American Academy of Pediatrics & Kognito Launch Simulation System to Train Pediatricians

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The American Academy of Pediatrics and Kognito recently announced the launch of Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens about Performance Enhancement – a free, role-play simulation designed to prepare pediatricians and other child health professionals to lead real-life conversation with teens about appearance and performance-enhancing substances.

About Kognito

Kognito is a healthcare simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to inspire and inform, impact how people think and act, evoke empathy, and change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations. We build and assess their confidence and competency by providing them the ability to practice conversations with our growing family of emotionally-responsive virtual people. Our innovative approach uses the science of learning, the art of conversation and the power of game technology to measurably improve social, emotional, and physical health. Leading health, education, government, and non-profit organizations use our growing portfolio of simulations. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


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Press Release Excerpt:

The use of appearance and performance-enhancing substances among youth has increased tremendously over the past decade. More than 10 percent of adolescents have misused prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement, and about 6 percent of the general high school population has used illegal steroids for appearance or strength enhancement. Physicians should be aware of the use of performance-enhancing substances by pediatric patients; be prepared to identify risk factors, signs, and symptoms; ask screening questions; and offer anticipatory guidance related to their use.

This innovative simulation engages users in role-play conversations with three virtual and emotionally responsive patients presenting with signs of appearance and performance-enhancing substances. As the health professional in the simulation, users choose what to say to the virtual patient, how to respond to their hesitations, resistance, and misconceptions, and how to use motivational interviewing techniques to motivate them to change their behavior.


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Free ICU Healthcare Simulation Scenarios & Debriefing Guide

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ICU-IS-SIM is The Alfred ICU’s In Situ Simulation program, coordinated by Dr Chris Nickson. Each week we aim to involved at least 10-20 staff members as active participants in our in situ simulation sessions. This is typically performed within the unit, using real equipment, with team members performing their usual roles. Physical fidelity is achieved using simulation manikins or simulated patients in conjunction with iPads running the iSimulate ALSi software.

The sessions are designed to help staff develop the technical and non-technical skills required to function as a effective team in critical situations. An emphasis is placed on inter-professional communication and teamwork. Scenarios are based on core knowledge requirements, perceived knowledge gaps identified in other parts of the educational program, known high risk situations and sentinel events. Simulation-based education is also used in other aspects of The Alfred ICU Education program, including Tuesday teaching for senior registrars and regular sessions at the Center for Health Innovation simulation center (using SimMan 3G) during Wednesday afternoon teaching for all junior medical staff. We also use simulation to develop and fine tune processes within the ICU, such as our ECPR program and checklist development for emergency intubation and patient transport.

Scenarios from the ICU-IS-SIM program are provided as free-to-view google documents so that others can use and modify for their own education purposes. The scenarios are continually being revised and improved. Current free scenarios include:

Airway scenarios

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and previous burns
  • Recognition of endotracheal tube dislodgement

Cardiac and cardiothoracic ICU

  • Pericardial tamponade post-cardiac surgery
  • Emergency intubation of a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy and cardiogenic shock

End of life and organ donation scenarios

  • Determination of Death for Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD)

Haemodynamics / Shock and vasopressors

  • Hypotension due to disconnected inotropes
  • Hypertension due to measurement error
  • Hypotension in a trauma patient in ICU

Neurocritical care

  • Deteriorating GCS and raised ICP in a TBI patient (pending)
  • Intubation of a patient with myasthaenia gravis (pending)
  • Intubation of a patient with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (pending)

Renal

  • Hyperkalemia and cardiac arrest due to acute kidney injury (AKI)

Respiratory

  • Emergency intubation of severe asthma

Resuscitation

  • Unanticipated VF arrest in the ICU

Sedation and delirium

  • Delirium, physical restraints and aspiration
  • Management of an agitated patient with delirium

Sepsis and infectious diseases

  • Intubation of a patient with septic shock and severe metabolic acidosis

Tracheostomy emergencies

  • Respiratory distress in a patient with a tracheostomy following traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Respiratory distress in a tracheotomized obese patient with tetanus

Trauma and Burns

  • Hypotension in a trauma patient in ICU
  • Emergency intubation of a patient with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Burns
  • Airway emergency in a patient with facial burns and a wired ETT

Toxicology

  • Unverified overdose with occult calcium channel toxicity

Get access to all these free ICU scenarios, the Alfred ICU FAST-PAGE guide to debriefing, and more on the ICU-IS-Sim Website today!

SimED Monthly Healthcare Simulation Resource Newsletter!

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Today we are sharing these crucial simulation updates from SimEd, Australia’s leading simulation resource portal!

Sign up for these Free SimED resources today!

Welcome to SimEd monthly newsletter:

  • New *Part 1* pharmacy scenario contributed by Joy Spark and Pene Wood from La Trobe University focuses on effective communication when dispensing medications for a practicing community pharmacist.  Part 2 to follow in July 2016.  Note: Registered access ONLY
  • La Trobe lecturer Sandy Connors talks about the benefits of having 2nd year nursing students participate as simulated patients for first year student classes.  Read the case study in full here.
  • Upcoming EVENT – VSA Annual Regional Symposium, on Friday 15th July, 2016. This event will take place in Warrnambool, Victoria (Australia)
  • See current news and events listed on SimEd

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Planning an event or promoting your simulation program?  Let us know so we can keep our news and events information up to date.  Contact them for more info!

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Contribute to SimEd – This is an opportunity to provide content to ensure SimEd continues to promote and share the research or simulated learning activities going on in your part of the world.  Contact them for more info.

Missed the SimED May update? 

  • La Trobe Rural Health School sent a new simulated patient recruit to attend the HEAL SP training course in Melbourne. Read about the program on the website.
  • Read “Simulation in postgraduate high acuity nursing programs; a valuable component within a blended learning curriculum” contributed by La Trobe university nursing academics Joannet Hardenberg and Kathleen Tori, added to case studies.
  • New Scenario added to the scenario resources – Tracheostomy Simulation: Swallowing and Communication Management for Patients with a Tracheostomy.  This has been contributed by Goulburn Valley Health and was written for speech pathology staff and students.

SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia!

Now entering its sixth year, The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists will continue its Australia-based event to provide support to those operating healthcare simulation technologies around the world.  The event runs from July 5th – 8th, 2016 in Melbourne (Victoria)

This specialized hands-on conference is a unique training meeting which allows for direct vendor engagements with the real “end-users” of simulation-based technology. Join this international technical-based professional medical simulation community to train and showcase your products/services through exhibitor hall tables and/or direct hands-on class experiences.

Limited-time “Early-Bird” Price of A$595 will be available until June 15, 2016 – Register here!

Victorian Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) e-learning modules.

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The modules cover various aspects of simulated patient (SP) methodology. The modules contain a variety of resources including videos, audios, SP scenarios and relevant reading material. Modules are designed to take up to two hours to complete but may take longer. There is no formal assessment. Certificates of completion for each module can be downloaded after you have submitted the online evaluation.

There are 13 modules available. You must register to access the modules. Registration is currently free!

For more great resources visit the SIMED portal today!


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HealthySimulation.com Free Medical Simulation Resource Website Turns 6!

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Simulation Champions! Thank you for all your continued readership and support as we celebrate our 6th year providing free medical simulation resources around the world. Did you know that since 2010 over 300,000 readers have viewed our thousand plus articles almost 800,000 times? You have come from 214 different countries to learn and share more about healthcare simulation:

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6 Years ago today HealthySimulation.com begin with our first article:

“Welcome to HealthySimulation.com, an independent resource site for healthcare educators and professionals to share and grow our field of medical simulation.

Healthcare Simulation is such an emergent field that no one person, place, or resource has all the answers to the thousands of questions and problems unique to the developing technology.  While at this time the best way to learn about simulation is to visit a sim lab or sim center, the potential of the internet to share and exchange ideas from all over the world clearly provides an opportunity to grow healthy simulation faster and with greater ease than ever before.

The goal of this website is to provide unfiltered resources and honest advice for those developing and growing a simulation program.  By connecting the millions of new and developing simulation users with the thousands of “simulation champions”, those who not only get simulation but truly love it!”

Do you think we are hitting that goal? With now over 3,500 email newsletter subscribers, I think we are!

Here’s but a handful of HealthySim’s Most Read Articles:

  1. Free Medical Simulation Scenarios
  2. Healthcare Simulation Jobs Listings
  3. What to REALLY look for when hiring a Sim Tech
  4. HealthySim Youtube Channel Crosses 100,000 Views
  5. SimGHOSTS Launches 2016 Early-Bird Event Registrations for Simulation Technology Training
  6. CAE Healthcare Fidelis Maternal Simulator Video Interview
  7. Simulation Provides 7:1 Cost Savings for Hospital
  8. Laerdal SimPaid Interview with Jon Laerdal
  9. Emesis Moulage from Bobbie Merica

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Thank you!

First and foremost I would like to thank you, the simulation champion reader, for continuing to engage with the resources we continue to produce. Your appreciate keeps the website going so be sure to let us know on our Linkedin group, @HealthySim twitter account, or by email!

I would also like to thank the following groups for their support of HealthySimulation.com (& HealthySimAdmin) in the past in the form of sponsorships, which help us to pay for hosting and development costs:

Simulab

Laerdal

Pocket Nurse

CAE Healthcare
(and formerly METI)

B-Line Medical

Drexel University

ITTS TOM Man

Healthstream

Cardionics

NYIT University

SimED Australia

University of San Francisco

Medical Shipment

Robert Morris University

We hope to continue to serve you with the best healthcare simulation information possible so be sure to share any big news you have with us via email so we can spread the word.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Professional Learning Series Webcasts from the National Patient Safety Foundation

 

In celebration of our attendance tomorrow at that National Patient Safety Summit today we are sharing about the Professional Learning Series Webcasts from the National Patient Safety Foundation.

The NPSF Professional Learning Series offers the convenience of continuing education and peer-to-peer collaboration in an online learning environment. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) may register for their individual participation in a webcast at the member rate of only $20. Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for webcasts for their teams. As of January 2016, the cost of attendance for nonmembers has been reduced to $99

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Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Complimentary webcast: open to all at no charge

During this webcast, the co-chairs of an expert panel convened by NPSF will discuss the panel’s recommendations for future work in patient safety, recently published in the report Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human.

Featured speakers
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

Kaveh G. Shojania, MD
Director, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto
Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Quality & Safety

Moderator
Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
President and CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation
President and CEO, NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

Registration will open soon. Please check back here.
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Evaluation of Perioperative Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Featured speaker
Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH
Anesthesiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

In this webcast, Dr. Nanji, lead investigator of a recent study on this topic, will discuss her team’s findings. Read the paper published in Anesthesiology.

Registration will open soon. Please check back here.
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Learn more at the NPSF website today!


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Tomorrow: EMS Global Institute for Simulation Training Provides Free Webinar Series by Moulage Concepts

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“Bridging the Gap in Simulated Training Exercises”

Our friends at GIST and MoulageConcepts.com are joining up to bring you a powerful webinar on the the utilization of Moulage to increase the realism of your simulation experiences!

Presented by:
Bobbie Merica
Moulage Concepts Inc.

Abstract: In this webinar, educators will learn to enhance realism in simulated nursing scenarios while providing best practice techniques. The use of medical moulage assists the learner in “bridging the gap” between simulated training exercises and real life events. Whether you are just getting started in moulage or looking to advance your techniques, the application of moulage to support patient assessment, injury recognition, and decision making provides a unique training opportunity that enhances the simulation experience.

Objectives:
1. Identify the role of moulage in creating lifelike simulation scenarios
2. Illustrate the benefits of incorporating moulage into the simulation settings
3. Explore strategies to creating powerful learning experiences combining human patient simulators, live actors, and interactive, odorous, three dimensional wounds
4. Discuss options for working within your time and/or budgetary constraints

Sponsored by
The Global Institute for Simulation Training,
the educational arm of
Education Management Solutions.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2:00 pm EST
(1:00 pm CST; 12 Noon MST; 11:00 am PST)

Webinars are one hour in length. Space is limited.

Click here to register for this FREE Webinar!

Victorian Simulated Patient Network Website Provides Free Simulation Resources

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Debra Nestel is the Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University, Australia. She is also the Editor in Chief of the new Advances in Simulation, a new open access journal associated by the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). More on that soon!

Recently Debra shared with HealthySim about The Virtual Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) website, which was established to create a network of individuals with a special interest in simulated patient (SP) methodology. The VSPN offers online modules on various aspects of working with SPs involved in health and social care professional education. The modules are likely to be of interest to simulation educators, technicians, SPs and to some extent learners involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training in all health professional disciplines.

The VSPN aims to provide individuals interested in simulated patient (SP) practice with a network to share with and from each other. SPs are individuals trained to portray real patients. SPs contribute to health professional education in many ways. There is a spectrum of SP practices that are expanding. The VSPN aims to connect SPs, educators, students, clinicians and others through this website.

The website is free and aims to share information about this modality from many simulation champions in the field. Earlier this year the VSPN crossed over 500 members who come from every continent!

Visit the VSPN website for all these free resources and to learn more!


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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.

Endovascular Simulation & Educational Environment Video Resource Material From Mentice

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Mentice shares that this free “Endovascular Educational Environment Video Material” is “all you need to know from basics of sheath, catheter size, shape selection to role reversal training and procedure communication. There is also some team training psychology in there somewhere too!”.  If you are teaching such procedures with simulation this video series is worth reviewing! This continues the online resources from Mentice we have shared earlier including:

Video Series Includes:

  1. The Basics of Sheath’s and Catheters – This Mentice clinical tutorial discusses the differences between interventional catheters and sheaths and how to properly identify each device.
  2. Procedure Communication, Training to the physician – How incorporating simulation training can improve team communication and flow of procedure.
  3. Understanding the Metric Report – Breaking down the information that is provided at the completion of each procedure performed such as complications, tools and devices used and pre and post treatment vessel analysis.
  4. Role Reversal using Simulation – This video talks about how you can utilize simulation to practice and role play each team members responsibilities and duties in the procedure environment.
  5. Patient Recorder & Monitoring Report – An introduction to a unique training program and offering for persons who monitor and record procedures. A great tool for nursing and technical programs.
  6. Procedure Report: A Step by Step Guide – This video will guide the viewer on how to access the details and metrics produced during each procedure and how to best utilize this information.
  7. Understanding the User Interface – This video will walk the user through all the information and data that is provided at the beginning of each procedure and discusses opportunities for both learners and educators on how to best use this resource.
  8. Basic Catheter Skills – A quick look at how simulation can help operators practice and learn basic and advanced catheter skills.

Watch all the Endovascular Education Simulation videos for free thanks to Mentice!

TODAY: “Improve Faculty Buy-In” Webinar April 22nd 2PM EST Hosted by SimGHOSTS

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SimGHOSTS is hosting a webinar presented by Level 3 Healthcare staff on “Improving Faculty Buy-in” for your simulation programs. Although this presentation will be shared from the perspective of technical staff – it will be applicable to all those looking to improve utilization of simulation by faculty or clinical educators.

Today’s simulation control room is a great place to be innovative, but the challenge that many centers have is the educators who are asked to use these control computers, and AV solutions, are not necessarily comfortable with the high-level of technology being integrated. Simplifying Simulation can improve the faculty buy-in, Level 3 Healthcare shows you how. Presented vy Michael Young Benjamin Campagnola.

Date Time: April 22nd 2PM-3PM EST (TODAY)

About Michael

H. Michael Young has worked within the healthcare simulation field over the last nine years, first at Tarleton State University (TSU) and most recently for Level 3 Healthcare. In his role at TSU, Michael grew into a role best described as the simulation systems administrator, but like so many of those working in simulation operations enjoyed the more generic title of Simulation Technology Specialist. As an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Mr. Young has served on the Board of Directors (2013), sat on the Accreditation Council, and currently serves on the Certification Committee as sub- committee Chair for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). In addition to his responsibilities with Level 3 Healthcare, Mr. Young is also working on his doctorate (Ed.D.) at TSU.

About Ben

Ben Campagnola holds an extensive record of successes engineering and programming large, customized commercial automation systems across a variety of markets. Specializing in the integration of computer software with control automation systems, he brings a new conceptual level of control to the integration industry- mostly focusing on the Python and Crestron programming environments. Experience in electronics and API development help him to utilize new products and technology in ways otherwise unattempted. Ben continually deploys exceptional programming by utilizing clean and standardized coding practices in his never-ending endeavor to create a universal technology environment where communications, AV, and automation seamlessly operate in tandem.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS Webinar Announcement Page!