Leading Medical Simulation Vendors Have Partnered with Konsiderate!

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Today leading simulation vendors have subscribed to Konsiderate.com to provide more detailed product information, gather testimonials, and to hear your feedback regarding the quality, value and customer service of their products & services! Konsiderate (@Konsiderated) is a community-driven rating and review website for medical simulation products & services. These leading industry vendors understand the benefits that online community-written reviews bring their customers. By partnering with Konsiderate these companies demonstrate their commitment to community feedback regarding the quality, value and customer service of their products and services. You can join 650 other simulation champions from around the world who have been contributing product reviews since January by easily logging in through either your professional LinkedIn or work email accounts.

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Come check out these new company pages, product specs and community-written reviews:



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More companies are coming soon to this new simulation champion resource, learn more and sign up at Konsiderate.com!


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You’ll Be Thankful for This Free Medical Simulation Newsletter!

Have you signed up yet for the FREE HealthySimulation.com newsletter? This monthly email provides you with a comprehensive summary of all the latest news, resources, product demos, tutorials and more from HealthySimulation.com’s daily collection of global medical simulation information. Included in this subscription is an access unlock code to the complete HealthySimAdmin video series, eight sessions of administrative content focusing specifically on how to build and manage a healthcare simulation program!

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TeamSTEPPS Online Master Trainer CE Course Now Available for FREE!

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Thrilled to share that the AHRQ has enabled all of us to take their TeamSTEPPS team-based communication master trainer course for FREE!  TeamSTEPPS is the “healthcare version” of aviation’s CRM communication tool which has proven to dramatically reduce errors in the field. This is the best communication model available for practicing in your healthcare simulation programs!

Our good friend Dr. Timothy Clapper PhD has written numerous articles on how TeamSTEPPS can be utilized in simulation training, as well as presented on the topic as the SimGHOSTS 2013 Keynote Address.

Learn more & register for the next course at the AHRQ.gov website!

What is TeamSTEPPS specifically?

TeamSTEPPS is a teamwork system designed for health care professionals that is:

  • A powerful solution to improving patient safety within your organization. An evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.
  • A source for ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into all areas of your health care system.
  • Scientifically rooted in more than 20 years of research and lessons from the application of teamwork principles.
  • Developed by Department of Defense’s Patient Safety Program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

TeamSTEPPS provides higher quality, safer patient care by:

  • Producing highly effective medical teams that optimize the use of information, people, and resources to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients.
  • Increasing team awareness and clarifying team roles and responsibilities.
  • Resolving conflicts and improving information sharing.
  • Eliminating barriers to quality and safety.

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More about the NEW Online Master Trainer Course

The TeamSTEPPS® 2.0 Online Master Trainer Course consists of 11 modules, 8 of which offer continuing education (CE) credits. Learners in a cohort or noncohort group completing the full course of all 11 modules and a coaching session with a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer (also known as a teach-back session) not only receive CE credits, but can also receive certification as a Master Trainer. Learners can also choose to complete individual modules for CE credits only.

   For example:

  • Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Oklahoma decreased delays in surgery start times, and increased productivity just 6 months after implementing TeamSTEPPS.
  • Montgomery Community Hospital, a critical access hospital in North Carolina, improved efficiency and effectiveness in high-risk pediatric situations.
  • Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington State improved the time from decision to performance of an emergency Cesarean section, with no adverse outcomes for either the mother or the child.

We encourage potential master trainees to review the readiness assessment checklist to determine if this is the right time to begin implementation of the TeamSTEPPS initiative.

While multiple online classes will be made available throughout 2014-2015, the first course offerings include:

  • Self-Paced (Noncohort) 1: Class starts January 7, 2015, limited to 350 participants.
  • Group-Paced (Cohort) 2: Class starts January 12, 2015, limited to 100 participants.

The course timing and activities are:

Group-Paced (Cohort): Complete all 11 modules, view 3 Webinars, and teach a module to at least one Master Trainer in as few as 33 days but no longer than 120 days.

Self-Paced (Noncohort): Complete all 11 modules, and teach a module to at least one Master Trainer within 210 days.


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While the course is offered at no cost to participants, AHRQ has committed significant resources to make the class available online. Professionals who want to be certified as Master Trainers will need to create a change team, submit a draft change plan and write a letter of commitment prior to enrolling in the course . Professionals wishing to obtain free continuing education credits but not complete the full course can still complete individual modules to develop mastery of teamwork concepts.

Modules:

1: Introduction (No CE credits) – Provides an overview and examines the science of team performance, beginning in aviation and migrating to health care. Discusses why patient safety is so important and how teamwork can make a difference

2: Team Structure (.75 CE credit) – This is the first step in implementing a teamwork system. Delineates fundamentals, such as team size, membership, leadership, identification, and distribution.

3: Communication (1.0 CE credits) – The focus is on how to communicate effectively through standardized information exchange strategies, such as SBAR, check-back, callout, handoff, and checklists.

4: Leading Teams (1.25 CE credits) – Identifies key behaviors that leaders need to make sure teams perform effectively and attain desired outcomes. Introduces brief, huddle, and debrief skills.

bCE credits) – Discusses gaining or maintaining an accurate awareness and understanding of the situation in which the team is functioning. Results in situational awareness and, ultimately, a shared mental model among team members.

6: Mutual Support (2.0 CE credits) – Reviews backup behavior that allows teams to become self-correcting, distribute workload effectively, and regularly provide feedback. Introduces specific approaches to managing conflict; each team member becomes a part of the safety net.

7: Summary (No CE credits) – Provides an opportunity for participants to review and analyze a video case study.

8: Change Management (1.75 CE credits) – Realizing change is difficult, introduces John Kotter’s eight-step model for successful change efforts. Discussion of each step includes its implications for the change effort.

9: Coaching (2.0 CE credits) – Coaching describes a specific action, such as encouraging, reinforcing, giving feedback, and demonstrating. As coaches are important change agents and assist with implementing teamwork initiatives, the session will discuss aspects of coaching as key components in an organization’s change strategy and plan.

10: Measurement (1.50 CE credits) – Measurement helps determine if TeamSTEPPS® worked. Discusses the Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation and identifies measures that can be used to assess the impact of TeamSTEPPS®.

11: Implementation Planning (2.25 CE credits) – Based on the principle of improving health care quality and safety by improving clinical processes. Focuses on developing an actionable implementation plan for your organization.

Learn more & register for the next course at the AHRQ.gov website!

Example of Simulation Lab Faculty, Staff and Learner Roles & Responsibilities Breakdown

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Available below is one of numerous program policies and procedures guides our team developed while I was director of the  Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. These guidelines were created in-order to maximize the results of simulated learning experiences, which requires the coordination of many “moving parts”. Here are a few excerpts from the document:

Staff responsibilities

  • Approve requested schedules. Verify schedule confirmation to faculty or notify of any conflicts.
  • Prepare necessary supplies, medications, IVs, etc for each scenario
  • Program the scenario
  • Conduct “dry run” of all new cases with each instructor
  • Prepare the simulation room and technology based on assigned cases for the day and faculty’s prep list

Learner responsibilities

  • Arrive on-time for Simulation. Note: consequences for late arrival will be determined by faculty
  • Maintain Dress Code as outlined in CSCLV Policy and Procedures
  • Watch Orientation Videos as appropriate
  • Demonstrate motivation and the necessary cognitive preparedness
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors as outlined in “Participation Agreement” & the CSCLV Learner Policies and Procedures manual.

Simulation instructor responsibilities


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Prior to Sim Day:

  • Determine each semester who will be the instructor(s) for the semester
  • Schedule simulation days/times with CSCLV prior to the start of the semester
    • Include the instructor(s) who will be in attending the session
    • Include the scenario(s) to be used

On Sim Day:

  • Lead faculty must arrive at the Simulation Center ½ hour for huddle with staff before the first scenario is scheduled to begin. If faculty are more than 15 minutes late to huddle and do not provide notification, session can be cancelled by simulation staff.
  • Provide learners a brief orientation on their roles and responsibilities and the simulation area at the start of each day
  • Manage the live scenario from the Simulation Control room, and respond appropriate to learners’ actions. This may require altering the scenario as learners’ create their own experience.
  • Serve as the voice of the patient

Download the Complete CSCLV Simulation Roles & Responsibilities Document


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Medical Simulation Product Review Website ‘Konsiderate’ Crosses 600 Users

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Konsiderate.com, the only resource website dedicated to providing user-created ratings and reviews for medical simulation products and services had crossed over 600 users from around the world. Since launching at IMSH 2014 this January, Konsiderate.com subscribers have written hundreds of reviews on products ranging from $20 boxes of simulated medications to $200,000 A/V recording systems.

This “yelp for medical simulation” website is FREE for simulation champions through their professional work email address or LinkedIn accounts. This verified community ensures legitimate direct-use experience reviews of products and services to better help us all make the best purchasing decisions for our simulation programs. Stay tuned for some big announcements regarding Konsiderate partnerships in the next few weeks!

Are you purchasing 5 Star Products? 

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What Simulation Champions & Vendors are saying about Konsiderate:


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“Thank you so much for creating this tool. A tool such as Konsiderate is an absolute requirement to improve the research and purchasing decisions of a simulation center. I have spent weeks trying to get a straight answer from many vendors, but only get the canned sales talk. I spend more time researching a $5 power adapter based on reviews than most centers spend on a $100,000 piece of equipment. This site will finally make vendors improve their products instead of just their image.”
-Scott Crawford MD, Instructor -Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

“I (and my center) would like to be as involved as possible in the advancement of healthcare simulation. We constantly find out the benefits and shortfalls of simulators first hand. Being able to tell other users about what we’ve found would be beneficial to the end user as well as hopefully result in a better product in the end.”
-Scott Wilson, Simulation Center Operations Manager – Carolinas Healthcare System

“We believe our products will receive industry leading reviews on Konsiderate.com and therefore it will be a great tool for the simulation community to evaluate trainers, learn from colleagues, and share experiences.”
-Doug Beighle, President and COO of Simulab

Learn more and sign up today at Konsiderate.com!

MEdSim Magazine Advances Patient Safety Through Education and Training

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Have you heard of MEdSim Magazine yet? MEdSim Magazine aims to promote the best education and training practices for the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a division of the world famous simulation group Halldale Media, the MEdSim professional publication covers topics specific to our world of medical simulation. In the past year I have attended two of Halldale’s simulation events including their new Healthcare Education Assessment Training and Technology (HEATT) meeting and their World Aviation Training & Simulation (WATS) conference, both of which were fantastic learning opportunities. Check out the latest copy below or visit the Halldale website to sign up for past and future editions.

About MEdSim Magazine:


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MEdSim Magazine is written by professionals in medicine, simulation and training who are recognized leaders with a lifetime of experience.  MEdSim addresses the needs of medical practitioners, educators, and academicians around the world. MEdSim features innovative healthcare practice: it covers the latest simulations developed to train different medical professionals at different stages of their education and curriculum advancement to highlight the knowledge and skills needed to ensure patient safety and reduce healthcare cost.

Check out the latest edition and sign up to receive your MEdSim Magazine today!

KWICKScreen Creates Mobile Temporary Walls for Increased Simulation Fidelity

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At ASPiH 2014 Nottingham I had a chance to see some new innovative products in the medical simulation space. One such product was the KWICK Screen, which is a versatile mobile wall which can help to section off areas or add background settings to help increase fidelity. After seeing the product in person I can attest that it is portable, retractable and printable do your specific needs!

About the Kwick Screen:

Currently used by over 110 trusts, the screens are 1.9m tall, pull out up to anything up to 3.5m in length. They also have a very small footprint for storage. Most recently we have supplied Prof. Kneebone at Imperial College simulation suite and Colette Laws-Chapman at Guys and St Thomas simulation centre.
 
The inner panels can be printed on both sides with any image, and zipped out and replaced in less than 5 minutes to enable quick transition between scenarios.  We have a selection of prints to choose from, and many customers choose to use bespoke images of wards in their own hospitals or images specific to their work.
 
We can also supply ipad and bluetooth speaker holders to place on the front of the screens so you can play ambient noise appropriate to the environment you are creating. The screen can also be used for front or rear projection purposes, and we can even make windows transparent!

Kwickscreen is the first real alternative to Hospital Curtains and Hospital Screens in over 100 years. The Kwickscreen has countless uses in healthcare, hospitality, and marketing; Its innovative design allows it to replace Room Dividers and Privacy Screens. Doctors and Hospitals love the KwickScreen because of its portability, its ability to be customized, and how easy it is to clean, thus enhancing the patient experience while also reducing the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections. The Kwickscreen is also used for emergency and disaster preparedness and response, converting open spaces into temporary triage areas or organizing patients in a hospital’s flu tent during flu season.

MEDICAL EDUCATION & SIMULATION: KwickScreen’s customizable screen panel can be printed with images of everyday and medical surroundings – perfect for creating realistic environments for training and simulation.

TEMPORARY SCREENING: Quickly and easily create partitions for crash situations or pop up side rooms for patients needing isolated care. Portable and retractable, KwickScreen has a small storage footprint when not in use.


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PRIVACY & DIGNITY: Construct versatile, adaptable private areas within open-plan wards, with the option of adding printed designs to provide a more pleasant and comfortable, care environment.

PATIENT EXPERIENCE: Alongside solving specific space problems, printed KwickScreens significantly improve the patient experience by incorporating art and design into hospital environments.

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Changing the screens was as easy as unzipping and replacing the canvas. You can order from their library of images or send in your high-resolution photos to create any background you need! The system was easy to move, setup, teardown and clean and so I would recommend anyone looking to create temporary simulation environments consider learning more about this product.

Learn more at KWICKscreen’s Website! (Also available through Pocket Nurse)

Insightful Blog from One of Medical Simulation’s Best: Dr. Paul Phrampus

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This past week I ran into Dr. Paul Phrampus while attending the UK-based ASPiH annual event in Nottingham. Previously HealthySim has video interviewed Dr. Phrampus during a visit to the WISER center in Pittsburgh, where we spoke about the iSim course, WISER’s connection to the history of medical simulation & Laerdal, and UPMC’s innovative stance on patient safety. In his blog “Simulating Healthcare“, Paul covers the many topics so crucial for our simulation success — usually focusing on the clinical educator / learning elements.

In his most recent post on how “Assessment is the True Value of Simulation”, Paul explains to us:

“Some people profoundly advocate simulation should be used for assessment because it is not appropriate tool, and others feel that it violates the safe learning environment. I think as we shift to a patient centric approach to simulation we should be able to create a reduction in this reluctance that allows assessment forward. In fact, I always find it interesting to point out to people during debriefing training programs, particularly those that are vocal against concepts of assessment, and let them realize that when they watch a simulation and then conduct and/or facilitated briefing they have actually already performed assessment in their minds. The very items that they have formed an opinion on, or “assessed” will play a part in the educational strategy that should ultimately reinforce what participants did well and encourage change in the areas where deficiencies were noted that will lead to an effective debriefing and the accomplishment of learning objectives.

Allowing participants to demonstrate competence could be one of the most important parts of the value equation for simulation. Manager and leaders of healthcare providing institutions are grappling with ways to improve quality and significantly improve patient safety all over the world. A patient centric approach to simulation would certainly suggest that as well.

This inevitably will help us in making stronger arguments for the case for simulation. At the moment many people try to sell the idea of simulation to their leadership. This creates thoughts and visions of expensive investments in technology and the daily pains of leaders. If we shift the point of focus point our sales pitch pivots to the selling of the concept of excellence, improved patient care, and safer patient care it will far better align with the pain points of those running healthcare systems. That becomes harder to deny!”

Some of Paul’s Most Recent Posts Include:


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About Dr. Phrampus:

Dr. Paul E. Phrampus is the Director of the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He is Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned a bachelor degree in biology from Old Dominion University, and an M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia medical school in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed residency training and board certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Phrampus has been active in patient safety efforts throughout UPMC. He is a member of the Quality Patient Care Committee of the UPMC Board of Directors. He is a Medical Director for the Center for Quality and Innovation. He has overseen the expansion of WISER capabilities in developing a distributive model of management for WISER as well as the satellites centers that have been deployed throughout the UPMC Health System. He led a team to create a simulation based difficult airway management program for emergency medicine that has now been completed by hundreds of physicians.

Dr. Phrampus serves in a leadership role in national simulation efforts through program committee leadership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. He has previously chaired the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, which is the largest multidisciplinary simulation meeting in the world. He is the 2013 President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare which has over 3,500 members.

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 Read Paul’s helpful “SimulatingHealthcare.net” blog here!


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ASPiH Announces Affiliation and 2015 Training Event with SimGHOSTS

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This morning incoming ASPiH President Helen Higham made her first official decree by announcing an affiliation agreement had been established with the world’s leading simulation technology specialist training organization SimGHOSTS.

The overall aims of the ASPiH / SimGHOSTS affiliation include:


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  • Sharing & developing new knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the respective membership communities of each organisation
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration at individual, institutional and organisation-wide levels
  • Enhancing the dissemination of innovations and solutions to community identified problems amongst members and the wider simulation community
  • Establishing pathways for professional development and recognition of the Simulation Technology Specialist in healthcare including training programs and research
  • Promoting each respective organisation and their endeavours amongst relevant networks and wider communities through a variety of routes including traditional and online marketing methods
  • Exploring the collaborative development and administration of a UK specific event focused towards those operating healthcare simulation technology

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert was excited to announce a joint training event put on by both organizations to take place in the UK sometime in July of 2015. Sim Technology Specialists from all over the UK, Europe and beyond will have an opportunity to participate in the SimGHOSTS training events that have been so successful in the United States and Australia.

Stay tuned to ASPIH.co.uk and SimGHOSTS.org for more information coming soon!

ASPiH 2014 Launches: Opening Keynote Update & Sim Tech Pre-Con Recap

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Today the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) held its pre-conference courses kicking off their 2014 event at the University of Nottingham Orchid Hotel. SimGHOSTS leadership James Cypert, Ryan Eling and Lance Baily joined Sim Tech leaders Jane Nicklin, Stuart Ruby, and Chris Gay as they hosted the technical pre-con day at the nearby Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre. The day focused on a plethora of tech-specific topics starting with an identification of job duty breakdowns for NHS positions most similar to that of healthcare simulation technology specialist. Stuart and Chris researched the process for job classification utilized by the NHS in-order to better understand how to redefine their simulation technology positions to more accurately portray their responsibilities.

Next the SimGHOSTS leadership shared the growth of this simulation technology specialist non-profit organization providing hands-on training events and online resources around the world. The team highlighted their recent 2014 successes at both the USA-based American College of Chest Physicians and Australia-based University of the Sunshine Coast events that provided unique community networking and training to over 350 simulation champions from around the world.

Afterwards the group of simulation technology specialists spent the afternoon with moulage demonstrations from the Rotherham College of Arts and Technology Hair and Media Make-up department. Through an innovative partnership, the make-up department students learn clinical moulage by applying cosmetics to simulators for the healthcare learners to utilize in their scenarios! Lead by Curriculum Leader Kelly Carr, the cosmetology school provides realistic training moulage while increasing the fidelity of the healthcare school’s simulation events. Brilliant! Those eager to learn more about this innovative partnership can email Kelly Carr.

The pre-con event ended with surveys of the community’s future needs and announcements regarding the planned technical community support roadmaps currently in place for SimGHOSTS and ASPiH. I will continue to provide daily reports as the event continues!


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At this moment Dr. Erik Hollnagel, Professor from the University of Southern Denmark and Chief Consultant of the Center for Quality Region of Southern Denmark, is opening  with a keynote discussion of safety. He reminded us that we believe we can prevent all accidents through a zero accident mindset, no repeats, and simple and non-negotiable rule, but questioned us if that was true? Professor Hollnagel continued to demonstrate how we incorrectly focus on the negative outcomes, which are usually only a small small percentage of what goes right, theorizing that focusing on the main region of the bell curve of what is going right should be where we put the majority of our research focus. Hollnagel recommends we explore “resilient safety management” by looking at the variability in different teams and routines of successful teams. You can learn more at ResilientHealthcare.net.

Follow all the latest updates through @ASPiHUK and @HealthySim!