BioMedCentral Interviews Advances in Simulation Editor Debra Nestel on Launch of New Journal

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Exciting news announced at IMSH 2016 by Debra Nestel and SESAM that a new Journal “Advances in Simulation” was launched during the event! interviewed Professor Nestel about this new publication and the future of medical simulation. Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Health Care at Monash University, Australia. For over 25 years she has used simulation as an educational method in the context of health care. Professor Nestel has a particular interest in human-based simulations and is experienced in research and development of several simulation modalities. Asked Debra, “What do you hope will be achieved in the field in the next ten years”?

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The seeds of the achievements for the next decade are likely to be planted now. I’ll offer five ideas:

  • First, there is already sufficient simulation research to enable meaningful reviews. This is likely to lead to new theories (of the middle range rather than unified) that will shape further research and the work of simulation practitioners.
  • Second, we will see simulation embedded in curricula for all health and social care professionals. Access to simulation will widen and a greater breadth of modalities will be adopted.
  • Third, professional development for simulation practitioners will lead to greater simulation specialism with a parallel advance of all clinical teachers at minimum thinking about using simulation to design learning activities.
  • Fourth, there will be really exciting developments in technology-based simulations, especially with augmented and virtual realities.
  • Fifth, simulation will form part of patient (and where appropriate their carers) education as well as providing ways of giving the wider community access to health and social care practices such that they may help improve the very services designed for them.
  • Finally, all of these achievements will contribute directly or indirectly to improving patient safety.

Learn more about the new AiS Journal here and Read the Full BioMedCentral Article here!

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Washington Post Highlights B-Line Medical & President Hartley Thompson


A fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the leadership behind B-Line Medical, one of the world’s most innovative groups behind medical simulation recording technologies, by Thomas Heath of The Washington Post. This insider look reveals the challenges and successes that have defined the company, from startup to now over 70 employees worldwide.

Having met many of the team from B-Line Medical I can attest that they are innovative people dedicated to improving learning outcomes at simulation centers around the world. had the opportunity to interview B-Line Medical Co-Founder Chafic Kazoun about the latest innovations unveiled at IMSH 2016 — and as I am every year — I left impressed! Stay tuned for more but in the mean time check out this great article:

“Thompson grew up in the Bahamas, in Freeport. His easygoing nature belies his ambition. His parents pushed him early on to learn the importance of money and entre­pre­neur­ship. His father has started various businesses. His mother owns an event-planning company. “My dad really pushed me and my brothers to go out and make your own money,” he said. “At 8 years old, we started a window-washing and car-washing business.”

“I fell in love with just providing a service to somebody and a product and actually getting paid for it,” he said. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on scholarship, graduating with a degree in management information systems.

Thompson joined B-Line Medical in 2007 as employee No. 12. The company was 18 months old. He found the job on “We were not making money when I got here,” he said. “Like any start-up, we were having lean days. Some bills didn’t get paid.”

Thompson’s plan was to get experience, then start his own company in a few years. But he loved B-Line. “I just showed a passion for the business and a hunger to take on more responsibility and keep learning,” said Thompson, who has a master’s degree in information management from the University of Maryland. B-Line’s breakthrough came when its technology was purchased by Washington University in St. Louis and by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“When we landed those two, things started snowballing,” Thompson said.”

Read the full article on The Washington Post website

Abstract Submission Deadlines for SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Summer Events End Soon!

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Sim Champs! The time is almost here to submit your courses for SimGHOSTS Summer events taking place around the World! Get discounted registration to your regional event by being accepted to present at the meeting. Highlight your program success stories and support your community by submitting awesome content today!

Due Dates:

USA – February 1st Extended Until February 8th!

AUS – February 8th

UK – February 15th

We are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Podium Presentations (20 minute, 50 minute or 110 minute lecture with photos, videos and demos)
  • Workshops (2 – 4 hour hands-on training course)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)

 SimGHOSTS topic categories for all events are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology

They are also looking for presentations in VR, augmented reality, patient safety, and other specialized simulation technologies in 2016!

Presentations can be of varying length: 20, 50 or 110 minutes; or a 4-hour workshop. They are looking for content that covers many experience levels, from Beginner to Advanced.Accepted 20 minute proposals earn presenter a $25 discount on event registration. 
Accepted 50 or 110 minute proposals earn a $50 discount for one of the presenter(s).
Accepted 4-hour workshops earn a $50 discount for up to 3 presenters.

Presentation Proposal Links by Event:

SimGHOSTS 2016: Australia



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Tonight! Jeopardy Game Show to Feature Healthcare Simulation

*Updated* Jan. 26th

Last week the world famous Jeopardy! Game Show Featured Healthcare Simulation as a game category!


“In researching the Simulation Center – which offers the latest in cutting-edge research and training and features the use of high-tech mannequins as patients – we were impressed by the online videos of Dr. Jennifer Arnold, Neonatologist and the Center’s Medical Director.

Further investigation revealed that this same Dr. Arnold was the star of TLC’s “The Little Couple.” Given her expertise, the complexity of our clues and Dr. Arnold’s familiarity with being on camera, we invited her to present these “simulation clues” herself – a responsibility that would usually be assigned to Alex Trebek and/or the Clue Crew.”

Learn more about the coverage of Healthcare Simulation in Jeopardy on the show’s website!

— Original Post —

Here’s an exciting opportunity for the healthcare simulation community that was orchestrated by Jennifer Arnold from Texas Children’s Hospital. Jeopardy! producers visited her facility and captured short vignettes of the simulation team in action. The result: the game show will feature a simulation category, and videos demonstrating the answers will be aired.

Please spread the word so that simulation professionals everywhere tune in this Friday, January 22!

Professional Learning Series Webcasts from the National Patient Safety Foundation


In celebration of our attendance tomorrow at that National Patient Safety Summit today we are sharing about the Professional Learning Series Webcasts from the National Patient Safety Foundation.

The NPSF Professional Learning Series offers the convenience of continuing education and peer-to-peer collaboration in an online learning environment. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) may register for their individual participation in a webcast at the member rate of only $20. Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for webcasts for their teams. As of January 2016, the cost of attendance for nonmembers has been reduced to $99



Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Complimentary webcast: open to all at no charge

During this webcast, the co-chairs of an expert panel convened by NPSF will discuss the panel’s recommendations for future work in patient safety, recently published in the report Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human.

Featured speakers
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

Kaveh G. Shojania, MD
Director, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto
Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Quality & Safety

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
President and CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation
President and CEO, NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

Registration will open soon. Please check back here.

Evaluation of Perioperative Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Featured speaker
Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH
Anesthesiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

In this webcast, Dr. Nanji, lead investigator of a recent study on this topic, will discuss her team’s findings. Read the paper published in Anesthesiology.

Registration will open soon. Please check back here.


Learn more at the NPSF website today!

IMSH 2016 Opens in San Diego

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The 16th annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare launched yesterday and the number of new companies entering our space is staggering. Perhaps the reason has something to do with SSH President Chad Epps announcement during the opening ceremonies that this was the most attended IMSH event ever with over 2500 attendees! The opening ceremonies received a standing ovation after a number of champions from around the world shared their personal stories that connected their lives to the opportunities of simulation. It was a fantastic way to remind the community that the end goal of simulation, is the patient safety outcomes that come with improved training and healthier professional communication practices.

HealthySimulation will be interviewing many of the vendors tomorrow so stay tuned for all our upcoming video content highlighting the latest in simulation technologies.

For now, check out these quick announcements that were sent our way:

Operative Experience Strengthens Business with Lou Oberndorf as Significant Investor and Chairman. Learn more here.

New Lap Team Training from 3D Systems (Simbionix)
At IMSH, experience the new high fidelity laparoscopic team training capability that allows several trainees to work on one LAP Mentor procedure simultaneously.
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Two Places to Witness the Latest in Motion Tracking for Healthcare Applications

At IMSH next week, there are two places to witness the latest in motion tracking for healthcare applications: 1) the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase on Sunday afternoon, and 2) the Polhemus booth, #527. See a live demo of the MicroSensor 1.8, designed specifically for a cardiac catheterization simulator. Complimentary technologies, such as the FastSCAN II 3D laser scanner and the OmniView eye tracker will also be on display.

Be the first to see all that’s new in CAE Healthcare booths #600 and #608!

During the 16th Annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, we will debut a number of never-before-seen patient, surgical, and center management solutions, with new advancements in educational content.

Come explore the latest developments in simulation training technology and partake in compelling, live demonstrations.

  • Follow an intense medical emergency scenario, featuring patient simulators Lucina and METIman
  • Catch round-the-clock demos of our LearningSpace and Replay audiovisual and center management solutions (Booth #608)
  • Witness hyper-realistic surgical cut suit simulations for tactical combat trauma, conducted by Strategic Operations

… and prepare to be amazed by a few surprises!

Laerdal Medical is proud to closely collaborate with these partners. Together, we are able to better understand real user needs so that efficient learning solutions may be implemented locally. We invite you to visit our partner’s booths at IMSH 2016.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Booth #1004 – Discover how our partnership has resulted in collaborative programs and products that contribute to the health and well-being of newborns, infants, and children around the world. Booth #1004

HealthStream – Booth #701: Stop by and ask about HealthStream and Laerdal’s delivery of the new American Heart Association electronic learning solutions for BLS, ACLS, and PALS training.

NLN – Booth #800: Engage with the NLN about collaborative efforts to harness simulation and technology to advance excellence in nursing education including SIRC, SESN, and vSim for Nursing. Booth #800

AHA – Booth #701: Get hands-on with the competency-based RQI training program for high-quality CPR and improved patient outcomes. Learn about the problem of rapid skills decay and the solution that RQI offers.

Blue Street Capital – #800: Connect with our partners from Blue Street Capital who can work with you to find the best financial solution to maximize the benefits of financing and leasing.


Remedy Simulation Group is excited to be attending IMSH 2016 in San Diego! Please come see our new simulation products, review our contract manufacturing options, and meet “Crystal” our Rapid Anatomy™ model. We look forward to talking with you at booth #730!


SynDaver, EMS announce partnership at IMSH

SAN DIEGO – SynDaver Labs and Education Management Services (EMS) have teamed up and plan to showcase their new partnership at theInternational Meeting for Simulation and Healthcare from January 17-20.                        

During the three-day conference the two companies will demonstrate what they believe to be the most medically accurate and comprehensive medical training simulation system built to date. This system will utilize a combination of SynDaver’s flagship Synthetic Patient model and EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ operating platform.

Follow @HealthySim and #IMSH2016 for all the latest!

Inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare Video Interview

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Late last year attended the inaugural Pan Asia Simulation Society in Healthcare conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosted by Taylor’s University. The three day event brought together simulation champions from across Asia and the United States for courses in debriefing, international collaboration, technology integration, and more. During that time we had a chance to video interview PASSH President Sabrina Koh RN, MHSc(Edu), PGDip(CC), CHSE, Assistant Director of Nursing of Sengkang Health in Singapore – who helped to launch the organization and the event. Also on hand was Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of the WISER Center, Past SSH President, and Keynote speaker of the inaugural event.

Read my full PASSH conference recaps below for more information and then watch the video below to learn more!

To learn more, visit the PASSH Website today! Founder & Entrepreneur Lance Baily Interviewed by Modern Outcomes

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Last month founder and Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily was interviewed via podcast by Matthew Stoltz of Modern Outcomes. The podcast covered Lance’s background and journey into medical simulation, his career, and the many entrepreneurial simulation projects he helped to create including and

What You Will Learn:

How SimGHOSTS tackles core issues facing technical simulation specialists today:

  • Training facilitation
  • Professional development processes
  • Showcasing the value of the technical support staff role

How you can validate simualtion purchases with validated customer input

How Healthy Simulation acts as an equalizer ensuring that simulation resources are available across the globe.

Listen to the full podcast on Modern Outcomes today!

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EHR Tutor Announces Integration with Pocket Nurse Demo Dose

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Awesome news from EHR Tutor regarding Integration partnership with Demo Dose simulated medications from Pocket Nurse! Such partnerships go a long way to ensure healthcare learners are able to safely learn in simulated environments.

EHR Tutor announced today that Pocket Nurse Demo Dose drugs will now integrate with the Medication Administration Records (MAR) within EHR Tutor’s electronic charting system as a way to provide a fully integrated solution for Nursing and Allied Health simulation labs. Demo Dose practice medications can now be scanned within the EHR Tutor application using a compatible barcode scanner for simulated medication administration. As more Nursing and Allied Health schools increase lab hours for students, lab faculty and staff are looking for ways to improve simulation experiences.

EHR Tutor patient scenarios can be customized and used with simulation manikins to allow students to review patient information and then chart interventions and assessments during lab time. Students can review orders and verify allergies for every patient before administering a medication. Using Pocket Nurse Demo Dose drugs, students use a barcode scanner to scan the patient and Demo Dose barcode before recording the medication details in the electronic chart.

All current Demo Dose drugs are pre-programmed into the EHR Tutor database so no additional barcodes need to be printed prior to lab hours. Lab staff and faculty can choose a patient scenario with the proper orders already saved or add orders for the Demo Dose medications for any simulation.

With this new partnership, EHR Tutor and Pocket Nurse are making simulation set-up easier and faster than ever before. Diane Yeager, Founder of EHR Tutor, states, “Simulation Lab Coordinators are overwhelmed by the amount of setup required for simulations. The integration of Demo Dose drugs with our Medication Administration Records will provide a seamless, coordinated solution to administering medications in a simulation setting.”

For anyone interested in learning more about how this new integration can work in a simulation setting, there will be a free webinar hosted on January 19th at 2pm ET describing the functionality of EHR Tutor’s MAR in relation to Demo Dose drugs. Register for the EHR Tutor Demo Dose webinar here.

About Pocket Nurse
For 25 years, Pocket Nurse has been a leading provider of medical supplies for simulation and education.Since its founding, Pocket Nurse has developed world-class customer service and clinical expertise to provide customers the peace of mind that comes only from working with a nurse-owned-and-operated company.  Today, Pocket Nurse offers more than 5,000 products worldwide and is the market leader in custom student health totes and simulated medications for education with Demo Dose. Learn more at the Pocket Nurse website.

About EHR Tutor
EHR Tutor is an affordable, easy to use solution for electronic charting in the classroom, simulation lab and clinicals. EHR Tutor’s web-based systems works on any computer, tablet or smartphone. Students have access to all standard charting as well as specialty items including: Mental Health, Labor and Delivery, Newborn, Pediatric, Outpatient and EMT/EMS modules. Learn more at the EHR Tutor website!

Tomorrow: EMS Global Institute for Simulation Training Provides Free Webinar Series by Moulage Concepts

EMS Webinar

“Bridging the Gap in Simulated Training Exercises”

Our friends at GIST and are joining up to bring you a powerful webinar on the the utilization of Moulage to increase the realism of your simulation experiences!

Presented by:
Bobbie Merica
Moulage Concepts Inc.

Abstract: In this webinar, educators will learn to enhance realism in simulated nursing scenarios while providing best practice techniques. The use of medical moulage assists the learner in “bridging the gap” between simulated training exercises and real life events. Whether you are just getting started in moulage or looking to advance your techniques, the application of moulage to support patient assessment, injury recognition, and decision making provides a unique training opportunity that enhances the simulation experience.

1. Identify the role of moulage in creating lifelike simulation scenarios
2. Illustrate the benefits of incorporating moulage into the simulation settings
3. Explore strategies to creating powerful learning experiences combining human patient simulators, live actors, and interactive, odorous, three dimensional wounds
4. Discuss options for working within your time and/or budgetary constraints

Sponsored by
The Global Institute for Simulation Training,
the educational arm of
Education Management Solutions.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2:00 pm EST
(1:00 pm CST; 12 Noon MST; 11:00 am PST)

Webinars are one hour in length. Space is limited.

Click here to register for this FREE Webinar!