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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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

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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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Aviation’s Black Boxes Are Coming to Healthcare Training

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This summer I was thrilled to provide the SESAM closing plenary address where I shared the past, present and future of healthcare simulation — and made direct calls for healthcare to integrate a “blackbox” into healthcare. The argument is simple: recording devices have been successfully improving aviation training and performance outcomes since the 1970s — and in a day and age where police body cameras are becoming affordable for every single officer, clearly healthcare is on a similar path. Today here is more support for such a conversation from Richard Corder, Partner at Wellesley Partners which provides Executive Coaching in Boston and throughout the Northeast:

There are many industries, other than healthcare, that work in complex environments where the actions of one human can impact the life of another. Healthcare leaders need to acknowledge the reality that we have much to learn from other industries. While we cannot mimic others entirely, the same general operating principles (including mindfulness that serves as the overarching organizational spirit) that are the foundation for other high reliability organizations (i.e.: aviation, nuclear power) can work just as well to prevent harm from occurring in health systems.


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One example of a safe practice or technology that could shared across industries is the in-flight data recorder found on all commercial airliners. It was because of the in-flight data recorder on board the two Boeing 747s that crashed into one another on the island of Tenerife in 1977 that we learned so much about the decisions and behaviors resulting in that game-changing airline disaster.  The time stamped voice commands of those at the controls were captured in real-time, and provided a blueprint of what “not to do” along with a snapshot of what needed to be changed.

Now envision this: following a surgical procedure, regardless of the outcome, we have the opportunity to review every piece of data related to the procedure.

Read the full article on Healthcare Executives Network

Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

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Sharing the recent announcement of the collaborative project Debrief2Learn, aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices.

About Debrief2Learn:

Effective feedback and debriefing play a critical role in healthcare education in both simulated and workplace-based environments. Debrief2Learn supports clinical educators by sharing resources to guide faculty development and exploring the latest innovations. We aim to create an online community of practice for health professions educators while advancing knowledge through cutting-edge collaborative research. Debrief2Learn aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices. Effective feedback and debriefing play a critical role in healthcare education in both simulated and workplace-based environments.

We have designed Debrief2Learn with both educators and researchers in mind. This website will eventually be a comprehensive, one-stop resource for everything related to debriefing and feedback in healthcare education—and it will all be free to access. Internationally recognized experts in the field comprise our advisory board, who will help shape the content, format, and future direction of this website. Our collaborators are well-published leaders and innovators in the field who also share their ideas and expertise through presentations and workshops presented around the world.


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To improve access to research, the research page lists relevant debriefing and feedback articles published by our team members. Each article can be accessed in a number ways: a link to PubMed, link to source journal, or a free PDF link (or a ResearchGate link to request a free PDF when this is not readily available). To assist with translating and using our research in your own setting, we offer resources and other helpful content, such as PDFs of our workshop slides and presentations.

To help you follow our research, we offer links to each paper’s Altmetric page (which provides links to online discussion about the research), a link to articles that cite our research, relevant blogs to innovative ideas, as well as social media accounts to keep you updated on the latest work. Finally, podcasts will feature leading international experts discussing recent papers in our field.

We have developed Debrief2Learn for you! Let us know if you’d like to get involved. You can contribute content (eg. Blogpost), collaborate in research, or become a team member. We’d love to hear from you!

Learn more about this innovative project and its team on Debrief2Learn.org!

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

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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!

Does Residency Simulated Training Have an Impact on Patient Outcomes in Robotic Surgery

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Christopher Simmonds from Mimic Technologies recently shared on LinkedIN some interesting research statistics regarding the patient results from simulated training in surgery.

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Like any new technology, a lot of focus has been placed on ensuring that new users of robotic surgery are adequately trained. Simulation has had a large part to play with this. As the technology has become more mainstream, training requirements have moved from not only training existing surgeons but to ensuring that residents and fellows develop the required skill levels to ensure that they can adapt to the new technologies used in their practice.


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Earlier this year we discussed a paper published by the EAU on their curriculum aimed at ensuring that fellows followed a clear curriculum at the end of which they would be deemed to be safe and competent to operate on patients independently. As with many ways of teaching surgery, the procedure is broken into specific steps that the trainee must master before being allowed to carry the whole procedure.

There were no differences in some key clinical outcomes such as positive margins, length of stay, catheter days, readmissions or re-operations when comparing surgeon only to resident –involved cases. There was, however, a difference seen in mean operative time between procedures that were surgeon only cases vs. resident involved (190.4 Min vs. 206.4 Min, P= 0.003)

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The Must-Own Healthcare Simulation Library *Updated for 2016

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Sim Champs! Have you seen the latest list of awesome healthcare simulation books? These must-own volumes will help you develop, maintain, expand your simulation program. Whether it’s clinical faculty debriefing techniques, administrative tips, or technical prep for the CHSOS — everything below will have your team ready for any simulation challenge:

Latest Additions:



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Here’s the older collection of medical simulation books that are still must-reads:

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Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

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Sim Champs do you subscribe to our free monthly healthcare simulation email newsletter? If so you may have seen these awesome articles which are the Top 9 most read medical simulation from Summer 2016! We’re highlighting the ones that have read, shared, and clicked the most so far — as we are sure they will bring increased adoption and utilization of simulation to your healthcare education program!


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  1. University of San Francisco Now Offering Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Online

  2. Simulation in Healthcare Journal — June 2016 Article List

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

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

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

  6. Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

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

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

  9. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authorities

Bonus Link:

Here is the Top 10 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles
from HealthySimulation.com ever!

B-Line Medical Provides ‘Circle of Education’ to Measure & Improve Learning Outcomes

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Have you heard of the Circle of Education from B-Line Medical? Check out this video below to learn more about how B-Line Medical products provide comprehensive opportunities to learn, train, and improve in almost any healthcare setting!


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B-Line Medical, the first to bring web-based video capture and debriefing to the industry, has been continuously innovating to provide the most flexible and intuitive simulation management platform to healthcare education. SimCapture enhances and automates simulations and OSCE management by seamlessly combining high quality video capture, simulator data integration, debriefing and assessment, and robust reporting. Installed in over 450 healthcare institutions in 25 countries, SimCapture has been advancing simulation in healthcare for over a decade.

Check out all the latest news from B-Line Medical!