OtoSim2 Otolaryngology Simulator Launched at IMSH 2015 | Video Interview

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Continuing our IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Video Interviews, today we showcase the new OtoSim2 from Otosim! OtoSim 2 evolved out of the first Otosim product, which now has an instrumented otoscope so we can tell exactly where the student is looking, we can ask the student to find features, and provide verbal feedback through the computer. OtoSim 2 also doubles the number of images, adds case studies, allows you the potential to upload your own images, and allows for mass training for any number of students.

More from OtoSim’s Website:

OtoSim Inc. continues to innovate with a new simulation and training technology for otolaryngology. Interest and feedback gathered over the past 3 years from various healthcare practitioners has proven to be the catalyst for a novel breakthrough in otoscopy simulation: OtoSim 2.


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OtoSim 2 is the upgraded version of OtoSim with new software and hardware, and increased capabilities:

  • Verify student progress via the instrumented otoscope. Trainees can point with this device to complete the learning feedback loop.
  • Expand student knowledge through reviewing 380 high resolution images from the Hawke Library to instruct, practice, and test students
  • Save instructor time by connecting up to 14 OtoSim units to a single trainer laptop to effectively instruct groups at the same time
  • Supplement classroom instruction with 150 pre-annotated images for self-directed learning
  • Improve viewer retention through immersive full-screen experience with a simple, easy-to-use graphical user interface
  • Further increase student capability through advanced quizzes with randomized, realistic clinical scenarios that test both medical and patient interaction skills
  • Build student confidence through the use of the instrumented otoscope, allowing students to practice and improve their otoscopic

This is the only product I am aware of in this high-fidelity category of Otolaryngology simulation! OtoSim 2’s improvements make me think it will stay that way for some time to come.

Learn all about it on the OtoSim Website!


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Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study

Back in September we reported from the National Association for EMS Educators (NAEMSE) about Laerdal supported research regarding the utilization of simulation in EMS programs across the United States (Read that recap article here). Just this month the full article entitled “Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study” has been released on informahealthcare.com, with the objective and conclusions shared below.

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Authors: Kim D. McKenna, Elliot Carhart, Daniel Bercher, Andrew Spain, John Todaro, and Joann Freel.

The authors acknowledge the assistance of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, the NAEMSE staff members and Justin Weiss.

Laerdal Medical Corporation, a corporate sponsor of NAEMSE, provided financial support for this research. K. McKenna and J. Todaro serve on the NAEMSE board of directors and J. Freel is the executive director. Funds were used to support committee meetings and expenses related to the study. The study was conducted independently of the funders.

“Objectives: The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders’ efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.

Methods. This was a cross-sectional census survey of paramedic programs that were accredited or had a Letter of Review from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions at the time of the study. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square analyses.

Results. Of the 638 surveys sent, 389 valid responses (61%) were analyzed. Paramedic programs reported they have or have access to a wide range of simulation resources (task trainers [100%], simple manikins [100%], intermediate manikins [99%], advanced/fully programmable manikins [91%], live simulated patients [83%], computer-based [71%], and virtual reality [19%]); however, they do not consistently use them, particularly advanced (71%), live simulated patients (66%), computer-based (games, scenarios) (31%), and virtual reality (4%). Simulation equipment (of any type) reportedly sits idle and unused in (31%) of programs. Lack of training was cited as the most common reason. Personnel support specific to simulation was available in 44% of programs. Programs reported using simulation to replace skills more frequently than to replace field or clinical hours. Simulation goals included assessment, critical thinking, and problem-solving most frequently, and patient and crew safety least often. Programs using advanced manikins report manufacturers as their primary means of training (87%) and that 19% of faculty had no training specific to those manikins. Many (78%) respondents felt they should use more simulation.


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Conclusions: 

These results suggest that simulation in accredited paramedic programs mirrors the proverbial three-legged stool. To ensure simulation is used effectively, programs must have the appropriate equipment, faculty training, and resources. If any of these elements is missing, the stool topples and programs are less likely to use simulation. Administrators must recognize that to maximize the use of simulation within their program, they must view simulation as a fully integrated strategy within their education system. This research provides data for accredited paramedic program personnel to present to administrators to justify requests for faculty education and personnel resources to maximize the use of their simulation equipment.

It is incumbent on program directors to ensure that their faculty has adequate initial and ongoing simulation education, mentors to assist with adoption of new technologies, and sufficient personnel resources and equipment (representing patients of all ages) to promote the most effective use of simulation. Regional and national simulation work groups should be developed to allow faculty to collaborate on simulation best practices within accredited paramedic programs. While there are standardized resources to train nursing faculty on how to use simulation, and generic simulation instruction competencies for healthcare, no specific framework exists specifically geared to guide simulation best practices in the unique prehospital environment. The EMS community should collaborate to provide that framework so that the three-legged stool of simulation will stand firmly on a solid pedagogical foundation to serve as an essential tool for paramedic student learning.”

Thoughts:

Clearly the need for hands-on training in simulation technology is needed to ensure that investments in equipment and staff are made clear here. SimGHOSTS annual hands-on training events and online resources answer this specific call for technical training of simulation technologies. Master degree programs in healthcare simulation from institutions like NYIT, Drexel, and USF, add additional value to clinical educators and administrators of simulation programs. Conferences like INACSL, IPSSW, ASPiH, SESAM and IMSH provide annual discourse regarding the evolution of medical simulation theory and best practices. Courses like iSim provide hands-on training in clinical educator facilitation and debriefing.

The tools exist to provide the required training mentioned above but the real need now is the acknowledgement by administrators that this professional development and training is a necessary requirement to operating a medical simulation program!

Read the full SUPER article on Informa Healthcare here!

Exclusive First Look of SimCapture X from B-Line Medical!

From our IMSH 2015 Video Series, I connect with Chafic Kazoun, Co-Founder and CTO of B-Line Medical, who shared about their upcoming release of SimCapture X. Note: the video interview above is a early version of the new software and is not yet widely available. In this exclusive interview, HealthySimulation.com gets a sneak peek of their future SimCapture X platform — check out the video to see for yourself.

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Why the X? That’s easy enough, B-Line Medical celebrates their 10th anniversary this year! With so many years of medical simulation a/v recording and debriefing experience behind them, the B-Line Medical development team redesigned the SimCapture Generated User Interface (GUI) to reflect on what customers are using most. In other words, they have analyzed the use data from the past 10 years and are recreating SimCapture with an even better understanding of what we as simulation champions really want.

What I saw was a really optimized version of SimCapture, with key functionality now immediately available from the home-screen. Recent debriefings, key metrics, and relevant schedule information are all right there. Navigation is simplified with new global buttons available at any time. Exporting scenarios, including data and video, and sharing them with other SimCapture customers is also very easy to do.


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Explained by B-Line Medical: “SimCapture X is the next generation SimCapture platform currently in development. The new platform will combine all of the best pieces of the industry’s most trusted video capture solution with ahead of the curve technology and the insight and feedback gleaned from our 10 years of industry experience. Notable improvements include seamless integration of Simulation and Standardized Patient programs, a fully tablet compatible interface, and a redesigned look that streamlines and simplifies center workflows.”

A very interesting note from Chafic was that SimCapture X will still offer on premises installs, but will also have the potential for cloud-based operation. Chafic predicts that eventually most simulation programs will prefer a reduction of localized hardware requirements in favor of cloud-based platforms. Can’t wait for that future to be here!

SimCapture Provides:

Video Capture & Distribution
  • Browser-based and network accessible
  • Record and stream video and medical device data
  • Live and post scenario review from anywhere
  • Automated video capture and management
  • HD video and audio linked to participants
  • Pre-defined and free text annotations
Curriculum & User Management
  • Manage and administer instructional content
  • Web-based and collaborative evaluation builder
  • Automated user portfolio assembly and tracking
  • Create, filter, re-calculate and release reports
  • Scheduling, self-enrollment and notifications
Operations Management
  • Streamline the setup and management of OSCEs
  • Automate large-scale simulation events from a single dashboard
  • Center asset management and conflict notifications
  • Outlook and Google Calendar integration
  • Advanced search and data mining capabilities

Information about SimCapture X is limited for now, but stay tuned to BlineMedical.com for more upcoming announcements!


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Polhemus White Paper: Selecting Motion Trackers When Designing Medical Simulators

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For those who design simulators a unique post today: a white paper from Polhemus covering the optimal way to select a motion tracker for your medical simulator. Gear heads, sim techs, product designers and engineers will love this document!

About Polhemus:

Polhemus is known as the true pioneer and leader in the motion tracking industry, first introducing our proprietary electromagnetic technology in 1969. Although Polhemus motion tracking products are currently used in a broad range of applications, the initial product was developed for pilots, when we introduced head tracking for the military–which we still do today.

After releasing our break-through technology and gaining high achievements with the military, Polhemus began to branch out in the 1980’s—adding commercial applications like motion capture for animation and 3D Digitizing for movie special effects. We made our mark in this area, and our technology was used in numerous blockbuster Hollywood movies over the years. In 1995, Polhemus engineers were honored to receive an Academy Award in the area of Technical Achievement for the 3 Space Digitizing System.

In the 1990’s, we built upon our reputable legacy of motion tracking and expanded our product line–successfully adding eye tracking and 3D laser scanning to our portfolio. These additions paved the way for entering new markets, and Polhemus became known more broadly as the trusted, reliable source for motion measurement tracking technology. With this expansion, Polhemus evolved and focused efforts in the Research and Technology, Health Care, and Military markets. Over the years, one thing has remained the same—an ability to innovate and produce new solutions in high-fidelity motion measurement tracking.

About the White Paper:


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A motion tracker is a critical component in many of today’s medical training simulators. Choosing the right tracker can help ensure a high fidelity simulator that is cost effective, reliable and easy to use. Choosing the wrong system can lead to increased development costs, reduced fidelity, high cost of ownership for customers, and potentially, failure in the market. Included in this document are lessons learned from over 40 years in providing motion trackers to military, industrial and medical training simulator manufacturers.

One of the challenges in developing effective medical training simulators is creating a user interface that is as real as the real thing. To achieve a high level of fidelity, a simulator designed to train a specific procedure should have an interface that is indistinguishable from the real thing. Motion tracking sensors are often a fundamental part of the user interface and are the link between the physical world and the computer generated virtual or simulated world. They measure, for example, the insertion path of an intubation tube, and feed that info to the simulator’s computer. But the sensors should not change the look, feel, or weight of the instruments or devices being handled by the student. In this example, an optical tracker would be a poor choice, as intubation tubes do not have reflective markers attached.

Another challenge is that many of the movements being measured are free form, rather than in a fixed linear direction, such as that of aileron pedals in an aircraft cockpit simulator. The motions of an ultrasound probe during an examination are anything but linear, and in fact are often rotating as well. This requires 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) tracking, measuring both position (x, y, z) and orientation (azimuth, pitch and roll). Many motion tracking technologies only offer 3DOF, either measuring position or orientation, but not both.

And finally, many of the medical procedures targeted for simulation training require the tracking of an instrument or device for which there is no line-of-sight. This precludes the use of optical or video tracking. Line-of-sight can be blocked by the movement of medical staff, or because the instrument or device being tracked is inserted into a mannequin. Transvaginal ultrasound and catheterization are good examples.

Read the full White Paper on Medical Simulation Motion Trackers here and then visit the Polhemus Website to learn more!

ECMO Simulator ‘EigenFlow’ Now Available from CLR | IMSH 2015 Product Demo

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At IMSH 2015 I ran into Paul Curtis who let me know that after the positive support received from showcasing his innovative ECMO simulator designs at the SimGHOSTS 2012 event, he had launched his own company Curtis Life Research to provide the world with the EigenFlow! With a background in medical simulation, Biomedical and computer engineering it’s no wonder Paul has created a unique innovation in the field of healthcare simulation. Watch our video interview below to learn more about how you can now bring ECMO simulation to your educational program!

About the EigenFlow

Until now, an ECMO educator was present in the sim environment, manipulating the circuit in the presence of the trainee. As institutions began to develop their own ECMO simulations many realized that higher-fidelity simulation would not be possible without the development of a remote controlled simulator connected to the ECMO circuit.


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At the heart of EigenFlow is an intuitive iOS interface available for free from the App Store. Rather than tethering control of the EigenFlow to desktop computers, we developed an intuitive iPhone/iPad app that wirelessly controls the EigenFlow. With one hand, controlling EigenFlow it allows control of manikin vitals with the other. EigenFlow connects wirelessly through Bluetooth, so you can control simulations from up to 100 feet.

With EigenFlow you can Simulate:

  • Thrombus
  • Air Embolus
  • Blood Monitoring
  • Cannulation

EigenFlow is a multifunction wireless ECMO simulator ideal for in situ training of perfusionists and ECMO specialists. Simply interpose the EigenFlow into your existing adult or pediatric ECMO circuit and remotely simulate thrombi, line obstruction, air emboli, and changes in pulmonary and cardiac function.

Learn more at CurtisLifeResearch.com!

SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Event Seeks Abstracts From EU Simulation Technology Specialists

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UK SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS DUE BY MARCH 1st, 2015!

Do you operate healthcare simulation technology in the UK or EU? SimGHOSTS has partnered with ASPiH to provide the European continent’s first meeting dedicated to simulation technology specialists (sim techs), including any clinical educators/coordinators who operate simulation technology. SimGHOSTS is celebrating its 5th year in 2015 by expanding its successful hands-on training events from Australia and the United States to the UK in July of this year year. Leading medical simulation vendors have already signed up to provide simulation technology training courses to attendees!

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PROPOSALS DUE BY MARCH 1st, 2015!

“The biggest reward for me in presenting was being challenged by experts in the field on my approach to simulation and education, and having the opportunity to discuss topics in-depth after the presentation. It was easily as much a learning experience for me as it was for anyone who came to my presentation.” -David Halloway, Senior Clinical Adviser, University of Wollongong


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SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling is happy to announce that the inaugural SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Conference will take place at the Leeds-Beckett University Clinical Skills Suite and the NHS Horizon Leeds facility in Leeds, UK July 27 – 29, 2015!  These two facilities offer wonderful spaces for collaboration, hands-on activities and exciting vendor exhibitions!

Submit a presentation proposal for your chance to connect and share with the global simulation technology community at SG-ASPiH2015.  We are looking for innovative projects, DIY designs and best-practice workshops in all the topics important to simulation technology staff:

  • Audiovisual systems design, installation, operation debugging, and repair
  • IT network infrastructure management and upgrading
  • Simulation manikin programming, hardware maintenance, and repair
  • Learning and inventory management system selection and manipulation
  • Theatrical staging, rehearsing, and performing
  • Media production and marketing techniques
  • Use of trauma and pathological disease moulage makeup
  • Adult learning theory and simulation learning theory
  • Best practices from the aviation simulation industry
  • Medical terminology, process, and pharmacology

For ideas and examples of content, take a look at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Brochure here. Accepted proposals will garner a registration discount for the primary presenter!

PROPOSALS DUE BY MARCH 1st, 2015!

Submit your course today at the SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2015 Content Form. Learn more about the inaugural UK event here!


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There’s Always New Medical Simulation Jobs Listed on HealthySimulation.com!

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Here’s three new jobs just posted this week on HealthySimulation.com’s famous Medical Simulation Jobs Page!

Looking for Simulation Technology Specialist, Simulation Clinical Educator, Simulation Operations Management, or Healthcare Simulation Program Director Positions? HealthySimulation has them all!


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Three New Positions This Week Alone:

  • The University of Iowa College of Nursing – Director of Simulation Education in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (NCEC). Iowa City, IA
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University – Simulation Operations Manager, Los Angeles CA
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville – Healthcare Simulation Technician, Huntsville AL

Have a position to post? It’s free for simulation programs! Learn about all this and more on our Medical Simulation Jobs Page!

TeamSim From Surgical Science Enables Inter-Professional Training Opportunities

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Recent news over the Newswire about TeamSim, from Surgical Science:

Surgical Science, leading developer of virtual reality surgical simulation training systems, has announced the launch of TeamSim, a complete inter-professional education training system. Available today, this innovative new offering provides surgical teams with a faster, safer way to develop and perfect team-based, non-technical skills.

“While innovations in laparoscopic surgical simulators have made an incredible impact on individualized training, we noted there was a gap between the experience of a single professional standing at the simulator and stepping into a collaborative OR staffed with multiple team members,” said Tony Rubin, vice president of Surgical Science. “TeamSim erases that gap by giving the whole OR team the opportunity to practice and refine their communication and non-technical skills without any patient risk. The result is a better prepared, more synchronized and safer surgical team.”

Using the validated, industry-leading virtual reality training system LapSim, the new TeamSim package features fully customizable laparoscopic training scenarios and complications. Instructors can continually challenge a team’s evolving training needs through pre-planned or spontaneously changing, remotely controlled virtual patients. The lightweight, portable unit allows team-based training in the OR, in situ or at off-site training events.

“With TeamSim, hospitals now have the ability to ensure that their surgical teams have the ability to effectively and efficiently respond to both routine and crisis scenarios from the very first procedure,” said Tomas Ragnarsson, managing director of Surgical Science. “We’re proud that TeamSim is helping to drive this new era of complete OR collaboration and learning.”


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As a completely modular system, TeamSim may be purchased as a complete package or as separate components to complement existing training equipment. Learn more about TeamSim and how to purchase by contacting Surgical Science at info@surgical-science.com

About Surgical Science:

Surgical Science, established in 1999, develops high quality tools for the Assessment, Training and Certification of medical professionals. Using Virtual Reality simulation technologies, users are able to build skills on Surgical Science simulators that demonstrate and transfer proficiency from virtual reality to the operating suites. Surgical Science’s world headquarters are in Gothenburg (Sweden) with the Americas headquarters in Minneapolis, MN and offices in Mexico City (Latin America) and Toronto (Canada).

Learn more About TeamSim on the Surgical Science Homepage!

SoloShot2 Camera Attachment Tracks Participants Automatically

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What if our Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras could track simulation participants automatically — freeing us as facilitators or sim techs to spend more time focusing on operating the manikin, speaking as the voice of the patient, or analyzing the learner’s performance? Recently I was sent this video of the SoloShot2 that automatically tracks an Radio Frequency (RF) tag which you wear, so that the camera automatically follows the action! This unit is currently limited to outdoor use but the implications for our high-fidelity simulation labs are strong! Have you or anyone you know worked on creating automatic camera tracking in your simulation labs? I would love to hear all about it!

About the SoloShot:

Attach the device to your tripod, and your camera to the device. Wear the Tag and video yourself from up to 2000 feet away!

Like most rad products, SOLOSHOT began as a solution to a problem. When the waves come up, everyone wants to be in the water. It’s hard to find someone to stand on the beach pointing a camera for hours even though that’s usually the best angle to shoot from. You really need a dedicated, skilled cameraman who is always at the ready to get the kind of high quality footage that professionals use to train or share with the world.


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Even though SOLOSHOT started as a way for surfers to finally get that perspective shot they craved, the product has really taken off in all kinds of communities where the participants really want that angle that previously could only be captured by a dedicated professional cameraman. It’s pretty great to see random videos of rugby and soccer and even dog training and RC flying. When you think about it, you can set up a SOLOSHOT on the sidelines and get hours of super high quality footage of your practice, EVERY practice. The impact this kind of product will have on the careers of striving action and field sports athletes is already significant and we have only just begun to scratch the surface.

SoloShot2 Specs:

Pan: 360° at 80° per second continuously in both directions
Tilt: 150° of vertical tracking at 35° per second
Battery: Up to 8 Hours of internal battery rechargeable using supplied USB cord
Accessory Port: For adding features such as camera control and charging Tags
Feedback: Long range directional Green LED for tracking feedback
Security: K-Lock socket for locking camera to Base unit, Tool for secure attachment to attachment to tripod which may be locked to a fixed object using a standard bike lock.

Get the SoloShot2 through Amazon and Visit the SoloShot Website for more info!


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When Simulation Goes Too Far… Dangers Become Real

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When I first started as a simulation technician in 2008 I was warned by my clinical educator Brad Brown of a rumor that some nursing students had been in a simulation lab playing around with an AED thinking it was also “simulated”. The rumor goes that the AED was not a training model but a fully functioning device which administered a shock to one of the students, killing them in the simulation lab. True or not, Since then I have always confirmed the range of functionality in AED’s in all of the simulation programs I’ve worked in.

One of the primary reasons to utilize simulation is the dramatic increase in safety of all potential participants. In construction CAT simulators can help reduce the likelihood of vehicle accidents to driver or nearby workers. In Aviation, flight simulators reduce the physical risks to new pilots, trainers, passengers and those on the ground. In healthcare, simulation reduces the risk of harm to a patient while learning a new procedure. But when simulation is not treated with the greatest of respect, there can be lethal consequences.

I was shocked to learn about the dangers of simulated military training from friend Mike Fischer who served as a Para Trooper in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division. While stationed at Fort Bragg leadership reminded newly stationed Para Troopers like Mike that the goal was to go 82 days without a fatality — a goal that had never been achieved before (and would remain so until over a decade later).  Jumping out of planes at minimum safety elevations with live ammunition is certainly a recipe for fatal error.

While training at El Camino Fire Academy, Instructors waited until the class had proven its ability to work as a team and respect the live-fire spaces we were entering before ever actually letting us see real fire. Fire, will predictable, is never entirely controllable — and indeed there was at least one day when the fire became unruly and training plans were instantly abandoned by our instructors in favor of “immediately extinguishing that flame”. Clipboards were thrown that day.

Just last week in Sydney, a bomb training device had been brought on board a Passenger Ferry without previous administrative warning.

“A bomb scare on a ferry that caused major disruptions in downtown Sydney was a training exercise gone wrong, an official said Friday. The transport hub of Circular Quay, between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, was shut for two hours Thursday afternoon after the crew of a moored ferry found a suspicious package.

Bomb squad police were called to examine the package, which was described by Australian Broadcasting Corp. as two bottles containing liquid and nails with protruding wires. Steffen Faurby, chief executive of Harbour City Ferries, which operate the Sydney fleet, on Friday described the package as “a training device, which was not recognized as a typical training device by staff.” Read the full EMS World article here. 

Arming police and bomb squads and injecting them into what appears to be life threatening situations has the potential to bring unnecessary injuries to many.

While thankfully the simulated training we as healthcare professionals (outside of the Fire Services) is less personally dangerous — the potential for damage to ourselves or others still remains.

Simulation Materials Outside the Lab Cause Real Life Patient Injuries

 


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Last month, simulated IV solutions bags were used on actual patients — causing illness to at least 40 patients across a multitude of states.

“Back on December 30th, FDA alerted health professionals about a patient who became ill after receiving an IV solution meant for training purposes only. Educators often utilize training products for simulations with students and want these items to look like the real solutions. However, there have been serious adverse events associated with misuse. These solutions aren’t sterile and should never be used in humans or animals.

Since the initial alert we learned of additional patients who received these solutions since the earlier alert and late Wednesday evening FDA published a statement saying that over 40 patients have actually received these solutions, many suffering adverse events, including fever, chills, tremors and headache. Some patients were hospitalized, and there is one death associated with the use of these products although it’s not known if this death is directly related to the use of the product. Adverse events have been reported in seven states: Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, and Colorado.” Read the full article on Philly.com

The manufacturer of the solutions noted in the FDA alert, said it has recalled current products, including IV bags filled with sterile distilled water.  I don’t place much blame the manufacturer — these products are designed to mimic reality as closely as possible in-order to maximize the fidelity of our training solutions. But just as an AED can be too real in a simulation lab, so too can simulation materials outside of the lab. How did these products escape their lab? Considering the rapid adoption of simulation technologies in healthcare facilities around the world, the potential for this oversight is quite large in our domain.

So many times I have seen simulation programs have to funnel their purchases through the same purchasing departments and processes as other normal supplies — and I have never agreed with that policy. Simulation IS special, and simulation supplies should be treated as such.

Strategies For Minimizing Patient Risk:

  1. Convince leadership to have simulated supplies be shipped directly to the simulation labs and skip normal medical supplies processing.
  2. Actually keep track of your simulation supplies. A box of sixteen simulated IV bags should be counted and properly managed through a single individual responsible for those items.
  3. Keep simulated carts separate from main carts with a lock that will NOT work without a simulation-specific staff member present. Simluated materials should never be mixed into patient care carts. Instead, another cart should be purchased that can contain whatever you want — but it is clearly labeled as a simulation only cart, locked and stored only in simulation specific areas
  4. Lock simulation specific areas if possible. Unless you are in-situ, simulation areas should be off limits. This not only reduces risks of supplies walking away, but physical damage or loss of expensive simulation equipment as well.

Perhaps Manufacturer’s need one clear label that demonstrates product is NOT FOR PATIENT USE. The article above argues “patient simulation” is too close to “Patient Situation”. Whereas NOT FOR PATIENT USE in red or orange is hard to miss. The article above suggests the manufacturer is already working on such indicators to help reduce future errors.

What Does Your Sim Lab Do?

What does you simulation program do to minimize risks of simulated medications or other simulated tools being used on actual patients?

Join the HealthySim Medical Simulation LinkedIn Discussion Group and let your community know!