Watch: Gardaí Simulate Terror Attack at Dublin’s Docklands

Watch: Gardaí test response to terror attack in simulation at Dublin's Docklands

The Irish-based Gardai engaged with a counter-terrorism exercise in Dublin recently to test their response in the event of a mass casualty terrorist attack. The simulation, codenamed ’Sciath’, involved a number of actors at the Docklands railway station in Dublin’s north inner city and the garda units involved today had not been told ahead of time what would be involved.

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As part of the simulation, the men inside acted out assaulting a number of people inside the station. Armed officers used stun grenades and blank rounds, shooting one of the suspects and securing the scene. “Today has demonstrated the professionalism and the capability that we have,” Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told reporters after the training exercise was finished. “Incidents like this can happen. We have to make sure that we are ready to respond to those incidents. In the last few days we have given instructions to all of our members and I think we wanted to see how those instructions would work,” she said.

The Commissioner said simulations such as today’s operation are prioritised in high density areas like Dublin city, but she said further exercises will take place in other parts of the country to test response times outside the capital.

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Collaborative Simulation Program Development – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 1

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Last week we announced that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series is being made publicly available for the first time. Today we post Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development, across institutions and disciplines, which you can watch below:

Imagine splitting the cost of a brand new simulation center and operational program in thirds, while simultaneously increasing access to equipment, space and staff support. Now also consider the benefits of partnering with other healthcare professional disciplines to further breakdown the traditional educational training silos through your simulation program. Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN from UNLV’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs will launch our discussion into how to develop a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional collaborative simulation center. Dean Yucha spent three years leading the development of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, which supports the clinical education of three distinct institutions across a multitude of disciplines. Following Dean Yucha’s presentation, the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts will continue the discussion of related topics such as stakeholder identification and board/committee needs, types of umbrella administrative structures, architectural design considerations, financial reimbursement systems, building and program support services, legal requirements, ongoing collaborative issues and more. Funding models will be touched upon briefly but will be explored in greater depth during subsequent sessions. Audience question and answer sessions will follow the lecture and panel discussion. In summary, in this session we will learn how to build and continue a successful collaborative partnership for a medical simulation program.

About the Presenter

Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN is Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a developer of the CSCLV and serves on its Advisory Committee. Dr. Yucha earned her academic credentials from the State University of New York system: her BS in Nursing from the University at Albany, her MS in Nursing from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Physiology from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY. She worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Florida before moving to Las Vegas. Dr. Yucha has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published numerous articles, and is editor of a scientific journal, Biological Research for Journal.

Dr. Yucha was instrumental in creating the original concept of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She worked with architects to design the space and worked closely with other Deans to develop the curriculum, staffing, and financial model to sustain the center. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the CSCLV.

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Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

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Sharing the recent announcement of the collaborative project Debrief2Learn, aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices.

About Debrief2Learn:

Effective feedback and debriefing play a critical role in healthcare education in both simulated and workplace-based environments. Debrief2Learn supports clinical educators by sharing resources to guide faculty development and exploring the latest innovations. We aim to create an online community of practice for health professions educators while advancing knowledge through cutting-edge collaborative research. Debrief2Learn aims to improve healthcare outcomes by fostering effective feedback and debriefing practices. Effective feedback and debriefing play a critical role in healthcare education in both simulated and workplace-based environments.

We have designed Debrief2Learn with both educators and researchers in mind. This website will eventually be a comprehensive, one-stop resource for everything related to debriefing and feedback in healthcare education—and it will all be free to access. Internationally recognized experts in the field comprise our advisory board, who will help shape the content, format, and future direction of this website. Our collaborators are well-published leaders and innovators in the field who also share their ideas and expertise through presentations and workshops presented around the world.

To improve access to research, the research page lists relevant debriefing and feedback articles published by our team members. Each article can be accessed in a number ways: a link to PubMed, link to source journal, or a free PDF link (or a ResearchGate link to request a free PDF when this is not readily available). To assist with translating and using our research in your own setting, we offer resources and other helpful content, such as PDFs of our workshop slides and presentations.

To help you follow our research, we offer links to each paper’s Altmetric page (which provides links to online discussion about the research), a link to articles that cite our research, relevant blogs to innovative ideas, as well as social media accounts to keep you updated on the latest work. Finally, podcasts will feature leading international experts discussing recent papers in our field.

We have developed Debrief2Learn for you! Let us know if you’d like to get involved. You can contribute content (eg. Blogpost), collaborate in research, or become a team member. We’d love to hear from you!

Learn more about this innovative project and its team on!

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Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles Of Spring 2013

top ten medical simulation articles is dedicated to providing free resources to healthcare educators considering or utilizing simulation to educate and train professional providers. Here is a list of our most-read medical simulation articles from the first half of 2013:

  1. Video Update from Laerdal SUN Indianapolis 2013 – The April 2013 Laerdal SUN Indianapolis meeting held its opening ceremonies yesterday providing over 230 Simulation Champions from around the World with the training they need to start or expand their healthcare simulation program. Learn more about Medical Simulation by watching this event video recap.
  2. Collaborative Simulation Program Development Session Provided with FREE HealthySim Subscription – Gain access to a 2-Hour HD recorded stream from the HealthySimAdmin event which covers collaborative program development across disciplines and institutions by subscribing to’s free monthly newsletter, summarizing all the best articles straight to your email inbox!
  3. HealthStream Provides Free WhitePaper “Right Time for Simulation” Are you associated with a hospital system looking to start or expand a medical simulation based program?  HealthStream just released a free white paper entitled “It’s the Right Place and Right Time for Simulation” on their blog which can help demonstrate the serious benefits of clinical simulation. You can also check out my comprehensive Demonstration of the HealthStream SimManager platform developed to administer simulation staff, equipment, rooms, learners and outcomes.
  4. Learn How Simulation Has Been Fully Adopted & Integrated in both the Airline Industry and the Nuclear Power Industry – While medical simulation is rapidly expanding, the adoption of the methodology does not even begin to compare to the aviation or nuclear industries. Learn how simulation works in these sectors to better learn why simulation is the future of healthcare education.
  5. Learn How to Identify Key Drivers for Simulation Training – Key drivers are “an effective tool for breaking down complex questions or improvement goals and structuring them into smaller, addressable pieces”. Learn more about this workshop and download free tools that can clarify simulation needs and appropriate intervention designs for simulation training.
  6. Increase Realism to Your Simulations Through Background Noise and Advanced Moulage Makeup Kits – By creating the most realistic simulation scenarios learners become fully immersed in the experiential educational experience. Small considerations for the design and display of your simulation lab can dramatically increase learner buy-in!
  7. The Sim Tech Hands-On Training event ‘SimGHOSTS’ is Hosting their 3rd Annual Event this August – Join over 200 other Healthcare Simulation Technicians at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex this August 6th – 9th for the global healthcare simulation event designed to provide a meeting place for Technicians to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair & software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication & leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more.
  8. Consider Why & How to Build a Website For Your Medical Simulation Program, and How to Add Multimedia to Increase Marketing to Community & External Businesses – Benefits of creating a Simulation Program Website include: Community public relations, recruitment advertising and promotional marketing, providing contact information and capturing donations, as well as hosting student, staff, clinical educator/faculty resources. In the second article, learn how to add multimedia to further support these objectives!
  9. Designing Prehospital Medical Simulation Scenarios – This guest author paper outlines the four stages that should be considered by tutors before their students are exposed to clinical simulation scenarios for educational purposes. These stages of paramedic education are relatively unique since the teaching and understanding of logistical considerations are not necessarily a significant concern to other clinicians from wider health disciplines.
  10. How To Evaluate Effectiveness of Medical Simulations – Learn why simulation scenario design requires ongoing review, how healthcare can make tiny improvements for continued success, and gain free evaluation tools from CAE Healthcare.

*BONUS Link* – For even more great content check out the Top 50 “Best Of 2012″ Medical Simulation Articles!

Florida Simulation Healthcare Alliance Launches!

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Last week at IMSH 2013 in Orlando I had an opportunity to meet with Rita Swanson, RN, BSN who is the new Training Director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance (FHSA) which had its inaugural booth at the meeting!  Watch the video below to learn more about the FHSA The FHSA was launched

From FloridaHealthSimAlliance.Org “The Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance is a statewide organization with the mission of advancing, coordinating, and expanding the use of all forms of simulation in academic settings, healthcare institutions, and agencies across the state to advance healthcare education to foster patient safety.  It serves as a resource to facilitate collaboration, networking, and the development and integration of best practices into the delivery of patient care and to improve patient safety.”

State-wide regional collaboratives such as the FHSA are blossoming across the U.S., demonstrating further need for community-building and resource sharing on a peer-to-peer level.  FHSA institutional or individual memberships provide simulation champions with access to community discussions, learning events, leadership opportunities, newsletters and more.  In the video above, Rita explains how the group developed after the success of a grant-funded “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Project”, which promoted the use of simulation technology in Florida nurse education.”

Training Courses:

Rita explained to me that the FHSA goes beyond “get-togethers” to provide much needed training. “The Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance is making good progress to accomplish the objective of offering simulation courses and workshops during its first year as an organization.  The Alliance training manager has formed the nucleus of a Faculty Council.  This body, made up of experienced simulation practitioners from across the state, will guide the development of courses and faculty qualifications.  The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) standards of best practice for simulation and the Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration materials will inform course development.

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The website further explains “Because of the geography and population distribution of Florida, as well as the large number of locations using simulation, the Alliance is building a state model of eight regional collaboratives.  The membership of the collaboratives will form the core of the Stakeholders Council of the Alliance.  A Steering Committee of the Stakeholders Council has been formed with representatives from each region.  This committee provides the Alliance staff advice and guidance for the development of useful services and activities.  It also will guide the formation of a larger leadership group in each region in preparation for a membership drive in the fall of 2012.

In addition to the eight regional collaboratives, the Alliance is developing special interest groups, as well as statewide services and programs.  The first program to be offered by the Alliance is a two day Essentials of Simulation (EOS) course.  The course is a product of CAE Healthcare, formerly MEDI.  CAE Healthcare has given the Alliance exclusive rights to offer EOS to Florida residents.  The first cadre of Alliance EOS instructors has been trained by CAE Healthcare, and plans are being developed to offer the course in the regions of the state.  Future plans include offering a series of progressively advanced courses.”
Rita’s advice for other states or regional groups looking to build similar collaboratives was to “get the simulation champions from all the sectors including academia, healthcare industry and also simulation product suppliers” together to identify mutually beneficial opportunities.  Too true Rita! Do you have a regional collaborative that should be shared with the international healthcare simulation community here on HealthySim? Email Lance and share your group today!
Learn more about the FHSA at (and be sure to tell them HealthySimulation sent you!)

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Top 5 Questions I Am Asked About Managing a Medical Simulation Program

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5) Where can I find medical simulation job descriptions?
4) How did you train faculty/educators in medical simulation?
3) How did you get educators to start running collaborative simulations?
2) How can we finally stop all these technology issues?
1) How much should we charge to outside users?


Below are the answers to the Top 5 questions I am regularly asked about running a medical simulation program. I wrote this article to demonstrate the kinds of topics we will be discussing at HealthySimAdmin – an innovative two-day event which will be specifically addressing the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators.  On October 18th & 19th you will be able to join our studio audience or stream the event live from your office desktop over high-speed internet connection.  Learn more at and take advantage of the meeting’s “early-adopter” discount prices!


Next week I will post the “Top 5 Questions Administrators Should Be Asking Me About Running A Medical Simulation Program” – so stay tuned!


5) Where can I find medical simulation job descriptions?
First, look at’s medical simulation jobs listings to see some of the positions that have been posted by the community in the current market.  Grab any of the job descriptions there that pertain to your new position and start building your database.  Next, repeat that process on, and – all of which also regularly post job position that are based in medical simulation.

HealthSimAdmin Early-Bird Registration Now Open!

Take advantage of HealthySimAdmin early-bird registration prices today! Read on to learn more…. 

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Whether you are managing medical simulation in a single lab at a community college or in dozens of labs across a state hospital system, I am happy to announce today that HealthySimAdmin has been launched to help lesson the burden of administrating a healthcare simulation program.

On October 18th + 19th of this year you will be able to join our studio-audience in Las Vegas or stream the event live virtually from your office computer.  Either way you will also be able to download* the entire recorded event to review at a later time.

Topics that were selected by the community through survey to be specifically discussed at this two-day event include: collaborative partnerships, funding models, faculty/educator training & integration, increasing utilization, research integration, operations, IT support structures, and business development.

Download the HealthySimAdmin Brochure and visit the new website to learn more!

“Buy by July” & Save Big!

On you will notice that registrations will continue to increase in cost each month leading up to the October event.  Thus, by investing early you not only secure your spot for this innovative and content-specific administrator meeting but also will also enjoy considerable savings!   HealthySimAdmin wishes to reward “early-adopters” as well as those who have subscribed to before today.

If you are a HealthySim newsletter subscriber (before May 30th), check your inbox for a special discounted registration link!

Visit the new page to learn more and take advantage of June’s “early-bird” registration prices!

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SESAM 2011 Video – Collaborative Institutions Roundtable

At the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) 2011 a round table of speakers gathered to discuss collaborations among institutions. This is a complex topic as hospitals, schools, and other healthcare related institutions come together to maximize funding for simulation lab projects.

Panel included:
Dr. Peter Dieckmann
Dr. David Gaba
Dr. Roger Kneebone
Dr. Wolfgang Heinrichs
Dr. Dan Raemer
Ms. Elsa Soyland
Dr. José Ángel Villén