Surgical Systems Provides Ross II Robotic Surgery Simulator for Da Vinci Training

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Recently we learned about the Ross II surgical simulator which provides the skills necessary to operate the da Vinci surgical robot.

What is RoSS?

  • RoSS is a portable, stand-alone Robotic Surgery Simulator that teaches novice surgeons the motor and cognitive skills required for operating the da Vinci surgical robot.
  • The RoSS uses virtual reality to introduce the user to the fundamentals of robot-assisted surgery. It boasts a multi-level curriculum, designed with various levels of difficulty, that takes the user through and teaches the required skills for effectively advancing robotic surgery abilities.
  • RoSS is the only robotic surgery simulator featuring full-length surgical procedures in 3D, otherwise known as HoST.
  • RoSS is portable, so novice surgeons are able to practice and train without using valuable OR space and time.

New in RoSS II


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The portable, stand-alone RoSS II console is a sleek redesign of the original RoSS that boasts improved graphics, enhanced visualization, smaller size, and decreased weight.

  • NEW Improved Graphics
  • NEW Improved Physics in Skills Modules
  • NEW Superior Arm Motion and Interaction
  • NEW Robotic Skills Assessment (RSA) Score

Features & Benefits

  • Portable, stand-alone console can be setup anywhere.
  • Integrated management system stores metrics for all users and tasks performed.
  • HoST (Hands-on Surgical Training) modules use actual surgical cases for unparalleled realism.
  • Adjustability and usability customizable to each user.
  • Proven track record of mechanical and electrical reliability.
  • Ergonomically adjustable to each user.

Learn more on the Simulated Surgical Systems Website!


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Action Training Provides Video Recording Services for EMS/Fire Fighter Training Departments

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Is your EMS or Fire Fighter department seeking video production services for your training program? Then you have to check out the awesome team from Action Training Systems! Action Training Systems’ focus is providing superior training programs for emergency responders in both the private and public sector. They started out with linear programs on VHS as companion products to written manuals and have branched out to include Online interactive courses, streaming video and DVDs. Providing training programs at all levels makes them effective at program delivery regardless of your training style or needs. Check out this example below for safety procedures:

The above video is Fireghter Safety: Part I. This Essentials of Fire Fighting series presents an overview of fire department and firefighter responsibilities under NFPA 1500. Describes the Incident Command System, control zones at emergency response scenes and how to meet the physical demands of the job through fitness and wellness programs. I wish we had more videos like these during my fire academy!

Learning Opportunities From the Action Training Website:

We offer over 200 Fire and EMS training programs. Our programs are designed to be used as instructor resources in and out of the classroom. Each course thoroughly covers a distinct set of learning objectives with high quality visual examples. For example our EMT training series has 27 titles, each of the videos run between 17 and 28 minutes, short enough to hold learners attention, but also long enough to cover necessary information. Interactive courses take approximately 1 hour to complete. The courses contain the same video content as the DVD but also include interactive questions, chapter quizzes and final exams.

Learn more about Action Training System on their website,
and be sure to tell them HealthySimulation.com sent you!

Nena Sim Neonatal Simulator from Epona with Realistic Movement

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Have you seen the Nena Sim Neonatal simulator from Epona Medical? Besides being the only baby simulator that has eyes, head, limb movement, Nena Sim can also realistically simulate vocal sounds, infant breathing pattens and complications, circulation features and anatomical airways. Check out this video demo below:

About Nena Sim

Nena Sim is the world’s most realistic baby simulator. NENA Sim is born to complement realistic multidisciplinary team and/or individual baby patient simulation training. Nena Sim offers an ideal training solution for a wide range of healthcare professional including but not limited to patient care, emergency medical intervention and resuscitation training for dynamic team or individual training.

  • Suitable for a wide range of healthcare professional
  • Realistic eyes, head, and limbs movements
  • Simulate various breathing pattern with different rate, depth and complications.
  • Playable vocal sound recordings.
  • Blood pressure and heart-rate set up functions.
  • Offer various parameters output on the patient monitor: ECGs, SpO2, CO2, ABP, CVP, PAP, PCWP, NIBP and TOF.
  • Intubation through anatomical realistic airway
  • User-friendly touchscreen interface allowing the instructor to input the baby movements and parameters output on the patient monitor.
  • Different language options.

Learn more on the Epona Website today!


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SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Day 2 Starts with Exploration of NASA Influences

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Today was Day 2 of the 3rd annual SimGHOSTS technology training event in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University. Yesterday we heard from two plenary speakers, with the keynote address sponsored by Laerdal Medical:

About Laerdal Sponsored Keynote Speaker Lance Baily

Lance 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, 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.

Keynote Presentation “To Boldly Go”

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. 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 will take away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions. Finally, Lance will explore 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.

Day 1 Afternoon Plenary

Stephen Guinea is the Coordinator of Health Simulation for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Within this role, Stephen has driven the strategic direction of health simulation at ACU focusing on simulation learning environments, staff capacity and capability and curriculum integration with the purpose of a quality student (and staff) experience of simulation. Stephen’s research interests include simulation design for authentic learning, clinical skills development and integrating theories of workplace learning into university curriculum. Stephen has received three learning and teaching awards including a 2013 Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Stephen’s PhD research focused on designing sociocultural simulation for international nursing students as preparation for the clinical placement.

One of the greatest challenges facing health simulation programs is meeting the needs of the various stakeholders in a sustainable way. A significant part of this challenge is understanding the various needs and expectations, creating and communicating a vision, and enacting the vision in a way that is sustainable. The Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has taken a strategic approach to the advancement of health simulation in terms of building facilities, capacity and capability of simulation technical services, education and training, curriculum integration and research. The success of such an approach is dependent on communication and relationships.

In this session, Stephen discussed that whilst very large student numbers, limited numbers of simulation technicians and an increasingly sessionalised academic workforce present particular challenges to advancing a simulation agenda for 13 health disciplines across 6 campuses, significant opportunities exist. The rapid advancement of simulation and simulation related technologies and a clear and consistent vision of simulation as a learning and teaching method shared by all stakeholders allows for thinking about how to “do” simulation in a way that meets these challenges. This session described the ongoing approach to building a sustainable simulation program at ACU and the essential contribution simulation technicians make to such success.

Day 2 Morning Plenary

This morning, Dr. Sprick gave us a deeper dive historical exploration of healthcare simulation, connecting the various industries that have contributed to our own.

Dr. Cyle Sprick is the Director of the Clinical Simulation Unit in the School of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia. Dr Sprick has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on clinical simulation. Clinically, Dr Sprick has been a practicing Paramedic since 1996, first in Texas, and then in Adelaide from 2000. Sitting at the nexus of clinical practice, education and biomedical engineering, Dr Sprick brings a unique perspective to clinical simulation. Before moving to Australia in 2000, Cyle worked for Oceaneering Space Systems (a NASA contractor) designing and building cryogenic (liquid air) based life support systems for underwater astronaut training, firefighters, and haz-mat workers. He also worked on the design of a liquid oxygen based life support system for the Mars mission space suit, and various robotic projects.

Augmented patients are an amalgamation of manikins, simulated patients (actors) and task trainers to provide the best of all three when simulating the deteriorating patient. Dr Cyle Sprick from Flinders University in Adelaide has been developing this style of simulation for over a decade. Dr Sprick discussed some of the work of the giants on who’s shoulders we stand as well as some of the new technological developments that are enabling this modality.

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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.”

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.

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Lockheed Martin Provided Virtual Reality Healthcare Simulation Training with ICE STORM

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Searching youtube for medical simulation stories we came across an interesting product from Lockheed Martin called: ICE STORM (Integrated Clinical Environment; Systems, Training, Operations, Research, Methods). This technology applied Lockheed Martin’s expertise in engineering excellence, modeling and simulation, analytics and technology integration to improve the full lifecycle of the clinical healthcare environment.

Sadly we believe that Lockheed Martin has canceled this product as we cannot find more information about it on their website. Looked like the graphics were really strong! Did you ever experience ICE STORM first hand?

Reconditioned Hospital Beds From Pocket Nurse For Your Sim Lab

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Sim Champs did you know that Pocket Nurse can provide recondition hospital beds for your healthcare education program? Because of the high quality review of these beds, Pocket Nurse guarantees a 3 years warranty! The process further explained below includes replacement of all worn electrical equipment and rails, along with a white glove delivery and installation service. Get affordable and functioning beds for your simulation program through Pocket Nurse!

Proprietary Pocket Nurse Bed Reconditioning Process

All Reconditioned Beds by Pocket Nurse are repainted with durable, automotive-grade paint, cleaned and decontaminated. We strip, sand, treat and remove rust from all headboards, footboards, rails, sleep surfaces and access panels and evaluate all beds to ensure they meet the manufacturer’s original specifications. We test all motors, boards, switches, drive components, caster wheels and brake/steer components, replace all worn or damaged elements, install new plastic side rail canes, affix new safety, caution and product labels and include brand new hospital-grade mattresses.

Learn more and get your Reconditioned Hospital Beds On the Pocket Nurse website!

Elon Musk: There’s a Good Chance We Are Just Characters In A Future Simulation

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A fun Simulation thought for Friday here. Have you heard philosopher Nick Bostrom’s aptly titled paper “Are You in a Computer Simulation?” You can read the whole thing here, but the core is more or less as Musk describes it just below. It’s an interesting concept which I think further demonstrates the expanded understanding by the general public about the potential of simulation.

“One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears. Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations.

Suppose that these simulated people are conscious (as they would be if the simulations were sufficiently fine-grained and if a certain quite widely accepted position in the philosophy of mind is correct). Then it could be the case that the vast majority of minds like ours do not belong to the original race but rather to people simulated by the advanced descendants of an original race. It is then possible to argue that, if this were the case, we would be rational to think that we are likely among the simulated minds rather than among the original biological ones. Therefore, if we don’t think that we are currently living in a computer simulation, we are not entitled to believe that we will have descendants who will run lots of such simulations of their forebears. That is the basic idea.”

Except from Vox News:

Elon Musk took the stage at the recent Recode’s annual Code Conference and explained that though we think we’re flesh-and-blood participants in a physical world, we are almost certainly computer-generated entities living inside a more advanced civilization’s video game. Elon Musk explains in the video clip above:

“The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following. Forty years ago we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.

If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale.

So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions. Tell me what’s wrong with that argument. Is there a flaw in that argument?”

Visit Vox’s website for the complete article about Elon Musk and the Theory of Simulation

EHR Tutor Releases New Scenes Feature to Create Unfolding Simulation Scenarios

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Last month we learned about EHR Tutor’s new “Scenes” feature, a solution to unfolding scenarios in simulation.

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EHR Tutor announced the release of a new “Scenes” feature as a way to create unfolding scenarios in simulation.

As more focus shifts to simulation in Nursing Education, Simulation Lab Coordinators often struggle to set up and maintain patient scenarios. An electronic charting system allows a student to view patient data and then chart the skills he/she performed. However, until recently, the changing information from the scenario itself would have to be manually entered by an instructor throughout the lab, or entered in advance on the static chart.

Now, with a single click of a button, lab staff can add orders, lab results and other data sets to a patient to match the scenario as it unfolds.

Founder of EHR Tutor, Diane Yeager, explains the importance of Scenes, “Unfolding scenarios in simulation is a hot topic, but there is no easy way to show unfolding patient data as a lab progresses. The manikins on the market respond to show signs of anaphylactic shock in response to an improper medication, but the chart showing the patient’s information will not reflect the patient’s distress. Where else do students find the proper information including updated orders and lab results if not in the chart? To have realistic simulation, we need the chart to reflect the changing scenario as well as the manikin and it needs to update in real time, not make believe time.”

Using Scenes, an instructor can create multiple Scenes on a standard patient scenario within EHR Tutor’s Patient Chart Library. Scenes can either correspond with a standard scenario as time progresses, or be used as responses to a student’s actions during a simulation.

The new Scenes feature was announced in a wave of EHR Tutor feature updates including multidisciplinary charting for interprofessional simulations, an Activity Library that allows activities/labs to be saved as templates and the framework for additional charting including Community Health, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

Learn more at the EHRTutor website today!

Dr. Paul Phrampus Shares Video: Beyond Healthcare Simulation Debriefing

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UPMC WISER Simulation Center Director and Past President of SSH Dr. Paul Phrampus recently shared this helpful lecture regarding his perspective about the evolving landscape of healthcare simulation debriefing:

Medical, Nursing and Healthcare has become an important teaching and assessment tool to assist in the education of healthcare providers. Simulation can help someone become a better physician, nurse, paramedic, pharmacist through simulation programs in medicine, nursing and EMS. His new Youtube channel will feature videos to assist with faculty development, trian the trainer and other aspects of simulation program development for initial program design as well as program enhancement.

Visit the Simulating Healthcare Youtube Channel for more helpful videos!