MEdsim Magazine Becomes Medical Training Magazine

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A big announcement today from MEdSim Magazine, that they are changing their name and expanding their focus to “Medical Training: Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes”. In the 1st edition of the 2016 series, Publisher Andy Smith shares this editorial letter regarding the reasons behind the change, which I encourage you to read in its entirety as it reflects some of the major problems our community faces, and a few ideas on how we can move forward.

One of the reasons Medical Training Magazine is such an important resource is because their parent company, Halldale Media, is the leader in aviation and military training resources — and have a powerful mission to expand those industry’s success stories into healthcare. This does, however, mean that HealthySimulation.com has returned to be the sole independent news source specifically dedicated to medical simulation news and information. Sign up for our free medical simulation newsletter to stay informed with the latest healthcare simulation news.

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From MEdSim to Medical Training Magazine:

From its inception MEdSim has always been about education and more specifically training than simulation per se.

To quote three healthcare leaders: – “its not the simulation, it’s the curriculum.” – ‘‘don’t talk to me about simulation talk to me about how you will help me improve my outcomes.” – “medicine has changed beyond measure in the last 50 years, yet the way we teach and train has hardly altered.”


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By referring to simulation alone we put ourselves in a narrow, small box with a limited if evangelical following. For this reason we will be renaming the magazine from MEdSim to Medical Training from the next issue, using the byline Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes.

In an industry of perhaps 6 million people in the US alone, the leading Simulation societies have memberships of about 3000 and 1500 people. Those numbers are creditable but are they sufficient to impact an industry of this size and complexity?

It is doubtful that they can achieve the change patients demand, hospitals need and we, as the healthcare simulation and training industry, require if we are to achieve our twin and compatible aims of helping solve healthcare’s significant problems while building a decent business.

Whilst we at Halldale/MEdSim/MTM have been evangelizing on behalf of simulation in multiple industries for the past 30 years we recognize that it is indeed ‘not about the simulation.’ Though we all need to continue to evangelize because we know that the use of simulation in a well structured training curriculum dramatically improves personal, team and business performance! In the case of healthcare better training means better patient care.

The decision to make this name change to Medical Training was made over the summer and it was not made lightly, changing a brand is never easy and there will be some who prefer the old title, though we feel that many more will respond to the new one.

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Remedy Simulation Provides Custom Manufacturing for Pre-Surgery Market

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySim was able to learn more about Remedy Simulation Group which provides custom manufactured simulated learning products for the pre-surgery market place. 3d printing is a complicated process which involves a lot of learning — and for those clinical programs that want to have a 3d printed model of specific anatomy direct from CT scans of their patient, Remedy Sim is the place to go! Check out our 2016 interview to learn more about their Rapid Anatomy printing and other product innovations:

About Remedy Simulation Group

Simulation and Innovative Manufacturing Remedy Simulation Group uses the best combination of old school production methods and cutting edge technology providing solutions to the medical community. Remedy offers our own line of Medical Simulation products developed from customer input. We build all products in the United States and provide the same innovative production methods to medical startups and other medical simulation companies via Contract Manufacturing. Speed and cost are addressed with the use of cutting edge 3D printing equipment. Our Rapid Anatomy branded service allows us to develop products faster and provide the medical community with custom patient anatomy in a physical form you can hold and explore. At Remedy Simulation Group we look forward to working with you to Improve the Standard of Practice!

“Venous” Venipuncture & IV Administration Trainer

Remedy’s simulation product, “Venous” can be used to practice basic venipuncture and IV administration skills. “Venous” can be attached to a standardized patient as well as a mannequin and can be positioned on different parts of arm and hand to simulate various points of entry. Hard backing exists to prevent unwanted needle puncture. The skin and single vein are durable and realistic and can endure repeated needle sticks. This trainer provides realistic blood flashback and blood can be made simply with water and food coloring. “Venous” has replaceable parts and is an economical option for simulating basic venipuncture and IV administration skills.

Rapid Anatomy:

  • Ideal for pre-surgical planning
  • Experience patient anatomy in a 3D physical model
  • All files are submitted and stored per HIPPA regulations
  • All projects are reviewed by a professional Radiologist to assure accuracy

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B-Line Medical Continues to Push Innovations in Healthcare Simulation Recording – IMSH 2016 Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySim was on hand to get an exclusive video interview with Chafic Kazoun, Co-Founder and CTO of B-Line Medical, to get an inside peek at some of the latest innovations coming to healthcare simulation thanks to this innovative company.

SimCapture Node (aka Mini) – Performance Analysis in the Palm of Your Hand

Imagine holding a SimCapture audiovisual recording system in the palm of your hand! With this innovative product from B-Line Capture the ability to import raw video quickly and easily in any room is now at your finger tips.

“SimCapture Node is a remarkably compact and comprehensive in-room SimCapture and LiveCapture solution for institutions interested in a low-impact installation that is rapid and affordable. With this new in-room solution, users can enjoy B-Line Medical’s best in class support and a single point of contact for software, SimCapture and LiveCapture hardware, and now audiovisual equipment.”

  • Full Server
  • Captures up to 4 video sources
  • Small form factor fits almost anywhere
  • Turnkey solution supported by B-Line Medical
  • Fully scalable and supports all software tiers
  • IP-based and supports cloud-based playback
  • Multiple audiovisual configurations supported
  • Rapid and affordable installations

New DebriefCast – iPad Controller Goes Casting

Wish you could just push a button from your iPad and stream simulation experiences to any connected screen in your building? B-Line Medical’s new DebriefCast lets instructors do this while still maintaining the debrief notes on the iPad only!

“DebriefCast makes debriefing easier than ever. Facilitators can now stream any SimCapture or LiveCapture session to a debriefing station, and maintain use of a “presenter view” on their iPad. This allows participants to focus on the recorded videos in fullscreen, while the facilitator maintains access to events and annotations to guide the debriefing process without distracting the audience.”

  • Link any iPad to any debriefing station with one touch
  • Jump to annotations, simulator events or a point in time
  • Debrief screen responds instantly to iPad touches
  • Change video layouts on the fly
  • Start and stop the session with one touch
  • Session information hidden from participants

SimCapture Ultra Portable (UP) Goes Wireless

The famous mobile recording platform Ultra Portable from B-Line Medical now includes the ability to go wireless, which the option to upgrade for existing customers or include this option for future customers.

“The SimCapture and LiveCapture Ultraportable are remarkably compact and comprehensive products from B-Line Medical, designed to offer flexibility and affordability while capturing a wide variety of simulated and real clinical activities. SimCapture Ultraportable is the ideal solution to expand the reach of your simulation center in rural or in situ settings. ”

Includes:

  • Laptop form factor SimCapture or LiveCapture
  • 2 high-quality HD webcams with tripod mounts
  • Integrated boundary microphones
  • DVI / VGA capture of virtually any medical device
  • Hardcase with all required cabling
  • All necessary adapters and extension cables
  • Optional wireless cameras package

Benefits:

  • All-inclusive audiovisual hardware setup
  • From case to ready-to-record in minutes
  • No audiovisual or technical expertise required
  • Record up to 3 channels of video without power
  • Integrate with any simulator
  • 100% web-based–stream sessions live or post
  • Extend the reach of your center or QA program
  • Ideal for in situ simulations or transport capture
  • Optional cloud centralization I

Learn more about all these innovations at B-Line Medical’s website!

SimGHOSTS Launches 2016 Healthcare Sim Tech Training Registrations for Summer USA, UK, AUS Events!

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SimGHOSTS has launched registration for its three summer events in the US, UK and Australia! Looking for affordable hands-on training and peer networking in healthcare simulation technology operations? Join them this summer at a location nearest you to engage with hundreds of others just like you!

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About the 2016 Events:

Join hundreds of Sim Techs from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” is now operating into its sixth year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2016 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair and software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication and leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology. 

Use the links below to learn more about our summer events that have launched registration:

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016

United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

Middle East & Africa
(Still taking presentation submissions)
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

*New Thought for Administrators of simulation programs!* Sim program managers should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Learn more about all SimGHOSTS 2016 Events!


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Save the Date May 30th: 2016 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety!

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On Monday, May 30, 2016, Toronto will welcome the first National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety – an exciting knowledge-sharing event on the growing interest in using simulation to improve patient safety and quality of care.

This groundbreaking initiative is a joint launch by SIM-one, IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors), Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Accreditation Canada, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), Health Quality Ontario (HQO), and HealthCareCAN.

The purpose of the Forum is to:

  • Demonstrate ways in which simulation reduces adverse events, costs and financial risks for hospitals;
  • Promote evidence and examples supporting the use of simulation at the point of care delivery;
  • Highlight current Canadian leaders and their knowledge and insights into establishing hospital-based simulation programs; and
  • Motivate decision-makers to pursue the integration of simulation-based patient safety and quality improvement initiatives/education/programs at their organizations.

The event will be co-chaired by:

Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in simulation and surgical safety; creator of the surgical black box

Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) D. Brown, D.Phil
Director, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; co-chair of the IDEAS Quality Improvement (QI) Program.

Attendees should expect a dynamic program that includes an inspiring and informative lineup of presenters from Canadian leaders in simulation in hospitals, and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

Mark your calendars now:

WHAT: 2016 National Forum on Simulation for Quality & Safety
WHO: All hospital and care delivery organizational leaders, administrators, quality and safety leads, hospital-based simulationists and researchers are welcome.
WHEN: Monday, May 30, 2016
WHERE: Sheraton Gateway Hotel Toronto International Airport, Terminal 3 Toronto ON L5P 1C4

For more information, please visit the Sim-One NFSQS Website!

 


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SimUTrach from SimUCare Allows for Simulated Tracheostomy Training on Standardized Patients | IMSH 2016 Interview

tracheostomy trainer

Another great video interview from HealthySim’s video series covering the exhibit hall floor of IMSH 2016, this time covering the Tracheostomy Trainer “SimUTrach” from SimUCare. This amazing innovative product allows healthcare simulation programs to add realistic tracheostomy care training onto real standardized patient experiences! Be sure to watch the video below to see how it all works! The company also provides wearable overlays for catheder insertion and IV sticks!

About SimUCare:

SimUCare provides simulated patient education and simulation facilitation training while using live, simulated patients to maintain realism and simulation devices specifically designed to elevate the simulated experiences. By enhancing the training process we provide the best fidelity possible and give the healthcare learners the most realistic environment in which to practice.

About SimUTrach:

A wearable tracheostomy care overlay system. The SimUtrach is a wearable chest overlay that represents a patient who has a tracheostomy. The learner can perform simulations that include tracheostomy assessment and care (non-ventilated) on the SP wearing the device. When the learner performs the procedure in a way that would hurt or cause discomfort to a real patient, the SP is alerted with a light vibration on their shoulder to react as a real patient would. Diverse skin tones and female model are planned for this device.

Visit SimUCare’s website to learn more today!

Featured Job: Simulation Specialist for Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation

hannaford simulation center

From Simulation Champion Todd Dadaleares CHSOS comes this featured job listing for Simulation Specialist at Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation:

This is a great opportunity to join MMC’s Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation: a state–of-the-art simulation center that includes:

  • Three high fidelity spaces
  • A fleet of more than 15 high fidelity mannequins
  • A robust standardized patient program
  • Surgical and general skills areas
  • A satellite team training facility

The Team:

This position will support nursing, inter-professional, graduate and undergraduate medical education in a variety of simulated environments. Consisting of three simulation specialists, two education specialists, and a coordinator, the simulation team works within the Department of Medical Education supporting the academic mission of the organization.

Qualifications:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology; high degree of comfort with computer technology; high level interpersonal skills to work with clinicians and medical staff at all levels of medical care.
  • Minimum 5 years in direct patient care, preferred experience with sophisticated physiologic monitoring devices or 5 years of simulation experience
  • Associates degree or related education

Position Summary:

Responsible for accurately replicating realistic, highly complex clinical scenarios using sophisticated, high-and-low fidelity simulation equipment and software. Assist in all simulation-based education. Assist simulation faculty from all clinical areas, internal and external to MMC, in running a simulation that meets curriculum goals and produces measurable outcomes. He/she will be responsible for maintenance and repairs of complex high-and-low fidelity simulation equipment. Able to identify and troubleshoot problems with equipment.

Contact: Ned Asherman 207-662-2649

Feature your healthcare simulation position on our medical simulation jobs board today
by contacting Lance!

CAE Healthcare Now Distributes Strategic Operations Cut Suit – IMSH Video Interview

cut suit cae healthcare

Today we begin to share the video interviews from the trade show floor of IMSH 2016 San Diego with a brief look at the Cut Suit by Strategic Operations now distributed by CAE Healthcare. Recently CAE announced the distribution of the Cut Suit because the product expands the portfolio to allow healthcare professionals to “practice on a patient with severe internal bleeding or organ damage from point-of-injury through transport and surgical intervention“, which you can read more about here.

A few years ago HealthySim was invited to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to watch a live Cut Suit demonstration. You can read the full review of the Cut Suit here and I have also shared the video from that day again below:

Learn more about the Strategic Operations website and CAE Healthcare website!

Chicago Sun Times Sits Down with Sim Entrepreneur Dr. John Vozenilek

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This weekend Sandra Guy of the Chicago Sun Times did a piece on Jump Trading Simulation Center Director and SimNext Chief Strategy Officer Dr. John Vozenilek. As the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Simulation at Jump, Dr. Vozenilek provides central coordination and oversight for OSF HealthCare undergraduate, graduate, interdisciplinary, and continuing medical education programs.

The Peoria-based innovative Jump Trading Simulation Center is the host of the 6th annual hands-on healthcare simulation technology training event SimGHOSTS, taking place August 2nd-5th which you can learn all about on SimGHOSTS.org.

Under John’s direction, OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria has created additional organizational capabilities and infrastructure, building resources for educators who wish to use innovative learning technologies for teaching and assessment. Dr. Vozenilek is actively involved in the academic programs across traditional departmental boundaries and in clinical practice at OSF. In addition to his role in simulation, Dr. Vozenilek serves as faculty teaching in formal programs in engineering, healthcare quality, and safety.

About SimNext

SIMnext is working directly with clinicians and guided by real-time patient data to provide the bridge between learning environments and real-life clinical experience. Our company is built on a culture of open, agile exploration with partners, including the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine and Engineering and the OSF Healthcare System, that enables our team of engineering, medical and business experts to aggressively pursue answers to complex healthcare simulation and training problems. Through this model we are able to offer our partners and clients fully tested, nuanced products that are the key to developing expertise.

Interview Excerpt:

Q: So a nurse uses the curriculum on a tablet, rather than rely on something learned in a lecture hall?

A: “Nurses are constantly working with machines, whether that’s a dialysis machine or programming ventilators or smart pumps. Studies show that, about one in five times, small errors can occur. Most of the time, they don’t affect patients, thank goodness. But when they do, it can be devastating. Our company’s curriculum on a tablet lets the nurses do a safety double-check at the moment it’s most important. We’re receiving orders from medical schools, nursing schools and academic medical centers. We’re distributing the products in eight countries.

We produce free 3-D models of the upper torso to train in life-saving airway surgeries, free models of congenital heart disease so it can be treated, and we sell the DR Doppler ultrasound training device that gives simulations of blood flow starting at $500.”

Learn more about Dr.Vozenilek through the Chicago Sun Times Interview,
SimNext Products and the Jump Trading Simulation Center!

Operative Experience Inc Adds Senior Executives to Expand Realistic Surgical Training Simulators

At IMSH 2012 Operative Experience Inc (OEI) caught our eye at HealthySimulation.com as a hyper realistic simulator for surgical training. At the event I had a chance to interview the founder CEO of the company Dr. Robert Buckman on OEI’s product and support from the DOD. You can read our full OEI 2012 article here, but I have relinked the video below. Today we are hearing that OEI has expanded its executive team in the goal of expanding product development and global growth. This on the recent announcement at IMSH that by Lou Oberndorf, the man who founded METI (acquired by CAE Healthcare in 2012). Thus — OEI is one to keep on your radar for new innovation products and companies in healthcare simulation!

Official Press Release

Operative Experience, Inc. (OEI), a fast rising developer of high-fidelity human simulators for surgical and pre-hospital education, today announced two additions to their executive team. Jane O’Reilly, named the new Global Vice President of Sales, and Carlos Moreno, the new Chief Technology Officer, will play major roles in OEIs’ global expansion plans. “We are thrilled to be adding these two accomplished executives to the OEI team,” said Mick Navin, President/CEO of OEI. “Our goal is to be a global leader in medical simulation. Jane and Carlos both helped grow a small simulation company into a global leader. Their experience will be invaluable as we accelerate our product development and growth.”

Jane O’Reilly comes to OEI with more than 15 years of experience growing medical simulation companies. During her 10 years at METI, O’Reilly played a leadership role in doubling overall company revenue and building out a world-class sales organization. “OEIs’ products are nothing short of revolutionary,” said O’Reilly. “The global medical simulation community has been asking for this level of realism for years. I am excited to work with the team to grow the business and the impact this has in saving lives.”

Carlos Moreno joins OEI with more than 20 years of technology leadership, including eight years as the Chief Technology Officer at METI where he led the development of iStan and METIman. “Joining OEI is an extraordinary opportunity to help an innovative young company become a significant global player in the medical simulation market,” said Moreno. “The need for OEI’s 21st century technology is real. There’s nothing like it available today. I look forward to contributing to OEIs’ future innovations and success.”

OEI produces simulators to rapidly train surgeons and medics in critical, life-saving trauma skills for cesarean section, control of postpartum hemorrhage, emergency hysterectomy, craniotomy, neck exploration, emergency thoracotomy, damage control laparotomy, fasciotomy and leg amputation. Last month, OEI announced that Louis H. Oberndorf, a pioneer in the field of healthcare simulation and the founder of METI, had made a significant investment in the company and accepted the position of Chairman. OEI’s founder, Robert Buckman, MD, a surgeon and former professor at the Temple University School of Medicine, developed the OEI technology under a series of SBIR grants from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. The DOD is currently one of the primary users of OEI’s simulators.

About Operative Experience, Inc.

Operative Experience, Inc. is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and pre-hospital training. Using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm, OEI reduces training costs while increasing training effectiveness and retention. OEI is dedicated to applying this technology to reduce combat and civilian surgical mortality, and to provide humanitarian support to developing countries with limited medical resources.

Learn more at the Operative Experience Inc Website!