Recently the Association for The Advancement of Medical Instrumentation published a robust article on the growing field of medical simulation entitled More Than Make Believe: The Power and Promise of Simulation. (This article was originally published in the July/August 2012 issue of Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology (BI&T), a bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal from AAMI, www.aami.org. Posted with permission from AAMI. Any other distribution of AAMI-copyrighted material requires written permission from AAMI.)
The article explains “If the story of simulation remained centered on mannequins for clinical learning, it would be a fairly straightforward one, telling how advancing technology enables increasingly sophisticated devices for the practice of everything from tube insertion and breech birth delivery to gallbladder and cardiothoracic surgery. But the story is much deeper and more complex. Simulation today permeates almost every aspect of modern healthcare, including product design, product evaluation and purchase, and clinical training.”
The article shares the history and benefits of simulation in medicine and also covers the types of equipment available, how the FDA is supporting simulation, career opportunities in the field as well as a highlight about the Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center at Beaumont Health System. The graph I found most interesting within the AAMI article was the growth of simulation centers since 1991, which can be found on page 2.
I am also happy to report that HealthySimulation.com, The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists and HealthySimAdmin were also featured in the article! Click the article title above for this great read about the growth of medical simulation!