MedaPhor Builds Next Generation Ultrasound Simulator Training Platform: ScanTrainer

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In our final video interview from IMSH 2014, I had the chance to speak with MedaPhor CEO Stuart Gall on the exhibit floor and learn all about their extremely successful Ultrasound training platform “ScanTrainer”. One could argue I have saved the best interview for last because the way MedaPhor has thought about Ultrasound training is unique, innovative and highly intelligent – and is definitely one every simulation champion educating or training with ultrasounds should watch as we learned more about ScanTrainer:

What I very much appreciated about the MedaPhor ScanTrainer technology was the amazing engineering behind their Haptic Device which enables you to load and experience maneuvering around ANY patient body type. Consider that with a “perfectly chiseled” task trainer ultrasound abdomen, learners are limited to learning a limited scope of anatomy — one I am sure does not actually occur too often in practice. Thus, Medaphor provides learners with the opportunity to focus on the screen where they analyzing the internal views of the body while receiving the true tactile feel of the anatomy of the patient. While clearly no patient “form” exists for the space, true ultrasound experiences have the visual attention on the screens, not on the patient’s body. I had a chance to operate the device and it felt amazingly real as I moved across the patient’s invisible form.

Medaphor launched out of Cardiff University Medical School when they launched ScanTrainer, when they realized there was a huge demand for ultrasound training but not enough patients to provide realistic education. Scans shown on the screen aren’t simulated, they are scans from actual patients!

More about the Medahpor ScanTrainer From Their Website:

Real Scans: We believe realism is the key to the perfect learning experience, so all our ScanTrainer ultrasound images are actual scans from real patients. Step-by-step instructions guide users through an easy to follow curriculum based, structured teaching programme.


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Real Feel: Transvaginal and transabdominal scanning are realistically replicated using haptic feedback devices which in the case of the TAS system can simulate different patient types and positions. Detailed virtual anatomy, of the actual patient, specific to each scan, helps trainees understand orientation and probe manipulation.

Real Expert Guidance: Our stunning new real-time ScanTutor expert guidance, literally guides the trainee as though an expert was standing by their side explaining how to scan. A recent study shows that preclinical core skills learning can save costs compared to training on live patients.

Real Assessment: The unique Learning Management System built into every ScanTrainer provides detailed task-by- task feedback to trainees. Each task attempted is compared against expert data and trainee results are displayed on a results review screen with detailed feedback of why they have passed or failed. Simulated ultrasound controls teach core image manipulation skills and measurement functions.

Real Savings: ScanTrainer helps relieve the pressure on trainers and equipment by expediting skills acquisition and increasing trainees’ competency prior to hands-on patient contact. A recent study shows that practical skills training using simulation can save costs compared with a traditional approach to training using live scanning lists. simulation saves tutor time, less expert supervision is required in the early stages and clinical equipment can be released to meet clinical service delivery targets.

Medaphor has been extremely successful in the EU and was at IMSH 2014 for the first time as they continued to expand their presence in the US marketplace. Anyone looking for a high-fidelity ultrasound trainer should experience Medaphor’s ScanTrainer ASAP!

Learn more at the Medaphor Website today!

CHEST Innovation, Simulation and Training Center Available for Hosting Healthcare Training Events

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Currently wrapping up is SimGHOSTS 2014 USA at the American College of CHEST Physicians in Glenview Illinois, just outside of Chicago. An amazing location for innovative training — so if you are looking for a host center you should consider CHEST!

The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center at CHEST Global Headquarters is a state-of-the art facility fully equipped to deliver clinical medical education as well as events outside the medical field. Designed and built by the American College of Chest Physicians, the training center easily accommodates any variety of meetings. Whether you want to use their cutting-edge simulation resources and high-tech audiovisual equipment or just want a comfortable gathering space, they can tailor their services to meet your needs. From the moment you and your guests step into this award-winning building, you’ll appreciate their modern style and traditional values for offering the best services for your event.


The ISTC training center includes:

  • A 3,200-square foot auditorium, ideal for lectures and forums
  • Eight conference rooms
  • Six simulation training labs designed to feel like ICU suites
  • Additional amenities to support your event

CHEST staff offers:

  • Meeting management assistance: We have certified meeting professionals who can help you coordinate your event.
  • Clinical simulation training expertise: Our simulation staff can help manage your event.

The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center and CHEST Global Headquarters boast a modern, sleek design that is welcoming and comfortable. Behind the scenes, a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure can support a wide range of technology needs.


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Designed to be environmentally and socially responsible, the training center and headquarters are built to Silver LEED specifications. And, in 2013, CHEST Global Headquarters won the prestigious “Green Development of the Year Award” from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the premier organization for real estate professionals in metropolitan Chicago.

They are committed to traditional values and excellence. Their clinical education programs are internationally recognized and accredited. They hold Accreditation With Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, placing them in the highest tier of continuing medical education providers. As the first medical association in the nation to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, they are recognized as an international leader in providing hands-on learning opportunities.

View a list of their live courses, many of which are taking place at the new center.

Are you looking to rent the training center space? Visit their CHEST training center website.


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SimGHOSTS Holds 4th Annual Hands-On Training Event to 220 Participants

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Currently on day 2 of SimGHOSTS 2014 USA, more than 220 participants from around the world came together at the American College of CHEST Physicians in Glenview, Illinois for hands-on training workshops, community networking, vendor exhibit hall and professional development courses.  A four day event, the 4th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists was the second meeting the non-profit 501(c)3 organization put this year following its first-ever Australia event which took place a month ago at the University of the Sunshine Coast.


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  • Level 3 Healthcare sponsored the opening keynote address by SimGHOSTS President James Cypert opened the event by explaining the need for technology-related research, training program development and chapertization of the organization.
  • Executive Director Lance Baily recapped on the continued expansion of the organization with both Australian Simulation Leaders and UK Simulation Leaders
  • Event Director Ryan Eling accepted the Board’s offering of SimGHOSTS first full-time position
  • Laerdal Sponsored UK’s ASPiH Simulation Technician Group Leaders Jane Nicklin and Stuart Riby to attend the event and share the development of a Apprenticeship program for Sim Techs, and connected a livestream Google Glass walkthrough of their simulation lab with Chris Gay back at HILS in the UK.
  • B-Line Medical awarded $1000 in prizes to “How To” video contestant winners Arielle Glenn and duo Sylvie Guimont + Genevieve Cote.
  • MoulageConcepts.com provided intro and intermediate workshops on moulage design and application
  • More than 50 sessions are currently being provided to 185 Sim Techs from around the world.
  • Pocket Nurse recognized their two full-scholarship winners who would have otherwise been unable to attend the event.
  • Fifteen vendors including CAE Healthcare, Worldpoint, Gaumard and many more.

Follow @SimGHOSTS and #SG14USA and visit SimGHOSTS.org for all the latest!

LIVE NOW! SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare

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Level 3 Healthcare has sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA @ CHEST (#SG14USA) keynote address, presented by recently appointed SimGHOSTS President James Cypert! This event is being broadcast and streamed LIVE RIGHT NOW day 1 of the main event at the American College of CHEST Physicians in greater Chicago, IL!

HAPPENING NOW: AUGUST 6th, 8AM CDT (UTC-5), 6AM PT, 9AM ET

SimGHOSTS proudly introduces Level 3 Healthcare as the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Medical is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team has added a special plenary panel Friday morning to dive deeper into the Level 3 Medical build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program.


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SimGHOSTS President James Cypert will present on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He will begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this year’s keynote address is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Level 3 Medical Opening Keynote Address Page RIGHT NOW!


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Mobile “Pop Up” Simulation Lab From MDT

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Ever wish you could “pop up” a simulation room to provide training environments as you needed, where you needed? Check out this new innovative product called ProSIMex from MDT and Inaditus and Immersive Technologies. The MDT group is comprised of immersive technicians, IT programmers, web design specialists, educationalists, along with healthcare and business professionals. MDT Global Solutions provides “innovative products and training to the Medical, Disaster and Technical Rescue industry”.

About the Immersive Classroom:

Conceptually the team has designed a portable immersive classroom with live video on 3 walls which is interactive through touch wall technology. The team can create any environment in a 4×4 meter space including Street, riot, fire, road, house, ambulance, emergency department, theatre unit, intensive care, ward, or just about any other environment. All of which can be changed with the click of a mouse!


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MDT Managing Director David Halliwell MSc Paramedic FIfL says “We are also linking proSIMex with other tools that we believe make for real learning including iSimulate’s ALSi.”

Learn more about this and other innovative ideas from MDT (include SimGranny) at the MDT Website!

Most Read Medical Simulation Articles From July

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Sim Champs, here’s a list of the “most read” articles from HealthySimulation.com’s website and free email newsletter for the month of July:

Simulated Patient ‘Allergic to Ink’ Warning Sign, Download to Save Your Manikins – Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains from learners.

Konsiderate Medical Simulation Product Review Website Opens Doors to Public – Last week Konsiderate.com, the world’s only medical simulation product and service peer-driven review website opened up its beta phase with a new way to login using your professional work email address.

Mount Sinai ‘Director of Simulation Education’ Featured Job Listing - Spearhead the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programming, and oversee and provide guidance for educational research projects at the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (CAMS) in NY.


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Even More Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios – Download more of the free scenarios from these US-based resources.

NYIT Offers MS in Medical / Health Care Simulation – The College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a 36-credit Master of Science in Medical / Health Care Simulation program. This state-approved graduate program has been preparing professionals for careers in the growing field of human patient simulation education since 2012.

Want more Top Medical Simulation Articles? Check out the Most Read Articles Ever On HealthySimulation.com & our 2013 “Best Of” Top 50 Recap!


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Next Wednesday Morning: Watch SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address Sponsored by Level 3 Medical

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Level 3 Medical has sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA @ CHEST (#SG14USA) keynote address, presented by recently appointed SimGHOSTS President James Cypert! This event will be broadcast and streamed LIVE Wednesday morning Day 1 of the main event at the American College of CHEST Physicians in greater Chicago, IL – so even if you can’t make the USA event this year you should mark your calendar to watch this free session.

TIME: NEXT WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6th, 8AM CDT (UTC-5), 6AM PT, 9AM ET

SimGHOSTS proudly introduces Level 3 Medical as the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Medical is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team has added a special plenary panel Friday morning to dive deeper into the Level 3 Medical build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program. Be sure to stop by their booth to learn how they can help your simulation program too!

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert will present on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He will begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this year’s keynote address is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

Level 3 Medical Sponsored SimGHOSTS 2014: USA Keynote address “Of Mice and Geeks: Elevating the Dialog Through Research”

James Cypert – Technology Director – California Baptist University, President, SimGHOSTS

“By seeking and blundering we learn.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When the concept of “research” for the typical geek invokes images of Gandalf at Minas Tirith frantically searching through the hordes of scrolls and tombs looking for information about the One Ring. For others, it could be an image of Master Yoda and Obi‑Wan in the Jedi Temple discovering the betrayal of Anakin. That imagery aside, research is fundamentally exactly this, a search for the truth of any matter, and research can be done by anyone. In fact, we all conduct research at various levels. The issue at hand however, is how does one go about conducting research that is acceptable to others that is well‑formed, and answers definitively any given question. With that in mind the purpose of this session is to explore the basic research methods for the simulation technician.

The learning objectives of this keynote are:


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1. Acquire knowledge about basic research methods
2. Identify the core components conducting of research
3. Discuss possible topics for SimGHOSTS community research focus
4. Identify individuals in the community that can be used as resources for research

James will present basic research methods that everyone can apply, then begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research. To wrap up the session the facilitator will invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research.

About Level 3 Medical:

The medical division of Level 3 has been providing advanced multimedia solutions in minimally invasive surgical environments and simulation centers since 2007. This Phoenix based medical engineering group has pioneered designs in telehealth, live HD video distribution, recording, archiving, content management and media retrieval systems for medical universities, teaching hospitals and simulation labs. Level 3 Medical’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use case and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow, profitability and/or learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Level 3 Medical was founded as a division of Level 3 Audio Visual who has been well established in the commercial industry since 1996. Level 3 AV had been working with a major medical university on their classroom presentation technology when they were presented with a challenge from the Dean of Anatomy. Level 3 AV was asked to design and build a cordless, wireless, mobile HD video cart for their anatomy lab. The Dean and his faculty had several uses in mind for this cart but Its main purpose was to capture high definition video from a student’s cadaver, transmit that video to an AV head end, store and meta-tag the captured video while simultaneously transmitting the video back out to twenty, high definition, LCD monitors dispersed around the lab as well as to a secondary lab located across the campus. A secondary purpose of this cart was for the creation of video text books that could be produced and stored online as an additional reference for the medical staff and students.

The creation and use of this cart was a major success for both Level 3 Medical as well as the University. Level 3 Medical realized they had just created one of, if not the first ever, high definition telemedicine carts and, for the University, use of this cart was shown to increase both test scores as well as enrollment.

Level 3 Medical is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of applying current technology to existing medical work spaces, medical training centers and simulation labs.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Level 3 Medical Opening Keynote Address Page Wednesday morning to get the link!

 

What’s in a Name? The Many Titles of “Sim Techs”

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Recently Michelle Howard MSN, CNS, APRN Director of the Allied Health Simulation Center Executive Director at Ozarks Technical Community College wrote in to ask “What should we title our new simulation technology operator position?”. What a question Michelle! I have had several job titles throughout my career as a Sim Tech, but what’s out there? I exported the titles of those attending SimGHOSTS 2014 USA at the American College of Chest Physicians early next month to demonstrate what a dynamic range of titles this profession currently entertains. I removed redundancies but will point out that “Simulation Technician” had the most results!

  • Administrative Simulation Technician
  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Director of Simulation
  • Biomed Electronics Technician
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Technologist
  • Biomedical IT Specialist
  • Clinical Education Specialist
  • Clinical Educator
  • Sim Lab Coordinator
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Clinical Learning Lab Specialist
  • Clinical Simulation Lab Director
  • Clinical Simulation Specialist
  • Co-ordinator Clinical Learning and Simulation
  • Code Resuscitation Program Project Manager
  • Coordinator of Simulation and Technology
  • Coordinator
  • Corporate Planning Manager
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Education Specialist
  • Equipment Systems Specialist
  • Faculty Support/Health Sciences Simulation Center Coordinator
  • GME Simulation Coordinator
  • Health Science Simulation Technician
  • Health Sciences Simulation Coordinator
  • Healthcare Simulation Technician
  • Instructional Services Technician
  • Interim Director of the Learning Center
  • IT Manager
  • IT Professional
  • IT Support Technician
  • IT Technical Associate
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Lab Simulation Specialist
  • Lead Analyst
  • Learning Products & Services Manager
  • Manager Training and Simulation
  • Media and simulation technician
  • Media Services Technician
  • Medical Education Technologist
  • Medical Educational Technologist
  • Medical Instructor
  • Medical Simulation Coordinator
  • Medical Simulation Facilitator
  • Medical Simulation Technician
  • Network Manager
  • Nursing Faculty/Lab Facilitator
  • Nursing Information Technology Coordinator
  • Nursing Simulation Technologist
  • Operations Manager
  • Professor of NursingProgram Analyst
  • Program Director
  • PSA & REdI Program Administrator
  • REdI Program Coordinator
  • Senior Technology Specialist
  • Sim Operator
  • Sim Tech
  • Simulation Center Assistance
  • Simulation Center Coordinator/Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Simulation Center IT/Networking Specialist
  • Simulation Clinical Supervisor/ Simulation Consultant
  • Simulation Coordinator
  • Simulation Director
  • Simulation Education Technician
  • Simulation Engineer
  • Simulation Intern
  • Simulation Lab Administrator
  • Simulation Lab Coordinator
  • Simulation Lab Tech
  • Simulation Learning Center Assistant
  • Simulation Operator
  • Simulation Specialist
  • Simulation Specialist
  • Simulation Specialist II
  • Simulation Specialist/Coordinator
  • Simulation Tech
  • Simulation Tech Specialist
  • Simulation Technician
  • Simulation Technician Program Coordinator
  • Simulation Technologist
  • Simulation Technology Specialist (MOST USED)
  • Simulation Training Specialist
  • Specialist in Simulation Technology
  • Supervisor, Teaching LabSys
  • AdminSystems Analyst 2
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Lab Assistant
  • Technical Simulation Coordinator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Technicien de simulation et téléprésence
  • Technologist
  • Telehealth and Audio Visual Support Analyst
  • Undergraduate Simulation Technician
  • Unit Coordinator

Several years ago I worked with a team of Simulation Technicians across the state of California to build a comprehensive job responsibilities list for this position (which you can download here). The term everyone agreed upon was Simulation Technology Specialist — and indeed that is the name that is incorporated into SimGHOSTS which stands for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. We added “healthcare” so that non medical-simulation related groups could identify us as apart of healthcare, as there as “simulation technicians” in a variety of other fields — mostly from aviation.


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If you had to choose a new title for the position I would argue for “Simulation Technology Specialist”!


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Simulated Patient “Allergic to Ink” Warning Sign – Download to Save Your Manikins!

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Recently a Sim Tech wrote in that his manikins were permanently stained by ink pens. Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains. Will also had this tip on removing the ink stain: “Try Magic Erasers — they seem to work ok, depending on the ink type and how quickly you get to them.  Also, benzoyl peroxide on the mark, then exposed to skin seems to work for some folks.” For more tips on how to remove ink, try my article Quick Manikin Moulage & Cleaning Tips! But take an ounce of prevention and download Will’s sign now for ALL your simulation lab spaces!

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Click here to download the high resolution copy of Will’s “Ink Allergy Warning Sign”

Medical Simulation Product Review Website Konsiderate Opens Doors with Work Email Login

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Last week Konsiderate.com, the world’s only medical simulation product and service peer-driven review website opened up its beta phase with a new way to login using your professional work email address.  During the private testing phase, 300+ Simulation Champions from around the world have already contributed over 150 reviews on more than 60 products ranging from $20 simulated medications to $100,000+ manikins and A/V recording systems. Starting today, any simulation user can sign into Konsiderate using their professional LinkedIn or work email accounts. This resource website was created to help new and experienced healthcare simulation users alike gain a better understanding about the “word of mouth” recommendations of our collective community. Konsiderate is now Open to you!

In order to maintain a professional and authentic community, Konsiderate requires you to sign in through a professional means. Users can now either immediately login through their professional LinkedIn account or create an account through their work email address which will be hand validated. These steps promote the legitimacy of reviews by creating an authentic end-user community. Vendors interested in signing up for new subscription opportunities should contact Jackie@Konsiderate.com.

Hundreds of alpha and beta users have been raving about Konsiderate for the past several months because it provides for a much needed resource where “need-to-know” testimonials are spread out across the entire globe.

Brooks Army Medical Center Simulation Coordinator Thomas Kai had this to say about Konsiderate:


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“I am a big supporter of Konsiderate.  Often times we purchase Simulators that we see advertised, or demonstrated.  We hear from the Representative of the Company about how this item is the best thing since sliced bread and is going to change the way things are done.  Like children at Christmas were glassy eyed and filled with anticipation about acquiring this marvel, only to find out the limitations and issues later.  Konsiderate gives the real story from real users and not the marketing folks.  You can see the highs and lows so we as the user/consumers get a clear picture before investing in something that turns into a white elephant. Konsiderate is for users from users, no hype or gimmicks, just the facts.”

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