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.


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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

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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:


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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:


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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”.


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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

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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


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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!


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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.


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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!

 


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‘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:


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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!

 

SimulationIQ Enables Use of Smart Phone Cameras to Record Simulation Experiences | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

simbrowser for healthcare simulation recordings

SimulationIQ unveiled several new innovative simulation products at IMSH 2017, and HealthySimulation was on hand to interview them first hand with this video to show you all the latest! It seems like a no-brainer, but why haven’t we taken more advantage of the cameras we all carry in our smart phones as a means to capture in-situ simulated experiences? SimulationIQ is creating new tools to enable us all to do just that! Check out our video below to see the system in action:


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SimBrowser is a secure, permission-based web application that allows users to view their live or recorded simulation training videos. SIMULATIONiQ SimBrowser is a web-based application that allows users to view live or recorded videos for all standalone SIMULATIONiQ products deployed within their institution. It provides easy access for instructors and administrators to monitor their medical training units from anywhere, on any device, within their institution’s network. SIMULATIONiQ SimBrowser is compatible with EMS’ SIMULATIONiQ Training in Motion (SIMULATIONiQ Mobile and SIMULATIONiQ Portable), an ideal solution for in-situ and on the go training environments; and SIMULATIONiQ One Room, a powerful recording and debriefing solution for clinical simulation management in one-room environments.

Learn more at the SimulationIQ website today!

California Sim Group Supports Request for RNs to Take Clinical Performance Assessment Survey – $50 Gift Card

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The next SoCal Simulation Collaborative meeting will be on May 12th from 8-1100 at UCLA.  Anyone interested in simulation is welcome to attend, no membership or long term commitment expected.  The meeting will be packed with interesting sim information including:

  • A presentation by our host, Dr.  Mary Ann Shinnick, PhD, ACNP entitled “Validation of “Time to Task” Performance Assessment Method in Simulation” .
  • A demonstration of the new CAE birthing manikin Lucina (118K)
  • A tour of the Sim spaces with time to explore the beautiful UCLA campus.

This message was shared by Mary to the group:

Are you an RN with at least 5 years of experience in an ICU, ER, Step Down or Telemetry Adult Unit? If so, you qualify for the study detailed below:

I am the Principal Investigator for a study entitled, “Validation of a Method to Objectively Assess Clinical Performance”. The purpose of this study is to generate anonymous videos of expert and novice nurses in order to compare clinical performance in a simulation experience using different methods of evaluation. The goal is to validate (test) an objective measure of performance in a simulation that is superior to subjective evaluations. It is hoped to lead to a better, more consistent method of evaluation for all nurses.

A copy of the IRB approved consent form is attached to this email. If you desire, I am available to meet with you to describe the study in person at a time and place which is convenient for you. If you agree to participate, you may sign the consent at that time or when you arrive for the study. Your participation in this study is voluntary. The benefits of participating include the contribution of knowledge to nursing science with comparison data on assessment methods of clinical performance in a simulation, a substitute for actual clinical performance. There are no anticipated risks to participating in the study.

Confidentiality is extremely important in this study. All of the information obtained from your participation will be kept confidential. Your consent form will be kept separate from the data and the data will be recorded in such a way that you will not be identified. The data will be available to the investigator only. It will not be available to anyone else, including employers or supervisors. Results from the research will be reported as aggregate data and there will be no identifiable features. This study has no bearing on any employment or any course at UCLA.


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Your participation in the research is completely voluntary. You can choose whether to be in this study or not.  Even if you agree to participate in this study, you may withdraw your consent at any time without consequences of any kind. However, participation in this study must be done on off-work hours.

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact: Mary Ann Shinnick, PhD (Principal Investigator) UCLA School of Nursing, 700 Tiverton, Los Angeles, CA  90032, (310) 794-4219.

I want to make it clear you may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation in this study without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study.  If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Office for Protection of Research Subjects, 11000 Kinross Ave, Suite 102; Box 951694; Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694; (310) 825- 7122 or email gcirb@research.ucla.edu.

You may keep the consent home for a couple of weeks and read it over or consult with family, if desired. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions. 

Sign up for a time on May 10th at: https://doodle.com/poll/4s566pfdw9s5tze9

Once you complete a pre-test, post-test, two short, basic medical-surgical simulations (5 minutes each) and a demographic form, a Thank You of a $50 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to you!