Alldattia Provides A/V Systems to Brazilian Sim Centers



Are you looking for Simulation Design services in Brazil or South America? Alldattia assists in the specification, design and installation of audiovisual corporate environments, specializing in medical simulation suites. Since 2005, they have provided hospital and surgical environments with system additions including medical devices with audio capabilities, Video, IT and Telecommunications. Systems designed by Alldattia are already running in more than 30 installations.

Recently they shared some of the lesssons learned from installing A/V systems in medical simulation spaces (some translation errors may exist):

“But a new technology was put in the market and in 2009 we started to install Realistic Medical Simulation environments. At first, we did exactly what was on the books and we immediately understood that who wrote those books knew a lot about simulation but nothing about audio and video. We’ve installed seven simulation environments for one particular client and it worked fine, but could be better. After some training, the instructors was able to operate a 50 knobs audio mixer with very little trouble. Most of the times they was not quick enough to adjust audio levels, or to eliminate audio feedback. You can imagine the mess that fifty knobs and other dozen of buttons that look all the same can do during an emergency situation. Lots of audio feedback, lots of too much volume, too low volume, and lots of complaints.

We attended Congresses, intensively interacted with globally recognized experts on medical simulation, manufacturers of simulation systems, manufacturers of medical devices, and several other experts that could contribute with us to develop better and simpler systems for the medical learning environment. We still do it. It’s a continuously learning, researching and developing. Intuitive (one button) System – UNIT (Tiradentes University, Aracaju, Brazil) Intuitive (one button) System – UNIT (Tiradentes University, Aracaju, Brazil) Back to the design desk, we started to develop what we called “the one only button system”. It’s basically a bunch of electronics that sit on hidden places where the user can’t touch or barely see. We try to hide everything that does not need to be visible. The only things that we still can’t hide are set in the top of the desk. And it has one only button (press and release). That’s it. And we never had another complaint.

The basic idea is to let the instructor to focus on medical things and completely forget about electronic devices. He or she already have too much to concentrate when operating the medical and simulation devices and scenarios. The intuitive system that we built does not need any training. Of course that one or another customization is necessary from one client to another, but it’s expected. Some clients need special features and we like it a lot. We learn with our client needs. There is one important thing that we learned, and this might be the most important.

Besides learning from clients, we need to teach and educate them before start talking about electronics. It’s necessary to listen a lot, design solutions and, sometimes, to explain why that ‘simple’ thing that is being requested should not be implemented. It’s important to put expectations to a certain level that we can accomplish.”

Learn more at the Alldattia Website today!

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Canadian SIM-one Announces December’s Sim Expo Speakers & Agenda for 2015 Event!

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SimONE recently announced their 2015 conference speakers – Dr. Teresa Gore, president of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL), and Dr. Teodore Grantcharov, Canada Research Chair (CIHR-funded) in simulation and surgical safety. These two simulation experts are revolutionizing the field of simulation and will open day one and day two, respectively, of the expo.


Here is a list of just some of the workshop sessions you can attend at SIM Expo 2015:

  • Integrating Simulation Modalities to Enhance Team Responsiveness to Acute Deterioration in the Elderly
  • Compassion in the Face of Distress: Integrating Simulation and Therapy Techniques to Facilitate Emotional Regulation in Interprofessional Care
  • Frameworks in guiding general debriefing and in debriefing simulation with interprofessional skills objectives
  • A Beginners Guide to Debriefing
  • Strategies for the integration of Electronic Health Record/Informatics into health professions curriculum
  • 12 Hour Nightshift Simulation Event: Intraprofessional to Interprofessional learning events and lessons learned
  • Multimedia in simulation: building it in light of how human mind works
  • Increasing the use of simulation in preparing BScN students in the management of chronic disease
  • Integrating Simulation with Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Competencies
  • Budget Conscious Integration of Simulation into Existing Spaces
  • Improvisation for Simulationists
  • SimuCafe Conversation Circles


  • Multimedia in simulation: Building it in Light of How Human Mind Works
  • Integrating Simulation with Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Competencies
  • Interprofessional Education: Debriefing Team Competencies in a Large Scale Trauma Simulation


ASPiH UK Day 2 Speaks to Safety in Healthcare & Lessons from the Aviation Industry

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Today in Brighton UK, day 2 of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare annual meeting was kicked off by Peter McCulloch Professor of Surgery at the University of Oxford, and co-director of the Patient Safety Academy, who spoke on safety in healthcare.

He started by sharing his indoctrination as a surgeon in the 1980s with strict guidelines and responsibilities, especially after errors. He found in reality though blame is rarely accepted and incorporated. Peter then reminded us of several major accidents which demonstrated a common theme: that error occurs in multiple areas before disaster strikes reflecting:

  • There was no “root cause”, there was multiple causes.
  • There was no single person who acted outrageously
  • The contributing factors were very varied
  • Miscommunication and confusion about responsibility
  • Extraneous stressors impacting on judgements

He suggested that “the tip of the iceberg is not the most important part, the cumulative risk rises as a function of independent errors.” How then, do we prevent errors? Peter suggests we need to look not at salient points but as the system as a whole. This requires us to rationalize work systems with risk designed out, continuous monitoring with instant feedback on error, a trained and motivated workforce, and systems for ongoing evolutions of improvement changes. While difficult to provide, such explorations will provide clarity of responsibility, resilient workforce, standardized of work systems, and additional measurement tools.

What works?

  • Feedback – Given rapidly, specifically, and accurately. As well, it can be incentivized by anonymous competition, but must be supported opportunities to improve.
  • Checklists – promote clear structured communication but need to be co-designed by an educated workforce.
  • Team work training – Promoting culture and effective communication
  • QI – Utilizing a lean model for continual improvement adjustments.

Peter’s team has done research which has demonstrated dramatic results when crm and lean qi were combined as intervention. Challenges that remained for improvement were lack of time, space, expertise, attitudes, and management buy-in.

He concluded that we need an implementation strategy for change management when trying to improve healthcare education which includes diffusion of innovations, advertising psychology, interpersonal strategy, and incentives for change. He closed reminding us what simulation can do here: technical training, non-technical skills training, crisis proofing, and training in QI.

Afterwords, Dr Stephen Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at EuroControl spoke on European Air Traffic Control, A High Reliability Industry 

Stephen suggested that the notion of safety culture emerged from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, and has resulted in a mass of research and practical interventions, both small and large, in many industrial sectors. Recent thinking has, however, been increasingly critical of the concept and the value of safety culture research and practice. At the same time, practitioners’ experience on the ground is that the concept remains useful and relevant for various practical reasons. The middle ground may be that our ideas about safety culture need to adapt, both theoretically and practically, in several ways. This talk explored the notion of cultures of safety, outline some traps in safety culture work, and reflect on practical experience gained from over 30 European countries, from one of the world’s biggest safety culture programmes.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!

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ASPiH UK 2015 Brighton Opens With Keynotes on Value of Different Simulation Settings & Patient Experiences

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Today in Brighton, England the first full day of the 6th annual Association for Simulated Patients in Healthcare event opened with two powerful keynote addresses for an audience of over 500 simulation champions from around the UK and the world. HealthySimulation was on hand to video record these keynotes which will be made available in the near future.

The Value of Different Simulation Settings was the first keynote presentation given by Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals and former Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, State of Western Australia. Catherine has held positions in both the Australian State and Commonwealth Governments. She has held executive management roles and senior clinical nursing positions across Tertiary, General and Rural Australia including the Executive Director of Nursing across WA Country Health Service and the Regional Director for the Kimberley.Catherine has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Master of Science (Project Management), Master of Business Administration.

The presentation spoke about the Australian context of Simulation, global factors, and generational differences and explored the benefit of alternate simulation models from the organizational leadership perspective and how through case studies within the context of rural and remote health in Western Australia.

This presentation also explored examples where a range of simulation options such as actors, and the public have been used when there is limited access to clinical support and patient populations. These simulation tools have been utilized to develop and refine training opportunities for health professionals who are often isolated which is of individual and organizational concern. Reflection on events such as coronial enquiries, using the general public to develop health assessment skills and utilising remote emergency department monitoring for both teaching and management of clinically deteriorating patients in an educationally supportive environment have been implemented in remote Western Australia.

Catherine reminded us of strategic considerations:

  • Breath of impact – how does it align with the trusts goals
  • Inter-professional transferability caters across ed levels
  • Resource impact
  • Intellectual property – impact on partners
  • Setting standard and link to competence
  • Responsiveness, ie never events.

Catherine’s final thoughts on Simulation included:

Utilization of TEL is ultimately affected by multiple factors with the purpose of education, content of need, professional group using the service, acceptability of new and emerging tools. She shared with us that TEL is now a fundamental pillar and that remaining contemporary is the challenge.

The second keynote address was provided by Iain Upton BSc MSc FCIPD on a Patient’s Experience of the NHS. 

Iain’s presentation explored the gap between reality and simulation, from a unique patient perspective. In his recent work with Health Education England, he regularly discovers similarities between military and medical environments – the world of simulation is vital to both. He shared the reality of an environment where severe cranial nerve damage is a 24/7 issue and poses some challenges to the world of medical simulation about their approach to reality. Iain’s story was very personal and poignant but this presentation was unarguably pertinent and appropriate.

Learn more on the ASPiH 2015 Page and by following the ASPiH Twitter Account with #ASPiH2015!

Heading to ASPiH UK 2015!

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HealthySim is heading to England for the annual Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare event! We can’t wait because this is definitely one of the best healthcare simulation conferences out there. HealthySim & SimGHOSTS Founder will be there along with SimGHOSTS Executive Director James Cypert. Connect with us via email if you would like to connect during the event!

Top 5 Things HealthySim Will Be Covering at ASPiH:

1. INSPIRATIONAL RENOWNED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Over the last 6 years the ASPiH Annual Conference has established itself as the major UK simulation based education event, bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience involved in simulated practice and technology enhanced learning.

2. AN INCREDIBLE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME The main programme commences at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd November. Plenary lectures, expert panels, and roundtable discussions will stimulate and inspire to consider how you can improve your own areas of practice. In addition there will be an expanded TECH ROOM with a packed programme across the 3 days.

3. FUN SOCIAL and NETWORKING PROGRAMME From the FREE opening reception in the Exhibiton Hall on Tuesday 3rd September to the Brighton Beach Party and Networking Buffet on the Wednesday Evening, we build on our reputation for combining exceptional academic content with a fun, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. The Tuesday Gala Dinner is a formal event at the magnificent Grand Hotel. For a more informal evening, join us on Wednesday 5th November for a buffet supper and beach party with a magician, surfing simulator and special dance competitions.

4. AN EVEN LARGER AND MORE DIVERSE EXHIBITION With all our industry partners who have supported ASPiH for 6 years to new and innovative companies, a tour of our largest ever exhibition is the ideal way to explore and discuss the latest simulation and technology enhanced learning products and services.

5. SIM HEROES COMPETITION 2015 Following the success of the inaugural competition last year, we invite team entries for the new competition this year focusing on demonstrating alignment with stated learning objectives and excellent debriefing and facilitation skill

Learn more at ASPiH’s website today and follow the action on Twitter!

Epona Becomes Medical-X and Hosts New Simulation Event Dec. 5th & 6th

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Epona’s New Name: MEDICAL-X

Recently Epona announced that on the 1st of December they will change their company name from Epona Medical to MEDICAL-X. HealthySim has covered their Lap-X simulator before during IMSH, which you can watch here.

Message From Epona:

The name Epona has caused some confusion to our customers and business partners since it is a part of our partner company Epona Software Production BV that specializes in legal software applications.

We have renamed our company to MEDICAL-X not only to avoid confusion, but also to have a company name that better reflects our growth: in the past few years we have increased our product portfolio to more than ten simulators for a variety of healthcare specialties. Our products are represented in more than thirty countries and reach thousands of healthcare professionals all over the world.

The new identity, MEDICAL-X, satisfies all of our existing values and expectation of what our original company name stands for while simultaneously moving the brand forward to acknowledge the growth of our business, making MEDICAL-X the number one go-to and trustworthy branding for industry partners and healthcare professionals worldwide.

Upcoming Conference December 5th & 6th in the Netherlands:

This special conference will be combined with products training to give you the best in depth understanding and working of their new product portfolio and the outstanding and unique features of their simulators. Attending the conference will also give you the advantage of being one of the first to see their new products and directly discuss the collaboration with their company.

The new website will be but for now you can learn more at Epona’s old website!


BioMojo Seeks To Provide Leading Virtual Physiological Human Simulation Platform

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This week we came across BioMojo, a new veteran owned small business formed for the purpose of improving the safety, efficiency, capacity and clinical performance of healthcare, which seeks to become the world’s leading Virtual Physiological Human Simulation Platform. They will be focusing on the design, development and delivery of best-in-class, data driven, interactive 3D, virtual reality, medical simulation software products using advanced game technologies and an embedded human physiology engine.

Virtual Physiological Humans

Our software platform is a methodological and technological framework based on multiscale mathematical computer models representing parameters of the human body.

Basic models start at the level of cells, tissues and organs. Advanced models include the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, integumentary, excretory, urinary, reproductive and skeletal physiologic systems.

Serious Games, Immersive Simulations and Virtual Worlds

Our subscription based, SaaS solutions combine the virtual physiological human framework with artificial intelligence, learning management systems and the power of commercial game technology (Unreal Engine 4) to create the following:

  • Virtual Reality Games and Simulations
  • Mobile Healthcare Games
  • Augmented Reality Telementoring Tools
  • Medical Decision Support Tools
  • Personal Connected Healthcare Applications
  • Virtual Clinical Trials

Learn more on the BioMojo website!

International Association for Medical Education Provides Upcoming Simulation Webinars

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More webinar opportunities on the way to you sim champ! This time the international learning webinars come to us from AMEE:

About AMEE

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include teachers, educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, deans, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the healthcare professions.

AMEE promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. AMEE, working with other organisations, supports teachers and institutions in their current educational activities and in the development of new approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning methods, assessment techniques and educational management, in response to advances in medicine, changes in healthcare delivery and patient demands and new educational thinking and techniques.

About the SIME Webinars

Simulation in Medical Education (SIME) is brought to you by the AMEE Simulation Committee and is a series of free webinars focusing on the topic of medical education simulation presented by professionals and experts in the field.

All Simulation in Medical Education (SIME) sessions are open access. Instructions to access the Adobe Connect Room for this session can be found below.

Remaining 2015 Schedule (Two Webinars):

1) Presenter: Nancy McNaughton, University of Toronto, Canada
Topic: ‘Ethics of simulation practice
Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015
Time: 1400 UK/GMT

Education is an ethical undertaking and as such requires conversations about the value of different methodologies and equally the potential effects that approaches like live simulation may have on learner and teacher alike. Ethics in this context is “related to a play of complexity that binds the cognitive to the emotional, the intellectual to the affective and connects them all to a socially embedded ethics of sustainability. (Braidotti, 2006). Attendant psychological risks to identity and unintended emotional effects need to be taken into account when planning, designing and implementing simulation based educational, research and assessment activities.

2) Presenters: Dr. Walter Eppich, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA & Dr. Kristian Krogh, Aarhus University, Denmark
Topic: ‘Lessons learned from healthcare debriefing to feedback conversations in clinical practice
Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Time: 1600 UK/GMT

Visit the AMEE Website to register for this and future Simulation Webinar events!

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Manchester Metropolitan University Awarded £152,000 From NHS for ‘Simulated Patient’ Training Programs

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Sharing today the work of the UK & Australian Simulation Champions listed below who are researching simulated patient methodology which I have been told is “of a different flavor”.

Current research

Simulated Patients (SPs) are real people trained to portray patients and to give feedback to learners on their interactions. SPs are involved in simulation-based education to help to provide a safe environment for the ‘patient’ and learner in which to rehearse ‘patient-centeredness’ and other critical aspects of healthcare professionalism. SPs are commonly involved in teaching, research and curriculum development in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as advisors.

Manchester Metropolitan University have been awarded £152,000 from NHS Health Education North West, to develop two regional ‘Simulated Patient’ training programmes. The project teams involve specialists from UK and International universities.

Simulated Patients: blending performing arts pedagogy and healthcare education –  The aim of this project is to develop a ‘Train-The-Simulated Patient’ (2TSP) programme, which will embed performing arts methodology to enhance the quality of the healthcare learning environment for existing and future workforce training and development.

Simulated Patients: a standardised, quality assured approach to training and implementation – The aim of this project is to improve knowledge, awareness and best practice in relation to embedding SPs within simulation-based education or workforce development training programmes in the UK. The Simulated Patient Train The Trainer (SP3T) programme features a pre-requisite e-learning course followed by an interactive, evidence based workshop.

Principal Investigators

  • Suzanne Gough – Department of Health Professions
  • Leah Greene – Department of Health Professions and Nursing

Project Team

  • Mr Stuart Roberts – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mrs Ann Natali –  Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Visiting Professor Ralph MacKinnon – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mark Hellaby – North West Simulation Education Network, UK
  • Professor Debra Nestel – Monash University, Australia
  • Dr Neil Tuttle – Griffith University, Australia
  • Professor Brain Webster – Napier University, UK‌‌

Check out the Project Website and contact Debra Nestel for more information!

Oct. 29th Free Webinar From Laerdal: How to Use Audio-Based Simulation to Impact Learning Outcomes

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Free Online Webinar: How to Use Audio-Based Simulations to Impact Learning Outcomes in Hospitals and in the Classroom

Thursday, October 29, 20152PM EDT

Presented by Richard Stone, an expert in using clinical storytelling as a means for improving patient safety and reducing preventable harm

Join Laerdal partner Synensis and Richard Stone, one of the worlds leading experts in audio-simulation and clinical storytelling, to learn about new approaches to teaching and training that employ Narrative Pedagogy. In this webinar Richard Stone will discuss 3 cases in which the use of narrative simulation led to Level 3 and Level 4 Learning Outcomes. He will also focus on how audio simulation is changing the paradigm for how hospitals can teach TeamSTEPPS and nursing educators are aligning their curricula to the new QSEN competencies.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why story-based simulations may be one of the most effective means for engaging teams to improve performance
  • How story-based simulations may be one of the best ways to engage learners in TeamSTEPPS and the new QSEN nursing competencies
  • How to develop effective story simulations that can prepare learners for better and faster engagement during hands-on clinical simulations

Please reserve an hour for this event. Opportunities for Q&A will be provided.

Register for this Free Webinar from Laerdal here!