Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

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Laerdal is now proud to be able to offer the SimMom Flat Abdominal skin as thier newest product enhancement for SimMom. With the new non-gravid flat abdominal skin, SimMom is not only an obstetrical simulator but can be used as an advanced female patient simulator to address women’s health issues and assessment skills during training. These improvements increase the overall flexibility of the Sim Mom simulator.

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What are the latest enhancements to SimMom?

  • Ultrasound Solution for SimMom: An optional Ultrasound Solution has been embedded to gravid and flat abdomen skins to help improve point-of-care diagnostics training, and visually determine the health of the fetus and mother, during the progression of birth.
  • Automatic Delivery Module: An optional Automatic Delivery Module has been added to the existing birthing and post-partum module range.
  • Wireless Connectivity: An instructor can freely walk around the room whilst they assess and control a training session using a wireless connection from their operator PC and the SimMom Link Box.
  • Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin: SimMom can now be fitted with a non-gravid abdominal skin to expand the scope of your simulation training. Early stage pregnancy cases can now be simulated as well as expanding the use of SimMom into a non-pregnant female patient simulator

This system is now available as an upgrade or additional add-on.

Learn more about the new Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin here and Laerdal’s SimMom here!


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Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 4

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Last month we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 4 of HealthySimAdmin: Building Research Programs Into Healthcare Simulation. This 2-hour recording starts with a presentation by Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning — which is also the host of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA — and then finishes off with a panel session by a dynamic range of simulation program administrators who provide advice for those integrating research into their simulation programs. Thank to Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse these recorded sessions are now available for free to the public!

About Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin:

Medical Simulation is quickly becoming a leading methodology for clinical skills based education
and training. Impacting how our learners understand and apply the content is just as important as expanding our understanding of how to improve human and system processes. Groups interested in developing and funding or expanding current research into simulation will find this session led by Amar Patel MS, REMT-P, CFC extremely useful. Amar will lead our discussion highlighting the successful integration of research at the facility he manages.

Amar shares:

  • Types of research that can be conducted (scopes of projects)
  • Costs associated with conducting and managing research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • The Return on Investment
  • What you need to know to begin (documents, education, IRB, policies & Procedures)
  • Publishing abstracts and completed research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Setting up the simulation environment (is it research friendly?)

Afterwards our panel engaged in a discussion on how to build and facilitate a successful research component into your simulation program. An audience question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. Through this session we learned how to conduct, integrate, and manage research projects. Furthermore, we will highlight ways to incentivize educators to engage in successful simulation-based research projects that will promote your institution and your program.

Session Presentation Lead By:

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams. Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Watch the whole HealthySimAdmin video series now here!

SimGHOSTS USA 2016 Day 2 Opens with Laerdal Sponsored Plenary Address From ASPE President

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Today at SimGHOSTS 2016 USA Laerdal Medical sponsored the opening plenary address by Grace Gephart Director, PULSE Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and ASPE President.

About Grace

Grace Gephardt, MEd is the Director of the PULSE Simulation Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She joined the PULSE Center in 2007 as their Standardized Patient Educator and became the Director in 2013. In her tenure, she has been involved in creating and implementing numerous comprehensive simulation scenarios for multidisciplinary use, including the development and launching of a national training in patient/family communications for pediatric chaplains. In 2014, she was nominated for and received the ‘Outstanding SP Educator of the Year’ award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and currently serves as President on the organization’s Board of Directors. Grace is also a member of SSH, SESAM and SimGHOSTS.

About ASPE

In 1963 a neurologist by the name of Howard Barrows discovered that a lay person could be trained to simulate illness and give feedback to medical students about their history and communication skills. He called this person a simulated patient and defined it as “a person who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician. In performing the simulation, the SP presents the gestalt of the patient being simulated; not just the history, but the body language, the physical findings, and the emotional and personality characteristics as well.” Gradually, the use of the simulated patient began to grow in medical education. Educators found that simulated patients offered not only a variety of teaching opportunities for students, but also opportunities for testing student performance. Out of this testing environment grew the term “standardized patient” or “SP.”

As Gayle Gliva-McConvey explains, “An SP is a person trained to portray a patient scenario, or an actual patient using their own history and physical exam findings, for the instruction, assessment, or practice of communication and/or examining skills of a health care provider. In the health and medical sciences, SPs are used to provide a safe and supportive environment conducive for learning or for standardized assessments. SPs can serve as practice models, or participate in sophisticated assessment and feedback of learner’s abilities or services. The use of simulated scenarios involving humans is rapidly expanding to meet the needs of many high-risk service fields outside of human health care.” As simulated/standardized patient methodology grew, educators felt a need to develop an organization that could foster the growth of the profession that was creating and supporting this new methodology. Thus, in 2001, the Association of Standardized Patients was formed.

Since that time, our membership has grown along with the concept of standardized patients. Its use has expanded into many fields including dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and allied health professions. Over the last decade, three simulation modalities have become intertwined – scenarios may now include SPs, task trainers and/or manikins; commonly known as “hybrid” simulations.

About Laerdal

The Laerdal Company was established in 1940. During our first two decades, we created innovative toys and books for children. In 1958, the company started to dedicate itself to advancing the cause of resuscitation and emergency care. In 1960, the first patient simulator Resusci Anne manikin was introduced to the market. A new logo was needed to reflect our mission. Our founder, Åsmund S. Laerdal, chose the image of the Good Samaritan. It depicts the ancient tale of the traveller whose selfless compassion and care saved the life of a total stranger. This became our emblem and our inspiration.

Today, Laerdal Medical is dedicated to helping save lives with product solutions, services, and system solutions that support the Chain of Survival. The Good Samaritan logo symbolizes our commitment to every health professional and volunteer who has learned how to save the life of a family member, friend, or stranger in need. The vision of Laerdal is that no-one should die or be disabled unnecessarily during birth or from sudden illness or trauma. Since its creation of the pioneering, and now world famous CPR practise manikin in 1960, the Resusci Anne; many more innovative products have followed to improve and support education for Healthcare Professionals around the world, as well as facilitate the spread of CPR knowledge and skills to the would be Samaritan in the wider lay community.

Laerdal has developed break-through technologies that have helped to define its portfolio of simulation, micro-simulation, virtual reality, automated external defibrillators and emergency therapeutic products as reputable market leaders. Other well-known brands include SimMan,SimBaby, SimNewB, HeartStart, Q-CPR, Stifneck, the Pocket Mask and BaXstrap.

Learn more about ASPE and follow #SG16USA for all the latest!


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Laerdal Asks Simulation Experts “Is Simulation Just About the Simulator?” and More…

At the 2016 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Diego, California, Laerdal Medical queried the experts in attendance on a variety of topics, including “Is simulation just about the simulator?” With innovations in technology expanding teaching and learning options over the past decade, simulation has become an integral part of medical education at all levels. During the event Laerdal covered a series of important questions with the following video interview topics.

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Laerdal’s Ask the Experts Series:

  1. Does Simulation Work?
  2. How does deliberate practice and debriefing work?
  3. How do I make a case for simulation?
  4. Is simulation just about the simulator?
  5. How do people manage the process of change?
  6. How do people sustain their simulation programs?
  7. What makes a good supplier partner for simulation?

Watch the entire 7 videos series from Laerdal here!

AHA and Laerdal Provide Resuscitation Quality Improvement Mobile Sim Cart

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Mobile simulation carts are a great way to add cost-effective training programs in most professional healthcare settings. Laerdal has partnered with the America Heart Association to provide Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) mobile training carts to improve CPR scores, and help save lives.

About RQI

Many healthcare providers do not perform CPR as a normal part of their daily practice, and some may rarely perform CPR after their bi-annual training. As CPR compression and ventilation skills degrade from lack of use and practice, so does the overall effectiveness of CPR. As the quality of CPR degrades, this can literally become a matter of life and death for your patients.

Fortunately, you don’t have to invest hours every day to improve and maintain your proficiency. Brief and regular practice in CPR – low-dose/high-frequency training – has been shown to lead to better skills. The American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) program is a groundbreaking new approach to maintaining competence in CPR. The RQI program uses realistic eSimulation patient cases and a mobile Simulation Station, for quarterly psychomotor skills activities, to help healthcare providers retain life-saving CPR skills.

Learn more on the AHA website for RQI!


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SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Opens in Melbourne at ACU!

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Specialists from around the Asia-Pacific region will descend on the ACU Melbourne campus to work with the latest and greatest in health simulation technology at the SimGHOSTS Medical Simulation Technology Conference, starting today. Sporting one of the Australia’s premier health simulation learning facilities, the ACU Health Simulation Centre located in the Daniel Mannix and Mary Glowery Buildings, will host the four-day conference.

Regarded as a world-leader in the education and training for health simulation technology, SimGHOSTS has a hands-on focus aiming to ensure the benefits of simulation technology are being maximized. Faculty Coordinator of Health Simulation, Stephen Guinea, said it was testament to the quality of the facilities in Melbourne that SimGHOSTS partnered with ACU. “SimGHOSTS is an industry leader in health simulation technology training and education, which made the opportunity to partner for this conference a natural fit as ACU is one the leaders in health education,” Guinea said. The conference focuses around improving the understanding of advanced health simulation technology, ensuring the technology is being utilized to its full potential to deliver meaningful education outcomes.

“Having advanced technology in health simulation is one element of building a quality learning experience that will best prepare our graduates for a career in healthcare, but understanding how to maximize the benefits of technologies is an equally important aspect,” Guinea said. “Hosting the SimGHOSTS conference allows us to expose a range of Faculty staff, IT experts and students to the state-of-the-art technology available at ACU as well as in the global healthcare simulation community.”

Laerdal Medical Sponsored the keynote address
by SimGHOSTS Founder Lance Baily

The conference is expected to attract more than 100 people from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United States and Pakistan. SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling said ACU offered a unique combination of modern health simulation infrastructure and strong desire to utilize technology to provide high-quality educational outcomes to students. SimGHOSTS Founder and Development Director Lance Baily shared “We are thrilled to be working with ACU, one of the leading healthcare simulation programs in the Pacific Region. Our mission is to provide specialized resources to this new emerging professional community – and with the support from Stephen and the ACU Team we are able to do that in big ways for an international audience.”

SimGHOSTS is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for simulation technicians or those operating medical simulation technology.

Follow the hashtag #SG16AUS for all the latest!

Southern California Simulation Collaborative Meeting May 6th in LA

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Received word from “me mum” Dr. Kim Baily that she is helping to chair a workshop for the Southern California Simulation Collaborative at Cal State University LA with guest speaker Dr. Lorie Judson. Lorie will be speaking on tele-robotics in simulations, and the event’s lunch is sponsored by Laerdal. Here is the email:

Dear Son,

Please see the details below for the next SCSC meeting at CSU Los Angeles May 6, 2016.  Jane Hook from CSU will show case their Telepresence Robotic and  Laerdal Medical is sharing information about their newer products (miniSUN conference) complete with 2 CEUs and lunch. Please see a more detailed agenda below and attached.  Parking information is also noted below. 

Nurses can receive CEUs by entering your RN license number in the comment section of your registration.

Agenda

Hosted by CSULA School of Nursing Simulation Laboratory

  • 10am-1015 am: Chair Dr. Kim Baily
  • 1015am-11 am: Welcome: Dr. Lorie Judson, Director School of Nursing
    • Tour Residential Apartment Simulation and Nursing Simulation Laboratory
    • Presentation: Using Telepresence robot in Simulation Jane Hook M.N., R.N.                     
    • Demonstration: by Double Robotics
  • 11am-12pm: Technology Showcase and Laerdal MiniSUN
  • 12pm-1pm:  Lunch Sponsored by Laerdal
  • 1 pm-2pm: Technology Showcase and Laerdal MiniSUN (2 CEUs)
    • SimMan ALS presented by Darin Bowers
    • Premature Anne presented by Veronica Rogan
    • SimView Mobile presented by David Omut
  • 2pm SESN: Implementing Best Practices Spencer Harris 2:00 pm

Please have people park in Lot C on the south side of the campus and come to the Gerontology Center.  There is a kiosk to purchase a parking pass.” Wish I could attend! Join my mom and these Simulation Champions this May 6th in LA for a great learning experience!

In order to let Laerdal know how many lunches to prepare please register here.
And please let them know you heard about it through HealthySimulation!


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Simulation Champions Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

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Happy Friday Sim champs! Today we share a note from Michael Anderson, Medical Simulation Specialist at Robeson Community College, who wrote in this little fix for the Laerdal SimMan (or other older Vital Sim products):

Want a simple fix for the Laerdal Manikin/Simulator Ankle to create stability and longevity? The ankle has a thin area that can sometimes break and so this is a great and inexpensive fix. We used the tubing off of a well-used central line trainer to create the sleeve/grommet.

  1. First off unscrew the bolt that holds the ankle to the leg, and set to the side.
  2. Next cut the tubing to the length that will fit inside of the ankle and the bolt.
  3. Lube the tubing and ankle whole and insert the tubing through the whole.
  4. Replace the foot to the leg and inset the bolt through the leg, ankle, tubing and tighten.
  5. You now have a nice and snug ankle that will articulate nicely!

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Other helpful simulation posts from Michael:

  • Medical Simulation Improves Job Readiness Skills
  • Is it a K or a Q
  • Medical Simulation Enhances Onboarding and Training Procedures Provided By Employers

Read Michael’s other awesome simulation posts on LinkedIn!

Laerdal’s New Premature Anne Task Trainer – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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Continuing HealthySim’s coverage of the IMSH 2016 exhibitor floor, today we take a closer look at Laerdal’s new Premature Anne task trainer for simulated training of a 25 week old. The product will come in two versions: mid fidelity and high fidelity versions. In this video interview we take a closer look at the launch of the higher fidelity model.

About Laerdal’s Premature Anne

Premature Anne is a realistically proportioned 25-week preterm manikin developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is designed to facilitate the training of healthcare professionals in the initiation of proper care and resuscitation of preterm infants.

  • Realistically proportioned preterm infant
  • Anatomically accurate airway designed to train airway management including the placement of an ET tube
  • Realistic training experience supports delivery of AAP neonatal resuscitation
  • The features of Premature Anne are aligned with the objectives of the NRP course curriculum
  • Premature Anne is highly mobile for use in multiple clinical settings and in transport scenarios

Learn more on Laerdal’s Premature Anne Website today!

Dynasthetics Vitalsbridge for Laerdal SimMan Products – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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Continuing with our IMSH-2016 coverage, today we are sharing a quick IMSH 2016 interview with Dynasthetics who engineered the Vitalsbridge enabling you to connect your Laerdal SimMan 3G to a real patient monitor. Although this technology was announced last year Dynasthetics is representing the product in conjunction with Laerdal.

Compatibility

The VitalsBridge is compatible with the following manikins:

  • Laerdal SimMan 3G
  • Laerdal SimMan Jr.
  • Laerdal SimMan Essential

The VitalsBridge is also compatible with most ICU monitors as well as spot-check and respiration specific monitors:

  • Philips Intellivue
  • GE CareStation
  • Spacelabs
  • Others

Increase Simulation Realism and Training Effectiveness

The VitalsBridge presents the vital signs from a patient simulator onto a commercial patient monitors used in clinical practice. Simulation realism is amplified when learners interact with patient monitors used in their clinical practice.

The following numerical physiologic data are displayed:

  • Oxygen Saturation (SpO2 )
  • Non-invasive (arm cuff)
  • Invasive blood pressures (arterial, central venous, pulmonary artery)
  • End-tidal CO2
  • Respiration via ECG Impedance
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperatures
  • Capnography waveform
  • Plethysmography waveform

Higher Fidelity Simulations Enhance Training

Simple connection of the VitalsBridge and real monitors provides both instructors and students a more nuanced experience that more accurately parallels real clinical experiences. This translates into better-trained more confident health care providers.
Used By Industry Experts

“The VitalsBridge greatly enhances the immersive experience in our simulations by allowing our trainees to interact with real patient monitors in their clinical environment.” – Ken Johnson M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah

Learn more on the VitalsBridge website!