A Collection of 11 Medical Simulation “How To’s”

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Today we are highlighting a series of articles we have put together over the past several years covering the “How To” of medical simulation. Check out these awesome resources in a variety of domains:

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Texas Hospital Gains Local Media Attention… And How Yours Can Too!

Joe Gaza, Clinical Simulation Technician from Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas shared this recent local news coverage of his simulation program from KDHNews.com. Gaining local media attention helps to promote your simulation program for community awareness, adds positive PR about your institution and can even attract serious donors!

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Photo by Janice Gibbs of FME News Service: Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, left, interim chairman of the department of surgery, Alisa Carnes, director of nursing, and Dr. Michael Hofkamp, an anesthesiologist, simulate a surgical timeout at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

From KDHNews.com: “At certain times of the year, one or two operating rooms at Scott & White are taken out of circulation and become simulation sites. When personnel are being trained in new procedures, or competencies are being assessed, a couple of operating rooms are devoted to the tasks, said Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, interim chairman of the department of surgery and a colorectal surgeon. The simulation project was spearheaded by Dr. Timothy Stallard, director of simulation education and emergency physician; Dr. Michael Hofkamp, co-director of anesthesia simulation and anesthesiologist; Dr. Jose Pliego, medical director for clinical simulation and reproductive endocrinologist; and Annilyn Donnell, vice president of patient services for perioperative and women services. Papaconstantinon, Alisa Carnes, director of nursing, Hofkamp and Stallard demonstrated a simulation of a surgical timeout, a preprocedure verification process.

Using simulations allows for practicing a lot of different procedures in a relatively short period of time, Stallard said. “If there are going to be mistakes, this is time to do it so we can correct those things and make sure everybody is on the same level,” he said. “It’s a unique opportunity to practice and hone skills.” Scott & White has a mobile simulation unit that travels to the smaller hospitals in the system. Scott & White was awarded a grant to purchase iPads and monitors for participants to review their simulation efforts. Between 350 and 500 people go through the Scott & White operating room simulations annually, Papaconstantinon said.”

Read the full local news story on KDHNews.com and then read the following articles to learn how to gain media attention for your Sim Lab:

Moulage Concepts Announces Debut of SIM-Safe EMS/Nursing Product Line

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This summer MoulageConcepts.com, an international medical trauma moulage company specializing in nursing, trauma, hospital, mass casualty and pre-hospital moulage training, supply and certification announced the debut of their new SIM-Safe EMS/Nursing moulage product line!

Designed for the pre-hospital/simulation suite training scenario, the SIM-Safe series features realistic, non-staining, non-food based make-up, secretions, bodily fluids and three dimensional wounds that can be used to creating authentic training scenarios on both simulators and standardized patients. With focus to detail, all SIM-Safe products visually and tactually replicate natural bodily processes to ensure your moulage meets your training needs. Large 4 oz. containers for multi-scenario options!

SIM-Safe EMS Set includes:

  • Fresh blood
  • Clotted blood
  • Bloody emesis
  • Bile • Blister
  • 10 make-up colors
  • Instaburn Set
    • Dermacurl
    • Dermascorch
    • Dermaflame
    • Dermachar

SIM-Safe Nursing Set includes:

  • Fresh blood
  • Clotted blood
  • Coffee ground emesis
  • Feces
  • Bile
  • Vomitus
  • 10 make-up colors
  • Secretion Set:
    • Clear
    • Frothy-white
    • Blood-tinged
  • Pus Set:
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Amber

Moulage Concepts, a nationwide company, provides moulage products, training and services to the simulated nursing, military, EMS, field and MCI training sectors. With attention to detail, Moulage Concepts interactive wounds can be triaged, drained, sutured, debided and even ruptured if handled aggressively. With product lines specific to training fields, their customizable line of moulage kits has won them the EMS World Innovation award 2013 for their ability to provide moulage products and training that could be customized to scenario outcomes.

Be sure to check out Bobbie’s amazing Medical Moulage Recipe Book and check the schedule of her upcoming training courses to help you  create training scenarios that look, feel, sound and smell like the real thing!

Get your Sim-Safe Moulage Products at MoulageConcepts.com!

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B-Line Medical “DIY Sim Lab Project” Video Contest Highlights Innovation for SimGHOSTS Australia

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Ten SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia participants have submitted “DIY Projects” that increased lab efficiency or realism to the B-Line Medical Video Contest. You can visit the contest page and watch all the submitted DIY projects so that you too can learn how to increase realism and efficiency in your medical simulation program. Up to $1000 in prizes are being offered this year, including an iPad Air and GoPro 3, to be given away by B-Line Medical’s Sandy Yin — who had this to say about Sim Techs and SimGHOSTS:

“Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood.” – Sandy Yin, Marketing Strategist @ B-Line Medical

Videos will not be judged on production quality as much as ability to demonstrate and teach others how they can duplicate these DIY project in their own sim labs! Check out this entry by Suzy O’Brien from the University of the Sunshine Coast on “BGL – Simulated Blood and Hand”:

About B-Line: B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based solutions. Our software has helped over 300 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 12 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively. Learn more at http://www.blinemedical.com.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia B-Line Medical DIY Contest Page!

CBS News Covers Medical Simulation @CAMLS & @UO

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This week CBS news was reported from the University of Oklahoma’s Clinical Skills Education and Testing Center and the University of Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) about the progress of medical simulation within the healthcare education and training sector.  Congratulations and kudos to these two programs for bringing international attention to healthcare simulation and their programs!

The CBS News article shares that “The whole purpose of medical simulation, beyond just better education, is really patient safety and the quality of care,” he said. “Just imagine the difference if you’ve practiced it on one of these models or mannequins five, six, a dozen times before you have to do it in a real situation. Your skill level is better. Your anxiety is lower.’

Unfortunately, says Stephen Klasko, dean of the med school at the University of South Florida, “Too much medical education is, ‘Let me have you read the book. Let me make sure you understand it,’ and then when we put you in a clinical environment, to take what was in that book and do it on a patient.”

The university owns the biggest simulation center in the country. Klasko says that simulations may actually reduce the cost of health care, because it can reduce lawsuits.

“We can’t transform the whole health care system and reduce readmissions and create better quality and have less mistakes, without the ability — like the airline industry taught us — to simulate those models, not just technically but also from a teamwork perspective.” said Klasko.”

Be sure to read the full CBS Medical Simulation News Article to learn more about the benefits of healthcare simulation.

Interested to know how to get CBS at your sim program? Read how to increase media attention to your medical simulation program.

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Adding Multimedia & Social Media to Strengthen Your Simulation Program Website

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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ― Ansel Adams

Last month I wrote an article entitled “Building A Medial Simulation Program Website“, which explained the benefits of building a website for your simulation program and how to get your pages started. In this article, we will touch on how to add the visual stimulus of multimedia and social platform integrations can provide further benefits to your program’s website! Having just recently completed the two-year INACSL website redevelopment project I have some new multimedia secrets to share! Specifically in this article we will cover photography, digital images, videography, social media integration like facebook & linkedin, as well as embedding a Google calendar.


As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. While you can type out all the specifications of your simulation program and the number of learners that come through your doors each day and what they are doing there, nothing will capture that “ah-hah” moment of seeing the space through photography. Check with your institution’s media department to learn if a professional photographer is available to help take some photographs of your simulation program. Be sure to schedule the photographer with enough time to capture spaces with and without learners actively engaging in the space. Depending on who will be viewing these photos, you will want to be sure to have the option of showing them the space with or without partcipants in the room. For example, when trying to promote the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas as a set for big budget film productions, the “shooting location scouts” are much more interested in how the room itself looks, not in what your learners accomplish there. (Read my previous article “How to Bring Record Breaking Profits To Your Sim Lab” to learn more about these types of film productions).

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Building a Medical Simulation Program Website

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As a medical simulation champion you know how tricky it can sometimes be to explain to friends, family or non-healthcare professionals what is is you exactly do in the sim lab.  As a new educational methodology, the integration of healthcare simulation technology is still only somewhere between “early adopter” and “early majority” on Bell’s Technology Adoption Lifecycle curve.  So as you probably know, working in simulation usually means you are also responsible for educating others about simulation. Thus, no matter how big or small your simulation program is, staff should communicate with higher institutional leadership about the importance of an online website.  An specific webpage for a medical simulation program and/or center can be beneficial for a multitude of reasons including:

  • Community public relations
    • Institutions can demonstrate how their simulation program investment helps to provide highest quality training practices.
    • Host links to local news articles as well as community engagements and educational programs.
    • Available community support services (if applicable)
  • Recruitment and promotional marketing 
    • Hiring new staff positions including volunteer opportunities
    • Host marketing material for business development opportunities (including photos for potential film productions).
    • Demonstrating to future students the educational opportunities available at the host institution.
  •  Provide contact information and capture donations
    • Host center map, directions, access procedures, phone numbers, mailing address etc. to easily inform future visitors.
    • Host link to your online donation account (usually organized through host institution’s foundation).
  • Hosting student, staff, clinical educator/faculty resources
    • Post building open schedule and access information for students, as well as course schedule/calender.
    • Post learner guidelines and student orientation resources (videos or documents).
    • Host learner pre-event quizes or other required material.
    • Host secure staff or educator-only documents resources that always need to be available.

In this first of two articles we will touch upon the process and tips for building or maximizing the return of a medical simulation program/center website utilizing examples and experiences from the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, HealthySimulation.com and the new International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s redeveloped website.

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Top 50 “Best Of 2012” Medical Simulation Articles

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*Update: You can now also see the Top 50 of 2013 list here!*

Every year I review HealthySimulation.com’s hundreds of posted articles to recap the “best-of” posts.  Each one of these articles will help your healthcare simulation lab increase adoption, integration, operational efficiency, and realism! Here’s the link for this Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2012 to easily forward it to your fellow simulation champions!

  1. Merica’s “Medical Moulage” is THE Moulage Book – Imagine over 630 pages of moulage recipes ranging from stings to prolapsed cords with detailed instructions for ingredients, equipment, application techniques and even cleanup! Check out my review of this key medical simulation book!
  2. Structure Collapse Simulator Constructed by Strategic Response Initiatives – By creating structures that simulate collapsed buildings, SRI is providing Search and Extraction Teams with Structure Collapse Venue Sites (SCVS) for training and evaluation.
  3. Streamlining Daily Sim Lab Operations – As the Director of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas I share some administrative secrets to help increase sim lab efficiency through specific meetings, training, documentation, scheduling, student workers, purchasing, and more.
  4. How to Share HealthySimulation With Your Fellow Champions! – Help us get the word out about this FREE support website by linking HealthySimulation.com on your medical simulation center webpage today!
  5. Professional Nurse Educators Group List-Serv – The Professional Nurse Educator Group (PNEG) is a virtual network of educators from all over the United States that are dedicated the lifelong learning of professional nurses.  This network is open to all educators in the field.
  6. Medical Simulation Books – Key Medical simulation books that cover topics ranging from nursing scenario development, curriculum integration, collaborative simulation program development, day-to-day operations, administration, moulage creation, types of manikin products available, lab design and much much more!
  7. Simulation Lab Administrator Conference Video Content Now Available for Purchase – Now you can gain access to over 15 hours of HD-recorded content specifically addressing the needs of medical simulation program administrators at HealthySimAdmin.com! This community-support project was produced with support from the UNLV School of Nursing as well as Official Sponsors Laerdal, B-Line Medical & Pocket Nurse!
  8. Kaiser Permanente Sim Team creates Simman 3G Operations Manual – AWESOME user-created manual for the Simman 3G from Kaiser Permanente’s California based simulation team Dr. Mark Meyer, MD FAAEM and Regional Simulation Coordinator and Technician Darin Bowers MA.
  9. How to Increase Lab Staff without Increased Budgets – Imagine having four extra staff members to help with the hands-on work necessary to make a special event run smoothly, or additional sim techs to help run multiple labs at the same time.  Expanding your medical simulation staff support can be easier and more affordable than you think.
  10. TOM Man – Tactical Operations Medical Manikin Review – Techline Technologies and Innovative Tactical Technology Solutions have combined forces to bring you TOM Man, the Tactical Operations Medical Manikin, which I had the opportunity to review in the 106 degree Las Vegas desert heat.
  11. Top 5 Questions I Am Asked About Managing a Medical Simulation Program – All the regular questions administrators of medical simulation based programs ask HealthySimulation.com. (Part 1 of a 2 part series).
  12. Top 5 Questions I Should Be Asked About Managing a Medical Simulation Program – Learn the answers to the questions sim lab administrators should be asking! (Part 2 of 2 part series).
  13. Healthstream’s SimView “A/V Capturing” – Video interview about the new audiovisual capture and management hardware & software packages system.
  14. Laerdal’s SimPad “Mid-Fidelity Control” Demo – In depth video demonstration highlighting features of Laerdal’s new SimPad product.
  15. Sim Tech Series – The Profession of Nursing – This article is part of a series of HealthySimulation.com posts written by Nursing Educator Kim Baily for Healthcare Simulation Technology specialists (Sim Techs) who may have plenty of IT experience but little or no experience in the healthcare field.  The articles cover various topics such as understanding healthcare professions, theories that govern practice and basic physiology.
  16. New York Institute of Tech. Offers First Simulation Masters Program in U.S. –  The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology have unveiled the first U.S. based Masters program that focuses on Medical Simulation!
  17. More Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios & Additional Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios – Two more resources for FREE medical simulation scenarios to add to my previous articles.
  18. Pocket Nurse @ HealthySimAdmin – Pocket Nurse® continued its support of the medical simulation community with an official medical supplies sponsorship of HealthySimAdmin – a meeting for sim lab managers. During the event, Corporate Relations Director Deborah Coltrane MBA, MSN interviewed panel expert Dr. Kim Baily PhD, RN learning why her community college ADN program utilizes Pocket Nurse® Demo Dose® products.
  19. SynDaver Animae Prototype Synthetic Tissue Cadaver – The $50,000 synthetic human “Animae is the first animated model from our award-winning SynDaver™ Synthetic Human (SSH) product line. The model includes standard SSH funtionality, as well as the ability to control motion of the arms, legs, head and jaw using a separate control panel.
  20. Anthony Battaglia Pocket Nurse Scholarship to Attend INACSL – Each year, four non-transferable scholarships are made  available through a generous donation from Pocket Nurse® to support attendance at the annual INACSL conference.
  21. Patient Simulation, Science and High Schoolers – Akram Bhatti, Simulation Technologist and Educator wrote in to HealthySimulation.com to share the partnership opportunities his Simulation Center at Gannon University coordinated with local high schools. Christian Chapa, Science Teacher Charter School of Excellence also contributed to this article.
  22. B-Line Medical Interviews Amar Patel @ HealthySimAdmin – B-Line’s Sandy Yin learns why Amar Patel participated in HealthySimAdmin, a meeting specifically for healthcare simulation lab program administrators and why tracking data is so crucial for medical simulation program success. Watch this video to learn more about the types of data your center should be tracking and how.
  23. What should we pay Standardized Patients? – Gigi Guizado, SP Coordinator for the University of Nevada School of Medicine who works at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas wrote in to answer a community-asked question “What should we pay standardized patients?”
  24. CAE Healthcare Acquires Blue Phantom – The Blue Phantom acquisition enables CAE to expand its healthcare simulation business by integrating tissue-based simulation into its product offerings as well as enhancing its world-class human patient simulators, including its VIMEDIX™ line of computer based ultrasound simulators.
  25. How to Make Fake Blood – Contrast Creative shares this online video tutorial for how to make simulated blood for your medical simulations.
  26. What Can Medical Simulation Learn from Scuba Diving? – Learn how professional diving groups have created certified training programs which rely heavily on simulation to provide novice adventurers with the tools necessary to enjoy the world’s oceans safely and successfully – and what our medical simulation community can learn from scuba diving.
  27. NLN’s SIRC Sim Center Directory – The National League for Nursing (NLN)’s Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) has a robust directory of simulation centers around the World!
  28. Over 105 Medical Simulation Program Administrators Participate in HealthySimAdmin Opening – In October, over 105 medical simulation program administrators from around the globe participated online or in-person for the opening session of HealthySimAdmin – the world’s first broadcasted event designed to provide an open discussion to find administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation.
  29. Foam Adds Professionalism to Crash Carts – Consider the additional benefit of customized foam layouts for your medical simulation lab crash carts!
  30. Medical Simulation Staff Needs & Program Development | Recorded Webinar – Topics covered for this medical simulation consulting live-video-stream webinar include: Overcoming the challenges of being a medical simulation program administrator, new resources, collaborative program development, increasing utilization, policy development and more.
  31. Simulation Monitor iPhone App – UK’s Simulation Monitor suggests their app is a great learning tool for undergrad exams, OSCE post-grad exams, and ALS/ATLS/APLS courses which costs far less than an expensive high-fidelity manikin monitor.
  32. iSimulate ALSi Patient Vitals iPad Software – iSimulate unveiled their new product software for the iPad called ALSi, which allows for patient vital sign presentation.
  33. HealthStream — Helping You Use Simulation to Solve Some of Healthcare’s Big Problems – HealthStream is dedicated to improving patient and financial outcomes.  Through their flagship learning management system, network of content providers, talent management systems, and now simulation solutions, they focus exclusively on providing solutions to meet today’s ever growing challenges in healthcare.
  34. AAMI Provides Article on Growing Field of Medical Simulation – The Advancement of Medical Instrumentation published a robust article on the growing field of medical simulation entitled “More Than Make Believe: The Power and Promise of Simulation”, which featured HealthySimulation.com!
  35. Has Your Sim Lab Program Considered Technology Refresh Cycles? – Watch this brief intro video to learn what a technology refresh cycle is and how your program can begin to develop external contracts to provide the ongoing revenue necessary to support your long-term medical simulation lab needs.
  36. SimGHOSTS 2012 DIY Video Contest Winners – At the 2012 Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) hands-on training event, Laerdal awarded two prizes for the “DIY Project Video Contest”! Fritz Sticht from Behling Simulation Center at the University of Buffalo and Brian Florek from Northwestern University’s Fieberg School of Medicine Sim Center won big at SimGhosts 2012!
  37. University of Glamorgan Shares Online ECG Simulator – Virtual ECG is an online, interactive simulation for teaching/training accurate recording of electrocardiographs (ECG/EKG).
  38. Sim Tech Extends Demo Dose Box Life – Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Christopher J Gatpandan fromWest Coast University – Ontario shared an amazing tip for increasing the lifespan of your Pocket Nurse ® Demo Dose ® boxes with theSimGhosts.Org Sim Tech community.
  39. Thoughts on Hiring a Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist –  One Sim Tech’s view on what qualifications are necessary for the position of healthcare simulation technology specialist.
  40. Gaumard Releases New Mid-Level Noelle 554 – This mid-range Noelle costs less than the flagship 575 series model but still has most of the same functionality including the birthing mechanism, automated hemorrhaging, pulses and more.
  41. FDA uses Manikin to Demonstrate Medical Device Errors –  FDA utilizes manikins & pictures to provide great detailed are so well done I thought it might give you ideas for your medical simulation and skills lab courses!  Photos like this can help learners, faculty or staff remember key details for manikin setups.
  42. Sim Lab Control: Creating Order Out of Cord Chaos – Increase sim lab workspace and look a lot more professional!
  43. USC Institute for Creative Technology creates PTSD Treatment Simulator – Utilizing a controller and virtual reality helmet while engaging in a customizable scenario, combat veteran’s can work through traumatic events in a controlled and safe environment.
  44. AFMMAST @ IMSH – The Air Force Medical Modeling and Simulation Training team was on-hand in the Military Expo at IMSH this year to let attendees know about their mission.  More IMSH 2012 Vendor Video Interviews:
  45. Med World Live Provides Video Streaming Solutions – What is unique about Med World Live is the ability for your end-users to control their camera perspective in real-time for enhanced learning, from anywhere in the world.
  46. Medical Simulation Corporation Interview – Medical Simulation Corporation was present at IMSH 2012 demonstrating their line of SimSuite products and services through their mobile simulation lab!
  47. Smooth-On.Com Moulage at IMSH – Expert explains how creating molds for your Simulation lab helps save time for those high-use moulage castings.
  48. Pocket Nurse ® at IMSH 2012 – By providing medical supplies and equipment that are specifically designed to enhance simulated healthcare learning, Pocket Nurse ® has helped to provide solutions for our emerging community.
  49. Operative Experience Provides Realistic Surgical Simulator – I was really impressed with the level of realism inherit with the Operative Experience surgery simulator product line.
  50. CAE Healthcare METI at IMSH 2012 – At IMSH, I spoke with Regional Sales Director Brian Donohue about what the CAE Healthcare & METI merger means for the medical simulation community as well as what we can expect from CAE Healthcare in 2012.

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Finally, check out the Best of 2011 & Best of 2010 HealthySimulation.com Articles for more great content!

WISER Video Explains Benefits to Scheduling Simulation

Jennifer Sinclair from the WISER Simulation Center has put together this new video explaining the benefits of scheduling at a medical simulation facility.  Jennifer explains that scheduling:

  1. Efficiently manages daily operations of a medical simulation program.
  2. Reduces double booking of rooms or equipment.
  3. Helps report utilization & statistics of the facility.
  4. Coordinates sometimes chaotic staff schedules.
Watch the video below to learn more tips from Jennifer & WISER:

The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER) is a world class multidisciplinary training and research facility. WISER is an institute of the University of Pittsburgh with a mission to conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation based education to provide a safer environment for patients of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its affiliates.

Visit the WISER website to learn about scheduling course or other medical simulation based training courses.

Secret Moulage Secretions!

Another great article by Bobbie Merica from MoulageConcepts.com takes us through the secret recipe for secretions!

Medical Simulation Secretions Moulage

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