Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

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Laerdal is now proud to be able to offer the SimMom Flat Abdominal skin as thier newest product enhancement for SimMom. With the new non-gravid flat abdominal skin, SimMom is not only an obstetrical simulator but can be used as an advanced female patient simulator to address women’s health issues and assessment skills during training. These improvements increase the overall flexibility of the Sim Mom simulator.

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What are the latest enhancements to SimMom?

  • Ultrasound Solution for SimMom: An optional Ultrasound Solution has been embedded to gravid and flat abdomen skins to help improve point-of-care diagnostics training, and visually determine the health of the fetus and mother, during the progression of birth.
  • Automatic Delivery Module: An optional Automatic Delivery Module has been added to the existing birthing and post-partum module range.
  • Wireless Connectivity: An instructor can freely walk around the room whilst they assess and control a training session using a wireless connection from their operator PC and the SimMom Link Box.
  • Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin: SimMom can now be fitted with a non-gravid abdominal skin to expand the scope of your simulation training. Early stage pregnancy cases can now be simulated as well as expanding the use of SimMom into a non-pregnant female patient simulator

This system is now available as an upgrade or additional add-on.

Learn more about the new Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin here and Laerdal’s SimMom here!


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Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

Did you know that the use of high-fidelity simulators is increasing rapidly for veterinary sciences? Check out these recent developments from Cornell University:

The Tetlow and Roy Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory functions as a classroom and a workshop that will change the way veterinary medicine is taught. The laboratory was built with generous support from the Parks and the Triad Foundation, and is housed in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).


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The lab is the brainchild of Daniel Fletcher , a veterinarian and biomedical engineer who teaches and practices emergency and critical care at CVM and Cornell’s Companion Animal Hospital.

Fletcher the engineer was fascinated with the computer-operated human simulators used to train medical students to address symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and labored breathing. Fletcher the educator wondered why there weren’t animal simulators for veterinary students. He purchased a human simulator and began stripping it for parts. The first “smart” pet, a dog, debuted in 2010 . By 2013, Fletcher was heading a simulation center and helping to develop new manikin products!

SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World’s First High Emotion Simulator

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Today in Lubeck Germany, a team from NICU healthcare professionals and SimCharacters celebrated World Prematurity Day with the “birth” of Paul – The First High Emotion Preterm Simulator! This highly realistic preemie infant represents a 27 week born neonate with anatomically correct airway weighs merely 1000 grams and provides lifelike movement for an infant of its young age.

All around the globe today, people are celebrating the awareness of Premature births with the hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay and a show of support with the color purple. Even the Empire State Building has been light up in purple! Did you know that 1 in every 10 babies is born premature? Preterm birth — ie before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays. About 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely each year, and one million of them die before their first birthdays.

Paul was developed by neonatologist Dr. Jens Schwindt and the amazing team at SimCharacters to improve the learning outcomes of healthcare simulation champions everywhere. The manikin will be available in the United States starting at IMSH 2017 in Orlando!

About Paul

With Paul, SIMCharacters is taking the next step in the future of medical simulation. High fidelity was yesterday – the future belongs to high emotion simulation.


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“Providing high quality care for a preterm baby is a uniquely complex and time-sensitive process which is extremely challenging for (PICU/NICU) inter-professional healthcare teams. Our mission at SIMCharacters is to improve the quality of care for critically ill preterm and newborn babies by advancing the realism and effectiveness of training simulators – this is why we have developed Paul.” — Dr. Jens-Christian Schwindt, Neonatologist and SimCharacters CEO

Jens and the SimCharacters team know that creating high emotion simulation requires understanding and empathy with the teams, families, and programs caring tirelessly for preterm newborns.

Share your support of #WorldPrematurityDay by downloading these printouts and

Taking a photo to #WelcomePaul to your Simulation & Healthcare Facilities today on

The new SimCharacters Twitter and Facebook accounts!


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Polhemus Brings Micro Sensor Motion Tracking to Healthcare Simulation

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Do you believe that one day we will be able to learn from masters simply by copying their hand motions in real-time VR? Polhemus has made this reality one step closer with advanced motion capturing with micro sensors. Are you building a medical simulator? Consider the benefits that Polhemus motion tracking could bring your product:

Developed for a recently released VR cardiac catheterization training simulator, Polhemus’ MicroSensor 1.8 was up to the task of tracking Julian Gray’s amazing finger work. With applications in biomechanics, rehabilitation, virtual reality and more, the MicroSensor 1.8 is extending Polhemus’ leadership in high fidelity motion tracking.


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Hand and finger tracking is achieved in real time, with Polhemus Micro Sensors 1.8. Polhemus motion tracking is high fidelity and robust, tracking the quick fingers of a skilled guitarist. Tiny, lightweight sensors attach easily with custom Micro Mounts. Using our LIBERTY tracking system, the complex finger and hand motions are easily tracked at an update rate of 240 Hz per sensor, with virtually no latency, and using no cameras.

The possibilities for Polhemus motion tracking in medical simulation are clear!

Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 4

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Last month we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 4 of HealthySimAdmin: Building Research Programs Into Healthcare Simulation. This 2-hour recording starts with a presentation by Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning — which is also the host of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA — and then finishes off with a panel session by a dynamic range of simulation program administrators who provide advice for those integrating research into their simulation programs. Thank to Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse these recorded sessions are now available for free to the public!

About Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin:

Medical Simulation is quickly becoming a leading methodology for clinical skills based education
and training. Impacting how our learners understand and apply the content is just as important as expanding our understanding of how to improve human and system processes. Groups interested in developing and funding or expanding current research into simulation will find this session led by Amar Patel MS, REMT-P, CFC extremely useful. Amar will lead our discussion highlighting the successful integration of research at the facility he manages.

Amar shares:

  • Types of research that can be conducted (scopes of projects)
  • Costs associated with conducting and managing research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • The Return on Investment
  • What you need to know to begin (documents, education, IRB, policies & Procedures)
  • Publishing abstracts and completed research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Setting up the simulation environment (is it research friendly?)

Afterwards our panel engaged in a discussion on how to build and facilitate a successful research component into your simulation program. An audience question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. Through this session we learned how to conduct, integrate, and manage research projects. Furthermore, we will highlight ways to incentivize educators to engage in successful simulation-based research projects that will promote your institution and your program.


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Session Presentation Lead By:

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams. Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Watch the whole HealthySimAdmin video series now here!

Clinical Educator Buy-In & Training for Healthcare Simulation – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 3

free simulation resources for nursing faculty

Recently we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development and Part 2: Simulation Program Funding Models Initial and Ongoing.

Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin: Clinical Educator Buy-In and Training for Healthcare Simulation, which you can now watch for free below:

About this HealthySimAdmin Session:

We’ve got the manikin – now what? At times this new technology has been purchased without consideration for the time, training or support necessary to effectively engage faculty in simulation. How then do we pick up the pieces, roll up our sleeves and get simulation to work? This session will enlighten us about how to get your educators up and running with medical simulation through the encouragement of simulation champions, training platforms and controlled program expansion.

As well we learn how to increase learner performance outcomes through advanced debriefing instruction and facilitation/scenario standardization. This presentation will be followed by a HealthySimAdmin panel discussion to share strategies and tactics for starting, continuing and increasing educator utilization and program implementation. Topics to be discussed include how to reward simulation champions, simulation facilitation styles, currently available training resources, implementation strategies for the simulation methodology, internal marketing campaigns to capture interest and disseminate information, as well as gaining mandates and other administrative support. Audience question and answer period to follow panel discussion. Learn how build a successfully utilized simulation lab with quality learning outcomes with this dedicated lecture and panel discussion session.


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Session Presentation Lead By:

Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM
CEO Performance Gap Solutions
Founder Medical Simulation Design

Jane Kleinman, RN, MAOM, is the CEO of Performance Gap Solutions, LLC and founder of Medical Simulation Design, Inc. both of which specialize in the strategic, operational, and sustainable planning and implementation of simulation education programs for diverse clients world-wide. She is a respected leader and developer of Inter-Professional Immersive Patient Care Management simulation experience standards for specialty team training, crew resource management, and operational system modeling designed to identify performance gaps for immediate pro-active mitigation with measurable, improved patient care across the continuum.

In addition, as a Master Trainer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality TeamSTEPPS Program she trains hospital resource teams to function as in-situ coaches for transformational InterProfessional communication behavioral changes. As an active participant in simulation based research, Faculty training, daily operations and innovative program development she understands the challenges, pitfalls, needs, and realities of the Simulation Program development journey.

With expertise in health care administration, education, space design, human factors, and product line development Performance Gap Solutions provides comprehensive expertise to clients as diverse as Community Colleges, large multi-site hospital systems, architect firms and statewide alliances.Her Simulation Program development motto is: “It’s about the methodology not the technology. Methodology impacts planning. Planning impacts outcomes. Outcomes create sustainability”. Her goal is ensure organizations help their Learners: “Turn what they know into what they do”.

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Iqarus Provides Fully Immersive Live Action Combat Medicine Training Center in UK

iqarus medical simulation combat training center

Imagine walking into a building in UK and instantly being transported to a combat zone in Iraq. Well, with Iqarus training center that is now possible as they just opened a fully immersive environment with live actors in Hereford, UK. It’s like a real life haunted house!

A new training centre which can replicate a medical emergency in a Middle Eastern street has been opened in Hereford, in collaboration with the film studios which are responsible for the James Bond franchise. The Immersive Training Centre has been opened at Rotherwas and combines replicated street scenes, professional actors, sound, weather and other special effects to allow front-line medical professionals to be put through their paces in high-risk, high-pressure situations.


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Iqarus, a global provider of intelligent health solutions in remote and difficult operating environments, has designed the centre with Pinewood Studios, which is home to the Bond films. The 8,000 sq.ft of dynamic simulation space can be used to create bespoke training environments, with any scenario, anywhere in the world. Facilities include:

  • Desert, jungle and arctic training rooms with simulated weather conditions and sound effects
  • A street scene with collapsed, two-story building, with explosive special effects, dust and smoke
  • A changeable street scene which transports users from Europe to the Middle East, and beyond
  • A burnt-out building with collapsed upstairs and flooding area
  • Realistic home structure with false wall, escape hatch and tunnel
  • Area for road traffic collision simulation
  • Stereo surround speakers with four sound zones
  • State-of-the-art cameras and a two-way communications system allowing trainees to work independently, without the support or intrusion of an instructor
  • Professional actors and accurate and realistic prosthetics
  • Overhead drones and HD CCTV throughout.

Learn more at the Iqarus Training Center Website!

Cardionics Provides SimScope Auscultation Simulator for Real-Time Standardized Patient Learning

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Looking to enable your learners to be able to realistically take simulated auscultation vitals of standardized patients? SimScope from Cardionics can now help you do just that!

The SimScope is a simulation electronic stethoscope designed to provide real-time standardized patient interaction and assessment. The SimScope uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to identify specific locations on the human body and plays the same corresponding sound that an acoustic stethoscope would present. What makes the SimScope unique over other simulation scopes is the custom designed chest piece. Inside is a RFID reader that scans for patches worn by a standardize patient, so when the chest piece and patch come into close proximity to each other the patch is wirelessly interrogate for information. The SimScope uses this information to determine the sound assigned to this site from a playlist created by the instructor. Once the chest piece is removed from the patch the sound stops playing just like a real stethoscope.

Another technology advancement is the addition of Wi-Fi which allows for scenario changes while the SimScope is active. For example, a student examines the standardized patient and makes an assessment. Following the correct treatment recommendation, the instructor can then ask the student to reexamine the patient to hear the difference!


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The number of sounds found in the SimScope library is almost limitless due to its large SD memory card inside. All settings, configurations and sound assignments are accessed via a mini USB port. Once setup the SimScope will operate as a stand-alone device with voice prompts alerting the user from mode of operation to battery condition. The technical challenge for the designer was creating a small device that uses a AAA battery to power a Wi-Fi module, RFID reader and play sounds for long periods of time before a battery replacement.

SimScope System Details:

With the new SimScope WiF upgrade, users are able to utilize wireless communication between the Simscope and their computer allowing them to seamlessly select and change the pathological sounds and conditions of any standardized patient, O.S.C.E. or low-fidelity manikin.

  • SimScope Patches are customizable and easily programmable to let specific diagnostic case studies. Matching the appropriate sound to the correct anatomical location enables authentic standardized patient interaction and student assessment in a variety of educational scenarios.
  • SimScope software and Cardionics proprietary sounds library of simulated heart, breath, bowel, and bruit sounds provide real time practice and mastery of standardized patient interaction.
  • SimScope plays the programmed heart, breath and bowel sounds specific to each correct anatomical location enabling a realistic standardized patient encounter. Up to 20 patches may be programmed and simultaneously activated with heart, breath, bowel, and bruit sounds to simulate real time auscultation during a physical exam.

Learn more by visiting the Cardionics website today!

New Surgical Simulator Prototype from Nottingham Trent University

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The model was created from silicone gels and fibres to help prepare trainee surgeons for the mental and physical experience of operating on chest organs. It was created using CT scans of real organs to create lifelike simulations of the heart, lungs and great vessels in the chest.

The outer skin, created by Yorkshire-based Trauma FX – uses a life-cast of an anonymous model and can be cut into with a scalpel and seamlessly resealed to allow for repeated mock surgeries.


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Richard Arm, of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, who helped create the model, said: “The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy.

Learn more at the Express UK News Website!

Lance Baily To Support the Launch of New Preterm Simulator from SimCharacters

preterm simulator

Sim Champs it must be clear by now that as the Founder of HealthySimulation, SimGHOSTS and other simulation-based resources that I have a passion for the technological innovation of the healthcare simulation industry. I truly believe in the power of this methodology and technology to help improve learning and patient safety outcomes. Happy to announce today that I will be working for the next few months as a “Marketing and Strategy Consultant” with the Austrian-based company SimCharacters to help with the launch of their new High Emotion preterm simulator, Paul.

This summer while traveling between SESAM and SimGHOSTS events I had the opportunity to come through Vienna to meet with the SimCharacters team, who are located in the same offices as SimStation. I was amazed how these two companies and their partners and leveraged two decades of experience to connect development, project management, clinical education, video production, website, and media production facility design into a powerful collaborative group.


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Founded by Neonatologist and Simulation Trainer Dr. Jens-Christian Schwindt, the new company brings together a wonderful team of mechanical/electrical engineers, movie special effects and makeup artists, software developers, clinical educators, and business entrepreneurs that I immediately connected with. Having seen the latest prototype of the Paul High Emotion Simulator, I can attest that this powerful new technology will massively enhance the learning opportunities of neonate teams around the world like nothing we have seen before.

As usual, keep following @HealthySim on twitter for daily simulation resources and visit SimGHOSTS for upcoming announcements about their 2017 hands-on simulation technology training conferences.

I’ll be sharing more updates about this project as we near January’s IMSH 2017 but for now be sure to follow SimCharacters on Facebook where more english translated articles are coming soon!