Homeland Security Simulation Center Offers Realistic Training for Disaster Preparedness

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Utilizing a newly designed self-built simulator, Concordia’s Center for Homeland Security Studies, provides students with a way to learn disaster response scenarios. Learners deal with real world changing environment which includes traffic, wind conditions, fire movement and more.

Excerpt from Disaster Management:

The simulation center, part of Concordia’s Center for Homeland Security Studies, offers specific training on disaster preparedness and response for the university’s students and for outside groups. The centerpiece is the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator virtual reality platform.

During an exercise, the simulator allows first responders to progress through a scene using avatars. Others are down the hall at a command post, receiving information through a computer feed and being interviewed periodically by actors pretending to be reporters.


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This strategic messaging piece is critical, said Cliff Gyves, director of the Homeland Security Simulation Center. “We give them a sense of information chaos through our fake newscasts,” he said. “The kids all have phones. You can tell them not to post, but they will, and it’s going to get picked up by the regular media.”

Clients from the local area as well as other states have used the simulator, often at the end of a one- or two-day training session. Although schools wanting to simulate their response to an active shooter are frequent clients, other scenarios involve situations such as a disaster at a large construction site, or a biohazard. The center has a mobile version of the lab that can do smaller simulations too.

“We can take a client’s existing plan, develop a scenario around that, and have them run through the simulation to recognize any gaps,” said Scott Winegar, director of Concordia’s Center for Homeland Security Studies. They can then modify the plan to correct the problems and do a final exercise to see if the modifications worked.

The simulator, which has been operational for about six months, took several months to develop and install. It is currently being used on average at least once a week. For most services that include a simulation — normally formal classroom training with a capstone simulation — the rate is $2,000 for four hours and $3,500 for a full eight-hour day, Gyves said.

Read the full article on the Emergency Management website!


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Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) About to Launch First US Based Conference

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Several simulation champions have recommended to me to spread the word about the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) Conference, which is having its first international event in Chicago June 23-26, after crossing the Pacific Ocean from Australia. Unfortunately I cannot attend this year as SimGHOSTS Australia occurs on the same dates in Brisbane at the Clinical Skills Development Service, but I wanted to share with you here more about this innovative and highly praised event!


Cliff Reid: Making Things Happen

Why is SMACC different?

The first SMACC event was held on from 11-13 March 2013 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was a tremendous success, with a staggering 700 delegates at start-up. The second meeting (SMACC Gold) doubled in size to almost 1300 delegates and was an event like no other.

The SMACC concept arose from collaboration between a group of critical care websites from around the world that shared common values. The underlying ethos is to provide free online education with open access, in what has come to be known as ‘FOAM’ (Free Open Access Meducation).

The aim of the events was to provide a common forum for critical care practitioners and to provide the best academic content in an innovative and engaging format. Without financial or professional group support, the SMACC organisers took an enormous risk in getting this exciting not-for-profit venture up and running. The SMACC conference is administered under a charitable not-for-profit trust ‘C4’ – (Centre for Critical Care Collaboration). As a charitable trust ‘C4’ is strictly regulated. The organisers and speakers contribute their time free – no individual profits from the charitable trust.

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The Rise of FOAM in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care From ECGMedicalTraining.com

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As access to online tools continue to expand around the world, the tenants of open, free and widespread communication continues to evolve healthcare and education. FOAM, or Free and Open Access Medical Education, is a prominent hashtag #FOAMED on twitter, that is supported by blogs like ECGMedicalTraining.com. Recently they covered the topic of online peer review systems vs. traditional peer review journals. An interesting conversation which is also affecting healthcare simulation (see recent articles “Helpful Thoughts on In Situ Simulation” and “EMSIMCases Website Provides Free Emergency Medicine Simulation Scenarios, Templates and More!

Article Excerpts:

Over the past 20 years the internet has spawned a huge number of blogs, podcasts, videos and wikis on a countless number of topics and emergency medicine has been no exception.1 At the intersection of social media and critical care the astoundingly popular Free Open-Access Medical Education (FOAM) or #FOAMed movement has emerged as a force to be reckoned with.2 According to Symplur which tracks health care related hashtags there were almost 900 million Twitter impressions containing the #FOAMed hashtag in calendar year 2014.

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