Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

At the 2016 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego, California, Laerdal Medical queried the experts in attendance on a variety of topics, including “Is simulation just about the simulator?” With innovations in technology expanding teaching and learning options over the past decade, simulation has become an integral part of medical education at all levels. During the event Laerdal covered a series of important questions with the following video interview topics.

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Laerdal’s Ask the Experts Series:

  1. Does Simulation Work?
  2. How does deliberate practice and debriefing work?
  3. How do I make a case for simulation?
  4. Is simulation just about the simulator?
  5. How do people manage the process of change?
  6. How do people sustain their simulation programs?
  7. What makes a good supplier partner for simulation?

Watch the entire 7 videos series from Laerdal here!


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2nd Annual SimGHOSTS-ASPiH UK Opens at GAPS Simulation in London

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Today more than 85 simulation champions and vendor representatives from around the world came together at the GAPS Simulation Center at St. George’s University in London, UK for the 2nd annual SimGHOSTS-ASPiH event. Gold Sponsor CAE Healthcare introduced the keynote speaker Lance Baily, Founder of SimGHOSTS, who spoke on the past, present and future of healthcare simulation. ASPiH Executive Director Andy Anderson was also in attendance.

About the SimGHOSTS ASPiH 2016 UK Keynote Address by Lance Baily

Lance Baily is an innovator and thought leader in the world of healthcare simulation. Using his background in digital media production and EMS fire fighting, as well as his work as a Simulation Technology Specialist, Lance founded several of the world’s leading websites, organizations, and events in the field of healthcare simulation. Lance also served as the inaugural Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s massive multi-institutional Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Desiring to make a global impact, Lance founded what has become the world’s most-read medical simulation resource website: HealthySimulation.com.

Never satisfied with the status quo, Lance went on to create SimGHOSTS.org, a non-profit organization that supports professionals in the healthcare simulation industry through hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. Because of overwhelming global demand, SimGHOSTS now operates four annual events, including ones in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. SimGHOSTS has also forged successful affiliations with simulation organizations all over the world, including SSH, ASPE, ASPiH, Simulation Australia, HIMSS, INACSL, and IPSS.

In a drive to create excellence, SimGHOSTS has recently partnered with INACSL to develop a new professional competency standard for the position of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist. Lance continues to be a change-maker and innovator in the field of healthcare simulation. All of his projects and efforts are based on a core belief: that emerging technology can create community and empower people to solve bigger problems faster.


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In his best selling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell considers why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, and why the Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history. Throughout his book, Gladwell theorizes how historical and cultural circumstances can pave the way for such phenomenal success. Lance asked “What can the healthcare simulation industry learn from a similar of exploration of its own past, present, and future?”

Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily has applied Gladwell’s theories to our industry and will explain why his projects, including HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org, have made such huge global impacts in just five short years. By understanding the core truths behind the success of these projects, participants took away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions.

Finally, Lance explored how the historical and cultural forces that are now in motion will transform healthcare simulation as we know it from a small community of early-adopters to a universal standard embraced by all.

About Gold Sponsor CAE Healthcare:

CAE Healthcare is a medical simulation company with a mission to improve healthcare education and patient safety. We design and build products for patient simulation, surgical simulation, ultrasound simulation and clinical simulation management. Our global adjunct faculty and clinicians develop medical simulation scenarios for medicine, nursing, health sciences, hospital systems and the military. Our commitment to quality, lean manufacturing and world-class customer service is unmatched, allowing us to deliver innovative healthcare simulation training products and solutions to our customers in more than 60 countries around the world. From full motion flight simulators to simple part-task trainers CAE are passionate about technology and innovation. It is amongst the Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists we feel free to discuss, demonstrate and educate on our new and existing platforms but also to fuel our inspiration to meet the needs of all those working in the field of healthcare simulation. Learn more at CAEHealthcare.com.

Learn more by following the twitter hashtag #SG16UK &
Visiting SimGHOSTS.org today!

SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Opens in Melbourne at ACU!

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Specialists from around the Asia-Pacific region will descend on the ACU Melbourne campus to work with the latest and greatest in health simulation technology at the SimGHOSTS Medical Simulation Technology Conference, starting today. Sporting one of the Australia’s premier health simulation learning facilities, the ACU Health Simulation Centre located in the Daniel Mannix and Mary Glowery Buildings, will host the four-day conference.

Regarded as a world-leader in the education and training for health simulation technology, SimGHOSTS has a hands-on focus aiming to ensure the benefits of simulation technology are being maximized. Faculty Coordinator of Health Simulation, Stephen Guinea, said it was testament to the quality of the facilities in Melbourne that SimGHOSTS partnered with ACU. “SimGHOSTS is an industry leader in health simulation technology training and education, which made the opportunity to partner for this conference a natural fit as ACU is one the leaders in health education,” Guinea said. The conference focuses around improving the understanding of advanced health simulation technology, ensuring the technology is being utilized to its full potential to deliver meaningful education outcomes.

“Having advanced technology in health simulation is one element of building a quality learning experience that will best prepare our graduates for a career in healthcare, but understanding how to maximize the benefits of technologies is an equally important aspect,” Guinea said. “Hosting the SimGHOSTS conference allows us to expose a range of Faculty staff, IT experts and students to the state-of-the-art technology available at ACU as well as in the global healthcare simulation community.”


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Laerdal Medical Sponsored the keynote address
by SimGHOSTS Founder Lance Baily

The conference is expected to attract more than 100 people from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United States and Pakistan. SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling said ACU offered a unique combination of modern health simulation infrastructure and strong desire to utilize technology to provide high-quality educational outcomes to students. SimGHOSTS Founder and Development Director Lance Baily shared “We are thrilled to be working with ACU, one of the leading healthcare simulation programs in the Pacific Region. Our mission is to provide specialized resources to this new emerging professional community – and with the support from Stephen and the ACU Team we are able to do that in big ways for an international audience.”

SimGHOSTS is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for simulation technicians or those operating medical simulation technology.

Follow the hashtag #SG16AUS for all the latest!


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Upcoming June 29th Webinar for Healthcare IT Professionals: Supporting Innovation Through Healthcare Simulation Technologies

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Share this learning invitation with your institution’s IT department and training leadership to help them better understand the opportunities and challenges of innovative healthcare simulation technologies.

This SimGHOSTS supported webinar is being hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) entitled “Healthcare Simulation Technologies: Secrets Behind These Innovative Tools for Training”. This HIMSS Innovation Community Event is being presented by SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford.

When: June 29, 2016 | 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm ET

What: Join the HIMSS Innovation Community as Dr. Scott Crawford, President of SimGHOSTS, as he presents how healthcare simulation based technologies increase training and patient safety outcomes. Dr. Crawford will provide an overview of challenges and focus on how one medical program integrated simulation based healthcare technologies to fill in training gaps. Do you want to be part of the conversation?


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Is your institution utilizing or considering an investment in healthcare simulation based technologies to increase training and patient safety outcomes? This innovative technology is quickly becoming the defacto training methodology for healthcare systems around the world — but has a variety of challenges that must be overcome. In this one hour webinar we will focus on the how one medical program integrated simulation based technologies to fill in training gaps.

The webinar will be provided by Dr. Scott Crawford, EM Physician at the University Medical Center, Instructor at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso campus, and President of the international non-profit organization SimGHOSTS.org.

This webinar event will answer these key questions:

  • How is simulation technology innovative?
  • What challenges did this organization face that prompted the development of a simulation program?
  • How has the use of innovative simulation technologies addressed those challenges?
  • How can this technology improve healthcare outcomes?
  • What challenges might you face with the integration of this technology?
  • What should your program consider when adopting these new innovations?
  • What resources are available to help your program build and maintain this program (including staff training)?

The HIMSS Innovation Community leverages innovation to reach, educate, diagnose, treat, prevent and research through options not formerly available and promote the hot topics in innovation via monthly webinars. For questions about the community, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Register for this Free Webinar on the HIMSS Innovation Community Page!

SESAM Day 3 – Watch Me Live at 2:30 PM UTC+0 (in 45 minutes)

Quick post right now to share that you can watch my closing plenary at SESAM 2016 live through facebook:


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Wednesday Deadline: SimGHOSTS Early-Bird Deadline for Global Sim Technology Training Events

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Sim Champs a final reminder that this Wednesday is the FINAL day for early-bird registrations to SimGHOSTS simulation training events in Australia, United Kingdom, and USA this July through August. If you have been planning to attend these world class hands-on training events, now is the time to secure big savings by registering by this Wednesday!

Melbourne: July 5-8th
London: July 18-20th
Peoria, IL (near Chicago): August 2nd-5th


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Key Justifications to Attend SimGHOSTS:

  • Affordable: ­Compared to other international simulation events SimGHOSTS is as much as HALF the cost. Take advantage of early-­bird registration for even greater savings.
  • Focused: ­ SimGHOSTS is the only event specifically addressing the community, skill sets, and development of those operating healthcare simulation technology.
  • Engaging: ­ Other events provide limited technical content which has not been reviewed by technical experts. With SimGHOSTS you will get the training to take you further.
  • Intimate: Unlike endless exhibit halls, at SimGHOSTS you can build quality relationships with vendors and have the time necessary to deep dive into product details.
  • Innovative: ­ SimGHOSTS represents the cutting ­edge of simulation technology, and thus, the healthcare simulation industry’s future trends. Stay ahead of the curve!
  • Valuable Networking: ­Everyone at SimGHOSTS does the same work you do! Easily connect with your peers through courses, receptions, showcases, and competitions!
  • Hands-­on:­ Minimal lectures, maximum direct training. Don’t just listen, do!

Register today at the SimGHOSTS 2016 Events webpage!

One Week Left! Early-Bird Registrations to SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Training Events in AUS, UK, USA End Soon!

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Did you know you now only have one week left to secure early-bird registrations to SimGHOSTS 2016 Summer events in Australia, United Kingdom, and United States? The time to secure huge savings on the world’s leading simulation technology training events is now!

“Everyone involved in operating simulation needs to be at SimGHOSTS.” ­
Amy Wise, Health Sciences Sim Coordinator, North Central Texas College

Why an Event Specific to Those Operating Healthcare Simulation Technology?

Medical Simulation is an emerging professional field which currently has little to no formalized educational pathways for entrance. Thus, everyone who starts or continues a career into medical simulation has side­stepped from another field or industry. This means that members of this community bring with them a wealth of specialized knowledge that others will not have. The SimGHOSTS meeting is the primary way for this new professional community to come together and share these best practices gained from years of experience in other fields, will enable all Sim Techs to walk away with a greater ability to perform the many responsibilities of their professional duties.

SimGHOSTS Advantages Over Other Simulation Events

Hands-­on & Specific Content: Between wound creation in our moulage courses, to advanced networking workshops, to intense workgroup sessions… SimGHOSTS is all about the doing. Unlike other events that cater to clinical educators and focus on faculty integration, debriefing or other non­technical courses, Sim Techs come to SimGHOSTS to focus on issues relevant to their position. Attendees return home with valuable skills and knowledge of new techniques that can enhance realism in scenarios, increase reliability and flexibility of a simulation center’s systems, and more.


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Affordable registration: The SimGHOSTS board works hard to partner with the right host institutions, hotels and vendor sponsors to make sure the event is the best value for investments made into technical staff. Unlike other events that provide Technology courses as an afterthought, SimGHOSTS exists specifically for the purpose of providing resources to the technical user first and foremost. This is the only meeting solely built, operated and lead by Sim Techs. Other simulation technical events don’t come close to the day for day cost or value gained at SimGHOSTS which is jam­packed with diverse and innovative content. Plus, we work overtime with hotel partners to offer quality accommodations sometimes HALF the cost of other simulation events.

Personal connections: Simulation technical staff are often working alone and unable to “talk shop” to learn better ways to do their job. SimGHOSTS events give attendees the chance to be surrounded by their peer community and share best practices. Attendees return home with new ideas and new resources from national and international colleagues working in simulation centers at universities, hospitals, fire departments and more!

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
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Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016

United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
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London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
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Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

Middle East & Africa
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Register Now Through the SimGHOSTS 2016 Events Page!

Deadline Soon: SimGHOSTS Sim Tech Training Events in USA, UK & Australia Ends June 15th!

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There’s less than 30 days to secure your early-bird rate to SimGHOSTS Healthcare Simulation Technology Hands-on Training events taking place in Melbourne, London, and Peoria!

These 2016 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair and software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication and leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

Hear from previous attendees why SimGHOSTS is the premiere simulation technology training event for your organization:

Download the 2016 Justification document here to help you explain to administrators the great reasons to attend!

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
Download the Brochure
Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016

United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
Download the Brochure
London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016


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United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
Download the Brochure
Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

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Middle East & Africa
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

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.

*New Thought for 2016* Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events 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!

Visit SimGHOSTS.org to register today with an early-bird rate!

HealthySimulation.com’s IMSH 2016 Exhibit Hall Video Interview Recap

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Over the past few months HealthySimulation.com has released numerous video interviews taken at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2016 San Diego based meeting. Did you miss any? Below is a recap of all the posted videos posted so you can learn more about the latest medical simulation product news:


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By watching these videos you will have a better perspective about the latest medical simulation products and services!

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Media Covers May BMJ Article: “Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” – Call for New Hashtag #SimToZero!

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Earlier this month the BMJ published a study by medical researchers from John Hopkins which provided a deeper analysis into the 2014 Journal of Patient Safety. Check out more about the new article here, and listen to this BMJ Podcast interview about the research:

About the Analysis:

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s third leading cause of death—respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year. The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC’s way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate.

The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death certificates. “Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven’t been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics,” says Martin Makary, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an authority on health reform. “The medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used.”


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This publication really caught a lot of media attention:

  • CBS News – “For the study, Makary and his colleagues evaluated four separate studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008, including one by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Based on 2013 data on hospitalization rates, they found that of 35,416,020 hospitalizations, 251,454 deaths stemmed from a medical error. They said that adds up to 9.5 percent of all deaths a year in the U.S.”
  • Huffington Post“Unfortunately, this news is not surprising at all. In the medical community, we have seen the consequences of inaccurate diagnoses and medical error for quite some time. While concrete efforts have been made to correct wrong site surgeries and other well publicized issues from the past, not enough has been done to address medical error that results from an incomplete or inaccurate diagnosis. 37% of the cases we review require a change in diagnosis, and over 75% of cases require a change in treatment plan.”
  • CNN – “One reason there’s such a wide range of numbers is because accurate data on these kinds of deaths is surprisingly sparse. That’s in part because death certificates don’t ask for enough data, Makary said. Currently the cause of death listed on the certificate has to line up with an insurance billing code. Those codes do not adequately capture human error or system factors.”
  • Washington Post ““There has just been a higher degree of tolerance for variability in practice than you would see in other industries,” he explained. When passengers get on a plane, there’s a standard way attendants move around, talk to them and prepare them for flight, Sands said, yet such standardization isn’t seen at hospitals. That makes it tricky to figure out where errors are occurring and how to fix them. The government should work with institutions to try to find ways improve on this situation, he said.”

Additional press Coverage spread wide and far…

Unfortunately, many of the articles did NOT cover potential solutions for addressing these avoidable mistakes. As champions of Simulation, we must reach out to these media agencies and remind them that healthcare simulation provides a huge opportunity to better educate and train for improved patient safety outcomes.

With this rare opportunity to maximize such exposure, I encourage you to write in and tweet these media agencies and remind them that simulation is already helping to address many of these problems with the hashtag #SimToZero, highlighting a goal to reduce medical errors to zero through the use of healthcare simulation.

Please join me in this new campaign to create a hashtag supporting
Simulation To Zero Patient Deaths From Medical Error!