Managing a Medical Simulation Program? $450 of Administrator Resources Now Free

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The eight specialized sessions HD-recorded from HealthySimAdmin covering the administrative “how-to” of medical simulation program management have been unlocked for to subscribers of HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter. Providing the “best of” coverage of the world’s leading news and resources for healthcare simulation, almost 3,000 professionals now have even more reason to celebrate their free monthly subscription! Previously sold at $450 you can now watch the entire series for free today! Have your unlock code? Visit the new HealthySimAdmin page to start watching now!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Over 300 simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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Watch this highlight to preview some of the thousands of administrative tips to be gained from HealthySimAdmin:


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Each of the following sessions starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

  • Program Intro: “Riding the Wave of Simulation” – Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, FireFighter I, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur
  • Session A: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Session B: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR
  • Session C: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM
  • Session D: “Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
  • Session E: “Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
  • Session F: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP
  • Session G: “Increasing Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
  • Session H: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, Healthcare Simulation Entrepreneur & HealthySimAdmin Organizer

To get free access to these sessions Subscribe now to the HealthySim Best of Newsletter. If you are already a subscriber – the unlock code is in your October Newsletter sent on Monday the 27th!


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2015 Australia and USA Event Locations Announced for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Training & Community Events

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Looking for the best in simulation technology training and community support? Well mark your 2015 calendars because the world’s leading organization for those operating simulation technology just announced its 2015 event schedule! SimGHOSTS will be at the Clinical Skills Development Service late June and Cedar-Sinai for USA in August! Year after year this technology-centered event grows in attendance by both operational staff and leading industry vendors. Now celebrating its 5th year, SimGHOSTS has firmly established itself as the premiere organization for healthcare simulation technical conversations! Watch the video testimonials from SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia which was just published:

What is SimGHOSTS?

SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for Sim Techs or those operating medical simulation technology. SimGHOSTS has held internationally attended events to provide community-driven and vendor technical training.

Now operating in its fifth year, SimGHOSTS continues its expanded mission offering yet again both a US-based and Australian-based events in 2015!

5th Annual SimGHOSTS USA Event Save the Date:

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Los Angeles, California

August 4-7th

Presentation Proposal Submission: Launches December 1st, Ends March 1st

Registration Opens Earlier this year: March 16th

About the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills: The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of professionals working together performing different roles and navigating the latest technology within our system. Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, ultimately, patient safety are at the heart of the center’s ethos. This proactive approach – training in teams, communicating in teams and solving problems in teams – helps Cedars-Sinai provide the best possible care to patients and provides staff with the latest in educational technology.

The new Simulation Center is the ultimate training environment — one where surgeons, physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals can master advanced skills. By constantly improving the skills of clinical staff, Women’s Guild is providing a resource that benefits every department at Cedars-Sinai and the patients they serve.


SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia 2nd Annual Event:

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Brisbane, Queensland

June 23rd-26th, 2015

Presentation Submission: Now Open until January 31st. Visit the SG15AUS Abstract submission page here.

Event Registration Opens February 9th

For the past four years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists or those who operate healthcare simulation technology at the annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States.  After a successful inaugural Australian event in 2014 and several strong partnerships built with healthcare simulation leaders in the country, SimGHOSTS 2015: Australia will be an exciting second chapter for our organization!

SimGHOSTS, or The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is bringing its successful hands-on training event for those operating simulation technology and labs in Australia this June 2015! Join us at The Clinical Skills Development Service at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital this June 23rd – 26th to take part in manikin programming, hardware repair, A/V System debugging, medical pharmacology, IT infrastructure building, community development and much much more!

About the CSDS:

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is the one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide. We aim to achieve the best outcomes for patients, educators, and clinicians in Queensland through seven core functions.

Annually, the SDC now supports the training to tens of thousands clinicians and students. This training is being matched by the work of Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres that the CSDS supports through the training of Faculty and Simulation Coordinators, provision of curriculum resources, and the distribution and maintenance of simulator equipment across the state. An investment in research and ongoing commitment to improving services for simulation education providers will continue to enable simulation to enhance the education of clinicians, improve clinical service delivery, and contribute to better clinical outcomes for patients.


SimGHOSTS 2015 events will provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Who Should Attend This Event?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Event and the USA Event!

Level 3 Healthcare Shares Impressive Portfolio of Simulation Center A/V Integration Projects

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Level 3 Healthcare, who were the platinum sponsors of the 2014 SimGHOSTS USA event, have updated their new website with some amazing shots of their impressive A/V integration portfolio. Having worked with them closely this year for SimGHOSTS and after touring their impressive integration work at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center, I would highly recommend you add them to your contact list for all major sim lab A/V integration plans!

‘Hemoulage’ – A Review of TrueClot Blood Simulant by Will Enfinger

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With Halloween just around the corner we thought now would be a great time to review Luna Inc. ‘s TrueClot’s Blood Simulant. Simulation Technology Specialist Will Enfinger wrote this wonderful breakdown of this amazing product!

Let There Be… Simulated… Blood:

Welcome to the inaugural simulated blood-product series! My name is Will Enfinger, and I will be your guide on this magical journey through the myriad of products available to us as Simulation Professionals. I have a unique understanding of blood products, as my experience in simulation has required me to bring realism to combat medical training, OR scenarios, and traumatic mass casualty events. I have spilled many a gallon of blood in my quest to illicit realistic stares and flustering amongst participants.

Whether we call it “blood simulant”, “simulated blood”, or just “fake blood”, we all have a need for it at some point during simulation. We fill IV arms with it, pump it through the manikin, or create a trauma wound or scene. And let’s be honest: “concentrated blood” from the majority of manikin manufacturers looks like, well, Kool‑Aid.

While some simulation programs have great success with food coloring or manufacturer’s concentrated mixtures, others feel the need to step it up just a notch. Raise the bar. Add the next level of realism. Give students and learners a memorable experience. That’s where good fake blood comes into play. Hemoulage!

For the sake of this series, we are going to refer to these products as “simulated blood products” since the majority of sim programs will use them for bleeding wounds, scene creation, or realistic IV training and these events involve human whole blood (one of the blood products as recognized by the Red Cross). I will review four Key Elements for these products: Color; Viscosity; Washability; Bonus Traits.

The first product on our testing block is TrueClot™ Blood Simulant by Luna Inc. As you can imagine, the focus of simulated blood products is going to be trauma training and hemorrhage control. This is where realism plays a vital role in the development of skills and intestinal fortitude. According to the Luna website their product

“. . . is the most realistic blood simulant available today. Developed for training first responders in traumatic hemorrhage control, wound packing and the use of advanced hemostatic dressings, TrueClot™ Blood Simulant will form realistic simulated blood clots when used together with TrueClot™ Simulated Hemostatic Dressings and a suitable task trainer or manikin-based wound simulator. Moulage clots can also be created instantly by mixing TrueClot™ with our liquid Clotting Solution.

TrueClot™ accurately matches the color, opacity and flow characteristics of human blood. It is non-biological and non-hazardous, washes from skin and clothing with soap and water and is shelf-stable for six to twelve months. TrueClot™ Blood Simulant is available as a pre-mixed solution or as a concentrate designed to be diluted in water by the end user.”

I believe that is a challenge!

In the sample package I found instruction pages, a large bottle of TrueClot ™ Blood Simulant, a roll of TrueClot ™Simulated Hemostatic Gauze, and TrueClot ™Clotting Solution. The last two bits are intriguing, as shops are beginning to focus on ultra-fidelity with blood. Other than color and viscosity, what makes human blood so special? It clots. Interest piqued.

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COLOR: Red water is not realistic. Appearance is everything in simulated blood. Appearance consists of a combination of color and viscosity. If the color is wrong, we know it right away and the believability suffers.

The first thing I noticed about TrueClot ™ is the color. It is surprisingly realistic. Kind of like that shade of red just this side of I-stole-it-from-a-blood-bank. So far, off to a good start! Luna actually has an image online comparing TrueClot ™ with human blood for color. I was hard-pressed to tell the difference.

I opened the bottle and immediately poured some in my hand. It looked like I really hurt myself. I was impressed. It was extremely life-like and I immediately had a flashback to one of any number of times I have sliced my hand/finger open while cooking, carving things, or just being a boy.

Then I poured some onto our Testing Surface to see how it would fare in the next test . . .

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VISCOSITY: Blood is not water-thin. Neither is it syrup-thick. On a smooth surface blood runs, but slowly. It splatters, but uniformly. Have you ever rubbed it between your fingers? It’s sticky. All of this is viscosity at work.

On the fingers, TrueClot ™ feels like water. On our Testing Surface (a laminated sheet) it beaded up and ran when tilted, just like water would. This is not a deal-breaker, but I began to have my doubts. Deduct one point from TrueClot ™. According to Luna Inc, TrueClot ™ can be used in a manikin. I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I’ll update as soon as I do. With this thin viscosity it may be just fine. Spattered on the floor or manikin, it looked realistic despite the thinness of it.

Maybe some other properties will raise the score. . .

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WASHABILITY: This is The Number One Simulation Concern. I suppose the proper word here is “cleanability”, but the idea remains the same: will it wash off? Not just from skin (ours and our learners) but from clothing (again, ours and learners) and, most importantly, from the manikin. A little known fact: the color red stains more persistently than any other (we could debate about black Sharpie on a manikin’s skin or Red Dye #5 which is probably of the devil). My general rule: If it stains me, it will never come off the manikin.

I left the sample on the Testing Surface to dry for 24hrs, a sample on the manikin for 12hrs, and my skin for about 5 minutes. The interesting thing about TrueClot ™is that it doesn’t actually dry. This is a little strange to me. Luna sells a concentrated TrueClot ™product that reconstitutes with water and I can only assume this is the case here. Once the water evaporates we are left with a concentrate.

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A purple, slimy concentrate.  All traces of “human blood” are now gone (See Image 3) on the Testing Surface.  On my skin, I actually had staining right away (when I first opened it I spilled some and washed up immediately).  But at the 5 minute mark, I was concerned.  Even with soap and warm water, per instructions, I had staining (Image 4).  It easily rinsed off of the Testing Surface with water alone, and I could see that it was reconstituted when the water touched the “dry” sample.  On the manikin, it was a nightmare.  Purple, deep-set stains that I couldn’t remove with soap, acetone, elbow grease — which was not a good sign for cleanup.

CLOTTING:

TrueClot ™ does clotting! The namesake of this product is one of the most incredible aspects of human blood. Our clotting factor keeps us from leaking like a sieve. Anyone who’s dealt with traumatic amputations, childbirth, or just simple lacerations can attest to the miracle of a little direct pressure (or a few shakes of a coagulant).

With the included TrueClot Simulated Hemostatic Gauze, a flow of TrueClot Blood Simulant will actually begin to clot in 30-60 seconds to facilitate the experience of hemorrhage control in a trauma or surgical setting. The addition of a Clotting Solution is even more impressive and more than makes up for the viscosity and washability issues. A ration of 5:1 Blood Simulant to Clotting Solution yields incredibly life-like, almost-instant, clots. So realistic, my co-worker (an experienced trauma/advanced care certified Paramedic) walked into my experiments and just stared. Pale. He turned around and walked out. Luna has a few amazing videos on their site demonstrating the clotting factor, and I really think it’s absolutely brilliant. The possibilities are frightening . . .

CONCLUSION:

So, in conclusion and in summary, Luna Inc.’s TrueClot ™Blood Simulant is a life-like simulated blood product with qualities that far surpass dyed water especially when it comes to educating about clotting, but there’s still a few things to be desired. If the staining isn’t a concern to you, be my guest and try it out.  But for the clotting factor, that is absolutely awesome! The price for this, and other simulated blood products, is not cheap.  You truly get what you pay for (about $50/gal of the pre-made solution), and while tempra paint can do in a pinch, it’s just not the same.

To learn more visit Luna’s TrueClot Webpage!

Stay tuned, my Hardcore Hemoulage Heads! More to come next month… If you have any questions or would like to know how a simulated blood product (can we call these things SBPs?) acts in certain situations, email me!


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GoPro Unveils 4K Resolution Camera: Hero4

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GoPro, the makers of the world’s most popular HD personal camera, recently unveiled their Hero4 which records at an incredible 4K resolution. Why is this so important? Well, as we all know technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and at this point, none of us would be comfortable watching our favorite shows on a black and white 6″ TV screen. Think about the resolution quality of DVDs at 720 pixels by 480 pixels which are almost phased out being replaced by BluRay. Contrast that with the resolution of 4K which is at an astounding 4096 pixels x 2160 pixels.

Look at the breakdown below at the difference between pixel ratios between various types of media. Our current high “standard” is 1080p HD which you will find on most new TV flatscreen TVs. Imagine four of those 1080p TVs together and then some packed into the same size screen – thats 4K!

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What does this mean for healthcare simulation?

Consider being able to read the label on the simulated medication, or the tick mark on the syringe with the amount of medication to be administered. Or consider the level of detail surgeons will be able to work through with higher resolution screens for training. As advanced simulation attempts to mimic real experiences with the highest level of fidelity, recording and presenting those engagements to learners in the highest quality possible will always been an important element towards success. While this level of technology is not required to run medical simulations effectively, the trend to utilize the latest in a/v technologies will eventually make 4K the standard in healthcare — and that we can now do that with a personal camera like the GoPro Hero4 is a huge shift towards mass adoption of such technologies, which previously were extremely cost-prohibitive. Just like the first clinical manikins were!

About the Hero4 Black:


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Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates,1 HERO4 Black takes Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. New Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at a blistering 30 frames per second and improved audio,1 HERO4 Black is the ultimate life-capture solution.

Check out the latest GoPro video to see 4K in action. Note: To see the true potential of 4K, I suggest loading this video full screen and making sure the playback quality is set to 4K in the settings options located on the gear lowered right.


(Load this video in full screen and set 4K as the Quality)

Since the holidays are coming up, I know what’s going to be on my list for this year! Get your GoPro Hero4 Black through amazon today:

Does your sim program already utilize GoPro cameras? Email us and let us know all about it!

New Adult Simulation Room Orientation for Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas Learners

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Looks like the wonderful team from my old stomping grounds, the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, have put together an updated orientation video for new learners to one of the adult simulation lab spaces. The tour was provided by Simulation Program Coordinator Rowena Saba and produced by Simulation Technology Specialist Jonathan Sturak. The CSCLV, which is a partnership of Nevada System of Higher Education schools including University of Nevada: Las Vegas School of Nursing, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Nevada State College School of Nursing recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary! I hear the 31,000 sq.ft. facility is available to host events and is also providing simulation-based training activities for educators!

Such orientations are great ways to introduce the space to visual or auditory learners before they receive their physical orientation. This provides learners with additional opportunities to orient themselves to the process of simulation either remotely or before entering the lab — so that when simulation starts — they spend less time trying to remember where the oxygen masks are and more time focusing on patient care.


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The CSCLV has produced many of such wonderful orientations and promotional videos for a variety of spaces and programs which have already been viewed over 110,000 times! Think about the cost savings of one-time productions vs providing all those tours with staff time! Learn more by reading our post on “Why Video Production Saves Your Sim Program Time & Money“.

Visit the CSCLV website media page for more great examples of simulation videos!

Looking to create your own video orientations? Check out my 2-part comprehensive post on “Basic Video Production Techniques”


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Medical Simulation News From Around the World

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Here’s the latest news from Simulation Champions around the world:


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Konsiderate & SimGHOSTS Presented to EMS SimulationIQ HQ

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Last week, Education Management Solutions brought myself and Konsiderate CEO Jackie Morck out to their Exton Pennsylvania HQ just outside Philly to present about SimGHOSTS.Org and Konsiderate.com to their international team. Of course, we had to stop by the Rocky steps to do our best impersonation.

Jackie shared how the world has evolved through user generated content in Business to Consumer (B2C) spaces through websites like Yelp, Amazon, TripAdvisor, RottenTomatoes, and more. Ten years ago customers had no way to know if a restaurant, book, or device was worth their dollar unless by reading expert opinion. But in today’s world, with websites like those and online social media outlets like twitter, facebook and LinkedIn — companies that acknowledge that customers own their brand can engage more powerfully to build better outcomes for everyone. Now with Konsiderate.com, medical simulation champions can have that same beneficial dialogue regarding hundred-thousand dollar A/V system purchases.

I shared about the interesting story that brought me to healthcare simulation by going back in time, demonstrating how all simulation champions have unique backgrounds which can contribute to the advancement of our field. Since there are only limited professional education opportunities in simulation (like the NYIT and Drexel Simulation Masters programs), most individuals have sidestepped into this field from careers in healthcare, IT and A/V, they have an enormous amount of experience to share! SimGHOSTS.Org events are specifically designed to showcase such experiences to those operating medical simulation technology labs.


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There I also received a tour of their redesigned space about to become their non-profit Global Institute for Simulation Learning, which will be working with local healthcare partners to provide simulation training and sales demonstrations. Learn more about the GISL in my previous article here.

I also had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with Product Manager Marco Angeli, to learn more about the amazing features his team has been developing on the past year for SimulationIQ Enterprise. The ability to use their Enterprise cloud system to track room utilization, scheduling, equipment, as well as launch student recordings, rendering options, and edit video playlists was mind blowing! Stay tuned for a future EMS webinar on the topic to learn a great deal more. Following my presentation, Gaumard representatives introduced the many features of their new Victoria birthing simulator and latest HAL 3201

For now, visit EMS’ SimulationIQ website to learn more about the original A/V recording company in medical simulation!


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Combat & Casualty Care Covers Brooke Army Medical Center Sim Program

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Thomas J. Kai, Simulation Center Coordinator for Brooke Army Medical Center’s Sim Program, sent in this recent copy of Combat & Casualty Care, which highlighted their awesome department! Here is just a small excerpt from the complete article written by Steve Melito, TDM Correspondent, linked below.

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) is the Department of Defense’s largest inpatient medical facility. Located at Fort Sam Houston, TX, this certified Level 1 Trauma Center spans 2.1 million square feet and counts 425 beds. As the hospital component of the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), SAMMC has also cared for thousands of servicemembers injured in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In addition to patient care functions, this state-of-the-art facility provides a range of education, training, and research programs. Part of Army Medical Command, the hospital houses a Simulation Center that has received a rare accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) for simulation instruction and research, which Lieutenant Colonel Rhonda Deen, the Medical Director of the SAMMC Simulation Center says “validates the high quality of the medical training at SAMMC.”

An Organizational Resource Today, the SAMMC SIM Center is one of the busiest of 10 facilities supported by the Army’s Central Simulation Committee, and just the second such facility to earn SSH accreditation. The SIM Center works with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, which operates the Army Burn Center at SAMMC, and supports Forward Surgical Teams who train with tools such as the Burn Navigator, a medical simulator that helps teach non-burn specialists how to make medical decisions regarding patient resuscitation. “The Simulation Center is an organizational resource,” explains Robert V. Coffman, the SIM Center’s Simulation Administrator. In addition to current research programs, the SIM Center evaluates new projects that validate simulation as a viable tool for training and education. The Center also provides support for 35 graduate medical education (GME) programs and subprograms, nine Army and Air Force enlisted training programs, an emergency medical technician refresher course, and annual skills validation training.

Expanded Education, Google Glass, and Hybrid Simulation

Medical simulation is evolving rapidly, and facilities like the SAMMC SIM Center regularly learn of new products with exciting possibilities. At the same time, medical professionals also devise new applications for existing products. “Emerging technologies are great,” Coffman says, “but thinking outside the box using current simulators has so many benefits.” As an example, he cites the work of Dr. Bonnie Haupt at Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare Systems. In a practice dissertation for the Doctorate in Nursing Program at Sacred Heart University, Dr. Haupt provided pre-operative education to veterans who were scheduled to receive coronary artery bypass graft surgeries. Coffman says that Dr. Haupt’s research found that “veterans who participated in simulation education revealed a significant increase in knowledge and satisfaction over traditional teaching methods,” including a reduction in patient anxiety. For Coffman, Dr. Haupt’s study suggests that simulation education is a “valuable tool” not just for training medical professionals, but also for educating patients and their families. “I would love to get SAMMC in for a follow-on study,” he adds. Just as apps for handheld mobile devices help medical trainees to test their knowledge and build critical thinking skills, patients and their families might better understand why specific treatment decisions are made. In addition to this research, Coffman is also optimistic about Google Glass, which he says “will be a huge leg up for training evaluation.” By enabling an evaluator to see what a student is focusing upon, Google Glass can help trainers to provide individualized feedback with regard to technologies such as CT, X-Ray, or ultrasound. In this way, evaluators can share a trainee’s point-of-view and “really get into their mind and see their rationale for patient care,” Coffman says.


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Technologies such as the HC1 headset computer project from Motorola Solutions may also hold possibilities. Powered by voice command and equipped for remote video chats and the display of complex schematics, the HC1 uses Microsoft Windows and can connect via WiFi, Bluetooth, or mobile hot spot. Designed for harsh environments and remote locations, this hands-free mobile computer could also let trainers see what trainees see. Hybrid simulation is also expected to play a major role in medical training. According to Coffman, examples include the prompt birthing simulator, which allows real-time patient interaction with a trained actor or standardized patient (SP) while a simulator recreates the complication of a simulated birth. The cut suit, another hybrid simulation example, involves an SP who acts as if he or she were involved in a traumatic accident. The suit replaces actual injuries that must be treated while a patient is conscious. “This adds the realism that static or even hi-fi manikins lack,” Coffman says.

Thomas also sent in some pictures of his latest moulage! He wrote that “the one with the eye has a small impalement in the inner canthus (a screw). The other is a broken ankle where I used epoxy putty and paint, then applied make-up.” 

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Read the complete Combat & Casualty Care Article here and then check out the BAMC Sim Center Page here!

Free Medical Simulation Resource Website HealthySimulation.com Crosses 10,000 Monthly Readers!

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Friends — Our 10,000 balloons are working! I am thrilled to share that last month HealthySimulation.com provided a record breaking 10,271 readers from around the world with more than 21,000 pages of medical simulation content! This was our “highest” month yet, so thanks to each and every one of you who continues to read and support this free resource website!

As usual, we need to find ways to celebrate and so this morning I am happy to share that the 15 hours of administrative content from HealthySimAdmin.com which has been available for $450 will be made PUBLICLY available for FREE to subscribers of HealthySimulation.com ‘s free monthly newsletter! This morning I started moving over the content from HealthySimAdmin.com to HealthySimulation.com where the videos will be housed more permanently. What is HealthySimAdmin?

“The manikin isn’t connecting to wifi. You are five minutes late to an interview with a candidate who has no medical experience but a strong background in setting up labs. Someone from purchasing is on line two asking why you just bought $500 in wigs while your assistant informs you today’s tour group just doubled in size. Instantly an email beeps to your phone from your supervisor, who is just casually wondering if your sim labs will be “self-sustainable” for next year’s fiscal budget?”

Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical and Pocket Nurse and recorded at UNLV, HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first and only broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Over 300 simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

Since starting HealthySimulation.com in 2010 I have received countless emails from medical simulation program administrators all around the world looking for answers to the questions inherit with this emerging methodology. And while attending conferences, reading books, and touring other simulation centers has helped – there just has never been enough resources available to support Healthcare Simulation Administrators.


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While HealthySimulation.com has provided new resources to the community I know that I am just one voice amoung thousands. And since none of us went to school to become an administrator of a healthcare simulation lab, we each have unique backgrounds which have brought us to this current profession. For example, my background in hollywood production provided me with a unique perspective on the recording challenges faced by a medical simulation program administrator. In other words, each of us has an amazing way to overcome a specific challenge inherit with running a healthcare simulation program.

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Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim adminsThe HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
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