Simulation Programs Continue to Gain Regional News Attention

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From time to time we like to share the latest updates regarding new simulation centers and local news coverage of expanding healthcare simulation programs. Here’s a look at a handful of the latest stories that cover medical simulation programs popping up around the world:


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If you are looking to bring in local media to your simulation program, check out my article on “Start the Presses – How to Bring News Agencies to Your Sim Program“.

Watch $150 HealthySimAdmin Session “Increasing Simulation Program Utilization” For Free This Week Only!

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This week we are sharing another session from HealthySimAdmin.com, which was a 2 day HD-recorded event produced at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing addressing the how-to of medical simulation program administration. In this session, Corporate IT Director at Baptist Health South Florida and Treasurer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Allen Giannakopoulos, PhD covers the state of management principles in administration of a medical simulation program and gives crucial tips on how to improve your operations. His talk is then followed by a panel discussion by a dynamic range of medical simulation program administrators from nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, military divisions, hospitals and consultants. This 2-hour session is being provided for free for the next seven days only — so take advantage of it now before it goes behind closed doors again!

Click Here to Watch the “Increasing Utilization” HealthySimAdmin Session

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. During the live taping, more than 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online with the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

“Increasing Utilization”: How do you convince higher administration that your medical simulation program deserves additional funding, space, equipment and staff? How do you continue to increase services without frustrating staff or denying simulation champions? Allen Giannakopoulos, PhD shares with us how to expand simulation beyond the original scope of the program considering needs such as space, scheduling complications, financial support, technology issues, hiring new staff and more. Allen will then be joined by the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts to discuss how to increase usage in your simulation program, track and analyze statistical data to help gain additional support, modifying and transforming scheduling and procedural policies, overcoming resistance to program evolution as well as the differences in strategy necessary for short vs. long-term simulation program expansion. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. With this session we will learn how to successfully grow a medical simulation lab program through various stages of development.

Session Presentation Lead By:

Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
Corporate Director IT Process Reengineering & Operational Process Support;
Knowledge Reports Development and Client Advocacy
Baptist Health South Florida
& SSH Treasurer

Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. is the Corporate Director for Reengineering and Redesign at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. His duties include computer simulation of processes and scheduled events in clinical and business departments.  Dr. Giannakopoulos earned his academic credentials from the State University of New York in Brockport, BS in Business; University of Rochester, MBA in Business and Marketing; and his Ph.D. in Health Administration from Kennedy –Western in Sacramento.Dr. Giannakopoulos been published in over 50 health care journals and publications and has been a featured speaker and presenter over the past twenty years in health care, quality improvement, and simulation.Dr. Giannakopoulos has been working with computer modeling and simulations since the 1990’s, when basic tools were created.  Today, the most advanced computer simulation tools are used to mimic clinical processes and provide clinicians with information on how to view the patient experience as a whole, in addition to analyzing specific parts. Dr. Giannakopoulos worked with SSiH to survey members on their experiences in order to ascertain what the best practices are in creating, building, and sustaining a simulation center. This body of knowledge continues to be built for the benefit of organizations that are looking to construct their simulation center.

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Last Chance to Register for Simulation Technology Training Event with $50 Off Code

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Join 175 other champions of simulation technology for the 4th Annual SimGHOSTS hands-on technical training event at the American College of Chest Physicians, August 5th-8th in Greater Chicago, IL! CHEST has recently opened their amazing new Innovation, Simulation and Training Center which will be host to this year’s USA event. 

REGISTER NOW BEFORE TICKETS SELL OUT!

Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity to receive beginner, intermediate and advanced training in a dynamic range of medical simulation technology operation courses including:

  • Manikin hardware repair & preventive maintenance (all major brands)
  • Manikin programming
  • A/V recording system design & build-out
  • IT infrastructure and debugging
  • Inventory control management systems
  • Trauma moulage
  • Video and audio production
  • Sim lab “DIY” innovations
  • Basic medical knowledge for non-healthcare techs
  • Sim center building development
  • Building your own task trainer
  • Professional simulation tech development workshops
  • Many many more…

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Download the Latest #SG14USA Brochure Here

Sim Techs from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have already booked their flights! Join them at fun networking events like the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling hosted by Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Medical. In the exhibit room, tour the latest technology from 15 of the world’s leading medical simulation vendors including B-Line Medical, Laerdal, Worldpoint, CAE Healthcare and Gaumard.

Use the Unique Discount Code “healthysim” to receive $50 off your late registration!

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Homepage!

Breaking: Veterans Affairs SimLEARN to Build New $19.8M Medical City Simulation Center

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Dr. Haru Okuda National Medical Director at SimLEARN at Veterans Health Administration must be pleased to announce that a $19.8 million contract to build a new simulation center building. The rendering above shows off what the new facility will look like, which is slated to be within the Medical City area of Orlando, FL. Congratulations to the SimLearn team!

From the July 10th Official Press Release:

ORLANDO, Florida – The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Chicago-based Archer Western/DeMaria Joint Venture VIII a $19.8 million contract June 27 to build the VA Simulation, Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) National Simulation Center.

The center, to be located on the campus of the new Orlando VA Medical Center in the Lake Nona “Medical City” area, will serve as the operational hub for coordination of all national VA simulation-based clinical training activities. The SimLEARN program utilizes a train-the-trainer model to quickly and efficiently prepare a cadre of qualified instructors who can in turn deliver world-class simulation- based clinical training at their respective field VA sites, using standardized curricula and equipment. The facility will provide an immersive training environment by replicating actual patient treatment areas, including an outpatient clinic setting, an inpatient/hospital setting with an intensive care unit, an operating room and more. Video recording of training will take place for classroom review, and multipurpose classrooms will have reconfigurable walls to provide a number of room settings.

The location of the National Simulation Center, with its close proximity to other large clinical, educational and research facilities will provide enhanced opportunities for collaborations and research in new clinical simulation technologies and methods. SimLEARN is a national program for advancing clinical simulation training, education and research across VHA. The program is a collaborative effort of VHA’s Employee Education System, Office of Patient Care Services and Office of Nursing Services program offices. 

Learn more about the new building and this amazing program at www.simlearn.va.gov!


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August 22nd-24th Healthcare Education Assessment Training & Technology (HEATT) Conference EXTENDS Early-Bird Rates!

After the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA (August 5th-8th) simulation technician training event, I will be speaking at HEATT 2014 alongside SimGHOSTS President James Cypert on the topic of ‘technician’s behind the technology’. If you are a healthcare educator, administrator, innovator or entrepreneur, I highly recommend this new unique learning event, put on by groups that leaders in aviation simulation training conferences worldwide! Best of all, I heard this morning that early-bird registration has been extended so you can still sign up for a discounted rate!

Act Now! Early-bird rates for this year’s Healthcare Education Assessment Training & Technology (HEATT) Conference HAVE BEEN EXTENDED – REGISTER TODAY!

Human performance is the single most important contributor to quality (and safety). Regardless of the spend on buildings, equipment, catering and the countless other contributors to ‘quality,’ whenever carers are not trained adequately standards of work could decline and all other investment is wasted. HEATT 2014 has a strong three-day program addressing the need for a renaissance in healthcare training, taking a closer look at modern education and training techniques, including simulation, that can make a huge difference to safety as it has in other high risk industries.

Discussion topics include:

  • The Business of Healthcare
  • The Future of Healthcare
  • Intersections: Healthcare Innovation through Simulation and Engineering
  • The Curricula Revolution in Medical Schools
  • Developing a Nurse Practitioner Simulation Program
  • Graduate Medical Education Federal Funding: CMS and HRSA
  • Surgical Simulation
  • How Can Simulation Centers Transform Healthcare?
  • Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery Curriculum Development
  • Using Audio-Based Simulation to Impact Kirkpatrick Level 4 Learning Results
  • And much more!

To view the complete program and a list of confirmed speakers click here.

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REGISTER NOW AND SEE YOU THERE!

 

A History of Virtual Reality

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An interesting article caught my attention today covering a history of Virtual Reality. While we love the modern advancements of simulation technology in healthcare – we should reflect on the long history of virtual reality that has lead us to this recent adoption of technologies heavily utilized by other industries like aviation. Check out this snippet from a new article from RedOrbit entitled The History of Virtual Reality:

“Today, VR technology is big business in many areas of the tech, medical and military community. However, the technology is not a new one, as the term can trace its roots back more than a century. In fact, the first mention of virtual reality can be traced back to the 1860s, when 360-degree art via panoramic murals began to appear. While this may be a very archaic description of the term virtual reality, the future of the technology only gets better.

Simulators, which today are almost everywhere, were introduced in the 1920s. Early vehicle simulators may have helped bring about more futuristic systems that now include flight simulators, golfing simulators, spacecraft simulators, as well as simulation-based video gaming. In fact, Thomas A. Furness III would develop the first visual flight simulator for the US Air Force in 1966.”

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July 22: Free Webinar on Improving Debriefings From International Pediatric Society for Simulation

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Using Learning Theory to Improve Debriefings

Presenter: David Rodgers, EdD, NREMT -P

22 July, 2014 – 12:00 GMT

About the Presenter

David Rodgers is the manager of the Clinical Simulation Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Rodgers earned his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and his Master’s Degree in Communications Studies from Marshall University. Clinically, he is a paramedic with experience as a flight paramedic, EMS supervisor, and manager of a hospital-based critical care transport service. Dr. Rodgers has a wide range of experience in simulation center operations and simulation educational program development. He was the founding director of a large teaching-hospital based simulation center, helped expand the capabilities of an established pediatric simulation center, and operated his own simulation education consulting company serving a wide range of clients.

Description of Webinar

This webinar will review several aspects of modern learning theory as it relates to simulation debriefings. Included will be discussions and examples of how the tenets of adult learning theory and brain-based learning theory can be applied to the debriefing.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. List three interactive elements of brain-based learning theory
2. Describe how these brain-based learning theory elements can be applied to improve simulation debriefings
3. Describe how adult learning theory impacts the debriefing

About our Webinar Series

The IPSS webinars are presented every 4-6 weeks for the benefit of members of the International Pediatric Simulation Society. The goal of the webinar series is to promote learning, community and advancement of Pediatric Simulation.

A wide range of topics related to Pediatric Simulation are presented during the webinars. Core topics include: Education, Curriculum, Research, Technology, International Simulation, and Program Development.

The format for each webinar is a 20-30 minute didactic session, followed by a 20-30 minute discussion.
Start times vary to optimize international participation across the globe.

Learn more and sign up by visiting the IPSS Webinar Page today!

Free Medical Simulation Newsletter Crosses 2,500 Subscribers

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More than 2,500 medical simulation champions from around the world now subscribe to HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter. This free email provides a monthly recap of all the “best of” content that gets posted on the free medical simulation resource website HealthySimulation.com. Simulation news, resources, links, tutorials, video interviews, product demos, and more are highlighted to subscribers in an easy-to-read newsletter. You can easily subscribe through the form below:

Subscribers also get free access to the opening session of HealthySimAdmin, valued at $150, an HD-recorded event which brought together administrators from a dynamic range of medical simulation programs to specifically focus on management issues identified by our community.

The HealthySim newsletter is only sent out once a month and is full of original content specifically linked to medical simulation – so join over 2,500 of your peers today and get the best of HealthySimulation.com!


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“RealSpine” Surgical Simulator Provides High-Fidelity Procedure Training

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I recently received some information about a new surgical simulator from “Real Spine” which caught my attention. Based on artificial materials, the simulator offers a great opportunity to practice interventions on the spine. Due to its realistic anatomical structures, soft tissues and intraoperative bleeding system the simulator is almost as realistic as a real patient. To me, the more task trainers specific to exact training procedures the better. number of specific task trainers on the market. The level of high-fidelity moulage inherent with this system is easy to see with the video below:

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Simulation systems have become an integral part in many areas.  There are simulators for the training of pilots and especially for the training of future surgeons. They offer ranges from virtual simulators to mechatronic simulation systems that behave as realistic as a real patient. This includes RealSpine.  The idea of ​​developing a simulation system was created in 2010 at the Innovative Surgical Training Technologies (ISTT) at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig).

In 2012 after an intensive cooperation between medical doctors and engineers the first prototype was presented.  In the coming years, the simulator has been steadily improved and extended by additional components.  He has realistic anatomical structures, soft tissues and intraoperative bleeding system.  This allows future surgeons to train interventions on the lumbar spine with real instrument and simulated complications, like an injury to the dura with cerebrospinal fluid flow, under realistic conditions without risking a patients’ life.  The structures of the simulator can be pulled, stretched, twisted, punched, cut, and milled.  The six bleeding points and the integrated system to control surgical bleeding allow an optimal control of the bleeding intensity including suctioning, plugging and bone wax.  Thus different levels of difficulty, from basic to advanced surgical procedures, can be simulated.

Another advantage of the simulator is its modular system.  The RealSpine training system consists of a base station and a training unit. The RealSpine base station is the platform to connect different types of training units, simulating different parts of the human spine.  The training unit can be exchanged by another in less than one minute.  All consumables such as anatomical parts, fluid blood and cerebros
pinal fluid are included in the training unit. Real Spine is unique in its form, so far there is no comparable system for the training on the lumbar spine.

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RealSpine Training Opportunities include:

  • Laminectomy
  • Flavectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Facetectomy
  • Removal of lumbar disc herniation
  • Discectomy
  • Preparation of interbody endplates
  • TLIF via interlaminar application
  • Dura suture
  • Duraplasty

About ISTT and RealSpine

RealSpine has been developed at the ISTT, part of the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig).  The ISTT is a team of young scientists from various disciplines, including physicians, engineers, educators, psychologists and computer scientists.  At ISTT we research and develop innovative solutions for surgical training. Essentially, this involves the development of innovative mechatronic simulation systems, innovative training operating rooms, innovative surgical training concepts, ergonomics and quality management in the operating room.  An important result of the research is the simulation system for the lumbar spine RealSpine, which is intended to improve the medical education and to increase patient safety.  RealSpine has been tested and validated by experienced surgeons and is used in workshops and courses in cooperation with the medical faculty at the University of Leipzig.

 To learn more, check out RealSpine.de today!

3B Scientific Video Interview from IMSH 2014

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Rounding out the last of the company interviews from IMSH 2014 comes this interview with 3B Scientific, a company which has a long history of providing medical training products around the world. Watch this video to learn more about 3B’s mission and diverse range of medical simulation product offerings:

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3B stands for today: Best quality, Best value, Best service! The international group of companies 3B Scientific specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of didactic material for scientific, medical and patient education. The group’s oldest site in Budapest/Hungary began its manufacturing history in 1819, making 3B Scientific the most experienced group of companies in the industry. The mother company was founded 1948 in Hamburg by the 3 Bs: Mr. Paul Binhold, his wife Hedwig Binhold and their daughter Marion Binhold, now Marion Kurland. The brand name 3B Scientific® is represented in over 100 countries worldwide in the medical and educational sector. Achieving constantly growing sales, the 3B Scientific group is the worldwide leader in the anatomy market today. The essential factors for the steadily increasing success are: 

  • The excellent quality of the products, manufactured by skilled and specially trained personnel
  • The extremely competitive value of 3B Scientific® Products
  • The uncompromising flexibility of processing customer requirements

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3B Scientific Product Line includes:

  • Artificial skeletons, torsos and human organ models
  • Teaching aids and systems from the fields of physics and technology
  • Injection training arms, patient care mannequins & medical simulators
  • Biology, zoology and chemistry models
  • Anatomical charts and ana(c)omical gift items
  • Anatomical teaching and learning software
  • SEIRIN® and Moxa Acupuncture Needles
  • Laser Pen, Laser Shower
  • Kinesiology Tape & Acu Tape
  • Therapy & Fitness products
  • Massage & Treatment tables

To learn more about the 3B Scientific Products & Services visit their website at 3BScientific.com