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!


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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!

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!


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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!

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!


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

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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.


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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!

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:


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  • 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!

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!

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!

Intelligent Video Solutions Creates VALT for Simulation Recording & Debriefing

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IVS recently shared a new video showcasing VALT, aka the Video Audio Learning Tool, for Healthcare Simulation programs. Valt is an innovative software solution that enables users to be able to create and manage their own video database.

About VALT

Video is a proven tool to better educate, train, connect and protect organizations everywhere, which is why IVS has developed Valt. This powerful tool helps organizations increase the use of video to improve the effectiveness of a wide variety of programs. Valt can scale to support any number of cameras, users, and departments while the intuitive browser-based interface provides each user with a unique and secure experience. The application empowers users to quickly and easily view, record and manage video events without extensive IT support headaches.

The Valt solution is being used in a wide array of applications including Medical Simulations, Interview Recording, Corporate Training, Treatment Sessions, Lecture Video Recording, Police Interrogations, Government Meetings, Clinical Observation and many other simulation-based and active learning applications.


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The Valt application has been designed from the ground up to allow users to easily view live audio-video sessions in a secure fashion. VALT employs enterprise-class video streaming technology allowing for the connection of up to 50 HD IP video cameras and capability to serve out hundreds of simultaneous video streams from a single Valt server appliance. Rooms are displayed in an easy to find list and are labeled according to user preference. PTZ control is performed via mouse by simply clicking in the video window. Users are able to use and create presets to help quickly position PTZ cameras.

Observers are able to create “markers” during the recording process which indexes important video points allowing users to quickly access important events. Markers may be named or created via drop down box. Observers are able to “talk back” to students/clinicians via computer microphone or USB headset by simply clicking on the talk icon in the video window when optional talk back hardware is purchased. User rights allow a unique login ID for students, faculty and administrators providing for customizable security rights for viewing, recording and playback.

A matrix view allows the observer to view up to 9 simultaneous sessions on a single display. Client software runs in browser simplifying viewing and rollout of software upgrades. All major web browsers are supported including Apple and tablet versions, letting users use Valt to observe live or recorded video anywhere.

The IVS team let HealthySim know they will soon be sharing a helpful case study of Mt. Royal’s Nursing, Child Development Studies, and Athletics Therapy teams use VALT to help them improve their learning outcomes — so stay tuned!

Learn more about VALT on the IVS website today!