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Last Chance To Register for April Laerdal SUN San Diego

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Last Chances to REGISTER is March 25th 2014!
The Simulation User Network Conference (SUN) will be held April 1 – 3, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
From Laerdal:

The Simulation User Network Conference features educational content in the form of pre-conference workshops, general sessions, breakout sessions and peer-to-peer networking. Abstract submissions will be considered for inclusion in our “Trends in Simulation” general session lightning round presentations.We want you to leave the SUN Conference invigorated, inspired and equipped with practical tools that can be easily incorporated into your training programs.SUN offers participants the opportunity to:
 * Network among peers and industry experts
* Unite as a community to increase the effectiveness of simulation training across healthcare disciplines
* Consider new and innovative strategies to help improve quality of patient care
* Attend timely and relevant sessions which address current issues impacting the educational system
* Participate in valuable hands-on training with the latest Laerdal simulators and manikins
* Strengthen existing partnerships and forge new relationships
* Learn how to incorporate simulation into your business model and build a successful simulation plan.
* Get valuable information from simulation experts.

Pre-Conference Workshops:
 * A variety of sessions from Simulator Maintenance to Simulation Technology
* New SimMan®3G/Essential Basic Programming Session
* New Resuscitation QCPR® Session

Conference and General Sessions:
 *Choose from Nursing, Hospital Pre-Hospital and Blended Learning sessions
* Sessions on Simulation Program Sustainability
* New Transition to Practice Sessions
* New Realism Sessions
* We will reveal our 2014 Spring SUN “Trends in Simulation” General Session Winners!

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Pre-Conference: Tuesday, April 1, 2014- Registration and Help Desk open at 8:00 AM – Workshops begin at 9:00 AM 
Day 1: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Registration and Help Desk open at 8:00 AM
A reception will be held from 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM.  Additional details to follow.
Day 2: Thursday, April 3, 2014- Registration and Help Desk open at 8:00 AM

The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

I have attended many Laerdal SUN’s before and highly recommend them, especially for those new to healthcare simulation. Learn more at the Laerdal SUN homepage.

Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation Group

Are you interested in highlighting your work with or supporting the development of low cost or low resource simulation program or equipment? Then you must stop by

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Kam McCowan, Paramedic Intern & Simulation Technology Specialist, recently started LowCostSim.Org – a website dedicated to promoting Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation program and simulator development. While still in the early stages, if you have interest in this topic Kam and this website are the place to be!

About the project:

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“This website is an online home for anyone interested in promoting low-cost healthcare simulation, both open-source and commercially developed, and in expanding the use of healthcare simulation techniques in low-resource environments.”

Resources include a list of published articles revolving around low cost simulation development projects, a call for a Low Cost Build Competition for IMSH 2015, and a new discussion group.

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Joint Commission Journal Publishes “Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program”

Recently the The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety published an article by Elizabeth H. Lazzara, PhD; Lauren E. Benishek; Aaron S. Dietz, MA; Eduardo Salas, PhD; David J. Adriansen, EdD, NREMT entitled “Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program under their Teamwork and Communication series.  The article, available for free online, provides numerous tips for the eight key topic areas suggested as necessary to create a successful medical simulation program.

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Background: Recognizing the need to minimize human error and adverse events, clinicians, researchers, administrators, and educators have strived to enhance clinicians’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes through training. Given the risks inherent in learning new skills or advancing underdeveloped skills on actual patients, simulation-based training (SBT) has become an invaluable tool across the medical education spectrum. The large simulation, training, and learning literature was used to provide a synthesized yet innovative and “memorable” heuristic of the important facets of simulation program creation and implementation, as represented by eight critical “S” factors—science, staff, supplies, space, support, systems, success, and sustainability. These critical factors advance earlier work that primarily focused on the science of SBT success, to also include more practical, perhaps even seemingly obvious but significantly challenging components of SBT, such as resources, space, and supplies.

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Systems: One of the eight critical factors—systems—refers to the need to match fidelity requirements to training needs and ensure that technological infrastructure is in place. The type of learning objectives that the training is intended to address should determine these requirements. For example, some simulators emphasize physical fidelity to enable clinicians to practice technical and nontechnical skills in a safe environment that mirrors real-world conditions. Such simulators are most appropriate when trainees are learning how to use specific equipment or conduct specific procedures.

Conclusion: The eight factors—science, staff, supplies, space, support, systems, success, and sustainability—represent a synthesis of the most critical elements necessary for successful simulation programs. The order of the factors does not represent a deliberate prioritization or sequence, and the factors’ relative importance may change as the program evolves.

Read the entire Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program Article here!

Face Substitution Has Potential For Medical Simulation

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TechCrunch recently posted an awesome video of “Face Substitute”, a small side project programmed by Audun Mathias Øygard. This webapp fits facial models to faces in images or videos. The implications to simulation are obvious here, where educators could put on a “mask” to help portray characters during distance learning courses.  Suddenly, you really do look like a completely different person, but can still speak and move as normal. After watching the video below, try it out for yourself by visiting the Face Substitute webpage.


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“FaceSubstitute is a tech demo that lets you use your webcam to try on someone else’s face and it’s just as creepy/awesome as it sounds. The app currently has 17 different faces for you to “wear”, from celebs like Nicolas Cage and Brian Cranston to stranger, cartoony masks like “Picasso”, or “Abstract” that intentionally distort your face in the freakiest of ways.”

Check out the full TechCrunch article here and visit the Face Substitute page to try for yourself!

Pocket Nurse Provides Scholarship to Attend SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Sim Tech Training Event

Looking for training and community support in operating medical simulation technology but don’t have the budget to attend costly big meetings? SimGHOSTS leadership recently announced $3000 in scholarships by Pocket Nurse to help Sim Techs in need attend SimGHOSTS 2014 USA, which stands for the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists!

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From the SimGHOSTS website:

“SimGHOSTS Leadership & Founding Sponsor Pocket Nurse are thrilled to announce the “Pocket Nurse Scholarship” to help those with financial need to attend the  2014 USA event, hosted by the American College of Chest Physicians August 5th – 8th in Greater Chicago, IL! The SimGHOSTS leadership thanks Anthony Battaglia, Deborah Coltrane and all the team from Pocket Nurse who continue to support Simulation Champions and SimGHOSTS!

Pocket Nurse has a long standing history of supporting healthcare simulation technology specialists or those primarily responsible for running medical simulation labs. Provided through the Pocket Nurse Foundation, (2) $1500 scholarships will be awarded to Sim Techs who can demonstrate financial need to assist with attendance to SG14 USA.

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Pocket Nurse® ( is the world’s leading supplier of healthcare education products and a proud supporter of those operating medical simulation. This year, Pocket Nurse® continues its “Founding Sponsorship” of the SimGHOSTS meeting by providing $3000 in nontransferable scholarships to individuals/institutions in need. These scholarships are designed to support participation in the development and advancement of those operating a medical simulation lab through the payment of conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Eligibility: The Pocket Nurse ® Scholarships are open to all healthcare simulation technology specialists (“Sim Techs”), or individuals responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment of a medical simulation lab. Priority will be given to first time attendees who are currently employed at a notforprofit simulation lab (part or fulltime), and those without significant financial support from their employer.”

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You should apply now as the deadline for applications ends April 31st! Learn more at the Pocket Nurse SG14 USA Scholarship Announcement Page!

Planning Your Own Healthcare “Kaizen” Event To Increase Efficiency & Outcomes

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Not too long ago I wrote an article explaining “How to Evaluate Effectiveness of Simulation” – where I mentioned the Japanese-based learning assessment methodology of “Kaizen”:

Evaluating the effectiveness of your medical simulations is a crucial component of building a successful long-term program.  On numerous occasions, the raw data we captured at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas over a period of many years eventually became critically important for arguments when requesting operational changes our lead administrators.  Not only this, but the use of a tool to gauge how simulations have performed is a necessary step in molding and shaping future experiential learning experiences.

Here we can learn from the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen, which means “never-ending improvement”, a passion for making things better, the drive for perfection. In his book, “Kaizen”, Masaaki Imai says, “It means continuing improvement in personal life, homelife, social life, and working life. When applied to the workplace Kaizen means continuing improvement involving everyone–managers and workers alike.” Healthcare is a dynamic process, one that is always changing and reaching for improvement – and so should our simulation programs!

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Today I would like to share a great recorded Webinar entitled “Planning and Executing Effective Kaizen Events” presented by Tiffany Davis, Associate Partner, from the talented team at!  This webinar was provided to teach healthcare professional how to apply one of the most effective Lean Six Sigma approaches to immediate systems and space improvements.

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You can watch the full Kaizen webinar for free here!

About Creative Healthcare:

Creative Healthcare is the industry leader at applying lean and six sigma principles to healthcare process improvement. We believe healthcare leaders should have all the tools they need to excel in their mission. Our comprehensive approach delivers outstanding results that can’t be found anywhere else in the industry because every engagement is customized to meet the needs of our client.

Learn more about Tiffany and Creative Healthcare by visiting their website today!

HealthySim’s Top 10 Most-Read Medical Simulation Articles Of All Time!

What are the 10 most popular medical simulation articles out of our 500 posts written? Today I updated the “Top 10 Most Read Articles” category on the right column of, and thought we should bring it to your attention here!

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10. How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation - Learn how to produce sim lab orientation and sim lab promotional videos with this tutorial set. Be sure to read part 1 where I talk about the numerous benefits and reasons behind producing your own videos and where to get help. In part 2, I cover how to start your production with camera, lighting, and sound tips from my fifteen years of production experience!

9. Top 50 Best Of Medical Simulation Articles of 2013 – A newer article, this post provides a giant recap of all the best content from shared in 2013. If you are looking to get caught up with all the latest – this is the best place to start!

8. CAE Healthcare Topics – A general breakdown of all CAE Healthcare related articles we have ever published on the website.

7. Laerdal Topics – A general breakdown of all the Laerdal related articles we have ever published on the website.

6. What to Really Look For When Hiring A Sim Tech – One of the first articles I ever wrote for talks about the benefits to hiring a Simulation Technician with technical experience over healthcare experience. Must – read for all simulation champions!

5. Top 50 Best Of Medical Simulation Articles of 2012 – Having been available longer, this list of “best of” material from 2012 ranks high on our list of most read content! Get caught up to speed quickly with this great breakdown list of must read articles!

4. Simulab Video Series – Learn all about Simulab and their TraumaMan & CentraLineMan products with this post. A comprehensive video collection of interviews and in-situ footage captured around the United States by our team. If you only have time for one, check out the LSU Surgical OR Team TraumaMan Training Mini-Documentary!

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3. Moulage : Bridging the Gap in Simulation - Written by guest author Bobbie Merica, get introduced to moulage tools, books, recipes, courses and uses! When you are ready for more, check out our general moulage section, or the most read moulage recipe: Emesis Vomit Moulage!

2. Medical Simulation Jobs Listing Page – Looking for a new simulation job, or would you like to get your position posted? Check out this regularly updated list for all the latest jobs we know about!

1. Three articles on where to get some free medical simulation scenarios:

A) “And, Scene!” – Some Great Places to get Simulation Scenarios (even FREE)

B) More Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios

C) Additional Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios

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SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Presentation Proposals Due March 14th

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SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, will be holding its 4th annual Sim Tech hands-on training event August 5th – 8th at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in greater Chicago Illinois. Last year over 45 presentations were provided to more than 172 Sim Techs in manikin programming, manikin repair and maintenance, a/v system design, integration and consolidation, IT networking, TeamSTEPPS communication practices for sim labs, trauma moulage, medical pharmacology and physiology for sim techs, and much more! This year, attendance is suspected to increase by both Sim Techs and vendors, so be sure to mark your calendars!

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Those attendees and vendors interested in presenting to the international community of simulation technicians must submit their presentation proposals through this link by March 14th! Presenters receive $50 off their registration to attend SimGHOSTS, which is the affordable training and community development meeting connecting Sim Techs from around the world.

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Visit SimGHOSTS.Org to learn more!

Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator From CAE Healthcare at IMSH 2014 – Video Interview Part 1


CAE Healthcare unveiled Fidelis, their state-of-the-art maternal fetal simulator at IMSH 2014 where HealthySim was on hand to learn all about it! In part 1 of this video interview with Pam Azevedo, CAE Healthcare Product Manager, we explore the key connection between CAE Healthcare simulation divisions and parent company CAE Aviation divisions – including expanded engineering opportunities. This has lead to a complete overhaul of the engineering design of manikin features, with CAE Healthcare’s first high-fidelity birthing simulator being Fidelis. Watch part-1 of my video interview below to learn more:

Our discussion continued to touch on why CAE Healthcare’s first high-fidelity manikin release since the METI acquisition was a maternal simulator. We then discussed the release date of Summer 2014, an examination of the realistic skin of Fidelis, her impressive limb articulation for increased fidelity, and what learning procedures healthcare educators can teach with the manikin:

  • A normal delivery
  • An instrumental vaginal delivery
  • Cesarean section
  • Breech delivery
  • Fetal central nervous system depression by narcotics given to the mother
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Major post-partum hemorrhage due to uterine atony
  • Maternal cardio-respiratory arrest
  • Eclampsia
  • Umbilical cord prolapse

In part-2, my interview continues with a discussion with a CAE Healthcare engineering representative Devin Johns, Group Leader of Technology, and multiple demonstrations of the manikin in action. Below is the press release announcement of the launch of Fidelis at IMSH 2014 from CAE Healthcare.

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CAE Healthcare unveils CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator at world’s largest healthcare simulation conference

San Francisco, California, U.S.A., January 24, 2014 –– CAE Healthcare announced today that it will unveil the CAE Fidelis™ Maternal Fetal Simulator at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), the world’s largest annual conference dedicated to healthcare simulation. Based on widely accepted and validated models of maternal-fetal physiology, the childbirth simulator will offer human-like vital signs and responses for practice of obstetrical emergencies and labor and delivery scenarios.

“We developed the CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator to provide the most realistic and versatile childbirth simulator on the market today, one that can help healthcare instructors improve training and patient outcomes,” said Michael Bernstein, President of CAE Healthcare. “The healthcare market is seeking advanced tools for inter-professional training that can prepare teams to respond to emergencies requiring rapid response, technical skills, teamwork and communication. This simulator is built on a revolutionary hardware and software platform that will be stable and reliable through thousands of childbirth simulations.” 

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The CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator is a medical robot with pupils that dilate or constrict, measurable vital signs, a blood reservoir to simulate post-partum hemorrhage, and a birthing process that delivers a fetus through the birthing canal. The mother has palpable soft skin that simulates uterine contractions as well as leg and hip articulation for practice of childbirth positioning and maneuvers. The fetal vital signs, which are integrated with the mother’s, respond to labor and delivery treatments and maneuvers, and produce APGAR scores at one minute and five minutes after birth. The simulator detects and records birth positioning and treatments for post-simulation review.

Developed by CAE Healthcare in partnership with leading maternal-fetal clinical educators in the United States and biomedical engineers at Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (INEB) at the University of Porto in Portugal, the CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator has drawn significant interest among medical schools across all disciplines. 

According to Dr. Diogo Ayres de Campos, a perinatal obstetrician and professor of Medicine at the University of Porto, who is also a lead developer of the simulator’s physiological models, the simulator will allow practice of rare or acute scenarios in which it is difficult for clinicians or teams to gain experience. “There have been enormous improvements in perinatal care affecting both maternal and perinatal mortality over the last 100 years. But to achieve further reductions in these indicators, one needs to address the very rare complications, not only in terms of diagnosis but also in anticipation and appropriate treatment. Simulation is the only way of achieving and maintaining competence in the management of such rare situations,” said Dr. Ayres de Campos.

Complications of childbirth range from breech presentation to fetal distress, and they can impact long-term health of both mother and baby. A U.S. recent government study reported a 75 percent increase in serious maternal complications, such as heart attack or stroke during or after childbirth, in the United States between 1998 and 2009. ( The Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator is designed to allow healthcare teams to practice both normal deliveries and rare emergencies and complications.

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 8,000 CAE Healthcare simulators are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defense forces and other entities.

To learn more about the CAE Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator, visit