New Virtual Patient Monitor System from Simulab

simulab vpm

Received an email press announcement yesterday from Simulab announcing a NEW patient monitor system for any low to mid fidelity patient manikin or other healthcare education-based scenario. As a number of Simulab’s products have little to no technical “Hardware” in them, this new software will enable current and future customers to add this additional level of functionality to their training systems. Price at only $1750, this looks to be an affordable way to add pt monitor opportunities to your simulation learning environments. Have you seen my video coverage of Simulab TraumaMan and CentraLineMan? Definitely worth watching on our Simulab page!

Official Simulab Press Announcement:

“Finally, an Affordable Patient Monitor for Manikins”


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Simulab announces the release of the VirtualPatientMonitor software system to heighten drama during medical team training simulations

Seattle, WA— June 8, 2015 —Seattle-based medical simulator manufacturer, Simulab, announces the release of the VirtualPatientMonitor, a software system that adds realism to just about any medical simulation training event. Instructors can create a variety of emergency clinical events during a simulation scenario to heighten drama and create a high-stakes environment. This allows the whole medical team to work together to practice team work and procedural accuracy, under stress, without endangering human lives.

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GoPro Unveils 4K Resolution Camera: Hero4

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GoPro, the makers of the world’s most popular HD personal camera, recently unveiled their Hero4 which records at an incredible 4K resolution. Why is this so important? Well, as we all know technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and at this point, none of us would be comfortable watching our favorite shows on a black and white 6″ TV screen. Think about the resolution quality of DVDs at 720 pixels by 480 pixels which are almost phased out being replaced by BluRay. Contrast that with the resolution of 4K which is at an astounding 4096 pixels x 2160 pixels.

Look at the breakdown below at the difference between pixel ratios between various types of media. Our current high “standard” is 1080p HD which you will find on most new TV flatscreen TVs. Imagine four of those 1080p TVs together and then some packed into the same size screen – thats 4K!

4k-resolution simulation(Click photo for on-screen example)

What does this mean for healthcare simulation?

Consider being able to read the label on the simulated medication, or the tick mark on the syringe with the amount of medication to be administered. Or consider the level of detail surgeons will be able to work through with higher resolution screens for training. As advanced simulation attempts to mimic real experiences with the highest level of fidelity, recording and presenting those engagements to learners in the highest quality possible will always been an important element towards success. While this level of technology is not required to run medical simulations effectively, the trend to utilize the latest in a/v technologies will eventually make 4K the standard in healthcare — and that we can now do that with a personal camera like the GoPro Hero4 is a huge shift towards mass adoption of such technologies, which previously were extremely cost-prohibitive. Just like the first clinical manikins were!

About the Hero4 Black:

Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates,1 HERO4 Black takes Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. New Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at a blistering 30 frames per second and improved audio,1 HERO4 Black is the ultimate life-capture solution.

Check out the latest GoPro video to see 4K in action. Note: To see the true potential of 4K, I suggest loading this video full screen and making sure the playback quality is set to 4K in the settings options located on the gear lowered right.


(Load this video in full screen and set 4K as the Quality)

Since the holidays are coming up, I know what’s going to be on my list for this year! Get your GoPro Hero4 Black through amazon today:

Does your sim program already utilize GoPro cameras? Email us and let us know all about it!

SimSpaces Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Lab Fidelity

simulated wall coverings

“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 !


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Sheffield Hallam University Uses Augmented Reality to Increase Manikin Fidelity

augmented reality medical simulation

Sheffield Hallam University was recently featured on BBC news for their augmented reality system which increases realism of stagnate simulators by overlaying recorded standardized patient videos on top of the manikin. This is a step in the right direction towards increased fidelity for patient simulator engagements. Because this is such an innovative project, I have copied several links to additional information below:

From the Sheffield Hallam website:

Sheffield Hallam University has become the UK’s first higher education institution to use a new piece of cutting edge technology that assesses empathy and compassion in healthcare.

Augmented reality (AR) has been introduced into the University’s nursing and midwifery curriculum which sees videos of patients, played by actors, superimposed onto training manikins. The computer-generated images or video of the patient is overlaid onto the dummy via an iPad tablet and provides a ‘real’ account of the patient experience.

It is designed to give trainee nurses a range of scenarios to test their reactions and their patient communication skills. Jean Flanagan, assistant dean and head of nursing and midwifery, said ‘The introduction of augmented reality has been a hit with our students and staff and it has allowed us to realistically assess how our students are going to perform when they are out on the wards.’ Read the full article on the SHU website.

nursing simulation augmented reality

Click to watch the awesome BBC coverage of the AR system“Medical mannequins can be a useful training aid but interacting with them can feel unnatural. But at Sheffield Hallam University augmented reality is now being used to ‘turn’ the mannequin into a real person. The app contains various scenarios, recorded by actors, to make the situation feel more realistic. Once the introduction has been made using the app, the mannequin can be remotely controlled to continue reacting in keeping with the simulation.”

You can also download the presentation slides from the session entitled “Human Patient Simulation – Now with Added Reality” from HPSN given by Mel Lindley, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy within the Allied Health Professions department; Deborah Clark, Senior Lecturer within the Nursing and Midwifery department; Robin Gissing, Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor for the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing.

Finally, download this report entitled “Using Augmented Reality” from UK’s Council of Deans: “Student feedback indicates that learning was furthered by the interactive workbook being created by students for students as it enabled students to better understand the level of knowledge required for their stage of training. Annual course review and module evaluation have both demonstrated that students value this module above all others due to its level of interaction, realism and preparation for clinical practice.”

iSimulate ALSi Patient Monitor Continues to Innovate Healthcare Simulation Space

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During IMSH 2014, iSimulate’s CEO Peter McKie introduced me to all the latest updates for their patient monitoring system, which can dramatically increase the realism of your low-fidelity manikins or standardized patients. With the option to purchase an ongoing licensing agreement, users can take full advantage of all these recent updates and those still yet to come. Watch the video to see why iSimulate’s ALSi has continued to innovate healthcare simulation:

What is ALSi?

ALSi provides an economical, highly advanced and realistic patient condition simulation package. It is so easy to use you’ll be up and running in less than two minutes and can act as a fully featured multi parameter monitor, AED & defibrillator.

Run off only two iPads, its simple setup makes it great for in-situ training. ALSi provides a super realistic simulation experience, enabling hi fidelity simulation even in low fidelity situations. 

iSimulate is the Platinum Sponsor of SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia, taking place June 25th-27th at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Updates Available Now:

  • Scenarios Now Run in Line: Ability to add more annotations faster.
  • Timed Events: Build in a delay to changed vital signs before they take place.
  • New Waveforms: CO2 and a new range of wavelengths for ECG.
  • Improved Interface: Easier to see and manipulate the software.
  • Send Data to Second Screen: X-ray scans, data, and other forms can now be sent to the learner iPad.
  • Sounds: Import your own recorded sounds to add more fidelity to the learner environment

Watch the video to learn about pricing and purchasing options!

Looking to learn more about ALSi? Read and watch our comprehensive ALSi product breakdown with iPad screen capture technology so you can get a full understanding of the training opportunities that iSimulate provides.

And of course, for complete info and free trials of all their software, check out the iSimulate.com website for more on their products and services!


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Progra-Temp Simulation Thermometer from Pocket Nurse

programmable thermometer

At IMSH 2013 I had a chance to talk with Deborah Coltrane from Pocket Nurse ® about their upcoming PROGRA-TEMP™, medical simulation thermometer! This new programmable thermometer was developed by a Nurse Educator and is now available for pre-orders at Pocket Nurse™, with orders being shipped summer of 2013!  Simulation technicians or clinical educators can quickly and easily set two different temperatures, the first of which displays immediately and until the set time duration expires before switching over to the second reading.  Instead of placing sticky notes or breaking fidelity in-order to report the patient’s temperature, healthcare simulation labs now have an additional tool in their arsenal to provide direct learner cues!

Deborah explains in the video above how the PROGRA-TEMP™ is:

• Easy to Use
• Ergonomic and Durable Design
• Adds Realistic Assessment Tool to Simulated Learning
• Fahrenheit (or Celsius Mode) Selection from 107 to 95 degrees (F)
• Large LCD Display Screen
• Probe Cover Storage
• Detachable Probe (included)
• Interchangeable Red (rectal) & Blue (oral) Probe Indication Caps
• Easy Access Instructor Control Panel
• Ability to Program into Unit – 2 Temperatures (Initial Assessment & Re-Assessment)
• Uses 3 AA Batteries (not included)

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