Simulation Champions Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

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Happy Friday Sim champs! Today we share a note from Michael Anderson, Medical Simulation Specialist at Robeson Community College, who wrote in this little fix for the Laerdal SimMan (or other older Vital Sim products):

Want a simple fix for the Laerdal Manikin/Simulator Ankle to create stability and longevity? The ankle has a thin area that can sometimes break and so this is a great and inexpensive fix. We used the tubing off of a well-used central line trainer to create the sleeve/grommet.


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  1. First off unscrew the bolt that holds the ankle to the leg, and set to the side.
  2. Next cut the tubing to the length that will fit inside of the ankle and the bolt.
  3. Lube the tubing and ankle whole and insert the tubing through the whole.
  4. Replace the foot to the leg and inset the bolt through the leg, ankle, tubing and tighten.
  5. You now have a nice and snug ankle that will articulate nicely!

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Other helpful simulation posts from Michael:

  • Medical Simulation Improves Job Readiness Skills
  • Is it a K or a Q
  • Medical Simulation Enhances Onboarding and Training Procedures Provided By Employers

Read Michael’s other awesome simulation posts on LinkedIn!


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15 News Articles Relevant to Medical Simulation

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Sim Champs! Here are 15 news articles relevant to the expansion of medical simulation around the world:

  1. Gainsville Sun – UF’s patient simulator breathes, reacts like the real thing
  2. Becker’s Hospital Review – The chronic problem of communication: Why it’s a patient safety issue, and how hospitals can address it
  3. Association for Talent Development – Simulations: Safe Way to Move Caregivers From Training to Treatment
  4. Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System – Patient safety no dummy at Naval Hospital Bremerton
  5. Harvard Gazette – “Real as a heart attack, almost”, Acted-out medical conditions formative for future physicians
  6. Japan Times – Simulated patients pitch Japan’s medical students cultural curve balls
  7. Health Data Management – Getting a glimpse of virtual and augmented reality in healthcare
  8. McGill University News – Getting serious with serious games in health professionals’
  9. Statesmen News – Simulation lab trains Pflugerville Fire staff for fires big, small
  10. Healio News – Surgical simulation-based training in arthroscopy: An emerging paradigm shift
  11. Michigan Daily – Patient simulator use expanded at School of Nursing
  12. Medical Xpress – Scientists turn to 3-D printing, digital simulations to treat heart disease
  13. EMS1 News – Paramedic, nurse win simulation competition
  14. Daily Advance – Ambulance simulator helps train EMTs
  15. US News – Blended Learning Options Rise at Medical Schools

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Laerdal’s New Premature Anne Task Trainer – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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Continuing HealthySim’s coverage of the IMSH 2016 exhibitor floor, today we take a closer look at Laerdal’s new Premature Anne task trainer for simulated training of a 25 week old. The product will come in two versions: mid fidelity and high fidelity versions. In this video interview we take a closer look at the launch of the higher fidelity model.

About Laerdal’s Premature Anne

Premature Anne is a realistically proportioned 25-week preterm manikin developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is designed to facilitate the training of healthcare professionals in the initiation of proper care and resuscitation of preterm infants.

  • Realistically proportioned preterm infant
  • Anatomically accurate airway designed to train airway management including the placement of an ET tube
  • Realistic training experience supports delivery of AAP neonatal resuscitation
  • The features of Premature Anne are aligned with the objectives of the NRP course curriculum
  • Premature Anne is highly mobile for use in multiple clinical settings and in transport scenarios

Learn more on Laerdal’s Premature Anne Website today!

Level 3 Healthcare Highlights Debriefing System SIMStation at IMSH 2016 – Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview exhibitors to learn about innovative products and services in medical simulation. Today we continue our coverage with an interview with Level 3 Healthcare, experienced medical simulation program A/V integrators who are also distributing the Austraian-based SIMStation system. Learn more through our short interview below:

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of integrating current audiovisual technology to medical work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and medical education centers. This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large anatomy labs, dental training facilities, telehealth initiatives, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems.

Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their needs and curriculum and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and telemedicine video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

About the SIMStation System

SIMStation is the most advanced high-end solution for video supported in situ simulation. SIMStation facilitates high-end simulations and debriefings of a quality previously only achievable in complex, stationary simulation centers. Plug ‘n’ simulate! The SIMStation in situ system is pre-engineered and already configured with all necessary hardware and software upon delivery. We have designed the system so that even people without specific technical know-how are able to assemble and operate it. Assembly of the system is very straightforward: one merely needs to connect each component and room to a single network cable. The entire assembly time takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on location and circumstances.

  • Training Room: 3 HD-quality cameras, 5 wireless microphones plus 1 ambient microphone Patient monitor capturing Control Room Voice-of-God, Voice-to-Trainer Full HD recording in 1080p, labelling of important scenes and checklists
  • Debriefing Room “Debriefing deluxe” with mobile HD projector and SIMStation
  • Tablet Live transmission of scenario in debriefing room

Learn more about Level 3 Healthcare and SIMStation!


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Performance Analysis Company Studiocode Group Rebrands to Vosaic

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Not too long ago, HUDL acquired SportsTec, who were the parent company of Studiocode which you can read more about here. Yesterday another big announcement from Joe Salem, VP of Sales and Marketing for the medical simulation division of the company that Studiocode has rebranded to Vosaic. With this rebrand comes a reaffirmation to innovate in the medical simulation space with new features to enhance the already powerful a/v performance analysis system.

Official Announcement:

Studiocode Group, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based video analysis company, today announced their company rebrand under the new name, Vosaic. The rebrand reflects the company’s mission to help researchers, educators, and learners uncover insights to improve performance.

The name Vosaic was chosen to express the multi-faceted elements within Vosaic software that can be leveraged to discover patterns that make up a bigger picture, just as individual tiles arranged in a pattern create a larger mosaic.

The new brand means great things for our existing and future users – the future is very bright,” said Joe Salem, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Vosaic. “It is the next step in accelerating progress toward an even better video analysis product with a brand that truly represents who we are and what we do.”

The rebranding positions the company to heighten product development and further specialize its product offerings. New product enhancements and a new cloud-based product are scheduled to be released later this year.

As Vosaic moves forward with its new brand, the high quality of service and hands-on support will remain a focus for existing and prospective users.

We continue to take pride in the exceptional relationships that the Vosaic sales and training teams have built with our existing clients,” said Bob Beiersdorf, President of Vosaic. “Moving forward, we are excited to use our mission and new brand to further empower our users to gain insight through video analysis.

With plans to revolutionize video analysis across new and familiar industries, Vosaic looks forward to an exciting and successful 2016.


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Day 2 of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality NextMed Conference in Downtown LA

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Today about 150 innovative healthcare professionals came together for day 2 of the 22nd Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) conference at the Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles. The morning opened with plenary panel sessions focused on pushing the envelope of fidelity in healthcare simulation.

Stay tuned to all the latest updates with the hashtag #MMVR & @HealthySim

Dr. Timothy Talbot from Telemed & Advanced Tech Research Center (TATRC) provided the talk on Physiological Fidelity with his presentation “Simulated Biology in VR Med Ed”. Dr. Talbot reminded us that sometimes the programmed fidelity of physiology is too real — meaning that instead of displaying true physiology it may be better to just represent physiology. In other words he was asking us, specifically with state machines, “why program ourselves into a box?”. This was backed up by a demonstration of the BioGears system by Jeff Web. Finally, Jack Norfleet of the US Army Research Labortory to Tissue Fidelity — talking about the development of a library of tissue properties large enough to statistically describe desired learning behaviors.

Who Attends MMVR?

NextMed / MMVR is an international conference that brings together:

    • Physicians and other medical professionals who are interested in computer-enabled advances that make patient care more effective, accurate, and affordable
    • IT engineers and medical device developers who must understand caregivers’ needs in order to direct projects toward the best outcome
    • Medical educators and students involved with the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of physicians and fellow providers
    • Military medicine specialists addressing the special demands of battlefield care and warrior rehabilitation
    • Biomedical futurists, investors, and policy-makers who need to evaluate scenarios for healthcare’s future

Notes from Some of the Simulation based courses from Yesterday’s Agenda:

Evolution of Medical Training Simulation in the U.S. Military by Amber Linde

  • Previously driven by the tech, now moving towards to clinical needs, desired, capabilities, and functional requirements, which capitalizes on tech integration.
  • Some of the ways this will be accomplished:
    • Development of realistic high fidelity materials or lifelike screen simulations
    • Open platform for plug and play adaptability between vendor brands
    • Provide content developers the tools to build curricula appropriate to the physiology

Role of Game Learning by David Rojas of University of Toronto

  • Way too many online learning platforms available at this time.
  • Intervention requires us to think about IBL or internet based learning as a part of the learning system not the only solution. We should think of Games Based Learning the same way.

Interactive 3D Veritual Anatomy Puzzle for Learning and Simulation by Erik Messier of the Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Tools exist but are display on 2D screens: ZygoteBody, BioDigital Human, Essential Anatomy, Cyber Anatomy
  • Desired to create open source, high quality, anatomical models, explores the 3D VR space
  • Allows for placement of anatomy in 3D space followed by performance quiz

Exploring Sociomaterial Theory in Collaborative Video-Analysis by Samuel Edelbring of Linkoping University. 

  • Compared multiple camera perspectives in one simulation recording to assess how interprofessional collaboration is enacted and how is different professional knowledge made relevant?
  • Then compared the above with a multi-camera recording of one scenario vs finally recordings of different scenarios.
  • Found that students related to the Manikin in three ways: a technical body (what it can/can’t do), biomedically (to perform medical knowledge), and finally human body (relating and caring for the simulated patient).
  • Different perspectives allowed for taking multidimensional and multifaceted view on the simulation activity.

Learn more about MMVR on their website!

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR22) Launches in Los Angeles

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Today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles the 22nd annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality meeting launched to an international audience. HealthySim is on hand to provide updates throughout the day on our @HealthySim twitter account – and stay tuned tomorrow for a blog post covering more activities from the event. For now, learn more about MMVR below:

About MMVR

In 1992, Medicine Meets Virtual Reality first presented a daring vision of patient care and medical education transformed by computer technology. The evolving NextMed / MMVR engages researchers committed to intelligent healthcare—engineers, physicians, scientists, educators, students, industry, military, and futurists—with its creative mix of unorthodox thinking and validated investigation. Conference topics include:

    • Medical simulation and modeling
    • Data visualization and fusion
    • Virtual and augmented reality
    • Imaging devices and methods
    • Robotics, haptics, sensors
    • Human-computer interfaces
    • Data and decision networks, AI, mobile health
    • Wearable and implantable electronics
    • Projection systems
    • Learning and technology
    • Simulator design and validation
    • Physical and mental rehabilitation tools
    • Serious games
    • Surgical registration and navigation
    • Peri-operative guidance
    • Remote and battlefield care
    • Patient and public health monitoring and education

NextMed / MMVR promotes the creation and adoption of IT-enabled tools for patient care and medical education that support better precision, efficiency, and outcomes. The curriculum combines traditional assessment methods with unorthodox problem-solving to stimulate forward-thinking solutions to healthcare problems. Presentations are chosen to educate participants on:

    • Advances in simulation, modeling, and haptics that are upgrading medical education, skills  training, psychotherapy, and physical rehabilitation
    • Novel imaging, visualization, and data fusion methods that make clinical diagnosis and therapy more precise and personalized
    • Robotics and sensors that extend the caregiver’s reach and provide richer patient data
    • Medical intelligence networks that promote a collaborative healthcare environment and enhance decision-making
    • Broader goals, accomplishments, and challenges in the development and application of emerging healthcare technologies

Learn more at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Website!

SESAM 2016 Lisbon Medical Simulation Event Newsletter Update

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Today HealthySim is sharing a newsletter update from our friends at SESAM who are highlighting the latest developments from their 22nd annual conference taking place in Lisbon 15-17 June! HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org Founder Lance Baily will be among those providing plenary addresses at the event.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

SESAM is happy to announce that our pre-conference workshops are now available to book and they would like to invite all delegates to register to attend. Spaces are limited so you are encouraged to register early for these courses:

  1. Integrating Simulated Patient Methodology in Your Practice
  2. The Role of Pre-Graduate Students Working in Simulation Centres
  3. Pediatric Emergencies – Advanced Simulation Course

Highlighting Scientific Content

sesam 2016 plenarySESAM has three great “State of Art” sessions during SESAM 2016. This week, they would like to share Dr. Fajzal Hagi’s bio as one of their invited speakers.

Dr. Fajzal Hagi is a Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ontario, Canada.

As a surgeon and educator, Faizal has a passion for improving health services though the innovative and evidence-based use of simulation-based education, both at home and abroad. To that end, his efforts have focused on simulation instructional design, platform and curriculum development, and faculty development in simulation pedagogy in a variety of clinical domains and at a local, national, and international level. Currently, as a member of the IPSS-WFPICCS-Malawi collaboration, he is working with the Malawi Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to strengthen Malawi’s capacity to develop and deliver simulation-based education within the limits of its resource-constraints. The goal of this collaboration is to use simulation and other innovative educational methods to generate sustainable improvements in the delivery of pediatric health services throughout the country.

Social Events

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.  According to legend, the location was named for Ulysses, who founded the settlement after he left Troy to escape the Greek coalition. Later, the Greek name appeared in Vulgar Latin in the form Olissipona. Julius Caesar made it a municipium Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo.

Learn more and register for SESAM 2016 here!

SSH Simulation in Healthcare Journal Publishes April Edition on Simulations for Communicable Diseases

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Just received word that the latest issue (April 2016 – Volume 11 – Issue 2) of the Simulation in Healthcare Journal has been published. This journal is connected to the Society in Simulation in Healthcare. Over the next few months we will be reminding you about all the established and new journals out there relevant to those engaging in healthcare simulation. Stay tuned for more! Here is the articles in this issue, which focused on communicable disease Management:

Editorial

  • Introduction to Special Issue on Highly Communicable Disease Management Gaba, David M.
  • Ebola: Urgent Need, Rapid Response Adams, Jennifer J.; Lisco, Steven J.

Highly Communicable Disease Management Theme Issue

  • Health Worker Focused Distributed Simulation for Improving Capability of Health Systems in Liberia Gale, Thomas C. E.; Chatterjee, Arunangsu; Mellor, Nicholas E.; Allan, Richard J.
  • Rapid Development and Deployment of Ebola Readiness Training Across an Academic Health System: The Critical Role of Simulation Education, Consulting, and Systems Integration Phrampus, Paul E.; O’Donnell, John M.; Farkas, Deborah; Abernethy, Denise; Brownlee, Katherine; Dongilli, Thomas; Martin, Susan
  • Simulation as a Tool to Facilitate Practice Changes in Teams Taking Care of Patients Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease in Spain Rojo, Elena; Oruña, Clara; Sierra, Dolores; García, Gema; Del Moral, Ignacio; Maestre, Jose M.
  • Use of Simulation to Gauge Preparedness for Ebola at a Free-Standing Children’s Hospital Biddell, Elizabeth A.; Vandersall, Brian L.; Bailes, Stephanie A.; Estephan, Stephanie A.; Ferrara, Lori A.; Nagy, Kristine M.; O’Connell, Joyce L.; Patterson, Mary D.
  • Beating the Spread: Developing a Simulation Analog for Contagious Body Fluids Drew, Jonathan L.; Turner, Joseph; Mugele, Joshua; Hasty, Greg; Duncan, Taylor; Zaiser, Rebekah; Cooper, Dylan
  • Ebola Virus Disease Simulation Case Series: Patient With Ebola Virus Disease in the Prodromal Phase of Illness (Scenario 1), the “Wet” Gastrointestinal Phase of Illness (Scenario 2), and the Late, Critically Ill Phase of Disease (Scenario 3) Delaney, Heather M.; Lucero, Pedro F.; Maves, Ryan C.; Lawler, James V.; Maddry, Joseph K.; Biever, Kimberlie A.; Womble, Shannon G.; Coffman, Robert V.; Murray, Clinton K.

Empirical Investigations

  • Making an “Attitude Adjustment”: Using a Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education Strategy to Improve Attitudes Toward Teamwork and Communication Wong, Ambrose Hon-Wai; Gang, Maureen; Szyld, Demian; Mahoney, Heather
  • The Correlation of Workplace Simulation-Based Assessments With Interns’ Infant Lumbar Puncture Success: A Prospective, Multicenter, Observational Study Auerbach, Marc; Fein, Daniel M.; Chang, Todd P.; Gerard, James; Zaveri, Pavan; Grossman, Devin; Van Ittersum, Wendy; Rocker, Joshua; Whitfill, Travis; Pusic, Martin; Kessler, David O.; for the INSPIRE LP Investigators Quantitative Feedback Facilitates Acquisition of Skills in Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Skinner, Alisha A.; Freeman, Rosario V.; Sheehan, Florence H.

Technical Report

  • A Hemodynamic Monitor as a Simulation Tool, a Novel Use of the PiCCO2: Technical Description of the Method and Its Application Eghiaian, Alexandre; Lanceleur, Antony; Le Maho, Anne Laure; Pouilly, Arnaud; de Kerlidy, Pierre Meudal; Blondel, Pascal; Suria, Stéphanie; Cerf, Charles

Erratum

Developing a Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Curriculum: Lessons From 11 Years of Advanced Cardiac Life Support: Erratum

Check out the complete Simulation in Healthcare Journal Here!

Times Herald Interviews Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy

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Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy from St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center was interviewed last month about his work in our “growing field”. Check out this excerpt:

“From his seat in the glassed-in control room of St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center, Murphy manipulates computerized human stand-ins lying in hospital beds in a mock emergency ward in the next room.

At the touch of a mouse, he can make the high-fidelity dummies “breathe,” their diaphragms rising and falling. He can produce an ever-present outflow of the patient’s vital stats, forcing the student nurses to constantly monitor heart rates and blood pressure as they rush about administering I.V. fluids and life-saving medications within a critical few minutes’ time. Throughout the exercise, he and instructor-coordinator Kim Murphy observe the students’ responses that are picked up and transmitted live to control room monitors. 

Murphy said health care training using simulated patients is a growing field involving working with manufacturers and sales reps and attending conferences to stay current. Hospitals are using the training with their own employees in addition to universities, and the military uses the technology to simulate combat situations among its medical technicians.

“I see it as a growing field. It’s a new and upcoming profession, and it’s very exciting, actually,” he said.”

Read the Full Story about Sean on the Times Herald Website!