Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Sim Center Now Offers ALERT Training for Life-Threatening Event Recognition & Treatment

alert training at cedars sinai simulation center

Simulation Center Manager for the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Russell Metcalfe-Smith has shared the powerful news that the center is offering ALERT certified training!

ALERT stands for ‘Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment’

Originally developed in 1999 by Professor Gary Smith and colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ALERT is a multi-professional course to train staff in recognizing patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell. The course is usually delivered as a one-day interactive seminar built around practical patient-based scenarios. The day is supported by a comprehensive reference manual and slide presentation. ALERT uses a structured and prioritized system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care. Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center is the western hub for the United States. We are working to support other institutions develop this program in their facilities.



ALERT course objectives:

  • To teach healthcare professionals a structured and systematic approach to the assessment and management of patients.
  • By using a structured and systematic approach deteriorating patients will be identified earlier and care will be escalated to others when appropriate. This approach can reduce avoidable in-hospital deaths and cardiac arrests.
  • To teach healthcare professionals that involving expert senior help early, such as Critical Care, will enable appropriate and timely intensive care unit admissions.
  • To introduce tools to healthcare professionals which will improve team working and communication.

The ALERT course incorporates:

  • A comprehensive reference manual which the candidates receive pre-course.
  • Interactive presentations which are adapted to meet local policies and procedures.
  • Practical demonstrations.
  • Role-play of clinical patient based scenarios during which the candidates are encouraged to reflect on their actions and to consider What would I do next?
  • A blended, flexible, learning approach.
  • A proven track record of delivery of more than 10 years.
  • A multi-professional candidate applicability.
  • A candidate course certificate that is recognized by deanery’s, acute trusts and professional bodies in the UK and abroad.
  • A straightforward program to organize and deliver with minimal equipment required.

The ALERT course benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff with:

  • Improvements in the general ward care of patients.
  • A reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards.
  • Earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit.
  • Fewer re-admissions to the intensive care unit.
  • Fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths.
  • Improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients.
  • Improved multi-professional teamwork.
  • Improved communication.
  • Fewer complaints from patients or their relatives.

Learn more about the ALERT course at Cedar-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center!


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KbPort’s simCabRx Provides Realistic Medical Cart Simulated Training | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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During the recent IMSH 2017, HealthySimulation.com learned more about the simCabRx med card simulator from Kbport which was located at the Pocket Nurse booth. KbPort’s Simplicity solution combines medication dispensation with the power of SimLabConnect and SimEMR to provide a more complete, more realistic simulation experience. The integration of medical simulation devices provides a critical context for the data generated, in the form of patient history and patient records, which form the foundation for support for future treatment. Improve bedside medication administration education with KbPort SimCartRx mobile medication cart solutions — which you can see in our video interview below!

SimCartRx works as part of the KbPort simplicity Solutions System!

Both SimCartRx, Kbport’s mobile medication dispensing solution, and SimCabRx their decentralized medication dispensing solution, integrate with SimEMR, allowing students to access patient records during simulations, which is a critical component of real patient care. The temporal capability of Simplicity, with SimLabConnect and SimEMR, adds an invaluable, true-to-life dimension to your simulation-based training, advancing your program’s effectiveness while promoting proper communication and patient safety.

Begin simulations with SimEMR for realistic med cart learning experiences:



  • Log in/out with student cart credentials (LDAP compatible)
  • Patient record lookup via barcode scan
  • Medication scanning

Control medication dispensation through SimEMR and view cart/cabinet events within SimEMR & ETC FusionHD

  • Log in/out
  • Patient lookup via barcode scan
  • Drawer open/close
  • Medication scanning
  • Administer via bedside with SimCartRx

Log simulator vitals into SimEMR patient record in real time

• Creates an accurate, complete and evolving patient history
• Improves critical thinking by presenting and integrating comprehensive patient data

Certainly those programs looking to integrate EMR, medcart, and patient charting into one system across the learning program should check out KbPort’s simplicity systems!

Learn more on the Kbport website today!

DiaMedical USA Partners with SimUSuit to Offer Bariatric Patient Simulation | IMSH Video Interview

obesity healthcare simulation suit

During IMSH 2017 HealthySim.com was on hand to learn more about the Bariatric trainers created by Sim-U-Suit and distributed by DiaMedical.

The Adult Full Body Sim-U-Suit was created to enhance simulations for the future generation of doctors and nurses to properly prepare for the bariatric patient! The Full Body Sim U Suit is the ONLY full body obesity suit that including both arms and legs in one piece! This revolutionary simulation product can fit almost any manikin or can be worn by a standardized patient! Multiple access holes are implanted throughout the suit for simple IV, peri care, enema and catheterization simulations. With the growing bariatric patient population in the US, the Sim U Suit is an absolute necessity for every simulation lab.



SIM-U-SUIT obesity suits let your program simulate true-to-life size, look, and weight of bariatric patients. Their suits can be worn by real people, or used on manikins and human patient simulators. You can make the suit as heavy or light as your scenario dictates. The Sim-U-Suit products enable your simulation program to teach safe/proper care for the growing number of overweight patients in the healthcare system today.

Obesity training systems are also available as:

  • Adult Edema Simulation Leg Sleeves
  • Adult Edema Simulation Arm Sleeves
  • Pediatric Obesity Suit

Learn more about the Obesity Suit on the DiaMedical Website today!


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ECS Leads the Way with VR Training for Healthcare Simulation | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

ecs clinical skills medical simulation

Rounding out HealthySim’s interviews from the IMSH 2017 trade show floor, today we are taking a look at the VR learning system “Clinical Skills” from Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS). Clinical Skills training application provides medical professionals the ability to easily access scenario-based learning and practice their clinical skills within a clinical environment. Watch the video below to see it in action through the HTC Vive:



The Clinical Skills Mobile App uses a variety of conversation-based scenarios in a deep learning environment, which prompts learners to use specific approaches while conducting patient interviews. The mobile app includes essential environmental cues, such as patient feedback, as well as instructional feedback. The user is evaluated at each step of the clinical exam and cannot progress until the correct action is performed.

Benefits to medical professionals:

  • Interact with medical inventory items to take vital signs and perform physical examinations on realistic patient avatars
  • Proper sequencing of events
  • Reinforces patient interview techniques
  • Incorporates productive patient dialogue
  • Helps hone diagnostic reasoning skills that can be applied to a number of situations — both in regular checkups and even in more severe cases, where extreme sensitivity is required

Learn more about Clinical Skills on the ECS Website today!

OSSimTech Demonstrates Hybrid Learning of 3D and Haptics Surgical Simulation with Sim-Ortho | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

open knee surgical simulator

Continuing HealthySim’s coverage of the IMSH 2017 Exhibit Tradeshow floor, today we are sharing our video interview with OSSimTech, who provide the Sim-Ortho, a virtual reality training simulator to teach and train orthopedic open-surgery. As the world’s first of its kind, the Sim-Ortho simulator offers unique possibilities to expand medical education of orthopedic surgery. Getting to test the simulator was an amazing experience as the real-time haptics push back from the hardware felt very realistic — and matched the 3D animations exactly.

The Sim-Ortho enables simulation training of complex orthopedic procedures in knee and spine surgery as well as trauma surgery. Situated in a highly realistic 3D environment with detailed imaging, the trainee practices “hands-on” in a risk-free environment. The Sim-Ortho training simulator offers haptic feed-back (applied force and resistance) and allows handling and manipulation of multiple orthopedic tools. The Sim-Ortho training simulator is leading the path in high-fidelity simulation. The company has a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team comprising engineers, doctors, programmers, developers, industrial designers as well as management professionals.

The Sim-Ortho open platform allows for these modules:

  • Knee
    • Left, right and lighter cases of total knee replacement
    • Fibial and tibial osteotomies (Open and closed wedges)
    • Tibial tubercule osteotomy
    • Unicompartmental knee replacements (Lateral, medial and patellofemoral)
  • Spine
    • Realistic use of rongeurs, pedical probe, screwdriver, bone nibbler and kerrison
    • 30 cases of spinal fusion
    • 30 cases of discectomy
    • 30 cases of laminectomy
  • Tool Handling
    • User-friendly tutorial to the Sim-Ortho
    • 15+ cases of hands-on training
    • Several tools in several environments

Recently the company posted a blog article by Dr. Niranjan Sathivel on The Power of Teamwork & Sim Efficiency:



Multidisciplinary team simulations have several benefits for the parties involved; learners, educators and the simulation centre staff. In these scenarios learners have the unique opportunity to tackle problems using a team approach, which in many ways mimic real life settings. Communicating, learning and understanding the perspective of each team member is a vital aspect for patient safety, which can be built into training scenarios.

I understand that it’s challenging for educators to collaborate and integrate goals and objectives for their individual teams, in-order to create simulation scenarios for team training. By making this happen they are able to add a whole new domain which could enhance the simulation education experience for learners. There are three benefits to the simulation centre and the staff: The first being the optimum use of the centre’s space and equipment. From my experience in the industry, I have observed that in many simulation centres, the training equipment often remain under-utilized. Bringing a multidisciplinary team for training, into one simulation theatre, sometimes provides the context for putting such equipment to use, by hybridizing simulation platforms. At this point you probably might have guessed the other two benefits. There is a positive impact on staff work flow efficiency and operational costs. Running the sessions in one simulation theatre as opposed to multiple simulation theatres can save you money and time. Read the full article here.

Custom Simulators!

Is your program looking for custom simulator solutions? OSSimTech allows you to differentiate your organization with a customized OSSimTech virtual reality training simulators– featuring your own procedures and surgical devices. As the world’s first of its kind, OSSimTech simulators offer unique possibilities to expand medical education, market your products and train your employees.

Learn more about the Ortho-Sim on the OSSimTech website today!


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HybridLab Provides Distance and eLearning Solutions for Medical Simulation | IMSH 2017 Interview

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At IMSH 2017 HealthySim interviewed the team from HybridLab to learn more about their learning platform, designed to “overcome issues when teaching resources are limited by enabling access for medical training and simulation to almost any location around the World”.



Hybrid Training was created “To Make the Learning World Better” by creating better training solutions, that are easier to access and more convenient to provide. HybridLab training and simulation does not need the direct participation of instructor and can be set up at any preferred location. Students prepare using pre made e-learning systems before coming to HybridLab. At the location, they get orders and instructions of what and how to do using our specifically designed algorithms with any training equipment. Instructor monitors and evaluates students’ performance from distance at any time while students train in HybridLab classroom.

HybridLab can enable any simulation center to run 24/7 by helping to create a completely autonomous training environment, simulation experiences without supervision, and distance monitoring. High-Impact Hybrid models include:

  • E-learning
  • Hands on simulation
  • Peer to peer teaching
  • Based on success learning algorithms
  • Automatically Personalized learning

Learn more on the HybridLab Website today!

Tobii Pro Brings New Learner Perspectives to Healthcare Simulation Experiences and Research with Eye Tracking Glasses

eye tracking systems healthcare simulation

Continuing our coverage of IMSH 2017 with video interviews, today we are sharing a demonstration of the eye tracking systems available from tobiipro! tobii pro helps medical simulation programs gain real insights into human behavior with leading eye tracking solutions and services. Imagine rewatching your healthcare simulation experience from the first person perspective of the learner AS they engage with your simulator? Not only that but the device provides a realtime indicator of exactly what the wearer is focusing on during the recording!

About the Tobii Pro Glasses 2



The Tobii Pro Glasses 2 are a wearable eye tracker designed to capture natural viewing behavior in any real-world environment while ensuring outstanding eye tracking robustness and accuracy. It is also possible to combine these glasses with biometric devices for even deeper insights into human behavior. The Tobii Pro Glasses 2 gives researchers deep and objective insights into human behavior by showing exactly what a person is looking at in real time as they move freely in any real-world setting . Understand how people interact with their environment, what catches their attention, drives their behavior, and influences decision making. Wearable eye tracking opens up entirely new opportunities for behavioral studies.

With a unique first-person perspective and true measurement of visual attention and cognitive engagement, Pro Glasses 2 can be also used as a tool for training, skills transfer, and performance enhancement. The real-time observation of participants’ gaze data provides quick and actionable insights. Whether the eye tracking study is conducted in a lab, shopping mall, manufacturing facility, home, or sports field, you will achieve accurate and reliable results in human behavior research. Quickly and easily analyze large volumes of the eye tracking data with the automated Real-World Mapping tool available in our Tobii Pro Lab software.

Learn more by visiting the Tobiipro website!


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Swiss-Based VirtaMed Continues to Provide Cutting Edge Surgical Simulators | IMSH 2017 Video Interview with Company Founder

virtamed simulator

At IMSH 2017 HealthySim was lucky to catch VirtaMed Founder and Co-CEO Stefan Tuchschmid, PhD to get a hands on demonstration of their hybrid surgical simulators and experimental VR technologies! I had a chance to try out their HTC Vive VR demonstration and found myself inside a knee to see the anatomy up close! We look forward to seeing what VirtaMed will continue to do with VR as a means to provide the most innovative simulation training possible. Certainly, their blended hybrid approach with haptics and on-screen displays certainly provides a unique training system in the market. The company will also work with you to create custom simulators for those programs looking for specific training requirements!



VirtaMed is a multinational Swiss-based company that develops & produces highly realistic surgical simulators for medical training by surgeons who use original instruments to train in a safe environment before performing on real patients. The origins of VirtaMed date back to 2001 when a hysteroscopy simulator project in the frame of the NCCR CO-ME of the Swiss National Science Foundation involving 16 PhD students was started. At the end of the project in 2007, one student, Stefan Tuchschmid, saw a business potential and decided to found VirtaMed with his colleagues Denis Steinemann and Daniel Bachofen.

10 Reasons Why Your Program Should Consider a VirtaMed Simulator:

  1. Only one platform for multiple simulators and surgical fields: On just one platform, multiple simulators, disciplines, and specializations can be trained. For example, arthroscopy training for knee and shoulder happens on the same simulator as urology or gynecology training. The simulation platform is also expandable for other procedures in the future, for example hip, ankle, elbow, or spine.
  2. Just like the real thing: Photorealistic high-fidelity simulation in HD: Highly realistic graphics, bleeding, and fluid behavior combine to create complete virtual patient cases. Anatomic models provide the best tactile feedback possible, since the models can be manipulated like in real-life, responding to every touch.
  3. Original instruments ease transfer of skills to the OR: Adapted original instruments provide a complete simulation experience and familiarization with real surgical tools. Resectoscopes, cameras, morcellators, shavers, graspers, or punches can be used for diagnostic and operative procedures. Using original instruments for training eases the transfer of skills to the operating room.
  4. Guided training saves instruction and OR time: A special feature of VirtaMed simulators is the SimProctor. Outside views, colored hints, and ghost tools show trainees how to perform various tasks, including how to hold instruments and how to complete individual procedure steps. The SimProctor integrates the best practices with clinical knowledge from key worldwide opinion leaders into the simulation, thereby reducing instruction time led by your key personnel as well as valuable OR time.
  5. Reduced costs for surgical training: Simulators reduce your costs for disposable material during physician training. It doesn’t matter whether a physician needs 2, 20, or 200 procedures to reach proficiency, there are no additional costs involved. Also, equipment breakage costs can be reduced significantly.
  6. Fast progress on the learning curve through an endless variety of pathologies: Virtual reality simulators offer an endless variety of pathologies and anatomies based on MRI/CT data of real patients. VirtaMed simulators have been designed to cover 95% of the variability of cases in real life, which would take years of practice without simulation. Individual training courses can also be created with specific training for beginners right up to experienced physicians.
  7. Complication training in a risk-free environment: The surgeon is confronted with the same complications as in the operating room and learns how to react to challenging pathologies or intense bleeding and bad viewing conditions. Complication training on the simulator prepares for challenges on the real patient without putting anyone at risk.
  8. Objective performance feedback with helpful metrics: Objective feedback is the basis for learning. After each completed procedure, the trainee receives a feedback report with target values, including time taken, movements with the instruments, landmarks visualized, pathologies resected, and much more. The trainee can also take screenshots at any time, and a movie of the procedure is saved together with the feedback report. This allows to track improvements and to debrief procedures later on.
  9. Better quality of care and patient safety: Using the best surgical education available enhances patient safety and quality of care in general. Surgeons are much better prepared for their first time in the operating room, and have already learned how to react to complications and have a realistic understanding of the procedure before they perform on a live patient for the first time. These first time cases go better, smoother, and quicker, which makes it a better patient and physician experience.
  10. A competitive edge – boost your reputation! Virtual reality simulators for surgical training give you a competitive advantage and boost your image. Residents love to be offered state-of-the-art technology for their best possible training. If you want to be at the forefront of innovative surgical training, VirtaMed simulators are a great choice – they are the best virtual reality simulators available on the market!

Learn more on the VirtaMed website today!

Stratasys 3D Printers Create Realistic Medical Training Models | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

healthcare simulation 3d printers

Continuing our coverage of IMSH 2017 exhibits, today HealthySim shares an interview with Stratasys to learn more about their innovative 3D printer technologies which provide realistic medical models. Using multiple printer heads allows Stratasys customers to print a variety of 3d models with different plastics, creating vibrant products with flexible components. Watch our video interview below to see the printer in action!

Applications Within Medicine for Stratasys 3D printed Models:

Medical Device Prototyping: Get to market faster with clinically meaningful and marketable products. Use 3D printing solutions to rapidly produce prototypes with the shape, texture, and material properties of any medical device. Validate device performance on patient-derived 3D printed anatomical models versus existing models such as animals and cadavers. Based on real patient imaging, 3D printed models mimic a variety of tissue properties in a single print. Stratasys Medical 3D Printing Solutions can help you accelerate product development from 3D printed concept models to preclinical testing allowing manufacturers to gain certainty, test anywhere, and mitigate cost overruns.



Education and Training: 3D printed multi-material models can replicate the complexity and wide range of patient pathology, making them superior tools for medical education. But how do 3D printed models compare to traditional training methods? Conduct clinically relevant training anywhere on realistic anatomical models customized for virtually any clinical scenario. Provide a memorable, hands-on experience with customized models that represent specific pathologies and mimic human tissue and bone. Multi-material 3D medical printing creates accurate, versatile models in less time and at a fraction of the cost.

Surgical Planning Models: Optimize surgical planning with spatially, tactilely, and physically accurate models based on patient scans. Surgical teams can use the 3D printed models to plan therapeutic approaches, and make more efficient use of expensive operating room time. Advance medical outcomes one patient at a time. By creating patient-specific models on demand, surgeons can better prepare for procedures and operate with greater efficiency and confidence.

Learn more on the Stratasys Medical Page today!

 

‘Next Gen Geri’ Geriatric Simulator From Simulaids Gets National Media Attention | IMSH 2017 Interview

next gen geri simulaids grandma patient simulator

HealthySimulation.com interviewed Simulaids at IMSH 2017 and learned about the national firestorm that was their Next Gen Geri! A Simulaids employee had left Geri in a car and returned from a quick trip into a store to see the local authorities had smashed his window to get Geri out of the car — not realizing she wasn’t a geriatric patient simulator! Yes — the realism is that good! Check out of video below to see Geri up close:



There aren’t too many details available yet about Geri, but HealthySim has been told by Simulaids reps that they will be releasing details on order, delivery, pricing and features in June for INACSL and AWHONN. The Next Gen Geri mark the new direction that NASCO Healthcare with their flagship brands of Simulaids and Lifeform are going, with the objective to deliver not only new trainers but a new form factor allowing for a new dimension in simulation and training medical and emergency service staff. .

Bookmark the Simulaids website now for upcoming announcements regarding Geri!