Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles of 2016!

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Even if you missed our Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2016 you can catch the Top 10 countdown here!

Top 10 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016:

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

9. Where to get Free Medical Simulation Scenarios

8. Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

7. Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

6. Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways: the Role of Simulation-Based Education

5. Updates from SimGHOSTS, The Leaders in Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Support



5. Media Covers May BMJ Article: “Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” – Call for New Hashtag #SimToZero!

4. The Must-Own Healthcare Simulation Library *Updated for 2016

3. Medical Simulation Jobs Page

2. Top 11 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2015 from the Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015.

1. Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World? You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located!

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SESAM Paris to Host SimGHOSTS, EU & USA SimGHOSTS Abstracts Due March 31st, Feb. 23rd Moulage Patients Webinar

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Check out these key updates from our friends at SimGHOSTS:

SimGHOSTS to SESAM Paris – Abstracts Due Soon!

During the event our leadership secured a partnership with SESAM leadership to have SimGHOSTS run a technology track at their Paris Event June 14-16! There will be a discounted registration for those attendees only interested in the SimGHOSTS technical track. Abstracts are due for the EU event March 1st. Learn more about SimGHOSTS at SESAM here!

USA Abstracts Due March 1st

Speaking of due abstracts, will you be joining us at WakeMed in Raleigh, North Carolina this August? If so then abstracts are also due from you by March 1st. You will receive $50 off your registration if you become a presenter! Submit an abstract to USA by March 1st here!



FREE Feb 23rd Webinar

SimGHOSTS Board Secretary Lizzy Wooley has put together an awesome webinar by James Colquitt, PhD, RRT-ACCS, EMT on “Protecting Your Moulage Patients from Becoming Real Patients”. This is taking place next Thursday February 23rd, 2pm – 3pm EST. The webinar is FREE to attend and the recording will be available for subscribers.

Learning objectives:

  1. List and describe specific risks involved with the use of moulage.
  2. Describe how to recognize and treat anaphylaxis, and burns resulting during the application of moulage.
  3. Outline steps to be taken to minimize liability to simulation labs and facilities hosting simulated experiences.
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“Y… ¡corten!” – Algunos excelentes lugares donde obtener escenarios de simulación (incluso GRATIS)

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This is a Spanish translation of our article “And, Scene!” – Some Great Places to get Simulation Scenarios (even FREE)“, thanks to Alfred de Jesús Toledo de Lima Director del Centro de Simulación COSMOS en Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña!

La primera vez que me senté en una computadora de simulación de alta fidelidad y abrí la opción de programación sabía que había encontrado una nueva pasión. También sabía que habría mucha gente por ahí con temor de mirar la misma pantalla. Los escenarios de programación toman mucho tiempo para aquellos de nosotros que carecemos de buenos conocimientos de computación. Poner a funcionar un laboratorio de simulación sin escenarios es como tratar de conducir un coche sin combustible, podrias también salir y empujarlo o simplemente darte por vencido. La programación toma tiempo y cuando se lanza un nuevo laboratorio de simulación, puede que no sea factible que los educadores puedan disponer del compromiso de tiempo necesario para diseñar escenarios (y mucho menos para programarlos).

Por lo tanto, sin más preámbulos, haga clic en el enlace de abajo para obtener un par de recursos realmente excelentes que he encontrado (o que utilizamos en el Centro de Simulación Clínica de Las Vegas)

Escenarios GRATIS del Centro de Recursos de Enfermería del Área de la Bahía

Organizado por KT Waxman y sus amigos, el Bay Area Simulation Collaborative es el punto de partida para el Instituto de Enfermería y Atención Médica de California (CINHC) y la Alianza de Simulación de California (CSA). Ambos recursos tienen escenarios disponibles para los usuarios también. BASC ofrece algunos escenarios GRATIS para Médicos y Cirujanos, Cuidados Intensivos, Pediatria y Maternidad / Obstetricia. He escuchado de numerosas personas que este es un gran punto de partida para conseguir algunos escenarios de simulación de un alto nivel de funcionalidad.

Evolve SLS Case Escenarios de ENFERMERÍA de Elsevier

Los paquetes de escenarios disponibles de Evolve se alinean con los objetivos de enseñanza de varios textos educativos notables. Esto funciona bien porque sus estudiantes podrán leer sobre ejemplos específicos en su texto y luego tener la oportunidad de experimentar con ejemplos similares en sus Laboratorios de Simulación. Por supuesto, los escenarios pueden usarse independientemente y no tienen que alinearse con el texto, pero esta es una gran oportunidad si su departamento busca alinear el plan de estudios.

Elsevier hace un trabajo increíble en la creación de escenarios de simulación SIMPLES de leer y de entender con secciones dedicadas a los objetivos de aprendizaje, preparación y configuración, operaciones y debriefing. Aquí hay un ejemplo de la configuración de la sala para uno de los escenarios de Evolve:

Evolve ha tenido paquetes de escenarios Médico-Quirúrgicos basados en diferentes textos desde hace bastante tiempo, y recientemente han agregado Paquetes de Maternidad y Pediatría a su creciente arsenal. Una cosa importante a tener en cuenta es que estos escenarios son “en papel”, lo que significa que el paquete NO viene con programación de computadora para su sistema de simulación de alta fidelidad (es decir, Gaumard, METI o Laerdal). Así que alguien en su departamento todavía querrá programar estos paquetes de escenarios en sus sistemas informáticos, para que pueda utilizar la mayor eficiencia en su laboratorio y sus simulaciones. (Vea más sobre por qué esto es crucial para un programa de simulación exitoso mas abajo).

La mayoría de los profesores de nuestras dos Escuelas de Enfermería colaborativas utilizan los paquetes de escenarios de Evolve. Como administrador, me ha complacido trabajar con un sistema que puede poner en marcha las nuevas simulaciones en unas pocas horas sin forzar a los educadores a pasar horas preparando escenarios para sus cursos. Por supuesto que siento que los escenarios programados específicamente para el curso de cada instructor tendrán mejores resultados, pero comenzar con “un as bajo la manga” realmente ayuda a lanzar un nuevo programa de simulación.

Estos escenarios también se enlazan a un sistema interno de records de pacientes en línea, por lo que si usted puede proporcionar una computadora portátil con conexión a Internet en su Laboratorio de Simulación los estudiantes podrán elaborar estos detalles importantes durante el ejercicio.

La desventaja para mí con los paquetes de escenarios SLS de Evolve es que alguien tiene que pagar por el acceso a estos escenarios por cada estudiante. En otras palabras, estos escenarios son arrendados y no son comprados. Esto significa que tengo que seguir pagando en el sistema como si estos escenarios fueran libros de texto. Aunque los estudiantes de Enfermería tienen acceso a estos escenarios durante el tiempo de su educación, por supuesto, sería mejor si yo pudiera pagar una cuota por adelantado para accesar a este sistema y dejarlo asi.

Sin embargo, en este momento y en el futuro previsible hemos quedado muy contentos con este sistema. A largo plazo, habrá que explorar otras opciones más permanentes.



Paquetes de escenarios específicos para maniquies

Tanto METI como Laerdal tienen paquetes de escenarios de simulación que vienen programados para sus sistemas específicos. Una vez más, aunque con estas opciones se está comprando un diseño de sistema específico para un escenario, una vez posea el diseño usted puede programar el algoritmo en cualquiera de los otros sistemas en su propio tiempo. (Es decir, un escenario de PALS de Laerdal Simbaby puede ser utilizado fácilmente en un Baby Hal de Gaumard, sólo tiene que programar el software o ejecutarlo “sobre la marcha” usted mismo). El beneficio de comprar estos paquetes es que a diferencia de los escenarios Elsevier Evolve, ¡Luego de comprarlos son suyos! Esto es importante para cualquier tipo de Laboratorio de Simulación que corra educación multi-profesional a través de silos de atención médica, que pueden necesitar ejecutar simulaciones colaborativas. Así que con paquetes como los que se enumeran a continuación, una vez son comprados por su institución cualquiera en esa institución puede utilizarlos.

Los paquetes de cursos de Laerdal incluyen:

  • Casos de Pacientes de Trauma para SimMan 3G
  • Casos de Emergencia de Pacientes para SimMan 3G
  • Escenarios interprofesionales de entrenamiento Obstétrico para simuladores de nacimientos PROMPT
  • Simulación en Enfermería Educación Volumen I Paciente Casos
  • Simulación en Enfermería Educación Volumen II Paciente Casos
  • Escenarios avanzados de reanimación y estabilización neonatal para SimNewB
  • PALS SimBaby Escenarios
  • Currículo de Capacitación del Equipo de Respuesta Rápida
  • Los primeros 5 minutos del currículo
  • Escenarios de preparación para emergencias – Terrorismo
  • Escenarios ACLS
  • Escenarios NLN
  • Escenarios de trabajo en equipo y comunicación

* Edit: También, echa un vistazo a mi NUEVO post sobre SIMCENTER de Laerdal.

Los módulos de aprendizaje de METI incluyen:

  • Enfermería de Adultos
  • Apoyo Avanzado de Vida Cardíaca
  • Situaciones críticas cardiopulmonares
  • Combat Medic Entrenamiento Avanzado de Habilidades
  • Preparación Médica para Desastres
  • Servicios médicos de emergencia
  • Fundamentos de la Práctica de Enfermería
  • Emergencias Infantiles
  • Enfermería Infantil
  • Programa de residencia de enfermeras
  • Emergencias pediátricas
  • Apoyo avanzado de la vida pediátrica
  • Enfermería Pediátrica
  • Manejo perioperatorio
  • Programa de Integración Curricular de Enfermería
  • Programa de Simulación de Educación Respiratoria Módulo 1
  • Trauma Medical Care

METI también alberga una sección de compartición de escenarios en sus foros. 

Ahi tienes…. ¡pero espera! ¡Programar es Todavía la Perfección!

Ahora mientras que usted no tiene que programar escenarios “en papel” porque usted puede ejecutarlos sobre la marcha basándose en el algoritmo proporcionado, aprender cómo programar (o pagar a alguien) no sólo ahorra una cantidad ENORME de tiempo en la sala de control de la simulación , sino que permite al facilitador y al técnico (si está disponible) poder permanecer centrado en las actividades de los estudiantes. Al conocer el algoritmo con el gráfico y ser capaz de hacer clic rápidamente en “1, 2, 3, 2, 4” a través de las diversas etapas de la escena significa que pasará más tiempo participando con los estudiantes y menos tiempo reajustando seis diferentes signos vitales cada vez que desee moverlo entre etapas. Así, los escenarios de 10-15 minutos se convierten en escenarios de 20-25 minutos porque el facilitador esta enfocado en las cosas equivocadas. La programación vale cada dificil minuto ya que la eficiencia de su Programa de Simulación aumenta diez veces con cada escenario programado con éxito y permanente.

Mientras que la compra de paquetes a granel puede ayudarte a comenzar, ajustar estos escenarios a su plan de estudios específico todavía tiene que hacerse a mano. En mi opinión, un escenario comprado de un paquete le lleva a alrededor del 80% del camino – ya que la mayor parte del trabajo de preparación, algoritmo y las notas de debriefing han sido producidas para usted. Sin embargo, para llegar a los requisitos específicos del plan de estudios de su programa, tomar estos escenarios y ajustarlos es absolutamente necesario. Y como he dicho anteriormente, algunos de los paquetes son sólo “en escenarios de papel”, lo que significa que al final todavía tiene que programar en su sistema de maniquí de todos modos. ¿Estaría interesado en apoyo de programación? Envíeme una línea a: Lance@HealthySimulation.com y déjeme saber cómo puedo ayudarle!

* Editar: Recursos adicionales:

Lea sobre mi publicación sobre la Biblioteca de Sim Case para la Sociedad de Medicina Académica de Emergencia (SAEM).

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IMSH 2017 Opens in Orlando to 2,700 Attendees From 51 Countries

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Today in Orlando Florida, 2,700 simulation champions from over 50 countries came together for the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. The event started with Stories from the Heart, a collection of shared stories from simulation champions about their experiences with healthcare simulation. The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2017) is the most important healthcare simulation conference of the year. One in which you will experience complete immersion in situations that may result in lives being improved and saved. Dr. Christine Park, President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Dr. Chad Epps, Past-President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare — helped open the show.

About the Stories from the Heart:

Many of us have taken part in a healthcare simulation exercise and know the feeling of confidence it can bring. We understand that the knowledge gained can lead directly to improved patient safety, a change in our life, or even save a patient’s life. This is an incredible concept and many of us have a tale to tell. Come join us during our Opening Plenary Session to hear the powerful stories of how simulation has helped save a life! You can read many more Stories from the Heart here.

Mary Holtschneider RN-BC, told the story of a friend, a simulation champion herself who fell unconscious next to the hospital and was found by colleagues and rushed to the hospital that she was going to teach simulation at that day. Thankfully, the interventions that the team had learned from her simulated practice sessions were put into practice, and miraculously she survived even with more than 60 minutes of unconsciousness. Turns out — Mary was her friend in the story!

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Dr. David Gaba was honored with the Pioneer in Simulation award for his lifetime of work in shaping the industry “for his ingenuity talent and wisdom in leading the creation of modern day simulators and advancing the field as the founding editor of the journal for simulation in healthcare. Dr. Gaba received a standing ovation from the general audience!”

About Dr. Gaba

David Gaba, MD is Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and Director of the Center for Immersive and Simulation based Learning (CISL) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Anesthesia (with tenure) at Stanford and Director of the Patient Simulation Center of Innovation at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he is also a Staff Anesthesiologist. Over the last 25 years Dr. Gaba’s laboratory has worked extensively on human performance and patient safety issues. This laboratory is a pioneer in applying organizational safety theory to health care.

The laboratory is also the inventor of the modern full-body patient simulator and is responsible for introducing Crew Resource Management training from aviation to healthcare, first in anesthesia and then to many other healthcare domains. He has been the principal investigator on grants from a wide variety of funders. Dr. Gaba is an author on more than 100 original articles in a wide diversity of peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of 18 book chapters, and the well-known book Crisis Management in Anesthesiology. After serving on the editorial boards of several high profile academic and medical journals, Dr. Gaba was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the indexed peer-reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare, the official journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Follow the story with #IMSH2017 and on @HealthySim

Apoyando las Transiciones en las Trayectorias de la Carrera Medica: El Papel de la Educación Basada en Simulación

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We thank Alfred de Jesús Toledo de Lima Director del Centro de Simulación COSMOS en Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña for this Spanish translation of Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways – The Role of Simulation Based Education! Please comment and email us your appreciation of this Spanish article — and we will continue to produce more translations in the future!

Apoyando las Transiciones en las Trayectorias de la Carrera Medica: El Papel de la Educación Basada en Simulación

¿Aun no ha revisado la revista Advances in Simulation Journal? ¡Grandes noticias! es gratis para todos en línea gracias a la gente en SESAM. Acabo de revisar “Apoyando las Transiciones en las Trayectorias de la Carrera Medica: El Papel de la Educación Basada en Simulación” por Jennifer Cleland y otros, ¡y nos pareció muy útil para que todos nosotros lo consideremos!

Acerca de Advances in Simulation Journal

Advances in Simulation proporciona un foro para compartir la práctica académica con el objetivo de avanzar en el uso de la simulación en el contexto de la atención médica y social. Advances in Simulation publica artículos que abarcan todas las disciplinas científicas y de las ciencias sociales, todas las profesiones de atención médica y social, así como estudios multi e interprofesionales. La revista incluye artículos relacionados con la simulación que incluyen el estudio de la práctica de la atención médica, factores humanos, psicología, sociología, antropología, comunicación, trabajo en equipo, rendimiento humano, educación, tecnología de aprendizaje, economía, ingeniería biomédica, computación científica, modelado de simulación, estudios de población, teatro, artesanía, evaluación de programas y más.



Abstracto

Las transiciones o períodos de cambio en las trayectorias de la carrera médica pueden ser episodios difíciles que requieren que el profesional clínico en transición asuma nuevos roles y responsabilidades, se adapte a las nuevas dinámicas culturales, cambie los patrones de conducta y que maneje exitosamente la incertidumbre. Estos períodos de aprendizaje intensivo presentan riesgos para la seguridad del paciente. La educación basada en la simulación es un enfoque pedagógico que permite a los profesionales clínicos practicar sus habilidades técnicas y no técnicas en un ambiente seguro y de este modo aumentar su preparación para la práctica. En este comentario, presentamos los potenciales usos, fortalezas y limitaciones de la educación basada en simulación para apoyar las transiciones en las trayectorias de la carrera médica, discutiendo la utilidad educativa, evaluación de resultados y procesos, y el costo y el valor e introduciendo una nueva perspectiva al considerar las ventajas de la Educación Basada en Simulación. Proporcionamos ejemplos de casos de estudio en los que se aplica la Simulación Basada en Educación para ilustrar estos puntos y estimular la discusión.

Conclusiones

Incrementar la preparación de los docotores para llevar a cabo las técnicas y comportamientos requeridos para asi cumplir con las responsabilidades de cualquier nuevo papel que desempeñan es importante para la seguridad del paciente, la eficiencia del servicio y el bienestar psicológico individual. Mientras que el verdadero dominio de un rol no puede lograrse hasta que uno se sumerja en el mismo lugar de trabajo[6], la literatura indica que podemos avanzar algún trecho con la preparación de los individuos para los elementos técnicos y no técnicos de cualquier nuevo rol, y de hecho los retos psicológicos asociados, a través del uso juicioso e imaginativo de la Educación Basada en Simulación. En este trabajo, hemos proporcionado una visión general de algunos de los factores clave asociados con planificar y evaluar la Educación Basada en Simulación para transiciones.

También hemos destacado una serie de áreas para investigación futura en la Educación Basada en Simulación para dar apoyo a las transiciones de la carrera médica. Estas incluyen el desarrollo de la comprensión en torno a los factores prácticos que deben ser considerados al diseñar Educación Basada en Simulación, que van desde entregar retroalimentación y la incorporación de medidas de resultado a largo plazo hasta el análisis de la costo-efectividad del enfoque que está llevandose a cabo, así como las influencias socio-culturales sobre el aprendizaje en entornos simulados. Instamos a los que trabajan en la investigación de la Educación Basada en Simulación a considerar la mejor manera de identificar y evaluar los resultados concretos específicos para este propósito. Sigue existiendo la necesidad de una mayor investigación sobre el uso de la Educación Basada en Simulación para apoyar la transición de estudiante de medicina a médico residente, pero instamos a los que trabajan en esta área a que no dejen de examinar el uso de la Educación Basada en Simulación para apoyar posteriores transiciones de la carrera médica donde “los alumnos” están trabajando con menos supervisión y una responsabilidad cada vez mayor, aún cuando se mantengan aparentes problemas (en gran media no técnicos) pertinentes a la seguridad del paciente.

Lea el artículo completo en Advances in Simulation Journal

IMSH 2017 Must Sees and Big Announcements

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Hello Sim champs! Excited to see many of you this weekend at #IMSH2017 in Orlando — where lots of great networking, product launches, and educational courses will be taking place! If you are attending, please be sure to stop by and say hi to HealthySimulation.com’s founder Lance Baily at the SimGHOSTS booth #825. Email me if you would like to setup a time to connect!

Here are some sneak peak announcements of must see items for IMSH we have already heard about from the community:

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Stories From the Heart Opening Keynote: Many of us have taken part in a healthcare simulation exercise and know the feeling of confidence it can bring. We understand that the knowledge gained can lead directly to improved patient safety, a change in our life, or even save a patient’s life. This is an incredible concept and many of us have a tale to tell. Come join us during our Opening Plenary Session to hear the powerful stories of how simulation has helped save a life! Discover how simulation can impact a medical professional’s career. Explore the ways that simulation has saved a patient’s life. Become reenergized in your practice by hearing how simulation positively impacts the work we do everyday!

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SimGHOSTS launches online course development profit share opportunity & Raffles Off Oculus Rift! Interested in creating an online course to help others learn key aspects of healthcare simulation technology and operations? More interested in earning a share of the revenue earned from developing such a course as it sells to their international audience of simulation champions? Stop by their booth #825 to learn more about the types of course content they are seeking and how you can win an Oculus Rift DK2! They are also having their annual “Pub Crawl” Sunday night starting with the “Pub” right near the convention center at 9PM!

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Cardionics launches new products! Imagine a shirt you or your low-fidelity manikin could wear, that would enable your learners to auscultate actual pathological breathing and body sounds! Attend their launch presentation with Dr. Bill Boudreaux from the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine. Date: Monday, Jan 30th Time: 3 pm – 3:30 pm Location: Rainbow Springs Room 1 & 2 (conveniently located across the lobby from the exhibit hall) to learn more about the SimShirt, SAM Gen III, and more!



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Operative Experience Launches First Major BoothLou Oberndorf, the man behind METI, is now helping Operative Experience grow their realistic surgical trainer product lines with some big new product announcements coming this week. We had a chance to see this technology a few years back during the military demonstration at IMSH, but with Lou connected to the project be sure to keep your eye out for Operative Experience.

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SIMCharacters’ North American Debut of Paul — World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator at simAlliance Booth – Very excited about this one readers! Come to the collaborative simAlliance booth #325 featuring Paul, the most advanced preterm infant simulation our industry has seen. Paul enables highly realistic critical care training in neonatology for improved learning and patient safety outcomes. He is a preterm simulator for neonates born at 27 weeks with realistic internal and external anatomy including 3D printed larynx which demonstrates authentic pathologies specific to preterm babies with physiological and pathological breathing patterns including RDS, BPD, cyanosis, and hyperoxia. Come see Paul and also learn more about SIMStation’s AV recording and debriefing systems, SimCore’s simulation center management tool, and the AV systems design and installation services of Level 3 Healthcare!

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CAE Healthcare Showcasing New LearningSpace Features to Current Customers! Monday Jan. 30th at 7:15-8:15AM in Discovery 45, CAE Healthcare team members will showcase sneak peaks to the latest features to their awesome LearningSpace system. If you are a new customer you can learn more about LearningSpace here or by visiting their booth #600 — the biggest booth this year! I also hear they will be showcasing some new VR technologies which I can’t wait to learn more about!

Got a hot tip on something else launching at IMSH 2017? Email us and let us know and we’ll add it here!

As always, stay tuned to @HealthySim for great tweets covering the show!

Escobar Technologies Uses Modern Printing Technologies to Launch First Combined Venous-access Arterial-access Task Trainer

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HealthySim’s good friend David Escobar is a thought leader among the technical simulation community — not only as a simulation technology specialist, but as an innovator of 3d printing technologies within our space. Recently Escobar Technologies unveiled their first “3d printed” “affordable” IV simulator prototype which allows for both Venous-access and Arterial-access in the same easy to setup and clean up system.

Redshift recently covered the story which we are excerpting here:

Escobar Technologies’ first test-ready prototypes are rolling off the printer in mid-2016. These beta versions will be given to selected individuals and simulation centers for hands-on testing. The real-time collaboration with potential clients will allow the brothers to adapt and adjust their design and create new iterations that are better suited to mass-market production. A crowdfunding campaign will help the brothers reach their production goal of shipping simulators to customers by the end of 2017.



Through Escobar Technologies, the brothers intend to bring about changes they hope will make training—and ultimately patient care—much more effective. “We knew we could make a better product with less overhead and put more money into the design and the innovation behind these products,” Escobar says. “That’s why we started to move forward with the tools that we had at our disposal, including Autodesk Fusion 360, to design these products.” Coupling the design ease of Fusion 360 with the power of 3D printing, Escobar is able to make his medical simulators a reality. medical simulator animationThe assembly mechanics as seen in Autodesk Fusion 360. Courtesy Escobar Technologies.

Escobar holds a full-time job with a health-care simulation training center and is using his firsthand knowledge, as well as feedback he’s gathered throughout his career, to build and shape simulators that meet the growing needs of medical simulation operations. Compared to today’s current models, Escobar Technologies’ simulators will have three major benefits: a quick innovation cycle, a multiprocedure function, and a lower price. The first device the brothers designed is one of the most basic: an intravenous arm. It is intended to train caregivers on proper techniques for inserting IVs. The typical intravenous arm model on the market today can cost a hospital or training center nearly $1,000.

The Escobar Technologies model is targeted closer to $500 or $600. Plus, the Escobar brothers’ model requires centers to purchase only one simulator—which covers venous-access and arterial-access procedures—another cost-saving measure. “Right now, you have to buy two products to teach one procedure,” Escobar says. “We want to incorporate both procedures into one simulator.”

Read the full story about Escobar Technologies on Redshift!

Singapore Civil Defense Force Paramedics to Train with Simulation & Upcoming Singapore “S3” Simulation Conference

250 SCDF paramedics to hone skills in hospitals

Recently the Singapore Civil Defense Force announced that it would be partnering with SingHealth to begin training through simulation. Both the Strait Times and Channel News Asia reported about this monumental healthcare simulation partnership.

Because of the massive adoption of simulation by Singapore, SimGHOSTS has partnered with SESAM and SingHealth to offer “S3” Simulation Conference October 31st – November 3rd, 2017. Learn more about this innovative collaborative event on the SimGHOSTS website!

Strait Times Excerpt:

“SCDF paramedics will be trained to deal with simulated emergencies at SingHealth’s new medical simulation institute, which was launched yesterday to train healthcare staff. More than 250 paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will serve hospital attachments over the next six years, in a move to hone the skills of emergency services here.



This is in response to the complex needs of Singapore’s ageing population – with four in 10 emergency calls in 2015 involving seniors. Older people tend to have multiple health problems, which means paramedic training must get more sophisticated, explained SCDF chief medical officer Ng Yih Yng.

“When we manage the patients today, as compared with 20 years ago, (they) no longer have one problem where you can apply a single protocol,” he said. “We need to evolve the training from just application of protocol towards critical thinking and problem-solving… How do they prioritise and which is the problem they need to solve immediately.”

Yesterday, the SCDF inked a training deal with healthcare group SingHealth at a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. Under the agreement, 14 nurses from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) will also be seconded to the SCDF’s 995 operations centre. This builds on an earlier pilot scheme involving four nurses that showed good results, including improving survival rates, said Associate Professor Marcus Ong, director of the unit for pre-hospital emergency care at the Health Ministry.

“Last month, one of my nurses told me that she gave instructions over the phone when someone was choking on a fishball… and that person was saved,” said Prof Ong, who is also a senior consultant at SGH’s emergency medicine department. “This is a very practical example of the difference they can make.” Both parties are also working to develop a programme to train senior paramedics to teach these advanced skills, eventually establishing them as paramedic educators.”

Learn more about the S3 Singapore Simulation Conference here!

SIMCharacters Launches New Campaign to Showcase Paul, World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator

high fidelity preterm simulator

*Update: The Facebook video announcing Paul went viral with over 4,000,000 views in the first week!

#WelcomePaul, the World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator — developed by SIMCHaracters and their CEO, Dr. Jens Schwindt — a leading expert in neonatology and healthcare simulation education. For the past three months I have spent extensive time with Jens and the amazing SIMCharacters team in Vienna as their Marketing and Strategy Consultant to learn more about this “Beyond High Fidelity” product, which advances the field of healthcare simulation with never before seen technologies — all of which fit neatly inside a completely wireless simulated body of a 27 week old infant!

Key Features of Paul:

  • Preterm baby born in 27+3 week of gestation
  • Highly realistic external anatomy
  • Weight: 1000g, length: 35cm, head circumference: 26 cm
  • Pathological breathing patterns (nasal flaring, paradoxical respiration, substernal retractions, and grunting).
  • Highly realistic upper airway ideal for practicing endotracheal intubation and special neonatological care strategies (MIST, INSURE)
  • Mechanical ventilation using bag-mask and Perivent® systems
  • Automatic tube position detection during intubation
  • Physiological and pathological lung parameters for machine-assisted ventilation
  • Palpable pulse on the umbilical cord and all four limbs
  • Sensors to detect the correct position and depth of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC)
  • Auscultatory respiratory, heart and intestinal noises
  • Cyanosis and hyperoxia
  • Completely wireless product with 1.5 hours of battery use

Working alongside Jens and the team, we helped to craft the demonstrative materials necessary to help you see Paul in action! Today I would like to share with you this awesome video that shares the story of SIMCharacters, Paul, and Jens:



And Download the New Brochure here:
paul premature simulator brochure

Having spent time seeing Paul in action and intubating him, I can say without a doubt that his technologies will forever change the way neonatology trains!

Are you attending IMSH in a few weeks? Email me and I will help to schedule a time with you and the SIMCharacters Team at the SimAlliance Booth to learn more about this amazing new product and company!

In the meantime, visit the new SIMCharacters Website to learn more about Paul and his amazing Features

Top 51 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016!

top 51 healthcare simulation

The most read medical simulation articles of 2016. Happy New Years Medical Simulation Champions! Today, as we have every year since launching HealthySimulation.com in 2010 we are sharing the most read healthcare simulation posts of the past year. Did you know that since 2010 HealthySim has provided almost 1,000,000 article displays to more than 350,000 website visitors? Thank you for your continued support of this FREE medical simulation resource website!

Related to the General Use Simulation Across:

51. OSF HealthCare Partners with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

50. Virtual and Augmented Reality Market To Reach $162 billion by 2020

49. Aviation’s Black Boxes Are Coming to Healthcare Training

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

47. Do Checklists Change Human Behaviors? Thoughts from Medical Lawyer Dr. Argy

46. You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

45. Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

44. Toyota Utilizes VR to Showcase the Future of Driving Simulation

43. NASA Mars Mission Crew Emerges From Yearlong Simulation In Hawaii

News Stories Related to the Industry of Healthcare Simulation:

42. Tonight! Jeopardy Game Show to Feature Healthcare Simulation

41. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

40. UK TV Shows How CAE Healthcare Manikins ‘METIman’ are Made!

39. TEDx Talk: Simulation Necessary To Prepare for Birthing Emergencies

38. Homeland Security Simulation Center Offers Realistic Training for Disaster Preparedness

37. University of South Alabama Healthcare Simulation Program Covered by Local News

36. U.S. Army Awards Portion of $135M Medical Simulation Contract to ECS

35. Plymouth University Pennisula Offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Simulation & Pt Safety

34. The Newest Medical Simulation Center Designs May Surprise You!

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

Society and Organizational Updates:

32. INSPIRE Provides Support to Healthcare Simulation Pediatric Researchers

31. 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Launches in Singapore

30. 2-Hour Laerdal SimMan 3G Programming Course Now Available Through SimGHOSTS

29. California Simulation Alliance Workshops and Conference in October

28. Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Updates

27. SimGHOSTS USA 2016 Opens at Jump Trading Simulation Center Sponsored by SimulationIQ

Vendor and Simulator Related Articles:

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



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

24. SimMon iTunes Patient Monitor Vital Sign Simulator App

23. Simulation Champion Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

22. Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

21. Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

20. CAE Healthcare Shares Patient Safety Foundation Info Graphic

19. Polhemus Brings Micro Sensor Motion Tracking to Healthcare Simulation

18. Beyond Debriefing – Studiocode from Vosaic Enables for High Level Research Studies for Healthcare Simulation

17. WISER Provides Simulation Courses For All Staff Positions

General Advice for Healthcare Simulation Programs:

16. Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

15. Teaching Patient Handoffs to Medical Students in OB/GYN: Simulation Curriculum and Assessment Tool

14. Why You & Your Simulation Program Should Avoid Flying United Airlines

Healthcare Simulation Program Administration:

13. 7 Steps to Achieving Record Growth For Your Healthcare Simulation Program

12. The Language of Sales – How to Increase Your Simulation Budget

11. 3 Key Resources to Expand Your Simulation Program

Top 10 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016:

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

9. Where to get Free Medical Simulation Scenarios

8. Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

7. Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

6. Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways: the Role of Simulation-Based Education

5. Updates from SimGHOSTS, The Leaders in Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Support

5. Media Covers May BMJ Article: “Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” – Call for New Hashtag #SimToZero!

4. The Must-Own Healthcare Simulation Library *Updated for 2016

3. Medical Simulation Jobs Page

2. Top 11 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2015 from the Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015.

1. Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World? You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located!

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