Canadian First: Mobile Air Ambulance Simulator from Alberta Health Services

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“Alberta’s new air ambulance simulator is a Canadian first”,
says Rob Csernyik of the Edmonton Journal!

Have you ever seen anything like this? A mobile, motion air ambulance simulator to help medics train under realistic air conditions! Sadly we can’t embed the video so be sure to visit the website through the link below to see it in

On Thursday, Alberta Health Services unveiled a Canadian first — a mobile air ambulance simulator that will be used for training medics. The 12-metre simulation trailer, developed in-house by Alberta Health Services and partners, allows hands-on medical simulations to be run in the fuselage of a King Air 200 aircraft.


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Because the fuselage, donated by Lakeland College, is on hydraulics, takeoffs and landings are simulated for medics. Before, they could only experience arrivals and departures in the air. Brent Thorkelson said the biggest challenge for AHS was that it was unchartered territory. “I’ve designed and built three ground simulators,” said the Emergency Medical Services staff development officer and project lead. “I’ve done nothing like this.”

The $739,000 mobile simulator went from conception to reality in approximately 13 months and was funded by a Government of Alberta grant. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said the government is proud to support the innovative new approach to training. “This new EMS flight simulator will give air ambulance paramedics critical hands-on experience in providing emergency patient care in an aircraft,” she said. “Because this simulator is designed to travel, this true-to-life training experience will be available to paramedics right across the province.”

Approximately 225 Emergency Medical Services air ambulance paramedics at the 10 air ambulance bases across the province will be trained using the mobile simulator.

Check out the video of the new Air Ambulance Simulator on the Edmonton Journal website!


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Healthcare Simulation Dictionary – Free SSH Resource to Answer ‘What’s It All Mean’?

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Today we have crossed the 1st birthday of the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary — a free resource from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).


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The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary features a collection of definitions showing how various terms—and their meanings— are being used in the profession today. Inside you’ll find straightforward definitions of 127 words and terms. Download your free copy today! The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary is designed to enhance communication and clarity for healthcare simulationists in teaching, education, assessment, research, and systems integration activities. Thank you to the contributors and healthcare simulation societies, who over three years dedicated time and expertise to developing and producing the dictionary.

Download the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary for Free!

Final Countdown for Early-Bird Rate Begins for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA – Aug. 1-4 at WakeMed Raleigh

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Sim Champs — its the “Final Countdown” for big savings to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA at WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh North Carolina this August 1st-4th with early-bird registration!

Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our 7th annual hands-on training event!  SimGHOSTS is working with Simulation Champion Dr. Amar Patel to bring the 2017 USA event to the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning in Raleigh, North Carolina! We cannot wait to showcase this amazing facility, team, and program to the world’s leading simulation technology specialists.  Save the date so you can join us there in August!

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

Brochure here

REGISTER HERE

Early-Bird ENDS JULY 1st! $473
Standard (July 2nd – August 2nd): $597

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.


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*New Thought* 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!

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Platinum Sponsor – simAlliance

Once again, Level 3 Healthcare through simAlliance is sponsoring this year’s Keynote Address and Opening Reception!

The Keynote address will be given by Brian Gillett, MD CEO & Founder of SimCore.  Dr. Gillett’s presentation will explore new simulation technologies, how effective and sustainable healthcare interventions must be developed in a genuine partnership with those who will ultimately utilize the systems, and lessons for the successful development, growth, and support of staff who operate simulation programs from his numerous administrative roles.

The Opening Reception Comedy Show & Networking Event will be held at Raleigh’s premiere comedy club “Goodnight’s”! This world famous venue for stand-up comedians has been putting on a show since 1983, with dinner & drink specials from its bar & grill. Bus transportation, taco bar dinner and drinks are on us thanks to simAlliance!

Laerdal, CAE Healthcare, EMS SimulationIQ will also be returning as Gold Sponsors to the event, providing hands-on technical workshops throughout the event!

Unable to join us in US this August? Join SimGHOSTS this month at SESAM with a special track or Singapore this November!

Learn more and Register for SimGHOSTS 2017 USA here!


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Hospital Simulations Inspire Student Engineering Innovators at Stanford

Hospital simulations inspire student innovators

The trend to combine bio-engineering departments with or within an institution’s healthcare simulation program is contiuing to grow. All around the world, engineering departments are recognizing the growing opportunities for product development within healthcare through simulated innovations.

Today we share another such story out of Stanford from the School of Medicine website:

In order to invent new medical devices to address problems in health care, the doctors and engineers in Stanford Biodesign ’s year-long fellowship program spend up to six weeks immersed in the hospital or other health-care facilities, watching procedures and asking questions. For undergraduate and graduate students in Biodesign’s introductory classes, firsthand observation is much harder to accomplish because of time constraints and privacy issues.


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To solve this problem, Lyn Denend , Biodesign’s director for academic programs, teamed up with emergency room doctor Alexei Wagner , MD, to develop a new approach for an introductory Biodesign Innovation class, which I describe in a recent Stanford News article . Drawing on the resources at the School of Medicine’s Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning , Wagner developed three realistic scenarios around the class’s focus on health care needs related to aging. The scenarios included a chaotic, five-bed ER; a quiet palliative care room where an elderly woman lay dying; and a physical therapy consultation with an older fall victim and his wife.

The goal was to expose students to real problems in health care, an essential part of the Biodesign process for developing medical devices and other technology-based solutions. On the first night of the class, students were randomly assigned roles as patients, caregivers, or observers, and plunged into these scenarios. Each one featured real doctors and nurses, high-tech mannequin patients with voices controlled by simulation staff, standardized patients (actors trained to play specific roles) and, most importantly, real problems in care delivery. As each simulation played out, the students struggled to offer appropriate care and make critical medical decisions against a frustrating backdrop of financial limitations, overburdened providers and conflicting family wishes.

Gaumard Unveils New Higher Fidelity Eyes for Victoria

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Gaumard is following a new industry trend to increase the fidelity of patient simulator eyes with the new Interactive Eye Movement and Tracking Features for their Victoria S2200 product. Watch the video below to see them in action!


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Gaumard shares that “Victoria’s new eye movement and automatic tracking features can illustrate signs of stress, stroke, head trauma, drug use, nerve impairment, and many other diseases and conditions.”

New Eye Features:

  • Accommodation test: automatic horizontal tracking and manual vertical tracking
  • Strabismus: exotropia, esotropia, and crossed-eyes
  • Nystagmus: eyeball twitching
  • Blepharospasm: eyelid twitching
  • Ptosis: eyelid droop
  • Realistic idle eye movement
  • Independent pupillary light reflex
  • Mydriasis: blown pupil
  • Anisocoria: unequal pupil sizes
  • Programmable blinking rate
  • Consensual pupillary light reflex
  • Real-time eye movement control via software joystick

Learn more at Gaumard’s Victoria page!


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Operative Experience Expands Portfolio of Realistic Surgical and Team Training Simulators | IMSH 2017 Video Interview with CEO

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At IMSH 2017, HealthySimulation.com had the opportunity to interview Mick Navin, CEO of Operative Experience Inc (OEI) about their expanded range of hyper-realistic surgical simulators with engaging anatomy, as well as to learn about the recent investments and support by Lou Oberndorf — who lead the growth of METI which was acquired by CAE Healthcare. Mick shared that OEI is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and medical team training using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm. HealthySim provided a video interview about OEI during the 2012 IMSH event, suggesting it would only be a matter of time before the technology was expanded by investment support — and we are glad to see it was by one of our industries commercial pioneers!


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OEI provides a range of simulation-based systems for surgery and pre-hospital training:

  • Fetal Extraction Simulator
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage Control Trainer
  • Emergency Hysterectomy Trainer
  • Emergency C-Section Delivery Simulator
  • C-Section Skills Trainer
  • Emergency Thoracotomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Fasciotomy
  • Disaster Legs
  • Surgical Legs
  • Various Tactical Casualty Care Simulator

HealthySim also spent some time learning from Mick about how the company has grown since our 2012 interview, following years of prototype development and testing, collaboration with materials expert Jeffrey Ellis led to the creation of the world’s first physical simulators upon which major surgical hands-in-the-body operations could be performed using standard surgical instruments. A series of SBIR grants from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command capitalized the company and enabled Operative Experience Inc. to advance its product development.  OEI products offer a different type of simulator, providing unique surgical experiences that mimic combat or other trauma based emergencies with realistic anatomical feeling.

Learn more at the OEI website!

KbPort’s simCabRx Provides Realistic Medical Cart Simulated Training | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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During the recent IMSH 2017, HealthySimulation.com learned more about the simCabRx med card simulator from Kbport which was located at the Pocket Nurse booth. KbPort’s Simplicity solution combines medication dispensation with the power of SimLabConnect and SimEMR to provide a more complete, more realistic simulation experience. The integration of medical simulation devices provides a critical context for the data generated, in the form of patient history and patient records, which form the foundation for support for future treatment. Improve bedside medication administration education with KbPort SimCartRx mobile medication cart solutions — which you can see in our video interview below!

SimCartRx works as part of the KbPort simplicity Solutions System!

Both SimCartRx, Kbport’s mobile medication dispensing solution, and SimCabRx their decentralized medication dispensing solution, integrate with SimEMR, allowing students to access patient records during simulations, which is a critical component of real patient care. The temporal capability of Simplicity, with SimLabConnect and SimEMR, adds an invaluable, true-to-life dimension to your simulation-based training, advancing your program’s effectiveness while promoting proper communication and patient safety.

Begin simulations with SimEMR for realistic med cart learning experiences:


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  • Log in/out with student cart credentials (LDAP compatible)
  • Patient record lookup via barcode scan
  • Medication scanning

Control medication dispensation through SimEMR and view cart/cabinet events within SimEMR & ETC FusionHD

  • Log in/out
  • Patient lookup via barcode scan
  • Drawer open/close
  • Medication scanning
  • Administer via bedside with SimCartRx

Log simulator vitals into SimEMR patient record in real time

• Creates an accurate, complete and evolving patient history
• Improves critical thinking by presenting and integrating comprehensive patient data

Certainly those programs looking to integrate EMR, medcart, and patient charting into one system across the learning program should check out KbPort’s simplicity systems!

Learn more on the Kbport website today!


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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!

ECS Leads the Way with VR Training for Healthcare Simulation | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

ecs clinical skills medical simulation

Rounding out HealthySim’s interviews from the IMSH 2017 trade show floor, today we are taking a look at the VR learning system “Clinical Skills” from Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS). Clinical Skills training application provides medical professionals the ability to easily access scenario-based learning and practice their clinical skills within a clinical environment. Watch the video below to see it in action through the HTC Vive:


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The Clinical Skills Mobile App uses a variety of conversation-based scenarios in a deep learning environment, which prompts learners to use specific approaches while conducting patient interviews. The mobile app includes essential environmental cues, such as patient feedback, as well as instructional feedback. The user is evaluated at each step of the clinical exam and cannot progress until the correct action is performed.

Benefits to medical professionals:

  • Interact with medical inventory items to take vital signs and perform physical examinations on realistic patient avatars
  • Proper sequencing of events
  • Reinforces patient interview techniques
  • Incorporates productive patient dialogue
  • Helps hone diagnostic reasoning skills that can be applied to a number of situations — both in regular checkups and even in more severe cases, where extreme sensitivity is required

Learn more about Clinical Skills on the ECS Website today!

OSSimTech Demonstrates Hybrid Learning of 3D and Haptics Surgical Simulation with Sim-Ortho | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

open knee surgical simulator

Continuing HealthySim’s coverage of the IMSH 2017 Exhibit Tradeshow floor, today we are sharing our video interview with OSSimTech, who provide the Sim-Ortho, a virtual reality training simulator to teach and train orthopedic open-surgery. As the world’s first of its kind, the Sim-Ortho simulator offers unique possibilities to expand medical education of orthopedic surgery. Getting to test the simulator was an amazing experience as the real-time haptics push back from the hardware felt very realistic — and matched the 3D animations exactly.

The Sim-Ortho enables simulation training of complex orthopedic procedures in knee and spine surgery as well as trauma surgery. Situated in a highly realistic 3D environment with detailed imaging, the trainee practices “hands-on” in a risk-free environment. The Sim-Ortho training simulator offers haptic feed-back (applied force and resistance) and allows handling and manipulation of multiple orthopedic tools. The Sim-Ortho training simulator is leading the path in high-fidelity simulation. The company has a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team comprising engineers, doctors, programmers, developers, industrial designers as well as management professionals.

The Sim-Ortho open platform allows for these modules:

  • Knee
    • Left, right and lighter cases of total knee replacement
    • Fibial and tibial osteotomies (Open and closed wedges)
    • Tibial tubercule osteotomy
    • Unicompartmental knee replacements (Lateral, medial and patellofemoral)
  • Spine
    • Realistic use of rongeurs, pedical probe, screwdriver, bone nibbler and kerrison
    • 30 cases of spinal fusion
    • 30 cases of discectomy
    • 30 cases of laminectomy
  • Tool Handling
    • User-friendly tutorial to the Sim-Ortho
    • 15+ cases of hands-on training
    • Several tools in several environments

Recently the company posted a blog article by Dr. Niranjan Sathivel on The Power of Teamwork & Sim Efficiency:


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Multidisciplinary team simulations have several benefits for the parties involved; learners, educators and the simulation centre staff. In these scenarios learners have the unique opportunity to tackle problems using a team approach, which in many ways mimic real life settings. Communicating, learning and understanding the perspective of each team member is a vital aspect for patient safety, which can be built into training scenarios.

I understand that it’s challenging for educators to collaborate and integrate goals and objectives for their individual teams, in-order to create simulation scenarios for team training. By making this happen they are able to add a whole new domain which could enhance the simulation education experience for learners. There are three benefits to the simulation centre and the staff: The first being the optimum use of the centre’s space and equipment. From my experience in the industry, I have observed that in many simulation centres, the training equipment often remain under-utilized. Bringing a multidisciplinary team for training, into one simulation theatre, sometimes provides the context for putting such equipment to use, by hybridizing simulation platforms. At this point you probably might have guessed the other two benefits. There is a positive impact on staff work flow efficiency and operational costs. Running the sessions in one simulation theatre as opposed to multiple simulation theatres can save you money and time. Read the full article here.

Custom Simulators!

Is your program looking for custom simulator solutions? OSSimTech allows you to differentiate your organization with a customized OSSimTech virtual reality training simulators– featuring your own procedures and surgical devices. As the world’s first of its kind, OSSimTech simulators offer unique possibilities to expand medical education, market your products and train your employees.

Learn more about the Ortho-Sim on the OSSimTech website today!