Moulage Concepts Announces Debut of SIM-Safe EMS/Nursing Product Line

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This summer, an international medical trauma moulage company specializing in nursing, trauma, hospital, mass casualty and pre-hospital moulage training, supply and certification announced the debut of their new SIM-Safe EMS/Nursing moulage product line!

Designed for the pre-hospital/simulation suite training scenario, the SIM-Safe series features realistic, non-staining, non-food based make-up, secretions, bodily fluids and three dimensional wounds that can be used to creating authentic training scenarios on both simulators and standardized patients. With focus to detail, all SIM-Safe products visually and tactually replicate natural bodily processes to ensure your moulage meets your training needs. Large 4 oz. containers for multi-scenario options!

SIM-Safe EMS Set includes:

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  • Fresh blood
  • Clotted blood
  • Bloody emesis
  • Bile • Blister
  • 10 make-up colors
  • Instaburn Set
    • Dermacurl
    • Dermascorch
    • Dermaflame
    • Dermachar

SIM-Safe Nursing Set includes:

  • Fresh blood
  • Clotted blood
  • Coffee ground emesis
  • Feces
  • Bile
  • Vomitus
  • 10 make-up colors
  • Secretion Set:
    • Clear
    • Frothy-white
    • Blood-tinged
  • Pus Set:
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Amber

Moulage Concepts, a nationwide company, provides moulage products, training and services to the simulated nursing, military, EMS, field and MCI training sectors. With attention to detail, Moulage Concepts interactive wounds can be triaged, drained, sutured, debided and even ruptured if handled aggressively. With product lines specific to training fields, their customizable line of moulage kits has won them the EMS World Innovation award 2013 for their ability to provide moulage products and training that could be customized to scenario outcomes.

Be sure to check out Bobbie’s amazing Medical Moulage Recipe Book and check the schedule of her upcoming training courses to help you  create training scenarios that look, feel, sound and smell like the real thing!

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Wallcur Now Provides Custom Practice Medication Packages for Elsevier’s SimChart

An exciting recent press release from Elsevier and Wallcur tells us about their amazing new partnership to provide better learning opportunities to their SimChart EHR customers.

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Wallcur’s Practi-Pack pre-built practice medication packages to complement Elsevier’s simulated electronic health record learning tool for nursing students. Learn more about SimChart below!

Philadelphia, Summer 2014 – “Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that Wallcur, a provider of practice medications for clinical simulation and health education, will make custom practice medications available to Elsevier’s SimChart customers.

Nursing schools using Elsevier’s SimChart, an educational electronic health record (EHR), have access to multiple hands-on, evidence-based practice scenarios that include preparing and administering of medications to patients. Through Elsevier’s relationship with Wallcur, SimChart customers now have the ability to purchase Practi-Packs, pre-built packages of medications that match up with 10 SimChart simulated cases.

“Hands-on experience in a clinical setting is key for the advancement of health science students, and practice with proper medication administration is an important part of that education,” said John Danaher, President, Education, Elsevier. “Providing students with realistic practice medications allows them to learn in a safe environment and encourages preparedness for the clinical setting.”

The Practi-Packs have bar codes, enabling students to verify drug type and dosage when administering the practice medication. The medication information also populates the EHR. The simulation cases provide a realistic look and feel of a clinical setting and allow students to treat different patient ailments with the Practi-Packs.

“Our mission at Wallcur is to provide products that simulate clinical learning in a safe, non-clinical environment,” said Wendy LaGrange, Director of Sales & Marketing, Wallcur. “By partnering with Elsevier, we’re able to make true-to-life medications available to health science students as they prepare for the challenges of tomorrow’s healthcare system.”

A sample simulation case includes a patient with myocardial infarction who is experiencing hypertension and chest pain. After assessing the simulated patient’s symptoms, the student will use the pre-packaged Practi-Packs to properly care for the patient. Each Practi-Pack will have either two or four sets of the needed medications so students can run through the scenario several times to encourage an increased level of comfort with the medication administration and scenario results.”

For more information, visit Elsvier’s SimChart page and Wallcur’s website

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MedaPhor Builds Next Generation Ultrasound Simulator Training Platform: ScanTrainer


In our final video interview from IMSH 2014, I had the chance to speak with MedaPhor CEO Stuart Gall on the exhibit floor and learn all about their extremely successful Ultrasound training platform “ScanTrainer”. One could argue I have saved the best interview for last because the way MedaPhor has thought about Ultrasound training is unique, innovative and highly intelligent – and is definitely one every simulation champion educating or training with ultrasounds should watch as we learned more about ScanTrainer:

What I very much appreciated about the MedaPhor ScanTrainer technology was the amazing engineering behind their Haptic Device which enables you to load and experience maneuvering around ANY patient body type. Consider that with a “perfectly chiseled” task trainer ultrasound abdomen, learners are limited to learning a limited scope of anatomy — one I am sure does not actually occur too often in practice. Thus, Medaphor provides learners with the opportunity to focus on the screen where they analyzing the internal views of the body while receiving the true tactile feel of the anatomy of the patient. While clearly no patient “form” exists for the space, true ultrasound experiences have the visual attention on the screens, not on the patient’s body. I had a chance to operate the device and it felt amazingly real as I moved across the patient’s invisible form.

Medaphor launched out of Cardiff University Medical School when they launched ScanTrainer, when they realized there was a huge demand for ultrasound training but not enough patients to provide realistic education. Scans shown on the screen aren’t simulated, they are scans from actual patients!

More about the Medahpor ScanTrainer From Their Website:

Real Scans: We believe realism is the key to the perfect learning experience, so all our ScanTrainer ultrasound images are actual scans from real patients. Step-by-step instructions guide users through an easy to follow curriculum based, structured teaching programme.

Real Feel: Transvaginal and transabdominal scanning are realistically replicated using haptic feedback devices which in the case of the TAS system can simulate different patient types and positions. Detailed virtual anatomy, of the actual patient, specific to each scan, helps trainees understand orientation and probe manipulation.

Real Expert Guidance: Our stunning new real-time ScanTutor expert guidance, literally guides the trainee as though an expert was standing by their side explaining how to scan. A recent study shows that preclinical core skills learning can save costs compared to training on live patients.

Real Assessment: The unique Learning Management System built into every ScanTrainer provides detailed task-by- task feedback to trainees. Each task attempted is compared against expert data and trainee results are displayed on a results review screen with detailed feedback of why they have passed or failed. Simulated ultrasound controls teach core image manipulation skills and measurement functions.

Real Savings: ScanTrainer helps relieve the pressure on trainers and equipment by expediting skills acquisition and increasing trainees’ competency prior to hands-on patient contact. A recent study shows that practical skills training using simulation can save costs compared with a traditional approach to training using live scanning lists. simulation saves tutor time, less expert supervision is required in the early stages and clinical equipment can be released to meet clinical service delivery targets.

Medaphor has been extremely successful in the EU and was at IMSH 2014 for the first time as they continued to expand their presence in the US marketplace. Anyone looking for a high-fidelity ultrasound trainer should experience Medaphor’s ScanTrainer ASAP!

Learn more at the Medaphor Website today!

Microsoft Develops First Person Hyperlapse Video Stabilization Algorithm

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Immediately after watching Microsoft’s First Person Hyperlapse video posted last week my imagination started thinking of all the implications for future healthcare simulation debriefings. What does Microsoft first person hyperlapse video stabilization algorithm do? It takes non-stabilized first-person video footage which is very sped-up and makes it watchable by forcing the smoothing over of non-dominant pixels. Still sound confusing? Watch the video below to see three examples of how this software can help show a first person story to life:

About the Project Built By Microsoft Researchers Johannes Kopf, Michael Cohen & Richard Szeliski:

We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera. At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic camera shake present in first-person videos is amplified by the speed-up. Scene Reconstruction: Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input.

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Consider how this technology could be useful in hospital, military or healthcare austere environments to re-watch hours and hours of footage quickly and seamlessly while still being able to gather the major story highlights. While minuscule details will be missed, the raw footage itself will still be available to explore those moments. This algorithm will allow for massive review of huge amounts of video data for debriefing, which could have major implications for long-duration events like military engagements, five alarm fires, surgeries or other major events.

Read the research paper and watch high-resolution versions of various experimental videos at Microsoft’s Research Website.

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“No Harm, No Foul” – The Benefits of Healthcare Simulation By Jane Langille

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Renown Health and Medical Writer Jane Langille recently published an article for the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science entitled “No Harm, No Foul – The Benefits of Healthcare Simulation” in which she dives into the numerous opportunities available from training through this emerging technology. It’s a great read for those interested in starting or expanding their medical simulation programs.

Jane explains her journey for writing this article on her blog:

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, there was a huge influx of patients to local hospitals, yet all of the 140 victims treated in the aftermath of the incident lived, thanks in part to mass casualty simulation training that had taken place years before.

Simulation education is a vital tool for all healthcare professionals, from frontline responders to medical laboratory technologists. Hands-on simulation experience allows healthcare workers to get messy, make mistakes and hone problem-solving skills — with no risk to patients.

New technology makes simulation education possible. You may be familiar with Rescusi-Anne or Hal from CPR courses. These high-fidelity mannequins can be programmed for different simulation exercises and respond during the simulation. Recorded events can be analyzed after the simulation to help improve: reaction times; communication between team members; and ultimately, patient outcomes. Improved technology is one side of the equation, but learning how human factors interact with technology matters too.

I enjoyed writing this story for the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science. Experts at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto shared their perspectives on the benefits of simulation education for undergrad medical laboratory technologists. Beyond the classroom, Alberta Health Services has an innovative mobile simulation model called eSIM (Educate, Simulate, Innovate and Motivate): Simulation learning and development specialists visit remote hospital settings, bringing the benefits of simulation training to MLTs and their healthcare teams.

Read the CJMJS “No Harm No Foul” article here and visit Jane’s blog for more great content!

CHEST Innovation, Simulation and Training Center Available for Hosting Healthcare Training Events


Currently wrapping up is SimGHOSTS 2014 USA at the American College of CHEST Physicians in Glenview Illinois, just outside of Chicago. An amazing location for innovative training — so if you are looking for a host center you should consider CHEST!

The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center at CHEST Global Headquarters is a state-of-the art facility fully equipped to deliver clinical medical education as well as events outside the medical field. Designed and built by the American College of Chest Physicians, the training center easily accommodates any variety of meetings. Whether you want to use their cutting-edge simulation resources and high-tech audiovisual equipment or just want a comfortable gathering space, they can tailor their services to meet your needs. From the moment you and your guests step into this award-winning building, you’ll appreciate their modern style and traditional values for offering the best services for your event.

The ISTC training center includes:

  • A 3,200-square foot auditorium, ideal for lectures and forums
  • Eight conference rooms
  • Six simulation training labs designed to feel like ICU suites
  • Additional amenities to support your event

CHEST staff offers:

  • Meeting management assistance: We have certified meeting professionals who can help you coordinate your event.
  • Clinical simulation training expertise: Our simulation staff can help manage your event.

The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center and CHEST Global Headquarters boast a modern, sleek design that is welcoming and comfortable. Behind the scenes, a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure can support a wide range of technology needs.

Designed to be environmentally and socially responsible, the training center and headquarters are built to Silver LEED specifications. And, in 2013, CHEST Global Headquarters won the prestigious “Green Development of the Year Award” from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the premier organization for real estate professionals in metropolitan Chicago.

They are committed to traditional values and excellence. Their clinical education programs are internationally recognized and accredited. They hold Accreditation With Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, placing them in the highest tier of continuing medical education providers. As the first medical association in the nation to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, they are recognized as an international leader in providing hands-on learning opportunities.

View a list of their live courses, many of which are taking place at the new center.

Are you looking to rent the training center space? Visit their CHEST training center website.

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SimGHOSTS Holds 4th Annual Hands-On Training Event to 220 Participants

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Currently on day 2 of SimGHOSTS 2014 USA, more than 220 participants from around the world came together at the American College of CHEST Physicians in Glenview, Illinois for hands-on training workshops, community networking, vendor exhibit hall and professional development courses.  A four day event, the 4th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists was the second meeting the non-profit 501(c)3 organization put this year following its first-ever Australia event which took place a month ago at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

  • Level 3 Healthcare sponsored the opening keynote address by SimGHOSTS President James Cypert opened the event by explaining the need for technology-related research, training program development and chapertization of the organization.
  • Executive Director Lance Baily recapped on the continued expansion of the organization with both Australian Simulation Leaders and UK Simulation Leaders
  • Event Director Ryan Eling accepted the Board’s offering of SimGHOSTS first full-time position
  • Laerdal Sponsored UK’s ASPiH Simulation Technician Group Leaders Jane Nicklin and Stuart Riby to attend the event and share the development of a Apprenticeship program for Sim Techs, and connected a livestream Google Glass walkthrough of their simulation lab with Chris Gay back at HILS in the UK.
  • B-Line Medical awarded $1000 in prizes to “How To” video contestant winners Arielle Glenn and duo Sylvie Guimont + Genevieve Cote.
  • provided intro and intermediate workshops on moulage design and application
  • More than 50 sessions are currently being provided to 185 Sim Techs from around the world.
  • Pocket Nurse recognized their two full-scholarship winners who would have otherwise been unable to attend the event.
  • Fifteen vendors including CAE Healthcare, Worldpoint, Gaumard and many more.

Follow @SimGHOSTS and #SG14USA and visit for all the latest!

LIVE NOW! SimGHOSTS USA Opening Keynote Address Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare

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Level 3 Healthcare has sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA @ CHEST (#SG14USA) keynote address, presented by recently appointed SimGHOSTS President James Cypert! This event is being broadcast and streamed LIVE RIGHT NOW day 1 of the main event at the American College of CHEST Physicians in greater Chicago, IL!


SimGHOSTS proudly introduces Level 3 Healthcare as the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Medical is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team has added a special plenary panel Friday morning to dive deeper into the Level 3 Medical build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program.

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert will present on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He will begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this year’s keynote address is to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

Visit the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Level 3 Medical Opening Keynote Address Page RIGHT NOW!

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Mobile “Pop Up” Simulation Lab From MDT

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Ever wish you could “pop up” a simulation room to provide training environments as you needed, where you needed? Check out this new innovative product called ProSIMex from MDT and Inaditus and Immersive Technologies. The MDT group is comprised of immersive technicians, IT programmers, web design specialists, educationalists, along with healthcare and business professionals. MDT Global Solutions provides “innovative products and training to the Medical, Disaster and Technical Rescue industry”.

About the Immersive Classroom:

Conceptually the team has designed a portable immersive classroom with live video on 3 walls which is interactive through touch wall technology. The team can create any environment in a 4×4 meter space including Street, riot, fire, road, house, ambulance, emergency department, theatre unit, intensive care, ward, or just about any other environment. All of which can be changed with the click of a mouse!

MDT Managing Director David Halliwell MSc Paramedic FIfL says “We are also linking proSIMex with other tools that we believe make for real learning including iSimulate’s ALSi.”

Learn more about this and other innovative ideas from MDT (include SimGranny) at the MDT Website!

What Is a 21st-Century Doctor? Rethinking the Significance of the Medical Degree

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The folks at SimulationIQ of Education Management Solutions recently shared this article published by the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges entitled “What Is a 21st-Century Doctor? Rethinking the Significance of the Medical Degree” by Olle ten Cate, PhD.

The interesting questions asked by the author include:

  • What is the core knowledge that medical doctors should possess?
  • What signifies the medical degree within the continuum of medical training?
  • Is the trajectory to highly specialized medical practice too long?
  • To what extent is medical practice still the prerogative of medical doctors?
  • How must international medical graduates be recognized?
  • Is the medical profession becoming an occupation?
  • Is It Time to Rethink the Medical Degree?

The undergraduate medical degree, leading to a license to practice, has traditionally been the defining professional milestone of the physician. Developments in health care and medical education and training, however, have changed the significance of the medical degree in the continuum of education toward clinical practice. The author discusses six questions that should lead us to rethink the current status and significance of the medical degree and, consequently, that of the physician. These questions include the quest for core knowledge and competence of the doctor, the place of the degree in the education continuum, the increasing length of training, the sharing of health care tasks with other professionals, and the nature of professional identity in a multitasking world. The author concludes by examining ways to redefine what it means to be a “medical doctor.”

A Brief History of the Medical Degree
Ask anyone in the street to pick one profession on earth that stands out for its well-defined status, and the medical doctor will soon be mentioned. Societies have had professionals caring for the health of citizens as long as mankind has existed.7 Over time, healing became the prerogative of certified professionals. As early as in 2000 BC Babylonian society,8 documented rights and obligations began to signify the social contract between a medical professional community with distinct knowledge and skills and the society’s collective citizens. Medical doctors, initially modeled after Asclepius and Hippocrates, became university-educated professionals, and in the 19th century, theoretical university study combined with practical experience as an apprentice became a certification requirement for the medical doctor.7,9 In virtually all countries, certification is now grounded in national legislation. The degree of medical doctor, awarded by a university, and the right to practice the medical profession, granted by registration as a medical practitioner, mark a rite of passage into the professional community. The medical degree seems solidly rooted in society.

However, the professional world of health care has dramatically changed in the 20th century. Abraham Flexner, reporting a century ago about the state of U.S. and European medical education,10 did not yet mention internships or any hospital training after graduation. This reflected the prevailing practice of relying on undergraduate medical education as sufficient preparation for lifelong medical practice.9 At that time, Dutch medical diplomas were signed not only by university authorities but also by the city mayor, certifying service to the local community for many years. Additional postgraduate specialty training was an exception, only later becoming the norm for medical graduates. In the 21st century the medical degree, while still significant in its legal status, has become an intermediate station in a long educational trajectory, rather than an end point. In addition, its status has become much less clear, and we might wonder whether we are approaching the end of the MD status as we have known it for many decades. Six questions should make us rethink this status.

You can read the full AAMC article here and be sure to check out the SimulationIQ article list for more great content!