LifeCast Body Unveils Hyper Realistic Infant Trainer

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Just a quick note today to share about this amazing new infant simulator from LifeCast Body — which HealthySim got a sneak peak of at IMSH. While the device does not have any technology inside currently, the level of realism with the infant was incredible! Educators could make the infant suckle however, through a small port in the back like a puppet.


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From LifeCast Body: Introducing a step change in realism for the medical training industry. Lifecast Body Simulation is developing a range of highly accurate and lifelike “bodies” which will transform the way training is both delivered and absorbed. Designed and produced in Great Britain to the highest quality, the range will include newborn babies, toddler, young adult & geriatric. Lifelike and with a wide range of ethnicity options.

Visit the new LifeCast Body website for more info!


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Singapore Simulation Symposium “S3” Has Extended Abstract Deadline to June 30th!

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This October 31st – November 3rd, SESAM, SimGHOSTS and SingHealth are combining powers to create the S3 Simulation Conference event in Singapore, the World’s first multi-organizational simulation event! And great news — the abstract submission deadline has been extended until the end of this month — so there is still a bit more time left to submit and join us this November!

About the S3 Event

Bringing the World of Medical Simulation Together​ The S3 Conference brings together thought​ leaders and cutting-edge ideas from three renowned simulation centers to one place – Academia, located in Singapore General Hospital Campus, Singapore.

Hosted by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS), the S3 Conference 2017 is jointly organized by SIMS, Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) and The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS).


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This international tripartite part​nership will provide participating healthcare simulation teams with the best learning and networking opportunities with leading experts worldwide. The S3 Conference aims to be at the pulse of Asia’s simulation industry and to lead the transformation of simulation in the region and beyond.

The theme for the S3 Conference​ this year is, “At the Crossroad of Simulation; Bringing the World together”. ​​​​

Expect transformative sessions with international guest speakers, experience the latest in simulation technology, take in new ideas, share simulation best practices across borders, present ground-breaking simulation studies to fellow industry insiders, receive hands-on training in advanced simulation procedures, and more.​

Learn more and submit your abstract today on the S3 website!

Pocket Nurse Shares Strategies for Running a Mass Casualty Incident Simulation Scenario

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Pocket Nurse recently supported a mass casualty incident (MCI) at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). At the event, the Pocket Nurse team got the opportunity to see the DMACC nursing, paramedic, and criminal justice students in action in a simulated multiple vehicle accident involving around 20 victims. They shared a blog post on the great educational lessons they saw from the mass casualty simulation training exercise, a few of which were:

Make a lot of blood. In general, a convincing MCI scenario needs a lot of materials. Stock up on moulage kits, bandages and gauze, manikins, and stabilization tools. Enough standardized patients (SPs) need to be recruited; both SPs and manikins should be strategically deployed.

Choose a spacious location. An MCI scenario requires space for several scenes, environmental hazards, and the healthcare students themselves. Account for a triage area, emergency vehicles, and press and community members.


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Don’t make it easy. A true MCI is chaotic, so a simulation should integrate real-world challenges. In addition to belligerent standardized patients, a simulation should have lots of noise, for instance, a car horn honking continuously or sirens from rescue vehicles. Develop difficult subtasks within the usual triage challenges. In a recent simulation, one patient with a possible neck injury was found in the bed of a pickup truck. Students had to get creative in order to transfer the patient out of the truck and over to the distant triage area.

Running an EMS program and looking for more knowledge on how to setup and run in-situ simulation training experiences in the yard? Check out the HealthySim 2-part special focusing on EMS Simulation programs sponsored by CAE Healthcare.

Learn the rest of the mass casualty simulation training secrets on the SimTalk Blog!


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Medical Training Magazine Interviews President of Simulab Doug Beighle Regarding Simulation & Patient Safety Industries

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Recently our friends at Medical Training Magazine (formerly MedSim Magazine) interview Doug Beighle, President and COO of Simulab, regarding the current state of the simulation and patient safety industries. As a board member of key organizations between these industries like the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH), SSH, and NPSF — Doug sits in a unique position to share where the worlds of patient safety and simulation can collaborate to improve healthcare outcomes on an international level. Here below, are a few excerpts from the edition which you can read fully through the link below!

Medical Training Magazine: You are on a number of Boards and important committees at the SSIH, National Patient Safety Foundation and GNSH to name a few and you work very hard to get members of the different associations to work together to achieve common goals. Please discuss the importance of working together and what you would like to see accomplished.

Doug Beighle: At Simulab we have a very experienced management team, which gives me an opportunity to spend almost a third of my time focused on issues external to our company. Nearly five years ago we realized the Patient Safety and Medical Simulation movements were suffering from the same symptom – lack of resources. By this I mean a lack of adequate budget: allocated trainer time, learner time, and training facilities and equipment. The majority of my external work is an effort to support these movements by increasing awareness, working to break down silos, and building partnerships. Medical errors in the United States are a multi-billion dollar annual problem. Yet, two of the most powerful opportunities to reduce these errors, patient safety programs and simulation-based education are under-resourced. Bringing in a business perspective helps healthcare educators and patient safety professionals build a case to get their projects adequately funded. Ultimately, the first step towards reducing medical errors requires that educators, healthcare providers, patient safety experts, and financial officers break down their silos and work together using the same language.

MTM: How could the simulation industry help itself and the healthcare sector to improve training, patient care and results?


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DB: There are many initiatives that can help speed up the process of improving patient care. One of the highest impact possibilities is integrating the simulator and curricula into one training system. In these settings learners would use a simulator and modules to self-direct learning. These systems create the ability to easily measure a learner’s path to mastery. This process would not only reduce the cost of educational interventions, but it might increase the likelihood of retention. Additionally, without the need for an instructor to be present, scheduling periodic assessments of adherence would be easier. There are examples of this today from the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) product from Laerdal, products from SonoSim and many other virtual reality training systems.

MTM: What effect do you think the merger between the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation will have on patient safety and outcomes?

DB: As a member of one of the NPSF committees I do not know the behind the scenes but everyone believes it will be a very beneficial merger. The new group will continue under the IHI name and one of its goals is to revitalize the issue of patient safety. Derek Feeley, CEO and president of IHI, will lead the combined organization and Dr. Tejal Gandhi, president and CEO of NPSF, will lead the new organization’s patient safety teams. One goal of the new group is to draw greater attention to patient safety across the care continuum and not just in hospitals. It would be beneficial if they work with industry, academia and hospitals to bring innovation to medical education and work together by having state chapters or regional chapters.

Read the full interview with Doug in the latest edition of Medical Training Magazine

Canadian First: Mobile Air Ambulance Simulator from Alberta Health Services

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“Alberta’s new air ambulance simulator is a Canadian first”,
says Rob Csernyik of the Edmonton Journal!

Have you ever seen anything like this? A mobile, motion air ambulance simulator to help medics train under realistic air conditions! Sadly we can’t embed the video so be sure to visit the website through the link below to see it in

On Thursday, Alberta Health Services unveiled a Canadian first — a mobile air ambulance simulator that will be used for training medics. The 12-metre simulation trailer, developed in-house by Alberta Health Services and partners, allows hands-on medical simulations to be run in the fuselage of a King Air 200 aircraft.


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Because the fuselage, donated by Lakeland College, is on hydraulics, takeoffs and landings are simulated for medics. Before, they could only experience arrivals and departures in the air. Brent Thorkelson said the biggest challenge for AHS was that it was unchartered territory. “I’ve designed and built three ground simulators,” said the Emergency Medical Services staff development officer and project lead. “I’ve done nothing like this.”

The $739,000 mobile simulator went from conception to reality in approximately 13 months and was funded by a Government of Alberta grant. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said the government is proud to support the innovative new approach to training. “This new EMS flight simulator will give air ambulance paramedics critical hands-on experience in providing emergency patient care in an aircraft,” she said. “Because this simulator is designed to travel, this true-to-life training experience will be available to paramedics right across the province.”

Approximately 225 Emergency Medical Services air ambulance paramedics at the 10 air ambulance bases across the province will be trained using the mobile simulator.

Check out the video of the new Air Ambulance Simulator on the Edmonton Journal website!


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Healthcare Simulation Dictionary – Free SSH Resource to Answer ‘What’s It All Mean’?

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Today we have crossed the 1st birthday of the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary — a free resource from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).


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The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary features a collection of definitions showing how various terms—and their meanings— are being used in the profession today. Inside you’ll find straightforward definitions of 127 words and terms. Download your free copy today! The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary is designed to enhance communication and clarity for healthcare simulationists in teaching, education, assessment, research, and systems integration activities. Thank you to the contributors and healthcare simulation societies, who over three years dedicated time and expertise to developing and producing the dictionary.

Download the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary for Free!

Final Countdown for Early-Bird Rate Begins for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA – Aug. 1-4 at WakeMed Raleigh

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Sim Champs — its the “Final Countdown” for big savings to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina this August 1st-4th with early-bird registration!

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our 7th annual hands-on training event!  SimGHOSTS is working with Simulation Champion Dr. Amar Patel to bring the 2017 USA event to the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh, North Carolina! We cannot wait to showcase this amazing facility, team, and program to the world’s leading simulation technology specialists.  Save the date so you can join us there in August!

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

Brochure here

REGISTER HERE

Early-Bird ENDS JULY 1st! $473
Standard (July 2nd – August 2nd): $597

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.


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*New Thought* 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!

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Platinum Sponsor – simAlliance

Once again, Level 3 Healthcare through simAlliance is sponsoring this year’s Keynote Address and Opening Reception!

The Keynote address will be given by Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore.  Dr. Gillett’s presentation will explore new simulation technologies, how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems, and lessons for the successful development, growth, and support of staff who operate simulation programs from his numerous administrative roles.

The Opening Reception Comedy Show & Networking Event will be held at Raleigh’s premiere comedy club “Goodnight’s”! This world famous venue for stand-up comedians has been putting on a show since 1983, with dinner & drink specials from its bar & grill. Bus transportation, taco bar dinner and drinks are on us thanks to simAlliance!

Laerdal, CAE Healthcare, EMS SimulationIQ will also be returning as Gold Sponsors to the event, providing hands-on technical workshops throughout the event!

Unable to join us in US this August? Join SimGHOSTS this month at SESAM with a special track or Singapore this November!

Learn more and Register for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA here!


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Asia Pacific Sim Alliance Courses: Upskill your Workforce in Simulation and Immersive Environments

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Upgrade your skills for Workforce development in Simulation and Immersive Environments thanks to the Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance (APSA)! They have recently announced their 2017-2018 Advanced Master Class Professional Development Program Series.

About the APSA Sim Workshops

Alisha Fisher, Founder and Director of APSA, shared with HealthySim that this series aims to bring you Simulation Experts from around the world and around the nation to share practical knowledge and address emerging needs in Modelling and Simulation in response to training and development. The content has been developed together with Dr Teresa Crea from the University of Canberra, and Dr Saikou Diallo from Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Centre.

Using real world case studies, and facilitated by experienced practitioners, the program is designed to address both individual and organisational challenges through the presentation of best practice theory, methods and tools.

Their aim is to build a critical mass of people within government and business with the knowledge and skills to enable them to drive sustainable change and improvement in managing complex environments. This multidisciplinary program is for early to mid-level professionals with an interest in the field of simulation and immersive environments, and to meet strong workforce demands from the Asia Pacific region and Australia. There is the opportunity to deliver these Advanced Master Classes in-person within the Asia Pacific region.

2017-2018 Advanced Master Class Listings

FOUNDATIONS: SYSTEMS THEORY

Monday 24 July – Friday 28 July 2017
Sydney, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an introduction to complex problem solving through system thinking and Modelling and Simulation. The unit provides an introduction to systems theory and its basic principles. Participants will learn the basics of systems thinking, systems design and architecture frameworks and system modelling paradigms. Participants will also receive hands on training in how to model, simulate and analyse complex systems using top down and bottom-up approaches to modelling systems. In particular, the unit will cover the basic paradigms of Modelling and Simulation including Agent-based Modelling, System Dynamics and Discrete Event Simulation. Throughout the week, participants will develop, build and implement a series of models in different simulation languages and learn how to use the most appropriate paradigm for their problem.

SIMULATION MANAGEMENT: SYSTEMS AND PEOPLE – PART A 

Wednesday 20 September – Thursday 21 September 2017
Canberra, Australia


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This Advanced Master Class provides an overview of the organisational, business, systems and people requirements in the development, procurement and management of a simulation operation and lifecycle. Participants will learn knowledge to make better and more informed decisions as managers and operational leads. This unit takes a holistic approach by focussing on the needs and cost benefit analysis for procurement including determining capability requirements, resource allocation, assessing budget and financial risk. Participants will learn how to develop a simulation business proposal and gain an insight into contracting, governance and compliance requirements. The unit will focus on the human dimensions of project and people management, including stakeholder relationships, monitoring performance and deliverables, risk and task management, establishing teams, workplace culture and protocols.

SIMULATION AS INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTATION – PART A 

Tuesday 12 December – Thursday 14 December 2017
Canberra, Australia

This Advanced Master Class develops an understanding on the role of simulation in supporting innovation and experimentation. This unit will cover the use of simulation for brainstorming, rapid prototyping and problem-solving, in conjunction with the impact of next generation technologies on the diverse simulation modalities and applications. Participants will be given an overview of the innovation cycle from ideation to commercialisation. Participants will be become conversant with creative thinking, brainstorming and facilitation techniques such as design thinking to encourage lateral and creative approaches to the problem space. They will investigate approaches to experimental research design together with how and where simulation can be utilised to test or model outcomes. This will take place alongside industry briefings and site visits to give participants direct experience of emerging platforms and next generation technologies. This unit will include an understanding on the history and background of popular emerging technologies such as AI , VR, AR, MR and some of their inherent challenges.

ANALYSIS FOR MODELLING AND SIMULATION
 
Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January 2018
Canberra, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an introduction to design of experiments, statistics for simulation including qualitative and quantitative analysis. Participants will be provided with techniques for standards, verification and validation.

SIMULATION PEDAGOGY AND EDUCATION – PART A

Tuesday 6 February – Thursday 8 February 2018
Melbourne, Australia

This Advanced Master Class provides an introduction to instructional strategies for experiential and simulation based learning processes. Participants will learn how to comprehend the essentials of simulation as a learning technology. This unit focusses on the differences and distinctive requirements for teacher-learner transactions in simulated and action based learning modalities. It will highlight implementation strategies, assessment methods, in addition to the function of feedback, reflection, debriefing, and evaluation. Special consideration is also given to adult workforce training needs together with criteria for establishing goals in personalised or team learning situations, including online, virtual, live and/or blended.

International Event: 1ST ASIA PACIFIC SIMULATION AND AVR CONFERENCE
 
Wednesday 18 October – Thursday 19 October 2017
Seoul, South Korea

The Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance (APSA) together with the Korea Training Systems Association (KTSA) and the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA), are promoting the application of simulation, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies in defense and civil domains. Exchange the latest information and knowledge among relevant users and developers, at the upcoming Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) from in Seoul, South Korea.

Learn more about these courses and the APSA organization on their website!

Hospital Simulations Inspire Student Engineering Innovators at Stanford

Hospital simulations inspire student innovators

The trend to combine bio-engineering departments with or within an institution’s healthcare simulation program is contiuing to grow. All around the world, engineering departments are recognizing the growing opportunities for product development within healthcare through simulated innovations.

Today we share another such story out of Stanford from the School of Medicine website:

In order to invent new medical devices to address problems in health care, the doctors and engineers in Stanford Biodesign ’s year-long fellowship program spend up to six weeks immersed in the hospital or other health-care facilities, watching procedures and asking questions. For undergraduate and graduate students in Biodesign’s introductory classes, firsthand observation is much harder to accomplish because of time constraints and privacy issues.


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To solve this problem, Lyn Denend , Biodesign’s director for academic programs, teamed up with emergency room doctor Alexei Wagner , MD, to develop a new approach for an introductory Biodesign Innovation class, which I describe in a recent Stanford News article . Drawing on the resources at the School of Medicine’s Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning , Wagner developed three realistic scenarios around the class’s focus on health care needs related to aging. The scenarios included a chaotic, five-bed ER; a quiet palliative care room where an elderly woman lay dying; and a physical therapy consultation with an older fall victim and his wife.

The goal was to expose students to real problems in health care, an essential part of the Biodesign process for developing medical devices and other technology-based solutions. On the first night of the class, students were randomly assigned roles as patients, caregivers, or observers, and plunged into these scenarios. Each one featured real doctors and nurses, high-tech mannequin patients with voices controlled by simulation staff, standardized patients (actors trained to play specific roles) and, most importantly, real problems in care delivery. As each simulation played out, the students struggled to offer appropriate care and make critical medical decisions against a frustrating backdrop of financial limitations, overburdened providers and conflicting family wishes.

Society for ‘Simulation In Healthcare’ Journal Volume 12 Released

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Just a brief update today to share that the latest Simulation in Healthcare journal edition Volume 12 – April 2017 – Issue 2 pp: 67-134 from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare has come out with these important articles:
  • Evaluation of a Simpler Tool to Assess Nontechnical Skills During Simulated Critical Events Watkins, Scott C.; Roberts, David A.; Boulet, John R.; McEvoy, Matthew D.; Weinger, Matthew B.
  • Cricothyroidotomy In Situ Simulation Curriculum (CRIC Study): Training Residents for Rare Procedures Petrosoniak, Andrew; Ryzynski, Agnes; Lebovic, Gerald; Woolfrey, Karen
  • The Effect of Force Feedback in a Virtual Learning Environment on the Performance and Satisfaction of Dental Students de Boer, Ilse R.; Lagerweij, Maxim D.; de Vries, Merlijn W.; Wesselink, Paul R.; Vervoorn, Johanna M.
  • Design and Validation of a Three-Dimensional Printed Flexible Canine Otoscopy Teaching Model Nibblett, Belle Marie D.; Pereira, Mary Mauldin; Sithole, Fortune; Orchard, Paul A.D.; Bauman, Eric B.
  • Developing Team Cognition: A Role for Simulation Fernandez, Rosemarie; Shah, Sachita; Rosenman, Elizabeth D.; Kozlowski, Steve W. J.; Parker, Sarah Henrickson; Grand, James A.
  • The Effectiveness of Medical Simulation in Teaching Medical Students Critical Care Medicine: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Beal, Matthew David; Kinnear, John; Anderson, Caroline Rachael; Martin, Thomas David; Wamboldt, Rachel; Hooper, Lee Beyond Fidelity: Deconstructing the Seductive Simplicity of Fidelity in Simulator-Based Education in the Health Care Professions Schoenherr, Jordan Richard; Hamstra, Stanley J.
  • Developing a Conversational Virtual Standardized Patient to Enable Students to Practice History-Taking Skills Maicher, Kellen; Danforth, Douglas; Price, Alan; Zimmerman, Laura; Wilcox, Bruce; Liston, Beth; Cronau, Holly; Belknap, Laurie; Ledford, Cynthia; Way, David; Post, Doug; Macerollo, Allison; Rizer, Milisa
  • National Clinical Skills Competition for Medical Students in China Liu, Jing; Jiang, Guanchao; Zhou, Qinghuan; Chen, Hong; Wang, Shan; Wang, Qiming; Chi, Baorong; He, Qingnan; Xiao, Haipeng