German-Based Zyos Provides Audio/Video Recording Platform – SESAM 2016 Exhibitor Video Series Part 1

zyos recording system medical simulation

Earlier this year HealthySimulation.com was on hand at SESAM 2016 (Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) to meet with several European-based vendors. We met with German-based Zyos to learn more about their unique A/V recording tools for healthcare simulation. While currently not available in North America, the Zyos DSoneMicro system enables simulation programs to provide affordable video recording and debriefing of scenarios. Check out our video interview below:

About Zyos


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Zyos is a supplier of mobile audio-video equipment in the medical emergency simulation who specializes in the development and manufacture of debriefing systems as well for the preclinical as for intra clinical use. With their mobile debriefing system DSonePortable and associated DSoneCapture software, they provide a mobile standard system which is able to suit any specific requirements and framework conditions thanks to its broad range of options. Their high-quality systems were all developed and designed in-house. Their technicians will help you in person to ensure perfect operation of all components, and will provide on-site service. And if there are any questions, contact them any time – they’ll be there.

About DSoneCapture:

The Zyos debriefing system DSone is always bundled with DSoneCapture software. In its current version, our software permits recording and playback of three camera signals which are displayed as quad split on the monitor. In the fourth quad split window users may display the patient monitor of the respective simulator. By feeding the VGA signal into the AV system we can integrate any patient monitor – regardless of your available simulators or the patient monitoring applications you are using. Just as we keep developing the DSone system, future versions of our DSoneCapture software will also be enhanced by various functions which will facilitate your work even more.

Learn more at the Zyos Website today!


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eoSim Provides Validated Affordable Surgical Training Solutions

surgical training box

Looking for affordable surgical training boxes with performance tracking through various OS platforms? Check out the various elegant surgical trainers from eoSurgical.

With eoSim, Trainees can learn advanced suturing techniques with the top of the range SurgTrac Elite take-home simulator, with access to the Core, Advanced and Elite Curricula.

Includes everything you need to take your skills training to the highest level:

  • SurgTrac training platform: access to our new SurgTrac software and the 6-module SurgTrac Elite Curriculum (in addition to the Core & Advanced Curricula).
  • Complete the SurgTrac Elite curriculum via distance learning, and receive remote assessment & feedback from our faculty.
  • Follow your skills progression via your online profile – now accessible from any device.
  • See the fastest times for each module via the Top Scalpel leaderboard.\
  • 6 x laparoscopic instruments: Ratcheted grasper, non-ratcheted grasper, scissors, knot pusher (to make reusable endoloops) & a pair of needle holders.
  • 3 x practice models: Peg-board (with thread), three-clip board, two-clip board & suture pad.
  • Disposables for practice models: 1 x roll of nylon thread, 2 x gloves, 4 x precision cutting templates, 4 x dice, 5 x paper clips, 6 x elastic bands, 8 x red & blue instrument stickers, 10 x foam tubes, 10 x white balloons, 10 x green balloons, 12 x 3/0 braided sutures.
  • High Definition 1080p USB plug-and-play scope built in.
  • LED light strip built in to provide optimal illumination.
  • Compatible with Mac OS 10.7 onwards and Windows 7 onwards.
  • Single user license
  • Also works with Tablets and Smartphones – even quicker and easier to get practising.

Learn more on the eoSurgical website!

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 Medical-X.com but for now you can learn more at Epona’s old website!

 


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Low Cost DIY Healthcare Simulation Recording / Debriefing AV System

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The “Low Cost Sim” Team that brought you “Free Vital Sign Simulator” also has a DIY buildout for an affordable A/V recording & debriefing system. If you have a bit of tech experience and looking for a low cost temporary, or pilot, A/V system then this might be the solution for you. Remember, tech support will be limited during your installation, operation, and repair so keep that in mind when experimenting with new technologies that are “DIY”.

About the System:

“If you don’t have the big money, but are not satisfied with just a video camera, here’s the solution for you: The LoCo-A/V system! For a total cost of about 1000-2000$ you will get a four angle “quad-split” video recording plus audio. You can even add your vital sign monitor to the quad-split. The system is built out of widely available hardware and free video capture software. In my experience it works very well without any glitches so far!”

What you need:

  • Hardware:
    • A fast computer, preferably a multi-core processor
    • Up to four webcams (you should use different makes and models to avoid conflicts)
    • USB-extension cables
    • A microphone with extension cables (optional)
    • A video capture card (optional, should be supported by FFsplit)
  • Software
    • FFSplit for recording (free)
    • VLC Media Player for playback (free)

The page goes into detail with links to the components you need, and a tutorial on how to set it all up. Learn how to build this affordable AV setup today by visiting

The Low Cost Sim Website

New ‘EHR Tutor’ Enables Simulated Learning From Cloud

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Today I was made aware of a new Electronic Health Record Training System called “EHR Tutor”. Their website suggests that “EHR Tutor provides functionality and features that will give your students the experience they need to confidently enter today’s technology based workplace and the world of electronic records.” Have you started teaching EHR in your simulation lab yet? Direct integration into your simulation scenarios can be challenging so I would love to hear how you do it!

EHR Tutor Features:

  • Similar to EHR systems currently in use at medical facilities including flowsheets for common workflows
  • Preloaded patients for easy lesson creation
  • Patients’ charts and activities can be added or modified to meet instructors’ needs
  • Instructors can view and grade student activities

Learn more about on the EHR Tutor Website!


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SimSpaces Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Lab Fidelity

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“80% of the Realism for 20% of the cost!”

After covering the NAEMSE plenary session on the status of simulation in EMS education, I toured the exhibit hall and came across Greg Vis from Hudson Simulation Services who was demonstrating a cost effective product to dramatically increase realism! By adding just a strip of sticky velcro to a wall or storage cabinet surface, you can quickly apply these printed canvas styled papered-walls to quickly add fidelity to your simulated learning environments. Now a distributed product from Nasco and Simulaids, SimSpaces has filled the need for affordable solutions for increasing environment fidelity.

About SimSpaces:

As the practice of simulation has expanded to wide range of settings the need to create context rich learning environments grows alongside . However, budgets for space improvements are often not keeping pace with demand. Simulation settings now not only include simulation centers but may also include classrooms, mobile sites and everything in between. Giving these locations the immersive effect of authentic clinical settings can be challenging. SimSpaces graphic panels can transform any location into attractive and realistic ICU, ER, clinic or Homecare environments without breaking the bank. Creativity can be substituted for large budgets and still achieve a high degree of illusion. To view their available designs and learn more visit SimSpaces.com !

Simbulance and Clinical Environments:

wall posters for medical simulation labs

Reproducing the fast-paced environment of a modern ambulance can be challenging in any educational setting. SimSpaces’ offers the unique SIMBULANCE™ designs shown below for licensing. Easy to install and maintain, SimSpaces’ graphics offer an attractive solution for high-impact realism on a budget. A wide variety of settings are available to allow for multiple configurations of lab areas.

medical simulation wall backgrounds

Whether in an ER, ICU or Clinic today’s students may practice in a variety of settings. SimSpaces’ offers the designs shown below for licensing. Easy to install and maintain, SimSpaces’ graphics offer an attractive solution for high-impact realism on a budget. A wide variety of settings are available to allow for multiple configurations of lab areas.

Quick to Install and Long to Last:

 Greg explained to me that the first school to ever install SimSpace walls were still going strong over a year later — and once the walls are up they continue to stay strong.

To view their available designs and learn more visit SimSpaces.com !

Simulab CentraLineMan Video Introduction

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Recently HealthySim toured several US healthcare educational locations training with Simulab’s CentraLineMan, which is Simulab’s Central Vascular Catheterization training solution that allows medical professionals to train using real-time ultrasound guidance during catheter placement. Previously our video coverage on this topic included TraumaMan in-situ at LSU Health’s Surgical Suites, the use of Simulab products to train 200 learners at month at NorthShore University, as well as research that proves CentraLineMan prevents CVC infection and saves hospital costs at a ratio of 7:1, and finally a video introduction to Simulab.

In the latest video below, we cover the many unique features of CentraLineMan with a product breakdown:

The main body form of Simulab’s CentraLineMan is shown in the video, which not only includes the initial purchase base of the trainer, but also the interchangeable skin which fits securely into the system. Also available now is the additional rotating head module, which the original base trainer easily fits within. The head can rotate and pitch, to help provide learners the opportunity to more closely mimic correct technique depending on different procedures.

CentraLineMan Standard & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Central Vascular Catheterization Using Subclavian, Supraclavicular, and Internal Jugular approaches
  • Sterile technique
  • Locating vessels with ultrasound
  • Inserting Needle
  • Threading guidewire
  • Passing dilator and triple lumen catheter
  • Performing line maintenance
  • Learning to use ultrasound guidance during catheter placement
  • Locating vessels using palpable landmarks

Simulab’s CentraLineMan is anatomically correct and palpable so not only can you feel the clavicle and the sternocleidomastoid muscle heads but also the carotid pulse. This means  when you are training your physicians or residents on the procedure using the blind technique, you have all the necessary anatomy so they can complete the procedure correctly.

Of course, CentraLineMan is ultrasound compatible, with any machine out there. Therefore you can do the IJ, the subclavian, and the supraclavicular sites. CentraLineMan includes an arterial pulse bulb and venous syringe which allows you to increase or decrease the pressure in the vein for a larger or smaller target respectively.

cvc training simulator

By having the exit holes at the top of the body form, the CVC training system provides a realistic route to pass the guidewire which enables learners to see it with immediate visual feedback. You can pass the guidewire from all three locations: subclavian, superclavicular and the IJ sites.

Key Takeaways:

  • Responds to Ultrasound
  • Provides realistic soft tissue
  • Includes all necessary anatomical landmarks
  • Includes arterial pulse
  • Has two colors of simulated blood
  • Easy to refill simulated fluid reservoirs
  • Provides three access points
  • Is portable and affordable

A Simulation in Healthcare Journal research publication entitled “Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit” (Cohen, Elaine R. BA; Feinglass, Joe PhD; Barsuk, Jeffrey H. MD; Barnard, Cynthia MBA, MSJS; O’Donnell, Anna RN, BSN; McGaghie, William C. PhD; Wayne, Diane B. MD) which utilized CentraLineMan found that “A simulation-based educational intervention in CVC insertion was highly cost-effective… at a Return-Of-Investment ratio of 7:1 with a cost savings of over $700,000 dollars for the hospital”.

With a purchase price for a complete system still under $3000, acquisition into this Simulab training platform to teach these skills is easy. And since replacement skins allow for at least 50 full catheter insertions and cost less than $500 – Simulab has designed an affordable training product that clearly delivers realistic, high quality and cost efficient training.

To learn more about CentraLineMan, the only system that fits into the ASA guidelines, visit Simulab.com today or watch our previous video on how the platform can save on hospital costs.

INACSL 2011 Wrap Up

Hey Sim Champs!

Before hitting INACSL 2011 I spent a few days in Key Largo diving 100 feet down to see some shipwrecks.  I also saw my first shark, which was a NURSE shark…. pretty fitting if you ask me!

INACSL 2011 Orlando Trip

Here’s some of the great tips I learned from other members at INACSL 2011!

  1. Pam Jeffries opened the INACSL Conference with a Keynote speech about the process that lead to the creation of the NLN sponsored framework.  Her book Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation is a must have for any healthcare simulation library.  She said the framework had been successful in the past 5 years to help foster research in simulation.
  2. Carol Okupniak from Drexel University provided an excellent session on her sim lab’s scheduling process.  She has created pdf document forms that require faculty to completely explicate all necessary details for scheduled simulations.  She graciously provided her slides which are available here, and I will update this post next week with her forms for us to download!
  3. Ronnie Stout, Simulation Center Director from UTEP, had an amazing tip to print out and hang up pictures of medical equipment your center can not yet afford.  This will help bolster the visual surroundings of your developing simulation labs!  Just google whatever pump your faculty is interested and print out the picture!
  4. Brian Russell, Senior Associate for Ayers Saint Gross Architects showed us how UNITY 3D, a free-to-use 3d animation software platform similar to Second Life, can be used to create immersive models of simulation labs.  This seemed like a cheap way to create three dimensional representations of new lab designs for administrators to virtually walk through! Furthermore, your program could perform virtual based simulations with your learners!  Brian said feel free to email him if you want to learn more!
  5. I took part in a fantastic evening moulage workshop put on by Drexel University sponsored by PocketNurse.com!  Click that link to watch the video and get the slides!
  6. I learned that we MUST keep our HARVEY manikin on a hard flat surface.  Having the base on a soft surface can make Harvey’s wooden base warp which would alter the magnetic contacts.

Hope you had a great conference!