as his work as a Simulation Technology Specialist, Lance founded several of the world’s leading websites, organizations, and events in the field of healthcare simulation. Lance also served as the inaugural Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s massive multi-institutional Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Desiring to make a global impact, Lance founded what has become the world’s most-read medical simulation resource website: HealthySimulation.com.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Lance went on to create SimGHOSTS.org, a non-profit organization that supports professionals in the healthcare simulation industry through hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. Because of overwhelming global demand, SimGHOSTS now operates four annual events, including ones in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. SimGHOSTS has also forged successful affiliations with simulation organizations all over the world, including SSH, ASPE, ASPiH, Simulation Australia, HIMSS, INACSL, and IPSS.

In a drive to create excellence, SimGHOSTS has recently partnered with INACSL to develop a new professional competency standard for the position of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist. Lance continues to be a change-maker and innovator in the field of healthcare simulation. All of his projects and efforts are based on a core belief: that emerging technology can create community and empower people to solve bigger problems faster.

In his best selling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell considers why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, and why the Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history. Throughout his book, Gladwell theorizes how historical and cultural circumstances can pave the way for such phenomenal success. Lance asked “What can the healthcare simulation industry learn from a similar of exploration of its own past, present, and future?”

Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily has applied Gladwell’s theories to our industry and will explain why his projects, including HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org, have made such huge global impacts in just five short years. By understanding the core truths behind the success of these projects, participants took away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions.

Finally, Lance explored how the historical and cultural forces that are now in motion will transform healthcare simulation as we know it from a small community of early-adopters to a universal standard embraced by all.

About Gold Sponsor CAE Healthcare:

CAE Healthcare is a medical simulation company with a mission to improve healthcare education and patient safety. We design and build products for patient simulation, surgical simulation, ultrasound simulation and clinical simulation management. Our global adjunct faculty and clinicians develop medical simulation scenarios for medicine, nursing, health sciences, hospital systems and the military. Our commitment to quality, lean manufacturing and world-class customer service is unmatched, allowing us to deliver innovative healthcare simulation training products and solutions to our customers in more than 60 countries around the world. From full motion flight simulators to simple part-task trainers CAE are passionate about technology and innovation. It is amongst the Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists we feel free to discuss, demonstrate and educate on our new and existing platforms but also to fuel our inspiration to meet the needs of all those working in the field of healthcare simulation. Learn more at CAEHealthcare.com.

Learn more by following the twitter hashtag #SG16UK &
Visiting SimGHOSTS.org today!

Plymouth University Pennisula Offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Simulation & Pt Safety

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Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This three year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Explore an in-depth range of simulation-based learning techniques and be equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct your dissertation. Be primed with the advanced knowledge and understanding to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety in your workplace.

In your first year, you’ll explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve patient safety and quality of care through enhanced learning. You’ll also advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and the application of these to your own workplace. You’ll be introduced to the role of human factors and develop a critical understanding of the current state of patient safety within healthcare and examine strategies to improve it.

In your second year, you’ll be provided with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. You’ll also explore the physical and psychological links between organisations, employees and their work environment and how the concept of human factors influences the way we work. The use of simulation for training and assessment of human factors will be integral to the module.

Key Program features

  • Your learning journey – this three year masters programme will be delivered part-time following a one day induction event which covers masters level learning, the Managed Learning Environment, library resources and the programme structure, aims and outcomes. The programme will include four taught modules, plus the dissertation, totalling 180 credits.
  • Alternatively, choose to study full time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
  • Develop an understanding of the factors involved in quality improvement strategies and their evaluation using outcomes related to patient safety.

Learn more at the Plymouth University Peninsula Simulation Pages!

eoSim Provides Validated Affordable Surgical Training Solutions

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Looking for affordable surgical training boxes with performance tracking through various OS platforms? Check out the various elegant surgical trainers from eoSurgical.

With eoSim, Trainees can learn advanced suturing techniques with the top of the range SurgTrac Elite take-home simulator, with access to the Core, Advanced and Elite Curricula.

Includes everything you need to take your skills training to the highest level:

  • SurgTrac training platform: access to our new SurgTrac software and the 6-module SurgTrac Elite Curriculum (in addition to the Core & Advanced Curricula).
  • Complete the SurgTrac Elite curriculum via distance learning, and receive remote assessment & feedback from our faculty.
  • Follow your skills progression via your online profile – now accessible from any device.
  • See the fastest times for each module via the Top Scalpel leaderboard.\
  • 6 x laparoscopic instruments: Ratcheted grasper, non-ratcheted grasper, scissors, knot pusher (to make reusable endoloops) & a pair of needle holders.
  • 3 x practice models: Peg-board (with thread), three-clip board, two-clip board & suture pad.
  • Disposables for practice models: 1 x roll of nylon thread, 2 x gloves, 4 x precision cutting templates, 4 x dice, 5 x paper clips, 6 x elastic bands, 8 x red & blue instrument stickers, 10 x foam tubes, 10 x white balloons, 10 x green balloons, 12 x 3/0 braided sutures.
  • High Definition 1080p USB plug-and-play scope built in.
  • LED light strip built in to provide optimal illumination.
  • Compatible with Mac OS 10.7 onwards and Windows 7 onwards.
  • Single user license
  • Also works with Tablets and Smartphones – even quicker and easier to get practising.

Learn more on the eoSurgical website!