Regional EMS Cadet Competition Utilizes Simulation For Recognition of Leading Students

South Orange Rescue Squad Cadets Bring Home Gold

Shouldnt all EMS programs utilize simulation for demonstration and training to new recruits on the lessons of first responding? Village Green NJ recently reported how last Saturday the South Orange Rescue Squad won the 5th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet Competition in Keyport, New Jersey at the Keyport First Aid Squad. What a great way to utilize simulations to encourage healthcare professionals of tomorrow!

This event brought Emergency Medical Services cadet teams from New York and New Jersey together for a two day event that combines EMS skill competitions, educational experiences, training, and socializing with like-minded peers. Many volunteer ambulance squads across the state have cadet programs where teenagers train alongside adult members to provide emergency medical care to their community. Explained South Orange Rescue Squad President Troy Balog, “these cadet groups are valuable feeder programs to help critical volunteer shortages in squads.”


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He added, “we’ve had our cadet program for three years and many former cadets are now active adult members, including our current 1st Lieutenant! We are all volunteer, do not charge for our services and exist on donations, so people who give so much of their time are highly valued.” Competing against 35 other cadet teams, the South Orange Rescue Squad team won both first place in the “Advanced Team” category as well as the “Grand Champion” award for highest all around score. This is the first time the South Orange squad has entered the competition. “I wasn’t sure what to expect.” said team member EMT Cole Fitzsimmons, “we train a lot at South Orange so I felt that we were ready for it.”

Cadet teams could enter the “Basic” level competition or the “Advanced” level. Basic teams consisted of CPR or first aid trained cadets and were evaluated in stations consisting of Vital Sign, CPR, and bleeding control. The “Advanced” teams had to have at least two Emergency Medical Technicians and their three stations consisted of a simulated fall down to flights of stairs with two broken legs, a Heart Attack/Cardiac Arrest simulation, and a serious car accident where two critical patients were entrapped in the vehicle. “For the car accident station we had to work with the fire department to use the Jaws of Life to remove doors from the vehicle,” shared EMT team member Victor Rothstein. The victims in each of the scenarios were either role played by a volunteer with medical make-up or a high-tech simulator mannequin. Cadets were evaluated in each station by Paramedics, EMT Instructors, or Physicians who provided detailed feedback to the teens after each test.


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New Jersey SimWARS Competition Event November 5th Still Taking Team Signups!

Just received word from Samantha Singh, Director of the Regional Perinatal Simulation Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, about the upcoming Northeastern Interprofessional SimWARS™ Competition. In this high-energy, competitive tournament, successful teams must work together to solve problems in a simulated high-pressure environment. Valuable feedback will be provided by an objective panel of expert debriefers who will assess team performances before an audience of peers casting their votes for the winning team.

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This competition is open to states in the Northeastern Region, we are looking for Interprofessional teams of four to compete against friends and associates in this fun hands-on learning experience. Teams will compete against each other in short, hi-fidelity scenarios, with the winning teams advancing. The final two teams will face off in the grand finale on the morning of the simulation/education Symposium being held at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Following the SimWARS™ Competition, experts will discuss the use of simulation in healthcare education.

Until October 1, 2015 the program is recruiting teams for SimWARS™  preliminary rounds & accepting abstracts for podium and poster presentations

When
Thursday November 5, 2015
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Where
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Islami Auditorium
Livingston, NJ 07039

Please help them make this event a success by attending, participating and sharing this information with friends and colleagues!

Learn more about the event and then Register today

Free Vital Sign Simulator App Continues to Be Improved

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Back in 2013 we first shared about the Free Vital Sign Simulator from Florian Schwander (read that article here). Recently Jason Bowman at the ‘The Resuscitationist’ blog used the updated Vital Sign Simulator software to provide a long-distance SimWars competition.

Excerpt from Jason’s Use of Vital Sign Simulator:

Recently I was given the task of teaching an interactive EKG and ACLS review for our Emergency Medicine Interest Group. We wanted to make it entertaining so we planned a sort of mini simwars style event. I taught medic school and ACLS for some time so this should’ve been an easy topic. Bring in a rhythm generator, defibrillator and a cpr manakin and we should be good to go right? The only problem was that the Texas A&M College of Medicine consists of multiple remote campuses. This has made teaching skills labs like this difficult. So my first thought was to rig up a camera to broadcast my defibrillator screen and do it that way. But then I wouldn’t be able to introduce 12 lead’s or any other vitals without switching back to a different source. Plus, I didn’t have a camera like that anyways. The other option was to program everything into a powerpoint presentation. The problems with this is that not only is it a ton of work, it’s hard to control the information you’re providing as they ask for it. You always end up inadvertently leading the scenario with your slides rather than letting the students run it. The perfect solution would be to have some way to broadcast an ICU monitor display that you can control the numbers on. Enter the Vital Sign Simulator.

Vital Sign Simulator is a freeware program I came across on sourceforge.com that does exactly that. It’s designed for use in a dual monitor setup which just so happens to work perfectly for presentations and video conferences. VSS allows you control of the EKG rhythm, HR, RR, SPO2, and BP. It has most of the same controls as any good rhythm generator in that you can select the next rhythm after a shock, ignore a shock and it supports pacing as well. It’s designed to let you control it on one screen while projecting it onto your second screen. There are buttons on this screen for shocking, pacing and such. That is because this program is actually designed to run on a computer with two mice and keyboards so the students can control their own screen. We didn’t use it this way but if you want to that’s what it was made for. It even has a couple fun buttons on the operator screen like groan and vomit that made for some extra entertainment during the event! Another cool feature was the timer and timestamp feature. We didn’t end up using it the other night but it would definitely come in handy for a legitimate competition or serious training where seeing time to procedure might be helpful in comparing performance. All in all this was a pretty well featured and well designed little program for some freeware!

About Vital Sign Simulator

The vital sign simulator is intended for use in medical emergency training simulations. In combination with a (cheap) cpr-manikin, it offers a low-cost alternative to commercial high-tech patient simulation manikins. It is used with a dual monitor system, one monitor with controls for the operator and one providing the vital signs to the trainees. Heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood pressure and various moving ecg-samples can be set and changed at any time by the operator. The trainee-side interface allows automatic/manual defibrillation, cardioversion and pacing.

You can download Vital Sign Simulator here and read more about its use in long distance SimWars here.


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SIM-one Promotes #IntegrateSIM Twitter Competition To Showcase Simulation Program Improvements

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Timothy Willett MD, MMeD, (@SIMtim_oneDirector of Research & Development at the SIM-one Ontario Simulation Network wrote in today to share about “a twitter competition to learn how simulationists are moving beyond simply adopting/adding sim to meaningfully and deliberately integrating it into curricula and safety/QI processes.”

How do you #IntegrateSIM?

SIM-one wants to hear how you integrate simulation into your curriculum, clinical placement, quality improvement or patient safety practices. Let us know and you can win* a FREE ticket to this year’s #SIMexpo. *(The prize includes a free two-day admission ticket to the 2015 Ontario Simulation Exposition, but does not include travel or accommodation expenses. One entry per person. Odds of receiving the prize depend on the number of entries received.)

How to Play

Simply tweet how you integrate SIM and include #IntegrateSIM. Photos, videos & links are encouraged for your submission. The recipient will be announced on July 15, 2015. All eligible entries will be entered into a draw. Contest closes on June 30, 2015.

Prize

The recipient will receive one two-day admission* to the 2015 Ontario Simulation Exposition—Canada’s largest healthcare simulation event. The 2015 SIM Expo will be held on December 14 & 15 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto. View more details on the 2015 SIM Expo.

Updates and additional info will be posted @WelcometoSIMone. Make sure to follow SIM-one and include the hashtag #IntegrateSIM

Visit Sim-One.Ca for the complete competition guidelines and to learn more about the 2015 SIM Expo!