SimulationIQ IPE Provides Case-Based Virtual Patient Training For Healthcare Teams

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Did you know that half of the suggested 440,000 deaths attributed to medical error are communication related? By providing healthcare students and professionals with more ways to study case based simulations, online, in their own time, together — is certainly a must have for every healthcare organization. What attracts me to this learning system is that multiple learning participants can participate on a case scenario which follows a patient over time, letting educators see communication between IPE over a longer period of time, even ongoing!

Enter SIMULATIONiQ IPE. Education Management Solutions, providers of SimulationIQ, now provide this case-based virtual patient IPE solution replicates different disciplines working together on a common case using an innovative technology platform. The IPE solution can be used to augment existing IPE programs and allow your faculty to operate at maximum efficiency, so that instructors can focus on what they do best: educate.


Breakdown in Communication

SIMULATIONiQ IPE provides full visibility of case, actions, treatment plan across all professions to facilitate cross-discipline communication.

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  • Role-based practice simulation
  • Integrated chat and discussion forum functions


To avoid misdiagnosis, SIMULATIONiQ IPE offers visibility to diagnosis and care plan across disciplines to facilitate shared decision making.  This integrated team approach is facilitated by:

  • An interactive team-based question solution
  • Robust communication options including – voice conferencing, screen sharing, chat and discussion forums
  • Simulation scenario sessions to augment online or traditional courses

Coordination of Care

To improve coordination of care it provides immediate feedback to actions and orders that inform and allow for better coordination of the patient care team.

  • Real-time lab and discussion results
  • Total visibility to all facets of patient care
  • Assessment of best practice care knowledge through team and role-based questions
  • Reflective debrief to develop critical thinking skills

Learn more at the SimulationIQ IPE Website!

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Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

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Sharing the recent announcement of the collaborative project Debrief2Learn, aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices.

About Debrief2Learn:

Effective feedback and debriefing play a critical role in healthcare education in both simulated and workplace-based environments. Debrief2Learn supports clinical educators by sharing resources to guide faculty development and exploring the latest innovations. We aim to create an online community of practice for health professions educators while advancing knowledge through cutting-edge collaborative research. Debrief2Learn aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices. Effective feedback and debriefing play a critical role in healthcare education in both simulated and workplace-based environments.

We have designed Debrief2Learn with both educators and researchers in mind. This website will eventually be a comprehensive, one-stop resource for everything related to debriefing and feedback in healthcare education—and it will all be free to access. Internationally recognized experts in the field comprise our advisory board, who will help shape the content, format, and future direction of this website. Our collaborators are well-published leaders and innovators in the field who also share their ideas and expertise through presentations and workshops presented around the world.

To improve access to research, the research page lists relevant debriefing and feedback articles published by our team members. Each article can be accessed in a number ways: a link to PubMed, link to source journal, or a free PDF link (or a ResearchGate link to request a free PDF when this is not readily available). To assist with translating and using our research in your own setting, we offer resources and other helpful content, such as PDFs of our workshop slides and presentations.

To help you follow our research, we offer links to each paper’s Altmetric page (which provides links to online discussion about the research), a link to articles that cite our research, relevant blogs to innovative ideas, as well as social media accounts to keep you updated on the latest work. Finally, podcasts will feature leading international experts discussing recent papers in our field.

We have developed Debrief2Learn for you! Let us know if you’d like to get involved. You can contribute content (eg. Blogpost), collaborate in research, or become a team member. We’d love to hear from you!

Learn more about this innovative project and its team on!

Video Games Improve Performance for Surgeons

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Recently Reuters reported on research highlighting how “video games can improve fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception and computer competency”. Article excerpt:

Video game skills translated into higher scores on a day-and-half-long surgical skills test, and the correlation was much higher than the surgeon’s length of training or prior experience in laparoscopic surgery, the study said. Out of 33 surgeons from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York that participated in the study, the nine doctors who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, performed 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better in the test of surgical skills than the 15 surgeons who had never played video games before. “It was surprising that past commercial video game play was such a strong predictor of advanced surgical skills,” said Iowa State University psychology professor Douglas Gentile, one of the study’s authors.

“Video games may be a practical teaching tool to help train surgeons,” senior author Dr. James Rosser of Beth Israel said. It supports previous research that video games can improve “fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception and computer competency,” the study said. “Video games may be a practical teaching tool to help train surgeons,” senior author Dr. James Rosser of Beth Israel said.

Read the full story on Reuters!

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Shriners New Simulation Centre in Montreal Helps Train Medical Staff

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Check out this CBC News article about the simulation center in Montreal which was built with support by a local Shriners group:

There are definitely some perks to being a journalist, among them knowing that I am unlikely to ever be directly responsible for saving someone’s life. That’s good news for me – and even better news for anyone who might have depended, hypothetically, on my care. This became painfully obvious at the Shriners Hospital Wednesday as I held poor little Jose’s rubbery head in my hands as he struggled to breathe.

Health professionals have been poking and prodding Jose for several weeks, doing their best to save him from one ailment or another. He’s been lying in a bed at the Shriners’ new pediatric simulation centre at the Glen site. Jose is eight years old, and real doctors at the hospital tell me the patient is either a boy or a girl, leaving me to decide the gender. (I chose boy). I guess it’s important to point out that Jose is, first and foremost, a mannequin. No matter how badly I screwed up, I really couldn’t have made his situation worse.

Read the full story on the Canadian Broadcasting Channel News Website!

Cardionics Provides SimScope Auscultation Simulator for Real-Time Standardized Patient Learning

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Looking to enable your learners to be able to realistically take simulated auscultation vitals of standardized patients? SimScope from Cardionics can now help you do just that!

The SimScope is a simulation electronic stethoscope designed to provide real-time standardized patient interaction and assessment. The SimScope uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to identify specific locations on the human body and plays the same corresponding sound that an acoustic stethoscope would present. What makes the SimScope unique over other simulation scopes is the custom designed chest piece. Inside is a RFID reader that scans for patches worn by a standardize patient, so when the chest piece and patch come into close proximity to each other the patch is wirelessly interrogate for information. The SimScope uses this information to determine the sound assigned to this site from a playlist created by the instructor. Once the chest piece is removed from the patch the sound stops playing just like a real stethoscope.

Another technology advancement is the addition of Wi-Fi which allows for scenario changes while the SimScope is active. For example, a student examines the standardized patient and makes an assessment. Following the correct treatment recommendation, the instructor can then ask the student to reexamine the patient to hear the difference!

The number of sounds found in the SimScope library is almost limitless due to its large SD memory card inside. All settings, configurations and sound assignments are accessed via a mini USB port. Once setup the SimScope will operate as a stand-alone device with voice prompts alerting the user from mode of operation to battery condition. The technical challenge for the designer was creating a small device that uses a AAA battery to power a Wi-Fi module, RFID reader and play sounds for long periods of time before a battery replacement.

SimScope System Details:

With the new SimScope WiF upgrade, users are able to utilize wireless communication between the Simscope and their computer allowing them to seamlessly select and change the pathological sounds and conditions of any standardized patient, O.S.C.E. or low-fidelity manikin.

  • SimScope Patches are customizable and easily programmable to let specific diagnostic case studies. Matching the appropriate sound to the correct anatomical location enables authentic standardized patient interaction and student assessment in a variety of educational scenarios.
  • SimScope software and Cardionics proprietary sounds library of simulated heart, breath, bowel, and bruit sounds provide real time practice and mastery of standardized patient interaction.
  • SimScope plays the programmed heart, breath and bowel sounds specific to each correct anatomical location enabling a realistic standardized patient encounter. Up to 20 patches may be programmed and simultaneously activated with heart, breath, bowel, and bruit sounds to simulate real time auscultation during a physical exam.

Learn more by visiting the Cardionics website today!

SimMon iTunes Patient Monitor Vital Sign Simulator App

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Looking for an affordable patient monitor for your healthcare simulation program? While this device does not have the same high-fidelity functionality of other patient monitors, SimMon provides an easily downloadable app to help your medical simulation program grow. Note, this app is currently only for iOS produ

SimMon is a basic remote controlled patient monitor for full scale medical simulation. Using SimMon on any pair of iOS devices gives you a simple remotely controlled simulated patient monitor. An iPad makes for an ideal multi-touch controlled remote and the big screen makes a great bedside patient monitor. Open SimMon on your two devices of choice and connect via WiFi or Bluetooth. Change the blood pressure, oxygen saturation, respiration rate or heart rate by touching the value and dragging your finger up or down. Simple setup. Easy operation. Low cost.

Learn more on the SimMon website!

California Simulation Alliance Workshops and Conference in October


News today from the California Simluation Alliance, a program of HealthImpact, regarding their upcoming October events:

3-Day Simulation Intensive

October 20-22, 2016
California State University, San Marcos

Description: This three-day immersion course offers a jump-start into simulation-based health care education. Participants will learn to apply best practices in high-fidelity simulation through a variety of didactic, interactive and immersive formats. Using a dual focus on academic and practice settings, key theoretical concepts and strategies will be explored to support health care educators in providing safe, effective learning environments. The basics of the CSA Level 1 curriculum will be flexed to meet the needs of the group, followed by intensive immersion into Level 3 scenario development and debriefing strategies. 19.5 CEUs

Learning objectives:

  • Describe current educational theory supporting simulation as an effective learning strategy for health care teams.
  • Identify the key elements of an effective simulation scenario.
  • Develop a clinical simulation that incorporates key learning objectives and QSEN competencies.
  • Facilitate a clinical simulation including set up, turnover and debriefing.
  • Describe the value and benefit of the California Simulation Alliance and other national and international simulation resources.

CSA Members $1250.00
Non CSA Members $1500.00

Register here for the 3-Day Workshop

2nd Annual USF/CSA Simulation Conference

Pre-Conference for the 2nd Annual USF/CSA Simulation Conference University of San Francisco Co-sponsored by the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) and the CSA Featuring Dr. Jenny Rudolph and Dr, Mary Fey CSA Members. Pre-cons include CHSE and CHSOS readiness review classes sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and a debriefing workshop supported by the team from The Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard.

October 13-15, 2016
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street McLaren Hall
San Francisco, California 94117

$500 Non CSA Members
$550 CSA Subscribers

Register for the CSA Conference here!

New Surgical Simulator Prototype from Nottingham Trent University

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The model was created from silicone gels and fibres to help prepare trainee surgeons for the mental and physical experience of operating on chest organs. It was created using CT scans of real organs to create lifelike simulations of the heart, lungs and great vessels in the chest.

The outer skin, created by Yorkshire-based Trauma FX – uses a life-cast of an anonymous model and can be cut into with a scalpel and seamlessly resealed to allow for repeated mock surgeries.

Richard Arm, of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, who helped create the model, said: “The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy.

Learn more at the Express UK News Website!

Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World?


You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located – deep in the heart of Turkmenistan! Look at this wonderful 7 story medical simulation center — a completely turnkey solution from CAE Healthcare. You won’t believe your eyes when you watch this video:

Last year CAE Healthcare announced the details of a previously disclosed record contract to provide a turnkey healthcare simulation training center in Turkmenistan to advance medical education in pre- and post-graduate medicine, nursing and paramedic education. The center is the first to offer multi-disciplinary medical simulation training in Turkmenistan.

“We are proud to have been chosen to provide the full scope of our capabilities as a healthcare training partner of choice,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, President of CAE Healthcare.  “We are delivering a comprehensive solution that includes needs analysis, planning and design of the center, a full portfolio of simulation tools as well as clinical education to train faculty and full-time technicians on site.”

The sale includes 17 CAE healthcare patient, surgical and ultrasound simulators, a fully integrated audiovisual solutions system as well as training and technical support. CAE Healthcare is also providing non-CAE simulators, medical equipment, consumable supplies and furnishings.

The new educational center is being designed and built through an agreement with Gap Insaat and the Turkmenistan Ministry of Health, with CAE Healthcare acting as subcontractor of Gap Insaat for the Ilim Bilim Merkezi simulation center. The seven-story building houses a research center on three floors and the CAE Healthcare solution on four of the floors. The hands-on training center will include simulated emergency and intensive care rooms, operating rooms, standardized patient examination rooms, nursing laboratories, wet and dry laboratories for surgical education, a debriefing area and an ambulance bay.

Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance Seeks Virtual Simulation Experts

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The Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance (APSA) requires partners and specialist experts who are chosen based on excellence and relevance in the cutting edge of evolving simulation technologies, theories and applications.

If you are a user or developer of simulation, please consider this opportunity. Recent projects have included guidance on joint training spaces, governance, management, metrics and KPIs, staffing, scheduling, optimisation, equipment, electronic tracking of training results, eLearning, new methodologies, and technology solutions for new ways of training.

The key motivator of the APSA Partnership Program is to bring concept to solution. With experience across a multidisciplinary arena, by offering a wealth of cutting edge simulation – technical, application and methodology know-how, we take the questions from concept to solution. The Alliance provides an independent brokerage service to bring the vendors to the customer following problem scoping and concept development. We want to generate more projects to the simulation industry and grow the access of underutilised facilities and centres.

The alliance brings specialists from diverse industries together to workshop a problem or series of issues often in the early phase of a procurement project. Partners will then assist with discovery and experimental research: prototype testing, design development, and technical scoping. The two main goals of APSA Partnership Program is to have:
· A multidisciplinary alliance of experts representing government, industry and academia; and
· A consortium of innovation centres and research facilities representing the Asia Pacific Region.

ROUND 2 – A multidisciplinary alliance of experts who will make a two year commitment from 1 December 2016. The Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance Virtual Solutions Centre seeks guidance from specialist experts to provide fresh insights and thinking on emerging or unfamiliar issues, respond to ideas, and supply high quality objective advice to support the decision-making processes of new potential simulation users.
Attached is a copy of the Role of the APSA Expert Panel Members

Apply here!