500th Posted Article For HealthySimulation.com!

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Thanks to your continued support HealthySimulation.com is posting its 500th article today! Since April of 2010 this website has provided more than 500 free articles to the growing community of healthcare simulation champions from around the world. All this week we will be celebrating with some major free giveaways – so stay tuned to the HealthySimulation.com website, the @HealthySim twitter feed, and the HealthySim LinkedIn Group! Back in 2010 we were only getting around 30 visitors a month reading the website — but that number has continued to grow and now more than 8,200 visitors read the website this month alone! Below is a photo of countries which have read the website over the past four years. We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the website and we hope you will continue to share it with fellow simulation champions, by offering some free giveaways this week!

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Here are a few of my favorite articles out of the 500:

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  1. Welcome Home Simulation Champions – HealthySim’s First Post ever!
  2. Top Ten Most Read Articles From HealthySimulation.com - This is the master list for getting started at HealthySim!
  3. Simulab’s TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU OR - This video is very visual and shows just how powerful Simulab training products can be
  4. The #1 Hiring Mistake in Healthcare Simulation Programs - This recent article got huge response from our community.
  5. Aviation Simulation Industry Comparison Interviews - We must continue to learn from the Aviation Industry.
  6. Driving Simulators – The Real Deal, Driving simulators will soon be everywhere.
  7. What to REALLY look for when Hiring a Sim Tech - Second post ever written!)
  8. NASA’s Flight Simulator Took Up a Whole Building! - I wish I had seen this in real life.
  9. Top Reasons To Attend SimGHOSTS Event. Wow — How far SimGHOSTS has come!

Prizes and Freebies to be distributed this week:

  1. Free streaming access to the “IT Issues & Structures” 2-Hour HD recorded session from HealthySimAdmin – a 2-day recorded event covering the “how-to” of healthcare simulation program administration.
  2. 10 FREE subscriptions all eight HealthySimAdmin sessions (15 hours of administrative content!)
  3. 1 hour of medical simulation consulting by phone regarding any issue your program is facing!
  4. Free Medical Simulation Books! We’ll be sending out some books to help you build your simulation library!

Keep watching the HealthySimulation.com website, the @HealthySim twitter feed, and the HealthySim LinkedIn Group for a chance for these giveaways and more!

Share Your Simulation Story With Our Global HealthySim Audience!

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Simulation Champion: Do you have a medical simulation story, resource, video or link with the global Healthcare Simulation community? We want to hear it! HealthySimulation.com provides more than 8,000 unique visitors a month from around the world with daily news and updates regarding the medical simulation community and industry — and we are here for you! Submit your story simply by emailing it to Lance@HealthySimulation.com today. Have an opinion about something? Write an op-ed piece and we will review it.

Medical Simulation Topics We Cover:

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  • Industry News
  • Success stories
  • Lessons learned
  • Sim Lab Program Local or National News Coverage
  • Videos
  • Tutorials
  • Key links
  • Operating manuals
  • Hiring practices
  • Staffing structure
  • Learner guidelines and best practices
  • Educator guidelines and best practices
  • Resources including document templates, free scenario databases, product databases and more.
  • Conference Announcements and recaps
  • Keynote & plenary addresses
  • New product development
  • Clinical Educator resources
  • Simulation Technician resources
  • Sim Program Administrator resources
  • Upcoming workshops and courses
  • How-to guides
  • Research articles
  • Standardized patient related materials
  • External business development
  • Sim Program marketing
  • Team communication & training
  • Team leadership & training
  • Simulation in other industries
  • Video gaming for learning
  • Games-based learning
  • New technologies in healthcare training or that can be related to healthcare simulation
  • Moulage recipes and techniques
  • And much more!

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HealthySimulation.com will promote new innovations, companies and projects in the medical simulation space. Permanent banner advertising is available also by emailing Lance.

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 http://www.lowcostsim.org/

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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.

Learn more at: http://www.lowcostsim.org/ !

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® (PocketNurse.com) 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 Creative-Healthcare.com!  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 http://www.creative-healthcare.com/ 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 HealthySimulation.com, 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 HealthySimulation.com 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 HealthySimulation.com 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

There you have it! Be sure to subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter to get all the best of HealthySimulation.com!

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!