Latest Healthcare Simulation Center Promotional Videos Show How To Promote Your Program

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Browsing youtube today we found a bunch of new promotional videos for simulation centers around the world. These videos help to promote the utilization of these emerging technologies, which not only helps demonstrate the dedication of these program to improving learning and care outcomes, but also helps enlighten the general public about the power of healthcare simulation. One simulation program reported that after launching their promotional video for their simulation center, an anonymous donor sent in $50,000 to help the program buy a birthing simulator — so clearly taking the time to produce a high quality video can really pay off!

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Center brings simulated patient experiences to life. Take a look inside!


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Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center conducted a mass casualty drill where 46 picnic goers were injured from a simulated propane gas grill explosion. Local EMS agencies responded to the simulated 9-1-1 call. The Center was converted into a Level I Trauma Center staffed by HCA Medical Residents, BC nursing, EMS, Respiratory and allied health students.

#NSLCHEAL students visited the University of Texas McGovern Medical School’s simulation lab today to learn how to perform ultrasounds, draw blood, intubate a person, and how to do a lumbar puncture.

Read our how-to guide on how to create your own promotional videos at your sim center!


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2017 Version of ADAM-X Patient Simulator Has Latest Product Upgrades From Medical-X

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Check out the latest version of ADAM-X from Medical-X, a high-fidelity patient simulator which we’ve been told has  “the highest standard of realism in form and function, designed to take training to another level!” Adam-X can be used wireless and tetherless, in the hospital, on-the-go and in an outside setting. The scenarios and stand-alone procedure practices are immersive and easy-to-use. Through its realism in looks and feels, vital signs, interactivity, procedural and scenario training, the Adam-X can and will be treated as an actual patient. Providing doctors and nurses, all (para-)medical staff, access to a true learning experience.

ADAM-X Features:

Realistic anatomy: ADAM-X is a reproduction of a skeletal and anatomical structure of a human with distinctive characteristics and features. It is human-sized, and has a very realistic skin. ADAM-X has automatic blinking depending on physiological status, as well as a physiological reaction of the pupils to light and to touch. The teeth are replaceable and the tongue of the ADAM-X can swell.

Training: The ADAM-X is ideal for ALS training, scenario training and medical treatment training. Because the ADAM-X is completely wireless and tetherless, and has realistic human proportions, it is very portable and ideal for on-site training. During CPR training, the accuracy of the hand placement is tracked, as well as the depth and rate of compression.


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Sounds: ADAM-X has a wide variety of sounds. Auscultation is possible with 8 points of breath sounds, 5 points of heart sounds and 14 points of lung sounds on the front of the mannequin, with the possibility of an independent set of options of the sounds in 4 areas. There is also the possibility of auscultation on the back of the mannequin. Breath sounds are independent and are related to ventilation of each lung. ADAM-X has speech, and can say “yes”, “no” and some some interjections. Also featured are guttural and coughing sounds.

Cardiovascular system: The ADAM-X has a bilaterally palpable pulse on the carotid artery, the femoral artery, the radial artery, the dorsal artery of the foot, the popliteal artery and the posterior tibialis.

Pulmonology: ADAM-X has a very realistic respiratory tract. It has fully independent right and left lungs, and ventilation of the lung automatically leads to the appropriate sounds of breathing, chest excursion and pulmonary gas exchange. The occurrence of apnea or hypoventilation, along with the low fraction of oxygen in the inspired gas mixture, lead to corresponding physiological changes: the hypercapnia, the hypoxemia, the decrease of the SpO2 and the tachycardia. Ventilation of the lungs at a positive pressure or spontaneous ventilation restoration returns ADAM-X to the breath with an appropriate amount of respiratory rate. ADAM-X also features chest flotation, and the resistance of the airway changes accordingly.

Additional Features

  • Work with a real electrocardiogram and with a real defibrillator
  • Possibility to connect a real human patient monitor and a real anesthesia machine
  • Training of normal course of the anesthesia
  • Training of complications of the general character in the anesthesiology
  • Unique pharmaceutics system: the ADAM-X recognizes not only the administered drug, but also the received dose, a change of the vital parameters occurs correspondingly
  • Create more scenarios with the scenario editor
  • Realistic feedback force

Learn more on the ADAM-X Website today!

7th Annual SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Opens at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina

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This morning at the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina, the 7th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) meeting opened its doors with two simAlliance sponsored keynotes. 200 Registrations from simulation champions across North America and the World came together with 17 vendors to spend 4 days with hands-on training in the operation of healthcare simulation technologies.

The first keynote was by Carol F. Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Professor of Nursing Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) and Past-President of INACSL on the most recent update to the industry-wide Standards for Excellence in Simulation. Carol presented about the creation, evolution, and benefits of the Standards which healthcare simulation champions can utilize to convey to managers, clinical educators, department heads and administrators the best possible guides to creating successful outcomes and programs. From debriefing, to staff, space considerations, outcome identification, methodology selection, and more — the INACSL standard is a MUST-READ for anyone providing healthcare simulation education and training programs. You can download the new Healthcare Simulation standards here on the INACSL website.

Following this, Dr. Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore provided the official keynote address “Partnership, Creativity and Innovation: Successful Management, Support and Growth in Healthcare Simulation”. Dr. Gillet covered the challenges of innovation within healthcare. Dr. Gillett’s presentation also explored new technologies designed to improve healthcare performance through innovative, intuitive, and high impact solutions from within our community. Brian shared how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems. For simulation to succeed it has to first be managed and supported in an effective way, and this presentation showed us how through creative approaches and innovative solutions. You can learn more about the innovative management of simulation at simAlliance.com!

About WakeMed

WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning is designed to facilitate realistic multi-disciplinary clinical training and education using human patient simulators, educational gaming and other technologies. Funded by The Duke Endowment, the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning offers education for all levels of healthcare providers throughout the region, including: • WakeMed Health & Hospitals employees • Wake AHEC students • Capital Regional Advisory Committee members • Wake Technical Community College students • Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) affiliated hospitals The Center for Innovative Learning features a nurses station, intensive care/trauma suite and a flexible patient care room that can be used for general medical or birthing. Each area is designed to mimic a typical inpatient unit and features the same technology, supplies, equipment and design found in units throughout a hospital. In the Center, healthcare providers administer treatment to human patient simulators that can bleed, cry, breathe and die. The goal is to allow clinicians to practice their skills, learn from their mistakes and gain confidence.

They also have the opportunity to keep their skills current for those high-risk procedures in which they need to maintain proficiency but rarely have the need to perform. Based on the concept that “hindsight is 20/20” and that two thirds of the learning process occurs in reflection, the Center for Innovative Learning also features an extensive A/V system where every sound and action is recorded. Following a simulation experience, students and educators go immediately to the debriefing room to review the video and critique themselves. Learn more about the Center for Innovative Learning here!


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Other Program Highlights So Far:

Yesterday during the pre-conference workshops, EMS SimulationIQ provided sponsorship of the Industry’s first organizationally sponsored Hackathon event. Three teams competed to solve an industry-wide problem with 8 hours of project development utilizing hardware, software, electronics, moulage systems and 3D printers. The winning group will be announced later today!

Bobbie Merica from Moulage Concepts provided multiple hands-on training courses in moulage application, providing simulation champions the means to be able to demonstrate better patient presentations through advanced makeup application.

Later today, Laerdal Medical Gold Sponsored a talk by WakeMed Sim Center Director Dr. Amar Patel entitled “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” on overcoming the technological hurdles of healthcare simulation.

Tomorrow, CAE Healthcare provides a sponsorship of the plenary address by SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford, entitled “We Are State of the Art” which will outline the current state of healthcare simulation technology and operations including the many advancements and innovations in this field. Stay tuned for more coverage here!

Follow along with #SG17USA, and the SimGHOSTS Live Stream for Keynote Addresses


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Innovative Sim Solutions Provides Healthcare Simulation Services To Improve Your Outcomes

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We received word today from friend Deb Tauber, that she has launched her new healthcare simulation consulting services website for her company “Innovative SimSolutions”, who are working towards improving safety in healthcare today through simulation. Their goal is to create opportunities and provide solutions to help your simulation program attain your vision through customized value based solutions!

About Deb Tauber MSN, RN, CEN

Deb has over 35 years in healthcare experience with a wide variety of responsibilities in both clinical and academic settings throughout the United States.


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The majority of Deb’s clinical experience has been in emergency medicine, with a special focus on pediatrics, geriatrics, special needs, and team building. Her experience includes working at 5 major hospital systems in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Deb held positions in ICU, Telemetry, ER and various clinical educator roles spanning over 25 years.

Regarding Deb’s academic experience, she worked for a national nursing university as Manager of Simcare Operations. Serving in this role, Deb led or significantly contributed to the set up and oversight of 20 simulation centers across the United States. This included design, planning, budgeting, implementation/set-up, testing of the lab equipment and training of all Lab staff. Additionally, Deb worked with all levels of the organization to provide education for nursing faculty on implementing simulation into practice. As an adjunct professor, Deb also taught clinical classes to the students at the university’s Chicago campus. Deb is a simulation subject matter expert and has presented nationally and internationally on simulation at both IMSH as well as INASCL, and many other institutions and organizations.

Learn more about Deb and her Healthcare Simulation Services on the new Innovative Solutions website! 

Featured Healthcare Simulation Job Listing: Director of Operations for Duke Human Simulation & Patient Safety Center

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Duke University has a new featured job posting in our Medical Simulation Jobs page!

Job Title: Director of Operations,
Institution: Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center
Location: Durham, North Carolina


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Job Description / Goals: The Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC) Director of Operation’s (DoO) primary responsibility is to maximize the center’s performance by managing daily operations and implementing organizational strategies to improve efficiency, quality, and teamwork. The DoO will also serve as the operational, fiscal, human resources, and strategic advisor to the Director. In the case the Director is unavailable, the DoO will serve as his representative in matters related to education, research and administration.

  • Provide leadership and management for all daily activities in the HSPSC
    • Manage all employees in the HSPSC
    • Define specific roles and responsibilities for all center employees
  • Develop and Implement organizational and programmatic strategies for the HSPSC, in collaboration with Dr. Taekman, and formally assess effectiveness of all strategies
    • Analyze current organizational status, identify needs, and develop organizational improvement plans
    • Common communication platform with dashboard, calendar, and file storage
    • Redistribute workload as appropriate
    • Identify and acquire additional resources as needed
    • Create open channel for feedback and ideas
    • Foster an open and supportive workplace culture
    • Meet with each member of HPSPC staff to determine needs and gather ideas
  • Gain familiarization and provide assistance with program management, clinical, simulation, and resource for ongoing and future projects
    • Meet with each team member to discuss ongoing projects
    • Review relevant material on all projects
    • Provide assistance as needed to all team members
  • Provide fiscal, human resources, operational, and strategic guidance to the director
    • Meet with Dr. Taekman on a regular basis to keep him apprised of all center operations issues
    • Develop and implement operational infra-structure for new facility
    • Work with Dr. Taekman to create/establish the HSPSC mission and vision
    • Anticipate renewal deadlines for required HSPSC lab certification standards (e.g., CME accreditation)
    • Optimize systems in new facility
    • Market goals and achievements in all missions (education, research, safety)
  • Support missions of Duke Health
    • Provide strategic guidance for aligning activities with organizational vision
    • Gather and analyze market and operational data
    • Assist with crafting reports and presentations to Duke Leadership
  • Establish collaborative relationships within and outside of Duke
    • Meet with and establish working relationships with simulation and medical community both within and outside of Duke
    • Identify opportunities to collaborate with Duke Simulation community (e.g., Duke Surgical Education and Activities (SEAL) laboratory)
  • Provide operational support/backup for all missions of the HSPSC

Interested applicants should e-mail their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Ilene Farkas


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University of San Francisco Launches Online Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program

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The University of San Francisco Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program for Professional Development online program is now taking applications for the Fall August 2017 start date! Click the link below to learn more and register for the program!

With Simulation emerging as a novel approach to educating and training healthcare professionals, the demand for simulation professionals has skyrocketed. The University of San Francisco is proud to be leading this change by announcing our new online Certificate in Healthcare simulation program. This unique 3 semester (one year) certificate is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians requiring no previous experience. “As a non clinician with a history in theatre and business, this gave me a great overall picture of healthcare simulation and how I can bring my specialty to the industry.” Katie Francis, Alumni and Simulation Operations Manager The certificate prepares you for opportunities in healthcare simulation, teaching, management and operations.

Healthcare Sim Cert Program Features


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  • Online format – Students attend courses online and complete assignments when they choose, adhering to coursework deadlines.
  • Designed to complete in one (1) year or three (3) semesters.
  • Students are required to attend a teaching & instruction Practicum held in a Simulation Lab (in-person or virtual).

The Sim Certificate Will Prepare You To:

  • Implement current simulation organizational standards in curriculum design and teaching
  • Integrate educational principles into simulation practice
  • Distinguish effective, psychomotor and cognitive learning strategies in simulation education
  • Appraise evaluation tools for utility in simulation education
  • Create innovative education designs for interprofessional practice
  • Analyze sustainable business plans for the operation of a simulation lab or program

Distinguished Faculty

  • The Director of the program, KT Waxman, DNP, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN is Director of the California Simulation Alliance and is an internationally known speaker and author on the topic of healthcare simulation.
  • Cynthia Shum DNP (c), MEd, RN, CHSE–A is the Healthcare Simulation Educator at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Cynthia has received a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in reviewing the “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” journal in 2015. In 2012 she was awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certificate by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Learn how you can be a part of this exciting program at the USF Healthcare Simulation Certificate Page!

Featured Job Listing: Simulation Lab Director for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

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Today HealthySim is featuring a new position from our medical simulation jobs page from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Simulation, who are seeking a Simulation Lab Director!

Position: Simulation Lab Director
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

From Vanderbilt University SON:


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Come join our expanding simulation program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as we prepare to open our new simulation lab in August 2018. We are seeking an experienced Master’s prepared nurse (doctorate preferred) to join our simulation team consisting of a simulation researcher, simulation support staff, and informatics personnel. The Skills and Simulation Lab Director will provide leadership and support in simulation-based learning for both students and faculty consistent with national professional standards, including collaboration in design, implementation, evaluation and integration of simulation activities across academic programs, and operational oversight for lab activities. The ideal candidate for this full-time, non-tenure faculty position will have simulation, teaching and administrative experience. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. All faculty positions are 12-month appointments and benefit packages are exceptional. Rank commensurate with experience. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The Final candidate for this position must successfully complete a background check.

Applicants should initially submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing at vusnfacultyrecruitment@vanderbilt.edu

 

 

A Sim Tech Shares Why You Should Come to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA

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Simulation Operator Rachel Bailey  recently shared with the simulation community why she suggests attending SimGHOSTS.


There is still time to register for the 2017 USA Event
Next month at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC August 1st-4th

From Rachel: SimGHOSTS is a community of hard working technicians that adapt to any environment given to them.    As technicians we work over 8 hours a day, and when we are not working, we are thinking about what we can do better in the simulation community.  We volunteer for projects, we come in early and stay late.  You have to love the job in order to stay in the field.  The hours we work and the constant struggle to ensure things operate well, can weigh heavily.  Sometimes we are in a no- win situation but it never prevents us from thinking of how to improve simulations for educators and learners.


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Being a sim tech is not the easiest job, nor the most rewarding, we do the job because we love it.  The demand of the job can leave us discouraged and burnt out, but when August comes around, we get to meet with people that are just like us and experience the same highs and lows of simulation operations.  I have attended several SimGHOSTS conferences, I get the pleasure of meeting new technicians, hearing their ideas, and seeing there fabrications.  The passion of this community is something to experience.  It is not about where you went to college, it is not about who you know, this conference is strictly about the job that we all love.

A fellow sim tech stated her experience at SimGHOSTS, as her “date night” with her job.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  This conference is more than educational, it is empowering.  When I thought I could not take one more reminder of what didn’t work , or how much time I spend at my job, that a select few really understand, I go to SimGHOSTS as a reminder that I really love what I do, and I love the community I am involved in.  I have attended SimGHOSTS as a presenter and a participant, and the community is the most inquisitive, intelligent, and involved in simulation technology that I have ever experienced.  People are proud and willing to share ideas and projects.  Every time I attend I am empowered to do my job for another year.

Whether you are tech, educator, coordinator, or director, the education you receive at SimGHOSTS is as unique as the people sharing what they have learned.  If you haven’t been to a conference, I urge you to try to persuade your leadership to invest in your education and your professional development.  See you in Carolina!

Learn more about joining Rachel at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA this Aug. 1-4!

VirtaMed Shares ‘The Future of Surgical Simulation’ Paper From Dr. Robert Pedowitz

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A great paper on the future of surgical simulation was shared recently from the awesome team at VirtaMed, which was found from a new VirtaMed newsletter the company is launching which is full of great resources for those utilizing surgical simulation.

“There is little doubt that the medical profession stands at a major crossroads with regards to the fundamental structure of surgical education”, writes Professor Emeritus, Dr. Robert A. Pedowitz in his recent paper published in the Journal of Medical Education and Training. Transitioning from centuries old and thoroughly tried training methods is not an easy task, but it is time to move away from the ‘see one, do one’ approach towards proficiency-based education. Watch the video below for a highlight of how surgical simulation is changing traditional medical education:


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In his paper, Dr. Pedowitz discusses the current education methods, introduces new solutions from many different providers, and drafts a more efficient and safe future for medical skills training in arthroscopy and other surgical fields.

Get the paper for free on the VirtaMed website today!

Modern Healthcare Covers Growth of Healthcare Simulation Field

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In the most recent addition of Modern Healthcare, the publisher covered the growing field of healthcare simulation with key interviews to help outsiders better understand the benefits of the emerging methodologies and technologies. This is a GREAT article to introduce others to the field of healthcare simulation, so be sure to share this link!

Simulation can save lives and limit patient harm by ensuring physicians young and old alike follow protocols and complete all the necessary steps in order to safely perform a procedure. In a study of 44 final-year medical students in Frankfurt, Germany, students who participated in a three-day simulation-based training course were found to have more thoroughly followed protocols for CPR and a trauma enactment in comparison to students who shadowed emergency physicians for three days. Students trained on simulators scored an average of 90% on their ability to complete steps required on a standard CPR checklist, while the other students scored 62%.

It’s not just students. Another study found that anesthesiologists who engaged in simulation-based training on how to properly wean patients from cardiopulmonary bypass performed better in real-life procedures than those who received traditional interactive seminars. Simulation-trained physicians scored over five percentage points higher when assessed two weeks later by senior staff on their ability to adequately complete necessary steps on a technical checklist. Similar results were shown five weeks after training. Researchers seeking to understand whether simulation could help improve training for ultrasound-guided central venous catheter cannulation found that 51% of simulation-trained residents were successful on the first try of cannulating a patient, as compared with the traditionally trained group’s success rate of 37%, according to a study published in the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


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Medical malpractice payouts have begun climbing upward since 2012, reaching $3.9 billion in 2016. Connecticut’s payout rate per capita is among the highest in the nation. In hopes of reversing this trend and reducing risk, Connecticut-based Hartford HealthCare sought to improve simulation-based training for obstetricians, who are at a particularly high risk for malpractice suits. The health system’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) developed a simulation-based training program that evaluates physician effectiveness in preventing shoulder dystocia, a high-risk labor complication in which labor is obstructed by the infant’s shoulder. The project utilized technology that measures the amount of force being applied to a simulated baby, eliminating the subjectivity of a doctor-to-doctor evaluation. “Verdicts in the state of Connecticut have been steadily increasing, with some exceeding $20 million,” said CESI Director Stephen Donahue. The device has given physicians more confidence in their abilities, and protected them from preventable risk that can result in lawsuits.

Read the full Modern Healthcare Simulation Article here!