MEdSim Magazine Advances Patient Safety Through Education and Training

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Have you heard of MEdSim Magazine yet? MEdSim Magazine aims to promote the best education and training practices for the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a division of the world famous simulation group Halldale Media, the MEdSim professional publication covers topics specific to our world of medical simulation. In the past year I have attended two of Halldale’s simulation events including their new Healthcare Education Assessment Training and Technology (HEATT) meeting and their World Aviation Training & Simulation (WATS) conference, both of which were fantastic learning opportunities. Check out the latest copy below or visit the Halldale website to sign up for past and future editions.

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About MEdSim Magazine:

MEdSim Magazine is written by professionals in medicine, simulation and training who are recognized leaders with a lifetime of experience.  MEdSim addresses the needs of medical practitioners, educators, and academicians around the world. MEdSim features innovative healthcare practice: it covers the latest simulations developed to train different medical professionals at different stages of their education and curriculum advancement to highlight the knowledge and skills needed to ensure patient safety and reduce healthcare cost.

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Healthcare Simulation Lab Promotional Videos Showcase Facilities, Attract Learners & Donors

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Highlighting some of the latest medical simulation content on the web, today we highlight three different approaches to medical simulation program promotional videos from x, y, and z. Such videos not only demonstrate the successful installation of new products and spaces, but act as advertising media for prospective students, patients and donors. Explore the videos below and then learn how to bring media into your own simulation labs through our dedicated “Sim Lab Media Production” post!

Beaumont Hospital:

The Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is one of the most advanced medical training facilities in North America. It’s mission is to provide world-class leadership in education using state-of-the-art technologies to improve skills for all health care providers in a safe environment.

Orlando Medical Institute:

This video is to highlight the Simulation Center and types of scenario’s that are created to enhanced our student’s learning at Orlando Medical Institute. This training is provided to EMT, Paramedic, Nurses, Physicians and Law Enforcement Personnel through the many courses that are provided.

University of South Dakota:

This new center, located in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building on the USD campus, is a 1,700 square foot simulated hospital training center, consisting of three patient simulation rooms with adjacent observation/debriefing rooms. Human patient simulators (high-tech mannequins) can be manipulated from a control room.

Learn how to add media to your Simulation Program website here!

KWICKScreen Creates Mobile Temporary Walls for Increased Simulation Fidelity

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At ASPiH 2014 Nottingham I had a chance to see some new innovative products in the medical simulation space. One such product was the KWICK Screen, which is a versatile mobile wall which can help to section off areas or add background settings to help increase fidelity. After seeing the product in person I can attest that it is portable, retractable and printable do your specific needs!

About the Kwick Screen:

Currently used by over 110 trusts, the screens are 1.9m tall, pull out up to anything up to 3.5m in length. They also have a very small footprint for storage. Most recently we have supplied Prof. Kneebone at Imperial College simulation suite and Colette Laws-Chapman at Guys and St Thomas simulation centre.
The inner panels can be printed on both sides with any image, and zipped out and replaced in less than 5 minutes to enable quick transition between scenarios.  We have a selection of prints to choose from, and many customers choose to use bespoke images of wards in their own hospitals or images specific to their work.
We can also supply ipad and bluetooth speaker holders to place on the front of the screens so you can play ambient noise appropriate to the environment you are creating. The screen can also be used for front or rear projection purposes, and we can even make windows transparent!

Kwickscreen is the first real alternative to Hospital Curtains and Hospital Screens in over 100 years. The Kwickscreen has countless uses in healthcare, hospitality, and marketing; Its innovative design allows it to replace Room Dividers and Privacy Screens. Doctors and Hospitals love the KwickScreen because of its portability, its ability to be customized, and how easy it is to clean, thus enhancing the patient experience while also reducing the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections. The Kwickscreen is also used for emergency and disaster preparedness and response, converting open spaces into temporary triage areas or organizing patients in a hospital’s flu tent during flu season.

MEDICAL EDUCATION & SIMULATION: KwickScreen’s customizable screen panel can be printed with images of everyday and medical surroundings – perfect for creating realistic environments for training and simulation.

TEMPORARY SCREENING: Quickly and easily create partitions for crash situations or pop up side rooms for patients needing isolated care. Portable and retractable, KwickScreen has a small storage footprint when not in use.

PRIVACY & DIGNITY: Construct versatile, adaptable private areas within open-plan wards, with the option of adding printed designs to provide a more pleasant and comfortable, care environment.

PATIENT EXPERIENCE: Alongside solving specific space problems, printed KwickScreens significantly improve the patient experience by incorporating art and design into hospital environments.

Easy to Use

Changing the screens was as easy as unzipping and replacing the canvas. You can order from their library of images or send in your high-resolution photos to create any background you need! The system was easy to move, setup, teardown and clean and so I would recommend anyone looking to create temporary simulation environments consider learning more about this product.

Learn more at KWICKscreen’s Website! (Also available through Pocket Nurse)

Insightful Blog from One of Medical Simulation’s Best: Dr. Paul Phrampus


This past week I ran into Dr. Paul Phrampus while attending the UK-based ASPiH annual event in Nottingham. Previously HealthySim has video interviewed Dr. Phrampus during a visit to the WISER center in Pittsburgh, where we spoke about the iSim course, WISER’s connection to the history of medical simulation & Laerdal, and UPMC’s innovative stance on patient safety. In his blog “Simulating Healthcare“, Paul covers the many topics so crucial for our simulation success — usually focusing on the clinical educator / learning elements.

In his most recent post on how “Assessment is the True Value of Simulation”, Paul explains to us:

“Some people profoundly advocate simulation should be used for assessment because it is not appropriate tool, and others feel that it violates the safe learning environment. I think as we shift to a patient centric approach to simulation we should be able to create a reduction in this reluctance that allows assessment forward. In fact, I always find it interesting to point out to people during debriefing training programs, particularly those that are vocal against concepts of assessment, and let them realize that when they watch a simulation and then conduct and/or facilitated briefing they have actually already performed assessment in their minds. The very items that they have formed an opinion on, or “assessed” will play a part in the educational strategy that should ultimately reinforce what participants did well and encourage change in the areas where deficiencies were noted that will lead to an effective debriefing and the accomplishment of learning objectives.

Allowing participants to demonstrate competence could be one of the most important parts of the value equation for simulation. Manager and leaders of healthcare providing institutions are grappling with ways to improve quality and significantly improve patient safety all over the world. A patient centric approach to simulation would certainly suggest that as well.

This inevitably will help us in making stronger arguments for the case for simulation. At the moment many people try to sell the idea of simulation to their leadership. This creates thoughts and visions of expensive investments in technology and the daily pains of leaders. If we shift the point of focus point our sales pitch pivots to the selling of the concept of excellence, improved patient care, and safer patient care it will far better align with the pain points of those running healthcare systems. That becomes harder to deny!”

Some of Paul’s Most Recent Posts Include:

About Dr. Phrampus:

Dr. Paul E. Phrampus is the Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He is Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned a bachelor degree in biology from Old Dominion University, and an M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia medical school in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed residency training and board certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Phrampus has been active in patient safety efforts throughout UPMC. He is a member of the Quality Patient Care Committee of the UPMC Board of Directors. He is a Medical Director for the Center for Quality and Innovation. He has overseen the expansion of WISER capabilities in developing a distributive model of management for WISER as well as the satellites centers that have been deployed throughout the UPMC Health System. He led a team to create a simulation based difficult airway management program for emergency medicine that has now been completed by hundreds of physicians.

Dr. Phrampus serves in a leadership role in national simulation efforts through program committee leadership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. He has previously chaired the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, which is the largest multidisciplinary simulation meeting in the world. He is the 2013 President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare which has over 3,500 members.


 Read Paul’s helpful “” blog here!

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Rush University Launches New Simulation Center

The new Rush Clinical Skills and Simulation Center uses sophisticated manikins and other technology to simulate real-world patient care for students and health care workers at Rush University Medical Center.

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The Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation celebrated its Grand Opening on Monday, September 8, 2014. The celebration marked the completion of Phase I of construction for the center, which has over four times the capacity of the former simulation laboratory.

The 7,5000 square foot center is located on the ground floor of the Jelke Building at Rush University Medical Center and utilizes advanced technology to help create patient scenarios that vary from influenza to Ebola. The events mimic what a health care worker would experience in real life.

The new facilities will feature training environments for emergency/Intensive Care Unit (ICU) medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics. Each procedure room will include a control room, from which expert simulation staff can execute a variety of targeted treatment scenarios. New software and an integrated video recording system will allow peers and students to review simulations in debriefing sessions. During training scenarios, participants provide care utilizing an array of human patient simulators.

In Phase II, the center’s capacity will increase to over 15,000 square feet within the next year during this final phase of construction. Additional space will include ten examination rooms for our standardized patient unit, cadaver laboratory, and modern task simulations such as laparoscopy, bronchoscopy, and robotic simulators.

Learn more at the Rush University Website

ASPiH Announces Affiliation and 2015 Training Event with SimGHOSTS



This morning incoming ASPiH President Helen Higham made her first official decree by announcing an affiliation agreement had been established with the world’s leading simulation technology specialist training organization SimGHOSTS.

The overall aims of the ASPiH / SimGHOSTS affiliation include:

  • Sharing & developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organisation
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organisation-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community
  • Establishing pathways for professional development and recognition of the Simulation Technology Specialist in healthcare including training programs and research
  • Promoting each respective organisation and their endeavours amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Exploring the collaborative development and administration of a UK specific event focused towards those operating healthcare simulation technology

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert was excited to announce a joint training event put on by both organizations to take place in the UK sometime in July of 2015. Sim Technology Specialists from all over the UK, Europe and beyond will have an opportunity to participate in the SimGHOSTS training events that have been so successful in the United States and Australia.

Stay tuned to and for more information coming soon!

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Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare 2014 Nottingham Officially Begins!


 This morning in Nottingham, UK the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare officially opened its 2014 event with the theme of “Changing Behaviours”. President Bryn Baxendale announced some of the following new organizational developments:

  • New ASPiH Journal Published: “BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Journal” with Editor Nick Sevdalis
  • Creation of “Student ASPiH” (sASPiH) Special Interest Group to create and provide resources for student members
  • Launch of “SimHeroes”, a new simulation performance competition
  • Launch of “Skills Passport” providing learning opportunities to students through exhibitor equipment

The Opening Address was “Developing and Assessing the Performance of Professional Practice” by Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of UPMC’s WISER and Immediate Past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Paul spoke about his work with the patient safety and system wide training certification needs at UPMC which is a 20 hospital institution with about 6,000 physicians and 11,000 nurses, and how simulation can apply to practicing professionals.

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Paul reminded us of Dr. Peter Densen’s 2011 article on Challenges and Operations Facing Medical Education which stated that as of 2010, medical knowledge doubles every 3.5 years. This doubling continues to add increasing pressure on healthcare providers as they get further away from their initial education. He warned that simulation alone could not solve this dilemma alone, but could act as a kind of “trojan horse” to bring better performance assessment into the clinical environments as part of the solution. Paul then shared how UPMC is incorporating simulation as part of the solution for maintenance of certification (MOC) for a dynamic experience range of healthcare professionals which includes web-based information, videos, testing and more.

In conclusion Dr. Phrampus proposed a future model of personalized ongoing continuing education and efficient incorporation of simulation through efficiency combined with effectiveness, customized training to the learner, and by being connected to modern availability of data designed to help one make decisions based off their career. By pulling in system data with individual monitored data, customized learning opportunities become more efficient which simulation could be a part of.

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About ASPiH

ASPiH is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, we are a membership association formed in 2009 through the merger of the National Association of Medical Simulators (NAMS) and the Clinical Skills Network (CSN). The overarching goal of ASPiH is to enable wider sharing of knowledge, expertise, and educational innovation related to simulated practice across the healthcare professions.

ASPiH Aims

  • provide an effective communication network for those involved in simulated practice in the UK and beyond
  • provide quality exemplars of best practice in the application of simulated practice to education, training, assessment and research in healthcare
  • establish key benefits & evidence of impact linking simulated practice with improvements in patient safety & quality of care
  • develop and share key operational and strategic resources for members drawn from experience within the association and from links with relevant educational bodies nationally and internationally
  • encourage and support scholarly development and recognition of members through wider dissemination of innovative practice at scientific meetings and publications

Stay tuned for hourly updates by following @ASPiHUK & @HealthySim through #ASPiH2014!

ASPiH 2014 Launches: Opening Keynote Update & Sim Tech Pre-Con Recap

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Today the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) held its pre-conference courses kicking off their 2014 event at the University of Nottingham Orchid Hotel. SimGHOSTS leadership James Cypert, Ryan Eling and Lance Baily joined Sim Tech leaders Jane Nicklin, Stuart Ruby, and Chris Gay as they hosted the technical pre-con day at the nearby Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre. The day focused on a plethora of tech-specific topics starting with an identification of job duty breakdowns for NHS positions most similar to that of healthcare simulation technology specialist. Stuart and Chris researched the process for job classification utilized by the NHS in-order to better understand how to redefine their simulation technology positions to more accurately portray their responsibilities.

Next the SimGHOSTS leadership shared the growth of this simulation technology specialist non-profit organization providing hands-on training events and online resources around the world. The team highlighted their recent 2014 successes at both the USA-based American College of Chest Physicians and Australia-based University of the Sunshine Coast events that provided unique community networking and training to over 350 simulation champions from around the world.

Afterwards the group of simulation technology specialists spent the afternoon with moulage demonstrations from the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology Hair and Media Make-up department. Through an innovative partnership, the make-up department students learn clinical moulage by applying cosmetics to simulators for the healthcare learners to utilize in their scenarios! Lead by Curriculum Leader Kelly Carr, the cosmetology school provides realistic training moulage while increasing the fidelity of the healthcare school’s simulation events. Brilliant! Those eager to learn more about this innovative partnership can email Kelly Carr.

The pre-con event ended with surveys of the community’s future needs and announcements regarding the planned technical community support roadmaps currently in place for SimGHOSTS and ASPiH. I will continue to provide daily reports as the event continues!

At this moment Dr. Erik Hollnagel, Professor from the University of Southern Denmark and Chief Consultant of the Center for Quality Region of Southern Denmark, is opening  with a keynote discussion of safety. He reminded us that we believe we can prevent all accidents through a zero accident mindset, no repeats, and simple and non-negotiable rule, but questioned us if that was true? Professor Hollnagel continued to demonstrate how we incorrectly focus on the negative outcomes, which are usually only a small small percentage of what goes right, theorizing that focusing on the main region of the bell curve of what is going right should be where we put the majority of our research focus. Hollnagel recommends we explore “resilient safety management” by looking at the variability in different teams and routines of successful teams. You can learn more at

Follow all the latest updates through @ASPiHUK and @HealthySim!


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Implementing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Based Training in Interventional Radiology


Dr. Winokur is an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital where he specializes in Interventional Radiology. In this video recorded event which was supported by Mentice, Dr. Winokur shares his experience of “Implementing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Based Training in Interventional Radiology, Leading to Better Patient Safety”.

About Mentice From Their Website:


Founded in 1999, Mentice is the world leader in medical vascular simulation, providing high-end Simulation Solutions for training, education and assessment in a wide range of disciplines. The benefits of training with Mentice solutions are validated and well documented enhancing clinical performance, reducing cost, and in the long term, Improving Patient Safety. Mentice introduced the world’s first endovascular simulator in 2001 – the VIST – and has since been the market leader with the world’s largest install base of simulators for endovascular intervention. Mentice works closely with leading medical and healthcare professionals in order to develop long-term solutions for hands-on training. Mentice focuses on technical development, medical content and training curriculum in its endovascular and surgical simulator products. The company has vast experience from the use and application of simulators in both industry training sector and hospital based clinical skills training.

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Pulse R&D – 3D Models for Medical Education & Device Companies

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Our topic today is designed to support those medical simulation champions or new companies looking to build training products for our growing sector with the note about Pulse R&D, a group which helps to produce models for a plethora of medical markets. If you are looking to commercialize your medical simulation task-trainer concept, Pulse is certainly worth considering to help with creative engineering & design for prototype manufacturing!

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About Pulse R&D:

Surgeons are by nature hands-on people. How are you demonstrating your medical device? Pulse intentionally designs & engineers each model to tell the story of your medical device. Your model will be easy & intuitive to use, have smartly crafted consumables, clearly show the merits of your device, and be congruent with your brand. Custom designed 3D Medical Training Models, Physical Sales Aids, Medical Device Marketing Models, Anatomical Demonstration Models & Medical Device Replicas can be realistically complex or simple, pared down to the absolute essence of what you need to show. Give us an assignment! Tell us: the medical device, procedure, key strategic messages, and competitive differentiators. We will produce dynamic 3D model concepts for you to consider.

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Check out this insufflatable laparoscopic trainer pump and integrated camera and scope. Used for realistic training for surgeons on emerging procedures. The models are sent to locations all over the world to train without the use of expensive and inconvenient animal or cadaver labs.

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