Inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare Meeting October 23rd-25th

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Are you in the asia-pacific region and looking to connect and learn from your simulation peers? Then join me this October 23rd-25th at the Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH) inaugural event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Letter From the Organizers:

On behalf of the Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare (PASSH), it is a great pleasure and honor to invite you, to the PASSH’s Inaugural Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 23 to 25, 2015.

This inaugural conference, jointly organised with the Taylor’s University, will be held under the theme “Healthcare Simulation in Asia: Today, Future & Beyond” will bring together motivated simulation leaders and learners from the Asia region. This will be the perfect opportunity to network and learn from each other, and to seek ways to integrate and apply simulation to educational curriculum more fit to the Asian culture and environment. We have invited a renowned simulation leader who have dedicated countless hours and days in helping advance healthcare simulation in Asia, Dr. Paul Phrampus from University of Pittsburgh.

All of the members and staff of the organizing committee, including the co-chairs are making every effort to ensure the success of the upcoming event and to make it a more meaningful and enjoyable moment of harmony. Please honor us with your presence to celebrate this historical event, and we hope that you will take back wonderful memories of Kuala Lumpur, a city of ancient heritage and modern technology. We welcome your interest and participation and look forward to meeting you in Kuala Lumpur in October 2015.

The Keynote presentation will be provided by Dr. Paul Phrampus, Wiser Simulation Center Director & SSH Past President.

Learn more and register today at the PASSH website today!

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Sim Tech Training Workshop ‘SimGHOSTS 2015 Dubai’ Early-Bird Registration Ends Soon!

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Are you a simulation located in or near the middle east region looking for healthcare simulation technology specialist peer networking training with products from companies like Gaumard and Laerdal? Then join the SimGHOSTS team this November for their world famous “Sim Tech” meeting!

November 23rd (pre-con workshops)
November 24th+25th (Main event)
Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City
Early-Bird (Until Oct. 9th): $275.00 USD per person
Regular (Until Nov. 22nd): $400.oo USD per person
Door Price: $500.00 USD per person
Download the brochure here.

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS 2015 Middle East & Africa?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”), or those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a high-fidelity healthcare simulation lab. Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-today operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs.

The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare Simulation Technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation. Remember… Early-Bird Registration Ends October 9th!

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

  • Meet with other Simulation Technicians and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Receive specialized training in:
    • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
    • Audiovisual production techniques and debugging
    • Learning Management System troubleshooting
    • IT networking
    • Team leadership and communication techniques
    • Manikin moulage and makeup
    • Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices.
    • Much more….
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

SimGHOSTS is bringing our hands-on training event to Dubai, with partner Simulead! With the goal to connect Simulation Technology Specialists from around the world, the SimGHOSTS leadership is thrilled to partner with a key Middle Eastern distributor like Simulead to provide hands-on training, community support and more to those operating simulation technology in the region.

For the past five years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists at its 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. Our inaugural international event hosted in 2014 by the University of the Sunshine Coast was a rousing success which brought together over a hundred simulation champions from around the world. The enthusiasm from the Australia event inspired SimGHOSTS to seek out partners in other regions, which led to the partnership with Simulead for a 2015 event in the Middle East.

October 9th is the early-bird registration deadline

So be sure to register today Healthcare Increasingly Requires Tech Savvy Workforce

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Saw this interesting story floating around LinkedIn recently pointing out that the future of healthcare will require a much more tech-savvy workforce. Learn more about how this impacts simulation programs through UNLV School of Nursing Dean Caroyln Yucha’s course at SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia: Why The Sim Tech is Your #1 Sim Priority.

“The rise of technology in healthcare is creating new roles within the industry and requiring doctors and nurses to be tech-savvy as well, according to a story inFinancial Times.

Senior executives don’t necessarily have to be technology specialists, but technological strategies play key roles in their efforts to cut costs and increase efficiency. The hospital C-suite increasingly includes a chief analytics officer, a chief transformation officer or a chief information security officer. Leaders need to keep up with mobile apps, wearables, sensors, data analytics and wireless medical devices. Surgeons increasingly use computer consoles and robotic tools using cameras that display images on a high-resolution screen during surgery. Managing electronic records and analyzing the data generated by remote patient monitoring devices are calling for new sets of skills, according to the article.

Home-based care calls for people who can manage the networking technology to connect doctors and patients remotely.

As we move from data collection and implementation of [electronic medical records] systems to the point where we need analytics to improve patients outcomes, that whole increase in data analytics is going to produce a lot of new jobs in the market,” said Jim Utterback, who leads the health IT practice for executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

Dick Daniels, Kaiser’s executive vice president and chief information officer, callstechnology essential to providing effective care. In addition to its deep use of analytics to improve case and cut costs, Kaiser is focusing technology on improving the customer experience as well, by digitizing membership cards, creating express check-ins for appointments and allowing patients to use videoconferencing to contact caregivers from mobile phones and hospital beds.”

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Limbs & Things Releases New PROMPT Flex Obstetrical Task Trainer

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Just heard about a newly launched PROMPT OB task trainer from Limbs & Things with the denomination of “Flex”. The new FLEX improves on the 12 years of PROMPT use by healthcare simulation champions around the world, which improves anatomical accuracy and ease of use. And because this product is modular, there is a lot of value available out of just one task trainer! Check out the video and official press release below for more details.

From the Official Press Release:

Developed in collaboration with leading clinicians, the Limbs & Things PROMPT Flex Birthing Simulator is based on over 12 years of evidence-based outcomes using the original PROMPT Birthing Simulator. This product provides the ideal training solution for all skills relating to routine and difficult childbirth.

Consultant Obstetrician and Academic Clinical Lecturer in Obstetric Global Health, Dr. Joanna Crofts, said “The PROMPT Flex is an exciting development in birthing task trainers. Its realism, flexibility and versatility ensure it is a vital component of effective childbirth training.”

Key Features:

  • Realistic pelvic floor
  • Articulating thighs for McRobert’s manoeuvre
  • Stretchable perineum
  • Software with built-in modifiable, timed checklist of events
  • Recording of drills for annual competency or debriefing
  • Complete Cervical Dilatation, station, presentation, and effacement training
  • Stand-alone and hybrid use
  • Wireless force monitoring of baby
  • Full term infant weight and size
  • Fully articulated baby with correct anatomical landmarks

PROMPT Flex offers clinicians many options for use, including individual training, assessment of knowledge and team training for crisis Maternity emergency events. PROMPT Flex can be used as a stand-alone product, or integrated into hybrid simulation using SPs (Standardized Patients). Additionally, the modular nature of the product will extend its use for cervical assessment (including dilatation, effacement, station and presentation), cesarean section and post-partum bleeding scenarios.

Using the latest Bluetooth technology, the force monitoring component is now available as a wireless solution combined with software which is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android, recording traction applied to the baby’s head, as well as interventions and time to deliver baby. Results recorded can be reviewed and used as a debriefing tool or annual competency record.

About Limbs & Things

With over 25 years of research and experience in healthcare simulation, Limbs & Things is a leader in the medical education field. Recognized globally for our superior and comprehensive product offering, our trainers provide a realistic hands-on learning experience for academic and clinical professionals. With distributors in over 70 countries, offices in the UK, USA & Australia, and UK manufacturing, Limbs & Things provides hand-crafted, quality task trainers that aid in the improvement of patient outcomes.

For more info visit the new Prompt-Flex Website today!

KeyIn Medical Simulation Product Review Website Crosses 1500 Users & 300 Reviews

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Are you looking to purchase high-cost medical simulation supplies, equipment, or services? Learn what other simulation champions from around the world have to say about those very products and services on KeyIn, the world’s most successful medical simulation industry review website.

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Read almost 300 reviews from 1500 validated medical simulation champions in over 85 countries by creating a FREE account today! Share your thoughts and experiences on hundreds of products already in the system. Learn more about the specifications of certain products and connect with vendors you are interested in learning more from.

Simply visit now and read ratings and reviews on the most popular and specialized products in our field now!

Visit today to create your FREE account!

Simulation Technology Training Meeting “SimGHOSTS” Launches Registration for Dubai Nov. 23rd-25th Event!

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Registration Now Open for Dubai SimGHOSTS Event!

Location: Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Pre-Conference: Monday November 23rd, 2015
Main Conference: Tuesday November 24th & Wednesday November 25th, 2015

World Famous Simulation Technology Training Event Comes to Dubai 

Join an estimated attendance of 100 other Simulation Technicians from around the world this November 23th – 25th for the global healthcare simulation industry’s “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” hands-on training event.  Answering an overwhelming call by the international community for continued simulation technician specific events, the SimGHOSTS non-profit 501(c)3 organization are thrilled to invite simulation technicians from around the world to join one another in Dubai, UAE.

The 2015 “SimGHOSTS” event 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 & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. As well, meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

The event was made primarily possible by the support of Simulead.

About Simulead


A unique business model in the HealthCare Education field, Simulead offers a wide range of solutions for end users and manufacturers of simulation technologies:

  • Healthcare Education Simulation solutions: Design, equipment and operation. Advanced manufacturer “Train the trainer programs” in our Dubai based regional training center.
  • Highly equipped “Mock-Up” High Fidelity Simulation Lab which showcases our partners’ products and allows end users to Demo before purchasing.
  • A Free Zone Stock & Spare Parts storage facility, with a Maintenance & Repair Duty Free workshop. A strong alliance with our well-chosen manufacturers ensures that Simulead One-Stop-Shop provides the most advanced and qualitative products to its clientele.
  • Our turnkey solution services ensures that all your ambitions in the HealthCare Education Simulation are brought to reality from Infrastructure to operation.

Situated in the highly dynamic Jumeirah Lake Towers area in Dubai, our head office operates in a Free Zone Facility and caters for the Middle East and Africa Region, with expansion plans to other areas around the globe.z

About the Host Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center

Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) was launched in 2002 by the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to meet the demand for high quality, patient-centered healthcare. Today, DHCC is home to over 3700 licensed professionals occupying 4.1 million square feet in the heart of Dubai. DHCC combines the leading expertise of medical institutions and pre-eminent healthcare providers to deliver the A-Z of medical services.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC) is the education and research arm of DHCC and aim to establish an integrated academic and advance the healthcare industry in the Middle East.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC) is the leading center for medical simulation in the UAE and an institution of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, located in Dubai Healthcare City.

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Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS-ASPiH 2015?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”) or those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a low to high-fidelity healthcare simulation facility.

Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-to-day operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs.

The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare simulation technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events (like ASPiH November 2015)  are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation.

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

  • Meet with other Simulation Technology Specialists and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Receive specialized training in:
    • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
    • Audiovisual production techniques and debugging
    • Learning Management System troubleshooting
    • IT networking
    • Team leadership and communication techniques
    • Manikin moulage and makeup
    • Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices.
    • Much more….
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

Learn more and register now at the SimGHOSTS 2015 Dubai Page!

Whitepaper from EMS: How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency.

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Continuing our recent series of medical simulation ‘How To’ articles, today we are pointed in the direction of an EMS whitepaper entitled “How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency”. The article covers several major areas including:

  • Staffing Needs Identification
  • IT Department Communication
  • Simulation Staff Salaries

About the SimulationIQ WhitePaper:

Your institution has just opened a state-of-the-art simulation center complete with all the bells and whistles the industry has to offer. However, just as a car needs fuel and maintenance to run effectively, a simulation center requires investment beyond the initial technology purchase. A sim center does not operate and manage itself – people do. And these people should be hired long before the ribbon-cutting ceremony of your new center!

But what skills should you look for during the hiring process?

A sim center requires a similar type of operational knowledge as driving a car. One must first know how to drive a car in order to do so safely. This includes an understanding of the rules of the road and the actual physical movements required to operate the vehicle. Similarly, there are many administrative and educational tasks that need to be taken care of in order to have a smooth-running simulation center.

Get the FREE Whitepaper now from EMS!

Registration Still Available for Laerdal SUN Louisville Kentucky September 9th-11th

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Recently received word from Laerdal Western Regional Sales Manager Mark Carlson that on September 9th-11th Laerdal is hosting a Simulation User Network Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. SUN stands for Simulation User Network and is a forum for learning about simulation and Laerdal systems. I have attended and spoken at many Laerdal SUNs and always find them to be a useful learning and networking opportunity for simulation champions!

Here are some of the specific event highlights for the Kentucky show:

  • Dr. Sheila Melander, Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing will share personal insights on proven techniques on how simulation may be utilized in an education setting to assess the achievement of competencies.
  • Historically, hands-on sessions are highly attended such as Optimizing the Total Learning Experience and Simulator Maintenance which are geared towards helping improve the efficiency of simulation labs.
  • An award winning moulage artist will demonstrate how to enhance realism in a simulation center by creating simulated bodily fluids and wounds.

What Can You Expect at the SUN?

  • Connect with others who are just like you and mingle with industry leaders and subject matter experts.
  • The Simulation User Network Conferences offer best practices to help advance simulation training programs across all healthcare disciplines.
  • Discover innovative strategies
  • Unite with industry leaders Learn new techniques

It is Laerdal’s goal that you leave the SUN Conference invigorated, inspired and equipped with practical tools that can be easily incorporated into your training programs. If you are new to simulation and in the region this is a must-attend event that is extremely affordable!

Reserve your spot at Laerdal’s SUN website today


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CAE Healthcare ‘Vivo’ Android Software App Allows for Intuitive Manikin Control & Debriefing

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At SimGHOSTS 2015 USA I had a moment to connect with Pamela Azevedo, Patient Simulation Product Manager for CAE Healthcare, who showcased the new Vivo tablet software which now enables CAE Healthcare customers to better manipulate and control their simulation equipment and debriefing processes. With colorful intuitive buttons it was easy to start controlling the nearby METIman and setup ongoing timeframes for patient vital sign changes. I was thrilled to see how simple it could be and fun to operate! Below is some more information about the Vivo which is now available as an upgrade for all current METIman users, and will ship standard with tablet for all new METIman purchases. The software is currently android only but I imagine it will be ported over to iOS in the future.

With Vïvo, you are in full control of the simulation. Create an evidence-based scenario or operate the simulator on the fly. Vïvo places you in the center of the simulation environment and connects you with your learner.

  • Your Patient, Your Way – Invent the patient you need to prepare learners. With a touch, change one patient parameter, or design a pathway.
  • Assess in Real Time – Quickly capture learner-patient interactions within Vïvo’s integrated checklists and with instructor notations.
  • Get Started in Minutes – Vïvo’s intuitive, inviting interface allows you to feel your way with little need for training or technical support.
  • Designed for Tablet – Launch a simulation anytime and anywhere. Write scenarios on the tablet or design new scenarios.

You can sign up for a webinar or learn more now at CAE Healthcare Vivo Website today!

SIMED Simulation Education Resource Portal Launches at Simulation Australia

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This week in Adelaide Australia Simulation Australasia is taking place which is a collaborative event between SimHealth and SimTech which combines multiple simulation disciplines into one giant international meeting! I just heard from Australian Sim Champ Kirrian Steer that a new Simulation Education Resource Portal ‘SIMED’ launched at the event! This looks to be a fantastic new online and simulation center resource for our expanding global community so be sure to check it out!

SimEd aims to provide high-quality resources for Clinicians, Educators, Students, Technicians and Simulated Patients who are engaged in simulation-based education and training. Supporting a community of practice in regional Victoria and beyond, SimEd provides a platform for sharing ideas, knowledge and experience of all current and future practitioners. SimEd provides a hub for discussion around the technical and educational aspects of simulation in healthcare education and for students, supports just-in-time learning and the development of work-ready skills. SimEd has been created and developed by La Trobe University, as part of a broader commonwealth funded simulation project. This project received funding from the Australian Government

Educator resources

Find resources on how to plan and deliver successful simulation sessions. Latest articles:

  • Scenarios Confidentiality/Media Consent forms
  • Scenario development templates
  • Case studies
  • The role of narrative in debriefing

Student resources

Find simulation scenarios, articles, testimonials and helpful hints on what simulation is and how you can use it throughout your education and future career in health. Latest articles:

  • What equipment might I use in simulation?
  • What happens in a debrief?
  • How to get the most out of simulation
  • Student testimonials
  • Benefits of feedback

Simulated patient resources

Learn about the SP profession and how to give back to health professionals. Latest articles:

  • Interview with a simulated patient
  • Simulated patient testimonials
  • Simulated patient testimonial video
  • Simulated patient session evaluation form
  • How to leave it behind you after the session

Technician resources

Find tips for moulage, equipment, reviews and maintenance and how you can apply it in your career as a simulation technician. Latest articles:

  • Maintenance Resources available
  • SimMan3G maintenance checklist
  • Simulation apps
  • Blood clots

Learn more about Simulation Australasia here and then
Visit the SIMED website today for all these great resources and more!