DiaMedical USA Partners with SimUSuit to Offer Bariatric Patient Simulation | IMSH Video Interview

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During IMSH 2017 HealthySim.com was on hand to learn more about the Bariatric trainers created by Sim-U-Suit and distributed by DiaMedical.

The Adult Full Body Sim-U-Suit was created to enhance simulations for the future generation of doctors and nurses to properly prepare for the bariatric patient! The Full Body Sim U Suit is the ONLY full body obesity suit that including both arms and legs in one piece! This revolutionary simulation product can fit almost any manikin or can be worn by a standardized patient! Multiple access holes are implanted throughout the suit for simple IV, peri care, enema and catheterization simulations. With the growing bariatric patient population in the US, the Sim U Suit is an absolute necessity for every simulation lab.


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SIM-U-SUIT obesity suits let your program simulate true-to-life size, look, and weight of bariatric patients. Their suits can be worn by real people, or used on manikins and human patient simulators. You can make the suit as heavy or light as your scenario dictates. The Sim-U-Suit products enable your simulation program to teach safe/proper care for the growing number of overweight patients in the healthcare system today.

Obesity training systems are also available as:

  • Adult Edema Simulation Leg Sleeves
  • Adult Edema Simulation Arm Sleeves
  • Pediatric Obesity Suit

Learn more about the Obesity Suit on the DiaMedical Website today!


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Swiss-Based VirtaMed Continues to Provide Cutting Edge Surgical Simulators | IMSH 2017 Video Interview with Company Founder

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At IMSH 2017 HealthySim was lucky to catch VirtaMed Founder and Co-CEO Stefan Tuchschmid, PhD to get a hands on demonstration of their hybrid surgical simulators and experimental VR technologies! I had a chance to try out their HTC Vive VR demonstration and found myself inside a knee to see the anatomy up close! We look forward to seeing what VirtaMed will continue to do with VR as a means to provide the most innovative simulation training possible. Certainly, their blended hybrid approach with haptics and on-screen displays certainly provides a unique training system in the market. The company will also work with you to create custom simulators for those programs looking for specific training requirements!


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VirtaMed is a multinational Swiss-based company that develops & produces highly realistic surgical simulators for medical training by surgeons who use original instruments to train in a safe environment before performing on real patients. The origins of VirtaMed date back to 2001 when a hysteroscopy simulator project in the frame of the NCCR CO-ME of the Swiss National Science Foundation involving 16 PhD students was started. At the end of the project in 2007, one student, Stefan Tuchschmid, saw a business potential and decided to found VirtaMed with his colleagues Denis Steinemann and Daniel Bachofen.

10 Reasons Why Your Program Should Consider a VirtaMed Simulator:

  1. Only one platform for multiple simulators and surgical fields: On just one platform, multiple simulators, disciplines, and specializations can be trained. For example, arthroscopy training for knee and shoulder happens on the same simulator as urology or gynecology training. The simulation platform is also expandable for other procedures in the future, for example hip, ankle, elbow, or spine.
  2. Just like the real thing: Photorealistic high-fidelity simulation in HD: Highly realistic graphics, bleeding, and fluid behavior combine to create complete virtual patient cases. Anatomic models provide the best tactile feedback possible, since the models can be manipulated like in real-life, responding to every touch.
  3. Original instruments ease transfer of skills to the OR: Adapted original instruments provide a complete simulation experience and familiarization with real surgical tools. Resectoscopes, cameras, morcellators, shavers, graspers, or punches can be used for diagnostic and operative procedures. Using original instruments for training eases the transfer of skills to the operating room.
  4. Guided training saves instruction and OR time: A special feature of VirtaMed simulators is the SimProctor. Outside views, colored hints, and ghost tools show trainees how to perform various tasks, including how to hold instruments and how to complete individual procedure steps. The SimProctor integrates the best practices with clinical knowledge from key worldwide opinion leaders into the simulation, thereby reducing instruction time led by your key personnel as well as valuable OR time.
  5. Reduced costs for surgical training: Simulators reduce your costs for disposable material during physician training. It doesn’t matter whether a physician needs 2, 20, or 200 procedures to reach proficiency, there are no additional costs involved. Also, equipment breakage costs can be reduced significantly.
  6. Fast progress on the learning curve through an endless variety of pathologies: Virtual reality simulators offer an endless variety of pathologies and anatomies based on MRI/CT data of real patients. VirtaMed simulators have been designed to cover 95% of the variability of cases in real life, which would take years of practice without simulation. Individual training courses can also be created with specific training for beginners right up to experienced physicians.
  7. Complication training in a risk-free environment: The surgeon is confronted with the same complications as in the operating room and learns how to react to challenging pathologies or intense bleeding and bad viewing conditions. Complication training on the simulator prepares for challenges on the real patient without putting anyone at risk.
  8. Objective performance feedback with helpful metrics: Objective feedback is the basis for learning. After each completed procedure, the trainee receives a feedback report with target values, including time taken, movements with the instruments, landmarks visualized, pathologies resected, and much more. The trainee can also take screenshots at any time, and a movie of the procedure is saved together with the feedback report. This allows to track improvements and to debrief procedures later on.
  9. Better quality of care and patient safety: Using the best surgical education available enhances patient safety and quality of care in general. Surgeons are much better prepared for their first time in the operating room, and have already learned how to react to complications and have a realistic understanding of the procedure before they perform on a live patient for the first time. These first time cases go better, smoother, and quicker, which makes it a better patient and physician experience.
  10. A competitive edge – boost your reputation! Virtual reality simulators for surgical training give you a competitive advantage and boost your image. Residents love to be offered state-of-the-art technology for their best possible training. If you want to be at the forefront of innovative surgical training, VirtaMed simulators are a great choice – they are the best virtual reality simulators available on the market!

Learn more on the VirtaMed website today!

‘Next Gen Geri’ Geriatric Simulator From Simulaids Gets National Media Attention | IMSH 2017 Interview

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HealthySimulation.com interviewed Simulaids at IMSH 2017 and learned about the national firestorm that was their Next Gen Geri! A Simulaids employee had left Geri in a car and returned from a quick trip into a store to see the local authorities had smashed his window to get Geri out of the car — not realizing she wasn’t a geriatric patient simulator! Yes — the realism is that good! Check out of video below to see Geri up close:


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There aren’t too many details available yet about Geri, but HealthySim has been told by Simulaids reps that they will be releasing details on order, delivery, pricing and features in June for INACSL and AWHONN. The Next Gen Geri mark the new direction that NASCO Healthcare with their flagship brands of Simulaids and Lifeform are going, with the objective to deliver not only new trainers but a new form factor allowing for a new dimension in simulation and training medical and emergency service staff. .

Bookmark the Simulaids website now for upcoming announcements regarding Geri!

 


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WISER Develops Ebola Clinical Response Team Training & Receiving Centers Through Simulation

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Our friends at the WISER Simulation Center at UPMC has been actively developing and supporting a variety of educational programs focusing on Clinical Response Team (CRT) Training for response to highly communicable diseases.

From the initial onboarding of the CRT, to skills training, competency assessments and maintenance of knowledge, WISER has been collaborating with Emergency Preparedness to provide high quality training and assessment of the team. Due to their integral role, WISER helped to coordinate and participate in a PA Department of Health (DOH) evaluation exercise as part of the process to become an Ebola Assessment/Treatment Facility for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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As a result of over 100 people working together, UPMC has been officially approved and is now recognized as an Ebola Receiving Facility. UPMC has the privilege of being part of the Ebola treatment network which includes both Front Line Facilities and seven Regional Treatment centers. WISER Director Dr. Paul Phrampus commented they are “proud to be part of such an amazing team!”.

Learn more about the WISER Simulation Center and Training Programs

Medical-X Continues Innovative Manikin Development with Updates to Adam-X & NENA Sim | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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Today we are sharing more video interviews of medical simulation vendors from the IMSH 2017 exhibit hall with a look at the awesome updated products from Medical-X. HealthySim captured an exclusive interview with Medical-X CEO Dervis Demirtas with this deeper dive into NENA Sim and Adam-X:

The company’s mission is to provide healthcare professionals with simulation based training solutions and cutting-edge technological simulators that are cost-effective and time-efficient to teach and train clinical skills without risk to actual human patients. Medical-X is a Dutch company based in the Netherlands, specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of simulation products for medical teaching and training. Medical-X’s simulation products stand out not only because of innovative design, supreme quality and impressive customer service, but also regarding their commitment to make simulation based training more accessible and affordable to healthcare professionals.


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NENA Sim is the world’s most realistic baby simulator. NENA Sim is born to complement realistic multidisciplinary team and/or individual baby patient simulation training. NENA Sim offers an ideal training solution for a wide range of healthcare professional including but not limited to patient care, emergency medical intervention and resuscitation training for dynamic team or individual training. Besides being the only simulator that has eyes, head, limbs movement, NENA Sim can realistically simulate vocal sound (i.e crying, coughing, heart sounds) infant breathing patterns and complications, circulation feature and anatomical airway. The realistic airway allows trainee to exercise endotracheal intubation with real clinical instruments.

ADAM-X is the male patient simulator designed for practicing skills and providing medical assistance in case of emergency, who features a skeletal and anatomical structure of a human. ADAM-X is durable and suitable for training in any trauma emergency situation in any environment, ideal for military and civilian trauma emergency training. The manikin is a tetherless system and boosts a fully functional wireless computer allowing the instructor to monitor and make adjustments in the course of the training. ADAM-X has distinctive unique characteristics and features, making your simulation trainings that much more realistic! He features blinking, realistic skin, numerous points of auscultation for chest sounds, cpr statistics, pulses, independent lung ventilation, direct interactions with defibrillators and more!

The company also features a range of other simulators, especially surgical simulators!

Learn more about NENA Sim and Adam-X on the MEDICAL-X website today!


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New Realistic ‘Mikoto’ 3D Printed Medical Simulator Robot Developed in Japan

Realistic 'Mikoto' 3D printed medical training robot developed in Tottori, Japan

Another new healthcare simulation manikin, this time out of Japan, as reported by 3D printer and 3D printing news website 3ders.org, which focuses primarily on endotracheal intubation, gastrointestinal endoscopy, and sputum suctioning. The new device was a collaborative project between Tmsuk R&D Inc., a medical venture firm based in Tottori Prefecture and the Tottori University Hospital in Japan.

Mikoto, which is the Japanese word for “life,” is an extremely lifelike medical simulation robot that was specifically developed to help train young doctors, medical students, and emergency care workers. Not only does the 3D printed robot look and feel real, it is also equipped with special sensors that allow it to give real-time feedback to trainees—in the form of saying “ouch” and gagging. At first glance, it’s easy to mistake the robot for a real boy, as all of its features are uncannily lifelike. Even its interiors are anatomically accurate, as its tongue, esophagus, and windpipe were all based on a patient’s actual organs. In making the simulation robot, the Tmsuk team transformed digital images of the patient’s organs into 3D printed models.

As we’ve seen, the medical sector is turning increasingly towards realistic 3D printed models to train surgeons and simulate medical procedures. In Japan, where most medical learning is still done through textbooks, simulations are also gaining in popularity, as they offer hands-on experience and training, though the simulation models are still relatively limited in their scope. That is, while many medical schools and hospitals are equipped with simulation centers, many of the current training devices and “dolls” are much more rigid than real patients, which creates a discrepancy between what doctors are trained to do and what they actually do when they encounter a real patient.


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Dr. Toshiya Nakano, a neurologist at the University of Tottori’s faculty of medicine, added: “Young doctors used to learn the ropes gradually by observing senior doctors at work and then trying their hand at operating on actual patients. Such styles of training are no longer acceptable. Ensuring patient safety is a top concern.”

The new Mikoto robot thus marks a remarkable step forward for medical simulation equipment. Mikoto is not designed for all types of simulations, however, but is built for three main procedures: endotracheal intubation (a process wherein a patient’s airway is forced open by a tube in the windpipe), gastrointestinal endoscopy (where internal organs are checked using a flexible fiber-optic camera tube), and sputum suctioning. As mentioned, Mikoto is equipped with various sensors which can alert users if they are putting too much pressure on the robot, or if they are choking it. At the end of the simulation, the 3D printed robot also issues a score for the simulation, which is based on data obtained through the sensors as well as the length of the procedure.

UW’s CREST Utilizes DOD Grant to Build Modular Manikin Simulator

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Looks like there is a new manikin on the horizon from the team at CREST! The Daily UW recently reported about the manikin’s development, which while initially seems to have combat medics in mind, will also have lasting civilian opportunities with the industries first “open source” programming interface.

Named after Frankenstein, the roughly 6-foot manikin is part of an ambitious project by the UW Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) to create an intelligent, customizable model patient that can fit the needs of any medical scenario. The finished manikin will have interchangeable limbs, an internal computer system, and a network of sensors that monitor how a simulation is progressing in real time. “[Frank] is kind of the logical conclusion,” said CREST director David Hananel. “We’ve been trying to develop these high-tech medical simulators for 25 years, but we haven’t made a lot of progress. It’s really the last three to four years where it’s starting to take off.”

The team won a competitive grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) last September as part of the Advanced Modular Manikin project, securing $7.7 million over the next three years to further develop Frank into a multipurpose training tool. They plan to equip Frank with realistic features like warm skin, a wet tongue, a working system of fluid-filled veins, and a network of sensors that relay information back to the computer core in real time.


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Much of the DOD’s interest in medical simulation stems from its goal to improve training procedures for combat medics, but the CREST grant specifies that the manikin platform should have both military and civilian applications. This technology could also allow the U.S. military to end its current practice of using live animals, such as pigs and goats, to train combat medics on invasive procedures.

The U.S. military uses over 8,500 live animals every year for training purposes, according to a house bill filed in February. The DOD wants to move away from animal models but is hesitant to do so until researchers have demonstrated that medical simulations are equally effective training tools, according to Speich. As part of the DOD’s grant, the final manikin platform will be open source, meaning the software and design information will be available for free. While it’s unusual for the DOD to be this transparent with its research, Hananel said that they see the benefits of many companies collaborating on a common platform. “For too long simulation has been silos where everyone is pretty protective of their technology,” Speich said. “The way we’re approaching this from the start is letting everyone know that what we’re creating will be shared with everyone. It’s been a long time coming.”

I’m sure we will see Frank at a SimGHOSTS healthcare simulation technology conference in the near future!

Read the full article on the Daily UW website


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‘S3’ Singapore Simulation Conference Now Accepting Presentations for November Event, Supported by SimHealth, SESAM & SimGHOSTS

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The S3 Conference brings together thought leaders and cutting-edge ideas from three renowned simulation centers to one place: 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).

All presentation submissions are due by May 19th!

This international tripartite partnership 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.

Who Should Attend?


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The S3 Conference connects healthcare professionals across disciplines and medical professions in Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US. The conference will be useful for:

  • Healthcare and simulation technology specialists,
  • Healthcare educators and trainers,
  • Nursing and allied health professionals,
  • Academics and researchers, as well as Local and overseas healthcare leaders.

The main conference takes place from 1 – 3 November 2017, while pre-conference activities will be held on 31 October 2017.

About the Host

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) is Singapore’s largest simulation facility with a comprehensive range of simulation modalities, cutting-edge technology and training programmes. SIMS is committed to delivering quality simulation training by providing a safe and supervised environment for healthcare professionals to sharpen their clinical skills. The institute draws upon the synergy of collective expertise, curriculum and resources in SingHealth. With a rich legacy in clinical education, SIMS aims to be the leading global institution in medical simulation, pushing frontiers in patient safety.

Submit Your Abstracts By May 19th on the SingHealth S3 Website!

SimGHOSTS Opens Early-Bird Registration for August Sim Technology Training Event at WakeMed Raleigh

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SimGHOSTS 2017 USA has opened early-bird registration!

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

Early Bird Registration ENDS July 1st!
Early-Bird (April 3rd – July 1st): $473
Standard (July 1st – August 2nd): $597

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” which will be operating its seventh year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2017 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in:

  • Manikin hardware repair and software programming
  • Audiovisual equipment debugging
  • IT networking and infrastructures
  • Moulage makeup
  • Team communication & leadership techniques
  • Medical physiology
  • And much more.

You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.


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United States
WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

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.

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!

Secure your early-bird pass today to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!

Simulab Launches World’s First Transvenous Pacing Simulator | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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HealthySim was on hand at IMSH 2017 to interview Simulab about their new PacerMan — the world’s first high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing from insertion to capture using your own equipment! Check out this 4-minute video about this innovative new product:

About PacerMan from Simulab


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PacerMan exponentially improves your training. It’s the first and only high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing—from needle insertion to capture using all the clinical equipment. The system offers a one of a kind opportunity to practice the entire procedure—including identifying intrinsic bradycardias, assessing intracardiac waveforms and manipulating output and rate with a pacing generator.

Simulab’s patented SimuSensor technology powers PacerMan, replicating a true clinical workflow by allowing the learner to use their own equipment to trigger patient responses on a simulated patient monitor. PacerMan can be set on Instructor Mode, with specifically chosen scenario parameters or randomized Student Mode. Both settings include options for multiple outcomes and offer hands-on learning anytime, anywhere. Investing in the PacerMan System is empowering. Clinicians can finally practice the whole emergent procedure in a safe, simulated setting —providing a new opportunity to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

“PacerMan is an outstanding resource for teaching transvenous pacer placement. There’s nothing else like it. We have now taught TVPacer placement to 150 physicians and have found it extremely valuable!” Jeffrey Tabas, MD Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine UCSF School of Medicine.

Learn more about PacerMan from Simulab!