Modern Healthcare Covers Growth of Healthcare Simulation Field

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In the most recent addition of Modern Healthcare, the publisher covered the growing field of healthcare simulation with key interviews to help outsiders better understand the benefits of the emerging methodologies and technologies. This is a GREAT article to introduce others to the field of healthcare simulation, so be sure to share this link!

Simulation can save lives and limit patient harm by ensuring physicians young and old alike follow protocols and complete all the necessary steps in order to safely perform a procedure. In a study of 44 final-year medical students in Frankfurt, Germany, students who participated in a three-day simulation-based training course were found to have more thoroughly followed protocols for CPR and a trauma enactment in comparison to students who shadowed emergency physicians for three days. Students trained on simulators scored an average of 90% on their ability to complete steps required on a standard CPR checklist, while the other students scored 62%.

It’s not just students. Another study found that anesthesiologists who engaged in simulation-based training on how to properly wean patients from cardiopulmonary bypass performed better in real-life procedures than those who received traditional interactive seminars. Simulation-trained physicians scored over five percentage points higher when assessed two weeks later by senior staff on their ability to adequately complete necessary steps on a technical checklist. Similar results were shown five weeks after training. Researchers seeking to understand whether simulation could help improve training for ultrasound-guided central venous catheter cannulation found that 51% of simulation-trained residents were successful on the first try of cannulating a patient, as compared with the traditionally trained group’s success rate of 37%, according to a study published in the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


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Medical malpractice payouts have begun climbing upward since 2012, reaching $3.9 billion in 2016. Connecticut’s payout rate per capita is among the highest in the nation. In hopes of reversing this trend and reducing risk, Connecticut-based Hartford HealthCare sought to improve simulation-based training for obstetricians, who are at a particularly high risk for malpractice suits. The health system’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) developed a simulation-based training program that evaluates physician effectiveness in preventing shoulder dystocia, a high-risk labor complication in which labor is obstructed by the infant’s shoulder. The project utilized technology that measures the amount of force being applied to a simulated baby, eliminating the subjectivity of a doctor-to-doctor evaluation. “Verdicts in the state of Connecticut have been steadily increasing, with some exceeding $20 million,” said CESI Director Stephen Donahue. The device has given physicians more confidence in their abilities, and protected them from preventable risk that can result in lawsuits.

Read the full Modern Healthcare Simulation Article here!


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Simulaids Unveils Industry’s First Patient Communication Simulator ALEX

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Recently we covered the innovative ‘Next Gen Geri’ as seen at IMSH 2017 — but even more recently Simulaids unveiled the industries first “Patient Communication Simulator (PCS)”! Newly launched, ALEX recognizes questions and responds with scripted answers related to his condition allowing simulation educators to use speech synthesis or your own voice for responses. Alex is also the first patient simulator with an HD camera streaming live, low latency video from his right eye. Debrief with a patient point-of-view experience! Check out this video below to see more:


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  • Develop critical thinking, decision making and priority setting skills
  • Conduct initial patient assessments and clinical interviews
  • Acquire foundational nursing skills
  • Meet high-level simulation goals
  • Evaluate Nursing competencies in procedures such as injections, IV administration, and wound care
Core Features of Alex:
  • Breathing: Moving chest in sync with set respiratory rate. Set various respiratory profiles with varying depth of breath.
  • Airway: Oral, digital, and nasal intubation, as well as all other standard airway procedures.
  • BVM Ventilation: Rising chest measures and records airflow over time when done during CPR.
  • Circulation: Pulses (carotid x 2, brachial x 2, radial x 2 and pedal x 2): sensing touch and providing pulse sensation in sync with set heart rate and blood pressure.
  • CPR: CPR abilities with metrics of chest compression force/depth and timing. Automatic detection and logging of CPR procedures.
  • IV Injection Arm: Practice intravenous injections and positioning a butterfly catheter. Puncture veins and dorsal venous network of hand.
  • Patient Monitor: Direct control of HR, RR, SpO2 and TEMP to set target value and transition length.
  • Waveforms: Normal and abnormal simulated cardio, respiratory and SpO2 waveforms in virtual patient monitor.
  • Blood Pressure: Measure blood pressure with any sphygmomanometer attached to the included SmartCuff™, equipped with wireless pressure sensor.
  • IRISCAM: An HD camera built into the eye of ALEX, providing digital video for live streaming and recorded review. (patent pending)
  • SPEECH: Advanced speech recognition and speech synthesis to support fully automated medical interviewing exercises. (patent pending)
  • SOUNDS: Listen to normal or various abnormal lung/heart/bowel sounds and Korotkoff sounds using any stethoscope when attached to the included SmartScope™ accessory.

Simulaids began producing trauma moulage products in the town of Woodstock in 1963 and now operates out of an 83,000-square-foot facility in Saugerties New York.

Learn more about Simulaids Innovative Products on their website today!

Regional EMS Cadet Competition Utilizes Simulation For Recognition of Leading Students

South Orange Rescue Squad Cadets Bring Home Gold

Shouldnt all EMS programs utilize simulation for demonstration and training to new recruits on the lessons of first responding? Village Green NJ recently reported how last Saturday the South Orange Rescue Squad won the 5th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet Competition in Keyport, New Jersey at the Keyport First Aid Squad. What a great way to utilize simulations to encourage healthcare professionals of tomorrow!

This event brought Emergency Medical Services cadet teams from New York and New Jersey together for a two day event that combines EMS skill competitions, educational experiences, training, and socializing with like-minded peers. Many volunteer ambulance squads across the state have cadet programs where teenagers train alongside adult members to provide emergency medical care to their community. Explained South Orange Rescue Squad President Troy Balog, “these cadet groups are valuable feeder programs to help critical volunteer shortages in squads.”


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He added, “we’ve had our cadet program for three years and many former cadets are now active adult members, including our current 1st Lieutenant! We are all volunteer, do not charge for our services and exist on donations, so people who give so much of their time are highly valued.” Competing against 35 other cadet teams, the South Orange Rescue Squad team won both first place in the “Advanced Team” category as well as the “Grand Champion” award for highest all around score. This is the first time the South Orange squad has entered the competition. “I wasn’t sure what to expect.” said team member EMT Cole Fitzsimmons, “we train a lot at South Orange so I felt that we were ready for it.”

Cadet teams could enter the “Basic” level competition or the “Advanced” level. Basic teams consisted of CPR or first aid trained cadets and were evaluated in stations consisting of Vital Sign, CPR, and bleeding control. The “Advanced” teams had to have at least two Emergency Medical Technicians and their three stations consisted of a simulated fall down to flights of stairs with two broken legs, a Heart Attack/Cardiac Arrest simulation, and a serious car accident where two critical patients were entrapped in the vehicle. “For the car accident station we had to work with the fire department to use the Jaws of Life to remove doors from the vehicle,” shared EMT team member Victor Rothstein. The victims in each of the scenarios were either role played by a volunteer with medical make-up or a high-tech simulator mannequin. Cadets were evaluated in each station by Paramedics, EMT Instructors, or Physicians who provided detailed feedback to the teens after each test.


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Summary of Product Demo Video Interviews from IMSH 2017 Trade Show Floor

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Hey Simulation Champions! Today we are sharing a comprehensive review of all the product demonstration interviews HealthySimulation produced exclusively from the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2017 Orlando Tradeshow floor! These videos will help you to catch up with the latest news and information about innovative new products and services entering the field of healthcare simulation, so be sure to watch them all!


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Exclusive IMSH 2017 Exhibit Hall Video Interviews:

Finally, here is the HealthySim staff writeup about our favorite products from IMSH 2017!

OEI Announces RealMom Birthing Simulator Will Debut at INACSL, Creating Paradigm Shift in Labor and Delivery Training

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In anticipation of record attendance at this years International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Operative Experience (INACSL) in Washington D.C., Operative Experience Inc. (OEI), a leading developer of high-fidelity human patient simulators, announced the launch of RealMom, a “breakthrough, full-body childbirth simulator designed to revolutionize the way clinicians and practitioners develop proficiency in labor and delivery procedures.”

Representatives suggested that RealMom leapfrogs today’s hard-plastic birthing manikins, by providing the most natural and realistic childbirth simulator ever created, featuring incredibly lifelike soft tissue, accurate internal anatomy and an active birth canal with human-like dilation and effacement. RealMom provides learners with a high-adrenaline, “true-to-life” delivery room experience and a full spectrum of clinical scenarios from normal fetal delivery to more complicated procedures, such as breech, shoulder dystocia, nuchal cord, cord prolapse, and assisted delivery with forceps and vacuum devices.

RealMom Features:

  • Lifelike Mother and Baby: Full-body female simulator and full-term baby with unsurpassed realism and lifelike appearance. Features realistic, soft tissue and accurate internal anatomy.Available in Caucasian and African American skin tones.
  • Natural Delivery: First-in-the-world, natural delivery with active, soft tissue birth canal. Provides human-like dilation and effacement with massageable fundus and amniotic reservoir. Includes a fully-realistic uterus, placenta and umbilical cord.
  • Fully Operable: Provides normal delivery, breech, shoulder dystocia, nuchal cord, cord prolapse, transverse and placenta previa, compound delivery, and assisted delivery with forceps or vacuum devices.
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage: Realistic postpartum hemorrhage control with appropriate flow control and the ability to effectively stop hemorrhage with a Bakri or Ebb balloon.
  • Tablet Control: Instructor control of dilation and delivery progression. Physiological presentation and control of maternal and fetal heart rate, fetal heart tones and contractions, pulses, blood pressure and SPO2. Supports iOS, Android and computer browsers.
  • Simple and Affordable: More affordable than other competitive birthing simulators and with no complicated programming or set-ups there’s no simulator downtime.

“RealMom is simply the most exciting development in labor and delivery training to date,” said Jane O’Reilly, Global VP of Sales for OEI. “RealMom looks real and feels real and provides learners with the most realistic and lifelike simulated birthing experience out there. It’s really one of a kind.”

RealMom can be operated wirelessly using an iOS or Android tablet device and provides precise control of dilation and delivery progression as well as heart rate and tones, contractions, pulses, blood pressure and SPO2 levels. As well as being incredibly realistic and lifelike, RealMom is exceptionally reliable with no complicated set-up or programming required of instructors and subsequently no simulator downtime.


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“Operative Experience is already recognized for its groundbreaking line of soft tissue, open surgery simulators for emergency obstetric procedures,” said Mick Navin, President and CEO of OEI. “RealMom is a natural extension of this technology and provides learners and educators with the first ever complete and fully-integrated solution for labor and delivery skills training. We deliver the entire continuum of care, from vaginal delivery through an active birth canal to emergency skin-to-skin C-section, postpartum hemorrhage control enabling practice including uterine artery repair, compression sutures and the Bakri balloon, and c-hyst when hemorrhage cannot be contained.”

OEI will introduce RealMom this week at the annual INACSL conference so be sure to stop by their booth to see this innovative new product!

About Operative Experience, Inc.

Operative Experience, Inc. is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and pre-hospital training. Using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm, OEI reduces training costs while increasing training effectiveness and retention. OEI is dedicated to applying this technology to reduce combat and civilian surgical mortality and to provide humanitarian support to developing countries with limited medical resources.

Learn more about RealMom at the OEI website today!


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SimforHealth Introduces MedicActiV: Innovative Platform to Create & Share Virtual Clinical Cases, at SESAM 2017 Paris

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During the opening of SESAM 2017 in Paris this week, SimforHealth is unveiling MedicActiV, an innovative new platform to consult, create & share virtual clinical cases. Learn how for a LIMITED TIME you can gain free access to this new global resource by reading more below…

We all know there is a gap between theoretical clinical training and physicians’ real-life experience. Students and health professionals must be given the opportunity to work on as many real-life cases as possible, before facing a real patient. Current classical training methods do not fit the rapid growth of medical knowledge. And clearly, medical education needs more realistic and immersive instructional technologies to prepare tomorrow’s clinicians.

SimforHealth, a leading provider of virtual solutions for medical education has created a new way to enhance medical education: The MedicActiV Platform.

MedicActiV is a digital simulation platform, like an international library of virtual clinical cases in any discipline. Healthcare education institutions or healthcare professionals can consult them, and also have the opportunity to create their own virtual clinical case with MedicActiV authoring tool. Once created, they can share it on the platform.


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The best way to understand how a virtual clinical case looks like on that platform is to watch a video of a vascular medicine case created with the cooperation of Doctor Aalami, Clinical Associate Professor and Vascular Surgeon at the prestigious University of Stanford Medicine. This video is a great way to understand the potential of MedicActiV’s and its compatibility with virtual reality using HTC Vive.

With this launch of the new version of the MedicActiV platform, SimforHealth calls healthcare professionals and institutions to participate in the project, by creating virtual clinical cases and sharing them with the healthcare community. Such a global resource can quickly increase the volume and quality of international medical knowledge.

Those attending SESAM 2017 Paris should stop by SimforHealth Booth EX31 to demo MedicActiV.

Gain FREE access to the system and its already strong library of resources until September!

Learn more on the MedicActiV.com website today!

Curtin & George Washington Universities Collaborate to Build Jim: Simulated Virtual Reality Patient

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Recently the website Study International spent some time with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University in Australia to learn more about their collaborative project Jim. Build with George Washington University in the US, Jim is a virtual reality creation, designed to simulate patients for healthcare sector trainees.

Study International Interview Excerpt:


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Ranked in the world’s top two percent by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016, Curtin University has trained more health professionals than any other tertiary institution in Western Australia. The use of state-of-the-art training tools and high-tech simulation experiences is central to the curriculum at Curtin’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Such technologies enable students to gain confidence and competence in their clinical skills without putting actual patients at risk, challenging them to deal with real-world clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment. 

“Jim gives students the opportunity to practice in a safe, controlled, repeated way, so they’re less at risk to the general public when they go into their clinic training,” says Dr Janet Beilby from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology. Students studying Speech Pathology, Psychology, and Physiotherapy, along with many other health degrees, get the chance to interact with Jim and learn from their mistakes before encountering real patients. The Faculty takes virtual reality a step further with their Virtual Home Visit (VHV) Training Tool, or as Curtin calls it, “a serious game”.

This innovation from the Curtin research team, in partnership with software developer Learnbrite, is a game-based learning system that allows physiotherapy students to simulate a home visit to elderly people, offering support to allow them to remain at home and independent. The learner interacts with client avatars, identifies fall risks and hazards and then formulates a specific management plan that will allow the client to remain at home. Students can do this online, or via a laptop or iPad, but – even better than that – can immerse themselves in the virtual world with a VR headset.

Read more about Jim and the Curtin Simulation Program on the Study International Website!

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!

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!