Using Simulators to Teach Patients – Nemours Children’s Hospital Leads the Way

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Parents dealing with new clinical care of their child requires a relaxed and safe learning environment. Nemour Children’s Hospital is brilliantly utilizing the power of simulation to safely train parents on clinical procedures for such child care. Using manikins provides stressed out parents with a calm way to practice new skills without the worry of hurting their child. Genius!

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“The Nemours Center for Clinical Excellence uses high and low fidelity models to teach a parent how to care for her daughter’s tracheotomy. They also use the medical simulation tools to train school nurses on how to be prepared to care for students in public schools in Central Florida.”

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SimGHOSTS 2015 USA Opens at Cedars-Sinai

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This morning Dr. Julian Gold, Mayor of Beverly Hills and Co Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center opened SimGHOSTS 2015 USA at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center. Dr. Gold reminded the audience that now and more so in the future, simulation is being seen as a necessary component of healthcare education and training. Julian welcomed the 200+ attendees to the hospital and the city, appreciating the audience for the work that they do every day to improve patient care.

Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Healthcare’s CEO Brad Peterson introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Alistair Phillips, MD, FACC, FACS Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery Alistair Phillips, MD, is Co-Director of Cedars-Sinai’s Congenital Heart Program and the Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery within the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is board-certified in surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery. Dr. Phillips spoke on “Bringing the ME into TEAM: Simulation, Syndaver and Team Confidence: Increasing Value”.

He asked the audience “What is confidence?” Its that quiet and assured feeling you have before you fall on your face. How do we prevent ourselves from falling on our faces in Healthcare. We are going to do that through training, and healthcare simulation technology specialists are at the center of that ongoing change. Dr. Phillips urged the community to find way to connect Quality control and data assessment back into simulation to improve the entry and retraining process of providers.

Alistair reminded the audience the needs of teamwork:

  • Situational Aweareness and shared cognition
  • Leadership to flatten the hierarchy
  • Followership to report back
  • Closed loop communication for acknowledgement
  • Critical Language and standardized protocols
  • Assertive communication for non-deferenial discussion

He recommended six C’s for successfully achieving teamwork: Communication, cooperation, coordination, cognition, conflict resolution, and coaching. All of these elements are achieved best in practice, through simulation, before an actual healthcare patient encounter.

20 vendors were in attendance for the event, the most any SimGHOSTS event has ever seen before! Gold sponsor Laerdal sponsored tomorrow’s plenary address Suzie Kardong-Edgren, CAE Healthcare sponsored the a/v recording of every major session, and Gaumard Scientific sponsored the SimGHOSTS Bug Busters competition.

Level 3 Healthcare also sponsored the opening reception which is taking place later tonight at funny “Terminator” show.

Over the next three days, over 70 specialized courses in healthcare simulation technology will be taking place across several disciplines. Some courses include

  • “3-D Printing in Healthcare”: Turning CAT scans and MRIs into three-dimensional models of the heart, brain and other body parts
  • “Moulage Skills”: Fabricating trauma injuries on Manikins, including lacerations, gunshot wounds, burns and compound fractures.
  • “Fundamentals of Mold Making and Casting for the Sim Tech”: Learning techniques to make molds of arms or other body parts from silicone.
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“Building an EMS Simulation Program”, A Video Interview with Victor Valley College – Sponsored by CAE Healthcare

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Recently on a trip between Las Vegas and Los Angeles I stopped by Apple Valley California at the Victor Valley College Paramedic Academy Regional Public Safety Training Center. CAE Healthcare Regional Sales Manager Richard Kuschinsky RCP had made the introduction for me to the people behind their simulation program: Brian Hendrickson MS, EMT-P – Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator and David C. Oleson, MS, EMT-P – Director, EMS Programs, Department Chair of Public Safety.

Richard told me for months “Lance, you have to stop by and see what this simulation team is doing — it’s amazing”, and after spending a day with the VVC team I totally agree. CAE Healthcare helped to sponsor the production costs of a video interview of the space, the program, and the people who are making simulation work for EMS training at the RPST Center in a way we can all learn from.

Brian Hendrickson: “The building here at the Public Safety Center is actually located in Apple Valley, CA and we are part of the Victor Valley College which is in Victorville, CA.  One of the reasons we moved out here to the kind of Northern end of Apple Valley is that it’s in kind of an industrial area, there is a lot of open area.  We’re able to conduct training, do burns, and that type of stuff without really disturbing any of the neighbors because really, our neighbors are the industrial trucking.”

David Oleson: “It’s a 9 acre facility that houses both law enforcement, fire, and EMS.  Voters approved this in 2008 and it was finished and we actually moved in and held our first courses here in the early Spring of 2012.”

Hendrickson – “Currently we’re able to run usually 4-5 manikins a day when we’re doing simulation – giving every student an opportunity to take at least one, but preferably two team leads a day in the simulation arena.  And, as far as the building – when we build this facility one of the things we did not want is to have the typical simulation space with a hospital bed and fixed cameras and everything like that because as EMS providers, our environment is much different than the hospital, the needs of the patient are much different.  So, we took it on with the premise that the whole 9 acres of our facility would be open to do simulation at.  So if we wanted to do it in a classroom setting – we could do it in a classroom setting.  If we wanted to use the workspace out in the prop yard, we can. We have certain city where we have an apartment building set up, we have a jail cell set up, we have businesses set up – we can do simulation anywhere on the 9 acres and make it as true to life as possible for our students so that when they get into the real world of EMS they’re used to the environment.  They’re used to working in people’s houses, out on the side of the road, in the streets, in jail cells, that type of thing.  So our goal with simulation and this whole facility was to use it all.”

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Hendrickson: “We can run up to 7 separate stations with our cameras and our cubes and never have any crossover, never have any conflict, and be able to run them all as true to life as possible.  Complete suspension of belief for the student”.

“To date we’ve had very little problems with the CAE Healthcare manikins.  We’re able to use them in our tunnel system, we’re able to use them in cars.  Have we had breakdowns and have we had some issues? Absolutely, but the customer service has been superb.  We break something, we report it, and usually within 7-10 days a fix has been given to us or they come out and repair.  And, we’ve been tough on them.  We’ve broken probably more arms than anybody else with CAE Healthcare.  In fact I know that’s a fact because CAE Healthcare has asked “what do you guys do, how come you have so many broken arms”.  And it’s just the way we treat ‘em.  But repair has been wonderful, customer service has been wonderful.  And I am not afraid – we are not afraid to take those manikins and run them in any environment here at the Public Safety Center.”

Oleson: “One of our biggest successes with deciding to go with CAE Healthcare and going operational is that connectivity has not been an issue whatsoever, from day one.  Our campus has actually sunk quite a bit of money into expanding, as Brian mentioned earlier, our connectivity out on the prop yard which coincidentally is the largest footprint of this 9 acre site – is our prop yard.  Once we got comfortable that first semester with running it here out of the classroom and didn’t really experience any issues because we were only running maybe 1-2 manikins at a time.  Now we’re running 4 concurrently, all day long.  And, since that expansion has gone out in the prop yard, we’ve not really had any network lag issues to speak of and it’s been fairly seamless.”

Hendrickson: “I tell all of the people that come in and are helping out with simulation that they are only limited by their own lack of creativity.  That simulation just allows them to be creative, to think outside of the box, to teach students things that they may not see in an EMS career – maybe once or twice, or to teach them things that they’re going to see everyday. So simulation is buy in from everybody, it’s a group effort.”

Be sure to watch the video above to really get a sense of how powerful this simulation program is. Brian, David, and their simulation team have done an amazing job at creating realistic learning environments for their paramedic program through medical simulation. Kudos to the administrative leadership behind Victor Valley College for having the courage to build such a powerful place to teach the civil service professionals of tomorrow. Thanks to Richard Kuschinsky and Kevin King of CAE Healthcare for their continuous support of simulation educators and for helping HealthySim share this amazing story with you today!

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Join 175 other champions of simulation technology for the 4th Annual SimGHOSTS hands-on technical training event at the American College of Chest Physicians, August 5th-8th in Greater Chicago, IL! CHEST has recently opened their amazing new Innovation, Simulation and Training Center which will be host to this year’s USA event. 


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  • IT infrastructure and debugging
  • Inventory control management systems
  • Trauma moulage
  • Video and audio production
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  • Basic medical knowledge for non-healthcare techs
  • Sim center building development
  • Building your own task trainer
  • Professional simulation tech development workshops
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Sim Techs from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have already booked their flights! Join them at fun networking events like the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling hosted by Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Medical. In the exhibit room, tour the latest technology from 15 of the world’s leading medical simulation vendors including B-Line Medical, Laerdal, Worldpoint, CAE Healthcare and Gaumard.

Use the Unique Discount Code “healthysim” to receive $50 off your late registration!

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Homepage!

MODSIM: Labor and Delivery Training in a Virtual Environment

This video features the very first students to graduate from ODU’s Bachelor of Science in Modeling and Simulation Engineering as they presented their vision of a virtual environment for use in labor and delivery training. The project was presented to a panel of ODU engineering faculty and medical faculty from Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning. The goal of the project was to fuse together various simulators (i.e., phantom training simulators, virtual environment simulators, and medical device simulators) into one environment. The finished environment would then provide medical instructors with a simulation they can control and utilize to assess student performance.

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WorldPoint Center for Healthcare Simulation Developed in Partnership With MedicalShipment

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While on a recent sponsored trip to Chicago to learn more about the Pyxis MedStation 4000 (coming out soon), I was also invited to the WorldPoint offices to tour their new Center For Healthcare Simulation. Randall Heyde, Communications & Social Media Specialist, introduces us to the new learning space in the video below:

“Welcome to our new simulation lab, The WorldPoint Center for Healthcare Simulation. This Center was created around the idea of a multi-purpose facility that would highlight the training solutions that WorldPoint offers.

Our partnership with has allowed that idea to become a reality. From hospital beds and nightstands, to crash carts and accessories MedicalShipment has supplied us with all the necessary tools to create a realistic hospital setting. We have obstetrics, hospital, and emergency room areas furnished by MedicalShipment, with specific areas for auscultation and station trainers as well. WorldPoint’s wide variety of manikins that range from low to high fidelity are showcased in each of the areas.

The Simulation Lab really allows WorldPoint to extend its reach to each and every one of our customers. Our state of the art debriefing system, which is powered by KBPort, allows us to provide demonstrations to our costumers via the internet. (Learn more about KBPort here). We have three 360 degree pan, tilt, zoom cameras that allow the customer to view the demonstrations from multiple vantage points. The space also allows for WorldPoint staff training. The WorldPoint Center for Healthcare Simulation allows our staff to stay up to date with training and current techniques to ensure that we are able to provide the most memorable service to our customers.

Soon we will be offering the space to our customers to utilize in their own training. For more information regarding the WorldPoint Center for Healthcare Simulation visit!”

Medical Simulation Introduction

Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation created this wonderful introduction to medical simulation technology, including a helpful breakdown of manikin types and capabilities.

If you are new to medical simulation be sure to watch this video!

Upgrade Incentive: Your Simman 2G towards a 3G

Press Release Key Points from Laerdal:

  • 2G Systems no longer being sold and will be replaced by Simman Essential.
  • Turn in your old 2G towards the cost of a new 3G!

Click this link to learn the requirements and more!

Veteran’s Day with JTM Training Group

Hey Sim Champs,

I just spent an amazing Veteran’s Day with JTM Training Group here in Las Vegas and WOW –  talk about serious Medicine!

While meeting with Mary Flynn from EMS World Expo, I got a chance to invite myself to her tour of Jim Mitchell’s Tactical Medicine training camp on the Nellis Air Force Base here in outskirts of Las Vegas.  With F-15 Eagles flying over head we were picked up in a black SUV and driven into the mountains of Las Vegas.  What I saw was one of the most impressive full-scale medical simulation sites I have ever seen! Check out the rest of the story to see inside this internationally famous tactical medicine simulation training program, sponsored by the U.S. Military & NATO!

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CSCLV Donates Manikins

What a fun way to spend the day!