Top 5 Reasons to Attend ASPiH 2015 in Brighton UK November 3rd-5th

Having attended the last two ASPiH conferences I can attest that they are remarkable events that are defiantly worth attending for healthcare simulationists in the UK, EU and beyond! Check out their shared top 5 reasons to attend this year’s November 3rd-5th event in Brighton!


Over the last 6 years the ASPiH Annual Conference has established itself as the major UK simulation based education event, bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience involved in simulated practice and technology enhanced learning. Last year our theme was changing behaviours and we build on this in 2015 with a focus on developing resilience and improving quality of care. The overarching theme of improving performance will link across 8 key note lectures from:
  • Professor John Schaefer MD, Director Healthcare Simulation of South Carolina, USA and Professor Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. John will explain how you measure and create value for “selling” simulation to key decision makers.
  • Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse Oxford  University Hospitals NHS Trust and former Chief Nurse  and Midwifery Officer, State of Western Australia . Catherine will explore the value of simulated practice across a range of different settings.
  • Professor Charles Vincent, Professor of Psychology, University of Oxford and Professional Fellow Health Foundation. Charles will explore what we can learn from other industries about the psychology of a safety culture.
  • Dr Stephen Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at Eurocontrol European Air Traffic Control. Stephen will explore the notion of cultures of safety, outline some traps in safety culture work, and reflect on practical experience gained from over 30 European countries in air safety.

The main programme commences at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd November. Plenary lectures, expert panels, and roundtable discussions will stimulate and inspire to consider how you can improve your own areas of practice. In addition there will be an expanded TECH ROOM with a packed programme across the 3 days. We also have over 20 interactive workshops on a wide range of subjects including:

  • Top 10 Tips for running a centre
  • How to get work published
  • The Elaine Bromiley Story – Launch of NEW UPDATED VIDEO STORY
  • Debriefing – how to manage conflict
  • How to develop simulation apps
  • What can simulated patients do for you?

From the FREE opening reception in the Exhibiton Hall on Tuesday 3rd September to the Brighton Beach Party and Networking Buffet on the Wednesday evening, we build on our reputation for combining exceptional academic content with a fun, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. The Tuesday Gala Dinner is a formal event at the magnificent Grand Hotel. For a more informal evening, join us on Wednesday 5th November for a buffet supper and beach party with a magician, surfing simulator and special dance competitions.

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With all our industry partners who have supported ASPiH for 6 years to new and innovative companies, a tour of our largest ever exhibition is the ideal way to explore and discuss the latest simulation and technology enhanced learning products and services.

Following the success of the inaugural competition last year, we invite team entries for the new competition this year focusing on demonstrating alignment with stated learning objectives and excellent debriefing and facilitation skills.

We hope that this is enough to encourage you to register but we haven’t been able to tell you everything! Click HERE to visit the website for more information about us and the conference. You can view the final programme HERE.”

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INACSL “Debra Spunt” Research Grant Sponsored by Laerdal Call For Proposals Ends Soon

Reminder today for INACSL members that Wednesday September 16th is the deadline for submitting your mini-grant research proposal! The grants are made possible by the support of Laerdal.

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About the Grant:

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning invites proposals to conduct investigations on issues relevant to nursing simulation. The INACSL “Debra Spunt” Research Grant program is designed to encourage growth and development of novice researchers among the INACSL membership. Priority will be given to new grant applicants. Two annual competitive reviews will result in the awarding of two grants of $1000 each. The goal is to fund research that advances the science of simulation in healthcare and is related to at least one INACL research priority.  Rigorously designed research proposals, both qualitative and quantitative are welcome.  Proposals must target one of the following research priorities:

  • Translational research
  • Evaluation methods
  • Validity and reliability of instruments
  • Ratio of clinical time to simulation time
  • Prebriefing and briefing
  • Use of theory in simulation
  • Measurement of higher order thinking (e.g. clinical reasoning)
  • Faculty development
  • Facilitator competence
  • Communication

Preference will be given to research projects that are a part of a multi-site study.  Research projects that measure student satisfaction and/or self confidence must couple those outcome measures with one of the research priorities listed above.

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning invites proposal submissions to conduct investigations on issues relevant in Nursing Practice and Nursing Education.  Our goal is to fund research on a variety of issues related to simulation and other areas of member interest.

To see past grant recipients, and learn how to apply, simply
Visit the INACSL website today!


KeyIn Medical Simulation Product Review Website Crosses 1500 Users & 300 Reviews

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Are you looking to purchase high-cost medical simulation supplies, equipment, or services? Learn what other simulation champions from around the world have to say about those very products and services on KeyIn, the world’s most successful medical simulation industry review website.

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Read almost 300 reviews from 1500 validated medical simulation champions in over 85 countries by creating a FREE account today! Share your thoughts and experiences on hundreds of products already in the system. Learn more about the specifications of certain products and connect with vendors you are interested in learning more from.

Simply visit now and read ratings and reviews on the most popular and specialized products in our field now!

Visit today to create your FREE account!

Upcoming September ‘TeamSTEPPS Trainer Essentials Plus’ Courses by Dr. Timothy Clapper at PA Global Institute for Sim Training


Word today is about an upcoming September 4th early-bird deadline to participate in Dr. Timothy Clapper’s Upcoming September/October TeamSTEPPS Trainer Essentials Plus courses. Dr. Clapper was the SimGHOSTS 2013 USA keynote speaker where he spoke on the ability for TeamSTEPPS to be utilized not only for healthcare to healthcare discussions, but also for healthcare to simulation staff conversations. It’s a communication tool set that enhances performance and patient safety.

Read our other simulation TeamSTEPPS articles by with Dr. Timothy Clapper:

Poor communication and teamwork can lead to under-performing clinical teams and errors that disrupt even the best patient safety initiatives. TeamSTEPPS can make a difference for organizations, but only if the organizations and clinicians understand, adopt, and apply the four competencies (Clapper & Ng, 2012).

Course Overview: This course trains teams in the essential skills needed to function as team members and leaders. This is the only master training course that includes the use of simulation and assists the learner with developing an implementation plan.

Course: “TeamSTEPPS Trainer Essentials Plus”
Course DatesSep. 21-23, 2015 or Sep. 30-Oct 2, 2015
Course Provided By: Global Institute for Simulation Training
Location: Simulation Training Center at Education Management Solutions, Exton, PA
Instructor: Timothy Clapper, PhD

Timothy Clapper, PhD

Dr. Clapper is one of four American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Educators in the world. As a TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer, he has improved the teamwork skills and clinical practice of inter-professional teams at numerous healthcare facilities in the US and abroad. Using TeamSTEPPS® and his Saturation in Training theory (Clapper & Ng, 2012), he has improved the culture and practice of entire departments and reduced clinical errors.

Course Objectives:

  1. Use TeamSTEPPS communication tools to improve team communication and increase patient safety
  2. Use effective patient handoff techniques to enhance information exchange during transitions in care
  3. Identify barriers to teamwork and use strategies to overcome them
  4. Participants will receive an implementation guide – it is a core value to the course. They will not have to develop it. They will receive the implementation guide, and the course content will include training on how to tailor the plan for their own institute, including training cross-departmental teams.
  5. Participate in simulation to reinforce learning

Here’s what participants say:

“I had previously taken a TeamSTEPPS®workshop, but came back feeling like I had tools, but could not get “buy in” to use them. I was also unsure of how to fit it into our program. After attending this educational program, I am armed with both education, the means to carry it out, AND a plan! The plan will help us to move the process forward”

“I enjoyed the combination of information along with how to use it and implement it; the interaction among the group as led by [Dr. Clapper] and the various modes of education (lecture, video, sim) fully engaged me and kept my attention.”

Seating is limited to a maximum of 20 participants for each workshop.
Early registration rate is available until September 4.
Institutions are encouraged to send a team of three (physicians/nurses) from each department to facilitate effective implementation.

Click here for more information about the course.

Click here to register!

New ‘EHR Tutor’ Enables Simulated Learning From Cloud

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Today I was made aware of a new Electronic Health Record Training System called “EHR Tutor”. Their website suggests that “EHR Tutor provides functionality and features that will give your students the experience they need to confidently enter today’s technology based workplace and the world of electronic records.” Have you started teaching EHR in your simulation lab yet? Direct integration into your simulation scenarios can be challenging so I would love to hear how you do it!

EHR Tutor Features:

  • Similar to EHR systems currently in use at medical facilities including flowsheets for common workflows
  • Preloaded patients for easy lesson creation
  • Patients’ charts and activities can be added or modified to meet instructors’ needs
  • Instructors can view and grade student activities

Learn more about on the EHR Tutor Website!

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Learning Through Simulation: A Blog Dedicated to The Methodology (Outside of Medicine)

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Late post today sharing a blog post from Robin Clark of The QMT Group entitled “Embracing Simulation” on his blogpost “All Things Simulation”. Although it is not about medical simulation per se, this resource website has some interesting perspective on simulation in education and should be explored by clinical educators interested in furthering the learning opportunities in their programs:

“Over the last 10 years, more than a thousand students have attended one or more of my simulation classes. I have seen successful and not so successful students. There are ways to help ensure success and here I provide some guidance on avoiding the most common mistakes.

Simulation modeling can be challenging for a beginner.  There is a sharp learning curve not only on the mechanics and nuances of the software, but also with managing a simulation project.  However, there is a magic formula and here it is in a nutshell. Make sure you have…

  • Training on the software
  • Support from a mentor
  • An appropriate first project
  • Support from the rest of the company
    • Access to data
    • Subject matter experts to educate yourself on the process
  • Time to work on the project
  • Time to verify and validate the project
  • Time to measure its success”

Read the Full Article and many like it on Robin’s “All Things Simulation” Blog today!

Simulation Technology Training Meeting “SimGHOSTS” Launches Registration for Dubai Nov. 23rd-25th Event!

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Registration Now Open for Dubai SimGHOSTS Event!

Location: Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Pre-Conference: Monday November 23rd, 2015
Main Conference: Tuesday November 24th & Wednesday November 25th, 2015

World Famous Simulation Technology Training Event Comes to Dubai 

Join an estimated attendance of 100 other Simulation Technicians from around the world this November 23th – 25th for the global healthcare simulation industry’s “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” hands-on training event.  Answering an overwhelming call by the international community for continued simulation technician specific events, the SimGHOSTS non-profit 501(c)3 organization are thrilled to invite simulation technicians from around the world to join one another in Dubai, UAE.

The 2015 “SimGHOSTS” event will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. As well, meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

The event was made primarily possible by the support of Simulead.

About Simulead


A unique business model in the HealthCare Education field, Simulead offers a wide range of solutions for end users and manufacturers of simulation technologies:

  • Healthcare Education Simulation solutions: Design, equipment and operation. Advanced manufacturer “Train the trainer programs” in our Dubai based regional training center.
  • Highly equipped “Mock-Up” High Fidelity Simulation Lab which showcases our partners’ products and allows end users to Demo before purchasing.
  • A Free Zone Stock & Spare Parts storage facility, with a Maintenance & Repair Duty Free workshop. A strong alliance with our well-chosen manufacturers ensures that Simulead One-Stop-Shop provides the most advanced and qualitative products to its clientele.
  • Our turnkey solution services ensures that all your ambitions in the HealthCare Education Simulation are brought to reality from Infrastructure to operation.

Situated in the highly dynamic Jumeirah Lake Towers area in Dubai, our head office operates in a Free Zone Facility and caters for the Middle East and Africa Region, with expansion plans to other areas around the globe.z

About the Host Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center

Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) was launched in 2002 by the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to meet the demand for high quality, patient-centered healthcare. Today, DHCC is home to over 3700 licensed professionals occupying 4.1 million square feet in the heart of Dubai. DHCC combines the leading expertise of medical institutions and pre-eminent healthcare providers to deliver the A-Z of medical services.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC) is the education and research arm of DHCC and aim to establish an integrated academic and advance the healthcare industry in the Middle East.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC) is the leading center for medical simulation in the UAE and an institution of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, located in Dubai Healthcare City.

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Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2015?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”) or those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a low to high-fidelity healthcare simulation facility.

Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-to-day operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs.

The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare simulation technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events (like ASPiH November 2015)  are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation.

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

  • Meet with other Simulation Technology Specialists and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Receive specialized training in:
    • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
    • Audiovisual production techniques and debugging
    • Learning Management System troubleshooting
    • IT networking
    • Team leadership and communication techniques
    • Manikin moulage and makeup
    • Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices.
    • Much more….
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

Learn more and register now at the SimGHOSTS 2015 Dubai Page!

Whitepaper from EMS: How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency.

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Continuing our recent series of medical simulation ‘How To’ articles, today we are pointed in the direction of an EMS whitepaper entitled “How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency”. The article covers several major areas including:

  • Staffing Needs Identification
  • IT Department Communication
  • Simulation Staff Salaries

About the SimulationIQ WhitePaper:

Your institution has just opened a state-of-the-art simulation center complete with all the bells and whistles the industry has to offer. However, just as a car needs fuel and maintenance to run effectively, a simulation center requires investment beyond the initial technology purchase. A sim center does not operate and manage itself – people do. And these people should be hired long before the ribbon-cutting ceremony of your new center!

But what skills should you look for during the hiring process?

A sim center requires a similar type of operational knowledge as driving a car. One must first know how to drive a car in order to do so safely. This includes an understanding of the rules of the road and the actual physical movements required to operate the vehicle. Similarly, there are many administrative and educational tasks that need to be taken care of in order to have a smooth-running simulation center.

Get the FREE Whitepaper now from EMS!

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Registration Still Available for Laerdal SUN Louisville Kentucky September 9th-11th

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Recently received word from Laerdal Western Regional Sales Manager Mark Carlson that on September 9th-11th Laerdal is hosting a Simulation User Network Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. SUN stands for Simulation User Network and is a forum for learning about simulation and Laerdal systems. I have attended and spoken at many Laerdal SUNs and always find them to be a useful learning and networking opportunity for simulation champions!

Here are some of the specific event highlights for the Kentucky show:

  • Dr. Sheila Melander, Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing will share personal insights on proven techniques on how simulation may be utilized in an education setting to assess the achievement of competencies.
  • Historically, hands-on sessions are highly attended such as Optimizing the Total Learning Experience and Simulator Maintenance which are geared towards helping improve the efficiency of simulation labs.
  • An award winning moulage artist will demonstrate how to enhance realism in a simulation center by creating simulated bodily fluids and wounds.

What Can You Expect at the SUN?

  • Connect with others who are just like you and mingle with industry leaders and subject matter experts.
  • The Simulation User Network Conferences offer best practices to help advance simulation training programs across all healthcare disciplines.
  • Discover innovative strategies
  • Unite with industry leaders Learn new techniques

It is Laerdal’s goal that you leave the SUN Conference invigorated, inspired and equipped with practical tools that can be easily incorporated into your training programs. If you are new to simulation and in the region this is a must-attend event that is extremely affordable!

Reserve your spot at Laerdal’s SUN website today


CAE Healthcare ‘Vivo’ Android Software App Allows for Intuitive Manikin Control & Debriefing

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At SimGHOSTS 2015 USA I had a moment to connect with Pamela Azevedo, Patient Simulation Product Manager for CAE Healthcare, who showcased the new Vivo tablet software which now enables CAE Healthcare customers to better manipulate and control their simulation equipment and debriefing processes. With colorful intuitive buttons it was easy to start controlling the nearby METIman and setup ongoing timeframes for patient vital sign changes. I was thrilled to see how simple it could be and fun to operate! Below is some more information about the Vivo which is now available as an upgrade for all current METIman users, and will ship standard with tablet for all new METIman purchases. The software is currently android only but I imagine it will be ported over to iOS in the future.

With Vïvo, you are in full control of the simulation. Create an evidence-based scenario or operate the simulator on the fly. Vïvo places you in the center of the simulation environment and connects you with your learner.

  • Your Patient, Your Way – Invent the patient you need to prepare learners. With a touch, change one patient parameter, or design a pathway.
  • Assess in Real Time – Quickly capture learner-patient interactions within Vïvo’s integrated checklists and with instructor notations.
  • Get Started in Minutes – Vïvo’s intuitive, inviting interface allows you to feel your way with little need for training or technical support.
  • Designed for Tablet – Launch a simulation anytime and anywhere. Write scenarios on the tablet or design new scenarios.

You can sign up for a webinar or learn more now at CAE Healthcare Vivo Website today!