CRAFT Virtual Learning Environment Provides Machine Learning Through Simulation

simulation training for machine shops

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.


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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!


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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.

Medical Simulation

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.

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

post graduate healthcare simulation masters diploma certificate

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

surgical training box

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!

AHA and Laerdal Provide Resuscitation Quality Improvement Mobile Sim Cart

resuscitation quality improvement

Mobile simulation carts are a great way to add cost-effective training programs in most professional healthcare settings. Laerdal has partnered with the America Heart Association to provide Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) mobile training carts to improve CPR scores, and help save lives.

About RQI

Many healthcare providers do not perform CPR as a normal part of their daily practice, and some may rarely perform CPR after their bi-annual training. As CPR compression and ventilation skills degrade from lack of use and practice, so does the overall effectiveness of CPR. As the quality of CPR degrades, this can literally become a matter of life and death for your patients.

Fortunately, you don’t have to invest hours every day to improve and maintain your proficiency. Brief and regular practice in CPR – low-dose/high-frequency training – has been shown to lead to better skills. The American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) program is a groundbreaking new approach to maintaining competence in CPR. The RQI program uses realistic eSimulation patient cases and a mobile Simulation Station, for quarterly psychomotor skills activities, to help healthcare providers retain life-saving CPR skills.

Learn more on the AHA website for RQI!

Surgical Systems Provides Ross II Robotic Surgery Simulator for Da Vinci Training

ross2 surgery simulator

Recently we learned about the Ross II surgical simulator which provides the skills necessary to operate the da Vinci surgical robot.

What is RoSS?

  • RoSS is a portable, stand-alone Robotic Surgery Simulator that teaches novice surgeons the motor and cognitive skills required for operating the da Vinci surgical robot.
  • The RoSS uses virtual reality to introduce the user to the fundamentals of robot-assisted surgery. It boasts a multi-level curriculum, designed with various levels of difficulty, that takes the user through and teaches the required skills for effectively advancing robotic surgery abilities.
  • RoSS is the only robotic surgery simulator featuring full-length surgical procedures in 3D, otherwise known as HoST.
  • RoSS is portable, so novice surgeons are able to practice and train without using valuable OR space and time.

New in RoSS II

The portable, stand-alone RoSS II console is a sleek redesign of the original RoSS that boasts improved graphics, enhanced visualization, smaller size, and decreased weight.

  • NEW Improved Graphics
  • NEW Improved Physics in Skills Modules
  • NEW Superior Arm Motion and Interaction
  • NEW Robotic Skills Assessment (RSA) Score

Features & Benefits

  • Portable, stand-alone console can be setup anywhere.
  • Integrated management system stores metrics for all users and tasks performed.
  • HoST (Hands-on Surgical Training) modules use actual surgical cases for unparalleled realism.
  • Adjustability and usability customizable to each user.
  • Proven track record of mechanical and electrical reliability.
  • Ergonomically adjustable to each user.

Learn more on the Simulated Surgical Systems Website!

Action Training Provides Video Recording Services for EMS/Fire Fighter Training Departments

video recording training fire department

Is your EMS or Fire Fighter department seeking video production services for your training program? Then you have to check out the awesome team from Action Training Systems! Action Training Systems’ focus is providing superior training programs for emergency responders in both the private and public sector. They started out with linear programs on VHS as companion products to written manuals and have branched out to include Online interactive courses, streaming video and DVDs. Providing training programs at all levels makes them effective at program delivery regardless of your training style or needs. Check out this example below for safety procedures:

The above video is Fireghter Safety: Part I. This Essentials of Fire Fighting series presents an overview of fire department and firefighter responsibilities under NFPA 1500. Describes the Incident Command System, control zones at emergency response scenes and how to meet the physical demands of the job through fitness and wellness programs. I wish we had more videos like these during my fire academy!

Learning Opportunities From the Action Training Website:

We offer over 200 Fire and EMS training programs. Our programs are designed to be used as instructor resources in and out of the classroom. Each course thoroughly covers a distinct set of learning objectives with high quality visual examples. For example our EMT training series has 27 titles, each of the videos run between 17 and 28 minutes, short enough to hold learners attention, but also long enough to cover necessary information. Interactive courses take approximately 1 hour to complete. The courses contain the same video content as the DVD but also include interactive questions, chapter quizzes and final exams.

Learn more about Action Training System on their website,
and be sure to tell them HealthySimulation.com sent you!

Nena Sim Neonatal Simulator from Epona with Realistic Movement

nema baby healthcare simulator

Have you seen the Nena Sim Neonatal simulator from Epona Medical? Besides being the only baby simulator that has eyes, head, limb movement, Nena Sim can also realistically simulate vocal sounds, infant breathing pattens and complications, circulation features and anatomical airways. Check out this video demo below:

About Nena Sim

Nena Sim is the world’s most realistic baby simulator. NENA Sim is born to complement realistic multidisciplinary team and/or individual baby patient simulation training. Nena Sim offers an ideal training solution for a wide range of healthcare professional including but not limited to patient care, emergency medical intervention and resuscitation training for dynamic team or individual training.

  • Suitable for a wide range of healthcare professional
  • Realistic eyes, head, and limbs movements
  • Simulate various breathing pattern with different rate, depth and complications.
  • Playable vocal sound recordings.
  • Blood pressure and heart-rate set up functions.
  • Offer various parameters output on the patient monitor: ECGs, SpO2, CO2, ABP, CVP, PAP, PCWP, NIBP and TOF.
  • Intubation through anatomical realistic airway
  • User-friendly touchscreen interface allowing the instructor to input the baby movements and parameters output on the patient monitor.
  • Different language options.

Learn more on the Epona Website today!

SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Day 2 Starts with Exploration of NASA Influences

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Today was Day 2 of the 3rd annual SimGHOSTS technology training event in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University. Yesterday we heard from two plenary speakers, with the keynote address sponsored by Laerdal Medical:

About Laerdal Sponsored Keynote Speaker Lance Baily

Lance 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, 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.

Keynote Presentation “To Boldly Go”

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. 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 will take away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions. Finally, Lance will explore 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.

Day 1 Afternoon Plenary

Stephen Guinea is the Coordinator of Health Simulation for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Within this role, Stephen has driven the strategic direction of health simulation at ACU focusing on simulation learning environments, staff capacity and capability and curriculum integration with the purpose of a quality student (and staff) experience of simulation. Stephen’s research interests include simulation design for authentic learning, clinical skills development and integrating theories of workplace learning into university curriculum. Stephen has received three learning and teaching awards including a 2013 Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Stephen’s PhD research focused on designing sociocultural simulation for international nursing students as preparation for the clinical placement.

One of the greatest challenges facing health simulation programs is meeting the needs of the various stakeholders in a sustainable way. A significant part of this challenge is understanding the various needs and expectations, creating and communicating a vision, and enacting the vision in a way that is sustainable. The Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has taken a strategic approach to the advancement of health simulation in terms of building facilities, capacity and capability of simulation technical services, education and training, curriculum integration and research. The success of such an approach is dependent on communication and relationships.

In this session, Stephen discussed that whilst very large student numbers, limited numbers of simulation technicians and an increasingly sessionalised academic workforce present particular challenges to advancing a simulation agenda for 13 health disciplines across 6 campuses, significant opportunities exist. The rapid advancement of simulation and simulation related technologies and a clear and consistent vision of simulation as a learning and teaching method shared by all stakeholders allows for thinking about how to “do” simulation in a way that meets these challenges. This session described the ongoing approach to building a sustainable simulation program at ACU and the essential contribution simulation technicians make to such success.

Day 2 Morning Plenary

This morning, Dr. Sprick gave us a deeper dive historical exploration of healthcare simulation, connecting the various industries that have contributed to our own.

Dr. Cyle Sprick is the Director of the Clinical Simulation Unit in the School of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia. Dr Sprick has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on clinical simulation. Clinically, Dr Sprick has been a practicing Paramedic since 1996, first in Texas, and then in Adelaide from 2000. Sitting at the nexus of clinical practice, education and biomedical engineering, Dr Sprick brings a unique perspective to clinical simulation. Before moving to Australia in 2000, Cyle worked for Oceaneering Space Systems (a NASA contractor) designing and building cryogenic (liquid air) based life support systems for underwater astronaut training, firefighters, and haz-mat workers. He also worked on the design of a liquid oxygen based life support system for the Mars mission space suit, and various robotic projects.

Augmented patients are an amalgamation of manikins, simulated patients (actors) and task trainers to provide the best of all three when simulating the deteriorating patient. Dr Cyle Sprick from Flinders University in Adelaide has been developing this style of simulation for over a decade. Dr Sprick discussed some of the work of the giants on who’s shoulders we stand as well as some of the new technological developments that are enabling this modality.

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