Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Sim Center Now Offers ALERT Training for Life-Threatening Event Recognition & Treatment

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Simulation Center Manager for the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Russell Metcalfe-Smith has shared the powerful news that the center is offering ALERT certified training!

ALERT stands for ‘Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment’

Originally developed in 1999 by Professor Gary Smith and colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ALERT is a multi-professional course to train staff in recognizing patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell. The course is usually delivered as a one-day interactive seminar built around practical patient-based scenarios. The day is supported by a comprehensive reference manual and slide presentation. ALERT uses a structured and prioritized system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care. Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center is the western hub for the United States. We are working to support other institutions develop this program in their facilities.



ALERT course objectives:

  • To teach healthcare professionals a structured and systematic approach to the assessment and management of patients.
  • By using a structured and systematic approach deteriorating patients will be identified earlier and care will be escalated to others when appropriate. This approach can reduce avoidable in-hospital deaths and cardiac arrests.
  • To teach healthcare professionals that involving expert senior help early, such as Critical Care, will enable appropriate and timely intensive care unit admissions.
  • To introduce tools to healthcare professionals which will improve team working and communication.

The ALERT course incorporates:

  • A comprehensive reference manual which the candidates receive pre-course.
  • Interactive presentations which are adapted to meet local policies and procedures.
  • Practical demonstrations.
  • Role-play of clinical patient based scenarios during which the candidates are encouraged to reflect on their actions and to consider What would I do next?
  • A blended, flexible, learning approach.
  • A proven track record of delivery of more than 10 years.
  • A multi-professional candidate applicability.
  • A candidate course certificate that is recognized by deanery’s, acute trusts and professional bodies in the UK and abroad.
  • A straightforward program to organize and deliver with minimal equipment required.

The ALERT course benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff with:

  • Improvements in the general ward care of patients.
  • A reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards.
  • Earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit.
  • Fewer re-admissions to the intensive care unit.
  • Fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths.
  • Improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients.
  • Improved multi-professional teamwork.
  • Improved communication.
  • Fewer complaints from patients or their relatives.

Learn more about the ALERT course at Cedar-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center!


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Jump Simulation & Education Center Explores Value ROI of Healthcare Simulation

Applying the Phillips ROI Process

Jump Simulation has established an ROI Committee made up of representatives from Performance Improvement, Healthcare Analytics, Business Development, Finance and Nursing and Clinical Education. They have the task of placing value on our highest rated educational programs using the Phillips model which evaluates projects in five levels: Reaction, Learning, Application, Impact and ROI. We used the Phillips model to measure the value of our Central Venous Catheter (CVC) program. The project looked to determine whether simulated central line training could lower rates of complications that are common with this procedure and lower health care costs.

The first level, Reaction, gauges whether learners find certain simulations relevant to their work and whether they intend to utilize what they’ve experienced in their practice. In a post event survey, learners in the CVC program provided positive feedback on the usefulness of this particular simulation.

The next level of the Phillips model, Learning, determines if simulation participants gained knowledge, skills and confidence from their experience. This means learners should be able to demonstrate new procedures in a simulated environment. As part of the data collected for the CVC study, direct observation of learners showed they performed simulated central line insertions correctly. A self-efficacy survey also showed improved confidence among those who participated in the simulation.   



Application is the third level of evaluation in the ROI process. We want learners to not only demonstrate they can perform a certain task within a simulated environment; we also want to ensure those who participate in simulation apply that knowledge in the clinical space. A chart review of CVC simulation participants showed an increased percentage of successful line placements for patients within the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

The next question we want answered is whether simulation training has a measurable Impact on performance. Data is collected for this fourth level of the model by determining whether the simulation has helped OSF meet a strategic goal such as improved patient outcomes or increasing employee satisfaction. Chart review and billing and coding analysis of CVC simulation learners found that improved outcomes led to patients being able to go home sooner—by a little more than two days.

To learn about the fifth level of ROI, read the full article on the Jump website today!

 

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:



  • 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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California Sim Group Supports Request for RNs to Take Clinical Performance Assessment Survey – $50 Gift Card

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The next SoCal Simulation Collaborative meeting will be on May 12th from 8-1100 at UCLA.  Anyone interested in simulation is welcome to attend, no membership or long term commitment expected.  The meeting will be packed with interesting sim information including:

  • A presentation by our host, Dr.  Mary Ann Shinnick, PhD, ACNP entitled “Validation of “Time to Task” Performance Assessment Method in Simulation” .
  • A demonstration of the new CAE birthing manikin Lucina (118K)
  • A tour of the Sim spaces with time to explore the beautiful UCLA campus.

This message was shared by Mary to the group:

Are you an RN with at least 5 years of experience in an ICU, ER, Step Down or Telemetry Adult Unit? If so, you qualify for the study detailed below:

I am the Principal Investigator for a study entitled, “Validation of a Method to Objectively Assess Clinical Performance”. The purpose of this study is to generate anonymous videos of expert and novice nurses in order to compare clinical performance in a simulation experience using different methods of evaluation. The goal is to validate (test) an objective measure of performance in a simulation that is superior to subjective evaluations. It is hoped to lead to a better, more consistent method of evaluation for all nurses.

A copy of the IRB approved consent form is attached to this email. If you desire, I am available to meet with you to describe the study in person at a time and place which is convenient for you. If you agree to participate, you may sign the consent at that time or when you arrive for the study. Your participation in this study is voluntary. The benefits of participating include the contribution of knowledge to nursing science with comparison data on assessment methods of clinical performance in a simulation, a substitute for actual clinical performance. There are no anticipated risks to participating in the study.

Confidentiality is extremely important in this study. All of the information obtained from your participation will be kept confidential. Your consent form will be kept separate from the data and the data will be recorded in such a way that you will not be identified. The data will be available to the investigator only. It will not be available to anyone else, including employers or supervisors. Results from the research will be reported as aggregate data and there will be no identifiable features. This study has no bearing on any employment or any course at UCLA.



Your participation in the research is completely voluntary. You can choose whether to be in this study or not.  Even if you agree to participate in this study, you may withdraw your consent at any time without consequences of any kind. However, participation in this study must be done on off-work hours.

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact: Mary Ann Shinnick, PhD (Principal Investigator) UCLA School of Nursing, 700 Tiverton, Los Angeles, CA  90032, (310) 794-4219.

I want to make it clear you may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation in this study without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study.  If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Office for Protection of Research Subjects, 11000 Kinross Ave, Suite 102; Box 951694; Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694; (310) 825- 7122 or email gcirb@research.ucla.edu.

You may keep the consent home for a couple of weeks and read it over or consult with family, if desired. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions. 

Sign up for a time on May 10th at: https://doodle.com/poll/4s566pfdw9s5tze9

Once you complete a pre-test, post-test, two short, basic medical-surgical simulations (5 minutes each) and a demographic form, a Thank You of a $50 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to you!

Featured Job Listing: Nurse Educator for Portsmouth VA Simulation Center

Engenium are currently seeking a Nurse Educator for the Simulation Center in Portsmouth VA to assist with medical simulation training for the United States Navy. Nurse Educators are responsible for developing and integrating training across a variety of training platforms and modalities to achieve and maintain an effective learning environment. This is a full-time position. See all our medical simulation jobs here!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and direct education and training efforts related to the development and execution of training scenarios and curriculum.
  • Provide oversight of simulation curriculum and simulation scenario development.
  • Provide guidance for simulation courseware creation and/or modification in support of the Sustainment of designated courses
  • Identify learning needs based on Risk Management Data, Patient Safety Data, NOTAMS, and other applicable DoD regulatory and/or readiness requirements, and develop simulation-based courseware and scenarios based on these findings
  • Serve as a medical and simulation content subject matter expert (SME) for developing curriculum related to simulation technology
  • Remain abreast of current medical management practices and use that knowledge to adapt curriculum products
  • Evaluate simulation technologies and adjuncts to meet training gaps

Basic Qualifications:



  • Five years of experience developing blended curricula for simulation-based medical training
  • Competence in blended learning environments that span the full spectrum of human patient simulators, online courseware, virtual patients, computer-based and mobile-based serious medical games, standardized patients, virtual environments and task trainers in support of a blended training environment
  • Involvement in professional organizations related to medical simulation and skills lab application in curricula.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, education, human resource administration, organization development or related
  • Training or certification in learning theory and curriculum development.
  • Training in varying methods of courseware/curriculum development projects and feedback collection methodologies
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in industrial or organizational psychology, nursing, education, or related discipline is desired
  • Military experience, particularly military medical experience
  • Working knowledge of the organizational functions and training requirements of Naval Medical Treatment Facilities
  • 1–2 years’ experience as any technical course instructor/facilitator

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, computer proficiency, and the ability to work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of course development and education methodology for working with adult learners in a military environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

Interested applicants should directly contact Jason Irving at Engenium


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Featured Job Listing: Medical Simulation Operator

Engenium Staffing are currently seeking a Simulation Operator to assist with medical simulation training for the United States Military. Simulation Operators are responsible for maintaining and operating part-task trainers, mannequin-based simulators, and surgical simulators, along with associated supplies and equipment.

Responsibilities

  • Operates and maintains task trainers, mannequin-based, and surgical simulators, as well as other computerized simulators
  • Operates virtual reality procedural trainers, and associated supplies and equipment
  • Operates simulation equipment with the ability to follow medical aspects of training scenarios and make appropriate adjustments based on participant actions
  • Operates audio-video recording systems
  • Set up simulation lab with supplies and equipment to meet assigned training site objectives
  • Provides feedback and recommendations to Course Director and Medical Facility staff on training equipment needs to effectively carry out training objectives
  • Oversees all simulation encounters to include after action reports (AAR) of simulation training
  • Provides weekly activitiy reports to the Central Program Office and other reports as required
  • Works with a broad array of stakeholders to contribute to the development of educationally sound simulation curriculum (e.g., scenarios) as needed

Skills, Experience and Education



Required

  • Associates degree or technical certification in a computer technology field (e.g. hardware, networking, helpdesk, etc.), or 5+ years of professional clinical experience
  • 3+ years of experience in the civilian or military medical field
  • 3+ years of experience with the operation of human patient simulation equipment

Preferred

  • Paramedic equivalent medical knowledge
  • Military experience, particularly military medical experience
  • Working knowledge of the organizational functions and training requirements of Air Force Medical Treatment Facilities
  • Experience as any technical course instructor/teacher

Professional Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, computer proficiency, and the ability to work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of course development and education methodology for working with adult learners in a military environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

Interested applicants should directly contact Jason Irving at Engenium

Featured Job Listing: Medical Education Western Region Sales Representative

Check out this medical simulation job listing from Engenium:

Western Region Sales representative reports to the Director of Sales and is responsible for managing sales activities throughout every stage of the sales cycle, from lead generation through to close. Covering the Western region, you will be responsible for selling software and hardware solutions used to improve training and patient outcomes in Hospital, Nursing Schools and colleges.



Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the sales of Software and hardware solutions for simulation and clinical environments within the Western region (including Northwest territories, Canada and Alaska.)
  • Responsible for building strong relationships within hospitals, Nursing School/colleges and health system networks.
  • Consult and make recommendations to prospects and clients with respect to solutions the company offers.
  • Clearly articulate technology and product positioning to clinical and medical education.
  • Deliver web-based and onsite presentations to audiences of varying sizes and professions
  • Demonstrate the ability to build relationships with Medical Education and Patient Safety Key stakeholders.
  • Maximize all opportunities in the process of closing a sale, resulting in the taking of market share from competitors.
  • Exhibit at industry conferences and special events.
  • Maintain accurate records of all sales and prospecting activities including sales calls, presentations, closed sales, and follow-up activities through weekly reports and the use of a CRM tool.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2-4 years professional experience
  • Proven ability to achieve sales quotas
  • Experience with web-based productivity tools
  • Willingness to travel a minimum of 30% and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • B.A./B.S. in Business, Computer Science, Healthcare Management, or related degree strongly preferred
  • Experience using Salesforce is a plus
  • Software & Simulation experience is highly desired
  • Existing contacts within the Medical Education and Patient Safety industries is strongly preferred

Interested applicants should directly contact Jason Irving at Engenium


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Featured Job Listing: Nurse Educators for Sidra Medical & Research Center in Qatar

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Word from Cavendish Professionals that Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar is recruiting for Nurse Educators, which is now listed in our medical simulation jobs page as the center has a robust medical simulation training program!

Sidra Nurse Educator Position:

Would you like to develop your international career? Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar is recruiting for Nurse Educators. Interviewing now!

This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated, skilled and enthusiastic healthcare professionals. Sidra Medical and Research Center, a ground-breaking ultra-modern clinical and research facility in Qatar, will be conducting interviews in April 2017 and invites Nurse Educators to contact their partner agent Cavendish Professionals directly for more information.

Cavendish Professionals are recruiting for Nurse Educators at Sidra with a minimum of 2 years recent experience within Pediatric/ Midwifery/ Women’s Health. Successful candidates will be offered highly competitive packages and benefits. Informal discussions can be arranged with clinical leaders, facilitated by Cavendish Professionals.



About Sidra Medical and Research Center

Sidra is a Medical and Research Center in Qatar that focuses on patient care for women and children. It is an ultra-modern, high tech facility intended on providing world class patient care as well as building on Qatar’s scientific expertise and resources.

The Center was built with 3 essential missions in mind:

  • World-Class Patient Care
  • Medical Education
  • Biomedical Research

Sidra is said to be ranked amongst some of the most advanced research facilities worldwide. This is due to its cutting-edge technology, latest medical equipment and high-tech laboratories, allowing for innovation and clinical advancement. Sidra will also be the first hospital to have been designed around its innovative systems from inception.
This facility is a fantastic place for healthcare professionals to work, as they can benefit from being part of a fully digital facility with world leading science and research programs.

Register your interest now to join a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top academic medical centers in the world!

Call Cavendish Professionals at +44 (0)203 008 5210 or email them at healthcare@cavendishprofessionals.com!

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

Fake it ‘til you make it

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.



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

‘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?



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!