SimGHOSTS Opens Early-Bird Registration for August Sim Technology Training Event at WakeMed Raleigh

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SimGHOSTS 2017 USA has opened early-bird registration!

Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Early Bird Registration ENDS July 1st!
Early-Bird (April 3rd – July 1st): $473
Standard (July 1st – August 2nd): $597

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” which will be operating its seventh year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2017 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in:

  • Manikin hardware repair and software programming
  • Audiovisual equipment debugging
  • IT networking and infrastructures
  • Moulage makeup
  • Team communication & leadership techniques
  • Medical physiology
  • And much more.

You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.



United States
WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Secure your early-bird pass today to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!


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SimforHealth Chosen As eHealth Innovator at CES 2017

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Recently at the World’s Largest Annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, French-based Sim For Health was recognized as 1 of the 4 leading e-Health Innovators at the event!

SimforHealth, in its first appearance at the event, was nominated for its first emergency pulmonological virtual clinical case, developed with the HTC Vive headset and created in partnership with the Medical Simulation Center at Nice Medical School. This selection is a real honor for the company and a reward for SimforHealth’s international expansion and desire to develop alongside other players in the healthcare industry with its digital simulation training solutions.



SimforHealth offers an immersive, interactive and collaborative approach to the training of health professionals, in line with the ethical concept “Never the first time with the patient”. Their solutions help patient management via virtual consultations relying on different methods and technologies including 3D real-time simulators, serious games, virtual reality, mixed or augmented reality. The SimforHealth teams provide a totally customized development of your clinical cases, including, on request, specific technologies and methods such as medical imaging, videos, and 3D modeling. With the help of health professionals, they take care of all the developmental parameters of the clinical cases, including patient profile, in-depth clinical investigations, viewing of test results, varied environments, medical records, realistic dialogues etc., resulting in a high quality immersive and interactive solution.

Learn more at the SimforHealth website!

Simulab Launches World’s First Transvenous Pacing Simulator | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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HealthySim was on hand at IMSH 2017 to interview Simulab about their new PacerMan — the world’s first high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing from insertion to capture using your own equipment! Check out this 4-minute video about this innovative new product:

About PacerMan from Simulab



PacerMan exponentially improves your training. It’s the first and only high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing—from needle insertion to capture using all the clinical equipment. The system offers a one of a kind opportunity to practice the entire procedure—including identifying intrinsic bradycardias, assessing intracardiac waveforms and manipulating output and rate with a pacing generator.

Simulab’s patented SimuSensor technology powers PacerMan, replicating a true clinical workflow by allowing the learner to use their own equipment to trigger patient responses on a simulated patient monitor. PacerMan can be set on Instructor Mode, with specifically chosen scenario parameters or randomized Student Mode. Both settings include options for multiple outcomes and offer hands-on learning anytime, anywhere. Investing in the PacerMan System is empowering. Clinicians can finally practice the whole emergent procedure in a safe, simulated setting —providing a new opportunity to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

“PacerMan is an outstanding resource for teaching transvenous pacer placement. There’s nothing else like it. We have now taught TVPacer placement to 150 physicians and have found it extremely valuable!” Jeffrey Tabas, MD Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine UCSF School of Medicine.

Learn more about PacerMan from Simulab!


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Ohio Consortium of Learning Labs Annual Simulation Conference May 4th & 5th

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For only $100 you can participate in this fantastic regional simulation event entitled “Ohio Consortium of Learning Labs Simulation Conference” put on May 4th&5th at the University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, Ohio! Here’s the basic schedule of the event:



  • 7:30-8:00 am Registration
  • 8:00-8:15 am Welcome
  • 8:15-9:45 am Keynote Speaker – Dr. Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Power Up Your Debriefing to Create “Sticky Learning”
  • 9:45-10:00 am Break *
  • 10:00-11:00 am Keynote speaker- continued
  • 11:00-11:30 am Vendor
  • 11:30-12:45 pm Post–Partum Hemorrhage
  • 12:45-1:30 pm Lunch and Vendors*
  • 1:30-2:45 pm VR/Gaming – Christina Alvaredo RN, MBA, Toledo University
  • 2:45-3:00 pm Break*
  • 3:00-4:15 pm Moulage Techniques – Stephanie Justice MSN, RN
  • 4:15-4:30 pm Wrap up & Evaluation

Learn more and Register here!

SESAM President Dr. Antoine Tesniere Continues Opening Ceremonies of LAU Lebanon Sim Conference

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SESAM President Dr. Antoine Tesniere, continued the opening ceremonies of LAU’s 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, and focused on the future of Healthcare Simulation!

Antoine reminded the audience about the current learners of healthcare, primarily from the Y-Generation who come from a perspective of

  • Rapid communication
  • Community based learning
  • Peer orientation
  • Instant gratification
  • Immediate feedback
  • Stimulating working environment
  • Tech-savvy

He reminded the audience that the image of “fat, lazy, gamers” is not the reality of the serious gaming which will help us go from simple knowledge to direct useful experience. Dr. Tesniere then went into a deeper dive of new technologies coming to healthcare, moving ‘video games’ to ‘serious games’ — showing some of the latest learning opportunities available through digital mediums and virtual environments.



Designing these learning programs requires the combination of the right learning content with the correct virtual environment for integration and gamification, while looking to achieve the right “flow theory” in between anxiety and boredom. While the research is still early, the advantages are clear to provide gaming challenges, skills, behavior change and evaluation. Antoine asked the audience to continue the research looking at effectiveness, cost, availability, and interfaces.

Dr. Tesniere finished his talk suggesting that virtual environments are part of the future of simulation, that its a part of the blended learning integrative into the curriculum, that there are still challenges to overcome and open questions to address, and finally that serious games is not just about fun!

Follow Antoine and @SESAMSimulation for all the conference updates!

 


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Lebanon’s LAU Medical Simulation Conference Opens in Beirut

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This morning at the Metropolitan Hilton in Beirut, Lebanon, the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie School of Medicine 3rd International Conference on Medical Education, under the patronage of His Excellency The President of The Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, opened with a focus on Simulation for Education and Patient Safety.

Dr. Vanda Abi Raad, MD, MHPE Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Director and Clinical Simulation Center Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee helped co-chair the event alongside SESAM President Antoine Tesniere. The event was supported by SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

Dr. René Amalberti, MD, PhD Senior Advisor of Patient Safety for Haute Autorité de Santé France provided the opening keynote “Adapting medical simulation to the rapid massive structural and organizational changes occurring in healthcare”. Dr. Amalberti is a professor of medicine, physiology, and ergonomics – who after a residency in psychiatry, joined the Air Force in 1977, and graduated in aerospace medicine, obtaining a permanent military research position in 1982. He retired with the rank of general in February 2008 and is now working part-time as Senior Advisor, Patient Safety, at the Haute Autorité de Santé.



Dr. Amalberti explained that the costs of healthcare will dramatically in the next few decades as the population continues to grow and age. For example to this audience, he reminded us that the population aged over 60 in Lebanon will more than double by 2050 to 31%. Furthermore, he explained that simulation is a perfect fit for many of the challenges that will be facing healthcare as this demand continues to increase.

  • Develop training on interfaces and distant communication among professionals
  • Provide specific training scenario on the coordination between hospitals and primary care
  • Broaden the type of professionals involved to capture the true variety of pros involve in patients journey
  • Connect the time frame of training to the patient journey
  • Improve scenarios and debriefings introducing a larger range of strategies

He explained that by optimizing strategies to adopt best practices and working conditions you can better manage risks to increase control, recover, mitigate and innovate.

Dr. Amalberti’s latest book “Safer Healthcare Strategies for the Real World” is available for download for free. The opening ceremonies continued with Antoine Tesniere, President of SESAM.

Follow @HealthySim and @SESAMSimulation for all the conference updates!

Headed to Lebanese American University Third International Conference on Medical Education

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Today HealthySimulation and SimGHOSTS founder Lance Baily is headed for the first time to Beirut Lebanon for the Third International Conference on Medical Education held at the Lebanese American University! Lance will be speaking about the future of healthcare education technology and the international growth of SimGHOSTS.org, alongside SimGHOSTS Vice President Ferooz Sekandarpoor.

Here’s a letter from Zeinat Hijazi, President of the Simulation-Based Medical Education Conference Associate Dean for Medical Education Professor of Pediatrics Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Lebanese American University regarding the event:

Dear Colleagues,



On behalf of the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the Third International Conference on Medical Education to be held on March 24 & 25, 2017, at the Hilton Metropolitan Hotel in Beirut and the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Health Sciences Center in Byblos, Lebanon. The theme of the conference is Simulation for Education and Patient Safety and its objectives include:

  • Addressing current challenges and innovations in Simulation-Based Medical Education
  • Promoting interprofessional collaboration practices with the purpose of ensuring patient safety
  • Encouraging networking among educators in simulation and health-related professions

This regional conference targets all educators in the health professions, hospital management & quality improvement personnel, biomedical scientists, physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, dentists, insurance companies, and bankers. The conference’s rich program will cover topics such as Simulation & Interprofessional Collaboration, Patient Safety, Art of Debriefing & Feedback, Building a Simulation Center, the Use of Standardized Patients, Hybrid Simulation, Moulage and Makeup and Technology for Simulation.

In addition, the program will include hands-on experience through workshops and roundtables led by world-renowned professionals from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, KSA, the United States, and other leading countries in medical education. Continuing Education Credits: CME, CNE & CE are offered for this conference. We look forward to welcoming you all!

Learn more about the LAU conference event here!


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Cardionics IMSH 2017 Trade Show Floor Video Interview – New SAM3 & SimShirt!

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At IMSH 2017 HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview the team from Cardionics about some of the awesome new products they launched at the show, including SAM 3 and the SimShirt. Stay tuned for more great IMSH video interview coverage!



SAM, the Student Auscultation Manikin 3rd Generation is an innovation in teaching and learning heart, lung, and bowel sounds. SAM’s brand new computer software interface includes Case Videos, a Real Sound Library, Echo Cardiogram Videos, and ECG Waveform for heart sounds.

The SimShirt is a garment worn by a Standardized Patient (SP) for simulating physiological conditions to test students and examine their diagnostic and procedural skills. SimShirt provides a second choice to wearing the RFID sensor tags required by the SimScope. Instead of wearing individual RFID sensor tags adhered to bare skin, the tags are integrated inside the SimShirt.  The SimShirt system has multiple uses in simulation. It can be worn by a Standardized Patient or also by a high-fidelity manikin. You can program the SimScope to play desired sounds from our vast sound library which is already embedded in the SimScope tablet. Once the standardized patient wears the SimShirt, the SimScope will read the RFID sensor tags placed within the SimShirt and your students will hear the programmed sounds of your choice through the scope. You can put the SimShirt on a low-fidelty manikin too to help increase simulation realism!

Learn more about the SAM3, SimShirt and Other New Products on the Cardionics Website!

IHI and NPSF Announce Upcoming Merger During This Patient Safety Week

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Official Press Realease from NPSF and IHI

Boston, MA, March 13, 2017 — Recognizing that patient safety is a public health issue in need of fresh, robust approaches and constant focus for health care systems today, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) announce plans for a merger, effective May 1.

Derek Feeley, president of IHI, and Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF, talk about the merger of their organizations. IHI President and CEO, Derek Feeley, who will lead the combined organization, says now is the perfect time for the two organizations to join forces to help reset and reenergize the patient safety agenda, building on a mutual history of helping health care systems gain the knowledge and skills to implement harm reduction across the entire continuum of care. “Improving patient safety has always been central to IHI’s mission of improving health and health care quality,” said Feeley. “Yet safety now competes for attention and resources with other important issues such as value-driven care and population health. By joining forces, IHI and NPSF will be more effective in helping leaders and frontline clinicians meet all of today’s challenges while ensuring that patient safety remains a priority along the way.” Feeley added, “The entire IHI staff is thrilled about the opportunity to work with the talented staff of NPSF as one, strengthened organization.”

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, NPSF President and CEO, says she and NPSF staff are equally excited about the merger. She sees it as a game-changing opportunity for the patient safety field. “NPSF and IHI each have a history of raising awareness around patient safety issues and educating the health care workforce about best practices,” Gandhi said. “Our programs are distinct but highly compatible, and we share experience, expertise, and a common goal of accelerating patient safety improvement. NPSF has provided critical thought leadership with the aim of establishing safety as a core value in health care, and IHI has demonstrated an ability to influence large-scale, global change. This merger promises to strengthen our ability to advance progress in patient safety in the coming years.”

The merger involves significant new investment from IHI in patient safety. The merged patient safety teams, to be led by Gandhi, will combine existing NPSF and IHI patient safety programs and reflect an enhanced commitment to achieve patient safety around the world. All NPSF programs, including the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and the Certified Professional in Patient Safety credentialing program, will continue.

A Call to Action During Patient Safety Week



The merger announcement comes at the start of Patient Safety Awareness Week, a highlight of the NPSF United for Patient Safety campaign. Coupled with news of the merger, and with endorsement of IHI, NPSF is releasing Call to Action: Preventable Health Care Harm Is a Public Health Crisis and Patient Safety Requires a Coordinated Public Health Response. This document outlines how a public health framework can bring about widespread advances in patient safety and provides specific recommendations for how it can be used to reduce harm to patients and the workforce. The Call to Action was created by the NPSF Board of Advisors and Board of Directors, made up of more than 40 experts in patient safety, patient advocates, industry representatives, and other key constituents.

“We believe that in order to make meaningful and sustained improvement in patient safety, we need to address it within a public health framework,” said Gandhi. “The Call to Action outlines a multipronged, ongoing approach to systematically monitor, measure, and improve patient safety across the continuum of care through partnerships and collaboration among policy makers, health care leaders, professional associations, and others.”

The Call to Action sets forth six broad categories of recommendations, ranging from a call to establish a national steering committee and a national action plan for the prevention of health care-associated harm to a call to expand or develop education, training, and resources for the health care workforce. Read the full press announcement here.

Patient Safety Week

 

The United in Patient Safety campaign culminates each year with Patient Safety Awareness Week, designed to mark a dedicated time and a platform to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. This year, patient safety week is taking place now, March 12-18, 2017. The National Patient Safety Foundation works to bring together and engage health care professionals and patients to help spread this important message. There are a number of ways to get involved in Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Find more resources for Patient Safety Week here!

Final Deadline for SimGHOSTS USA Abstract Submission is TODAY by 12PM Pacific!

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Today is the day to submit your abstracts for SimGHOSTS USA 2017!
Accepted presentations provide a $50 discount for lead presenter’s registration!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is TODAY BY 12pm PST!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:



  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

Location: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!