One Week Left! Early-Bird Registrations to SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Training Events in AUS, UK, USA End Soon!

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Did you know you now only have one week left to secure early-bird registrations to SimGHOSTS 2016 Summer events in Australia, United Kingdom, and United States? The time to secure huge savings on the world’s leading simulation technology training events is now!

“Everyone involved in operating simulation needs to be at SimGHOSTS.” ­
Amy Wise, Health Sciences Sim Coordinator, North Central Texas College

Why an Event Specific to Those Operating Healthcare Simulation Technology?

Medical Simulation is an emerging professional field which currently has little to no formalized educational pathways for entrance. Thus, everyone who starts or continues a career into medical simulation has side­stepped from another field or industry. This means that members of this community bring with them a wealth of specialized knowledge that others will not have. The SimGHOSTS meeting is the primary way for this new professional community to come together and share these best practices gained from years of experience in other fields, will enable all Sim Techs to walk away with a greater ability to perform the many responsibilities of their professional duties.

SimGHOSTS Advantages Over Other Simulation Events

Hands-­on & Specific Content: Between wound creation in our moulage courses, to advanced networking workshops, to intense workgroup sessions… SimGHOSTS is all about the doing. Unlike other events that cater to clinical educators and focus on faculty integration, debriefing or other non­technical courses, Sim Techs come to SimGHOSTS to focus on issues relevant to their position. Attendees return home with valuable skills and knowledge of new techniques that can enhance realism in scenarios, increase reliability and flexibility of a simulation center’s systems, and more.


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Affordable registration: The SimGHOSTS board works hard to partner with the right host institutions, hotels and vendor sponsors to make sure the event is the best value for investments made into technical staff. Unlike other events that provide Technology courses as an afterthought, SimGHOSTS exists specifically for the purpose of providing resources to the technical user first and foremost. This is the only meeting solely built, operated and lead by Sim Techs. Other simulation technical events don’t come close to the day for day cost or value gained at SimGHOSTS which is jam­packed with diverse and innovative content. Plus, we work overtime with hotel partners to offer quality accommodations sometimes HALF the cost of other simulation events.

Personal connections: Simulation technical staff are often working alone and unable to “talk shop” to learn better ways to do their job. SimGHOSTS events give attendees the chance to be surrounded by their peer community and share best practices. Attendees return home with new ideas and new resources from national and international colleagues working in simulation centers at universities, hospitals, fire departments and more!

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
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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)
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London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

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

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

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WBUR News: In Simulation Era, Your Doc’s First Try At A Procedure Should Not Be On You

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WBUR recently covered the progress and challenges of medical simulation with an interview with SSH Board of Directors members Dr. Charles “Chuck” Pozner:

Most doctors never forget the paralyzing terror of their first invasive procedure.

Dr. Charles Pozner, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recalls the first time he placed a central line, which involves sticking an eight-inch-long needle into a patient’s jugular vein to place an intravenous line. He had never even seen it done before, but a chief resident offered him the opportunity after a long day working together.

“When I was a medical student, the last thing you wanted to say when someone offered a procedure to you was ‘no.’ You wanted to learn, to be part of the team,” Pozner told me. The chief resident walked him through it without mishap, but “it was an unsafe thing for the patient, and an unsafe thing for me, because I was potentially harming the patient,” he said.

Twenty years later, in 2013, I went through a similar process. I watched a colleague place a central line during my first week as an intern. A couple of days later, I placed my first one, as my senior resident supervised. Thankfully, everything went fine. But that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with the idea of wielding eight-inch-long needles after only watching someone do a procedure once.

“See one, do one, teach one” is the ancient medical adage for this: that after doctors in training have seen one procedure or operation, they’re qualified to do the next one. It has been the model for teaching physicians for generations.

But in the age of robotic surgery and simulation medicine, is this concept really acceptable anymore? The short answer is no. Clearly, doctors in training should practice on computers and simulated patients, not real ones. Particularly when, according to a study out this week, medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death nationwide.

The longer answer is more complicated. No one openly defends the concept in medical journals — in fact, experts talk about “see one, practice many, do one.” But the “see one, do one, teach one” culture still persists in hospitals around the country, and it remains routine for physicians in training to practice their first procedure on real patients. (As a patient, what can you do about it? See the tips below.)

“Would you fly on an airplane if they say, ‘We’ll drop the price of our tickets but our pilots will opt out of flight simulation?’” – Dr. Antonio Gargiulo

But that is changing, as more hospitals and medical schools invest in high-tech simulation centers like the $12 million center unveiled by Boston Children’s Hospital this week. Dr. Pozner, who is medical director of the Brigham’s STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, says that in time, medical simulation will mean the death of “see one, do one, teach one.”

The Pilot Analogy

Consider pilots. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who remarkably landed his plane on the Hudson River, is often mentioned in the medical literature on simulation, as are his hundreds of hours practicing simulated emergencies. If Dr. Atul Gawande famously brought the pilot’s checklist to surgery, simulation proponents think more pilot-style simulation should be brought to medicine. “It’s called procedural memory,” Dr. Pozner said.

And studies show that simulation works in medicine. One small study trained doctors in robotic surgery, showing that they could reach expert level proficiency by the time they operated on their first real patient. “The main advantage of this tool is you can get technically perfect before you even touch a patient,” said Dr. Antonio Gargiulo, medical director of the Center for Robotic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Read the full Common Health article on WBUR’s website!

HealthySimulation.com’s IMSH 2016 Exhibit Hall Video Interview Recap

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Over the past few months HealthySimulation.com has released numerous video interviews taken at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2016 San Diego based meeting. Did you miss any? Below is a recap of all the posted videos posted so you can learn more about the latest medical simulation product news:

By watching these videos you will have a better perspective about the latest medical simulation products and services!

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Uchida Yoko Global Limited PF-Note Provides Healthcare Simulation Recording Platform – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySimulation.com was able to secure a video interview with the team from Japanese based company Uchida Yoko to learn more about their PF-Note audiovisual recording and debriefing system. Interesting here is the built in capability of directly connected student clickers. Watch the exclusive short video interview below to learn more:

From the Uchida Yoko PF-Note Brochure:

Entire even can be conveniently recorded in high definition with ease.

  • Audiovisual data such as computer screen, blackboard, or presentation equipment saved as a video file in real time.
  • Recording started by simply pressing a button. Screen layout can be also be easily switched.
  • Contents don’t require editing after recording so they can be used right then and there.

Student reaction can be recorded at any time using a wireless clicker.

  • Reactions that offer clues as to whether or not contents of classes are understood well or not can be recorded in real time.
  • Student reaction can be obtained during or after class in the form of a questionnaire.
  • Roll call can be accomplished by clicker using the roll call support function.

Separate review of important part of the class

  • Because you can record student reaction together with the class, you can see what students don’t understand or what they are interested in while viewing the class scene.
  • Instructors can confirm what what was effective and what needs to be improved from the student reactions.
  • The data generated when the instructor or TA presses the clicker can be recorded as a thumbnail. If the instructor records important point during the class, the students can use them for subsequent review.

You can learn more about this system from the
Uchida Yoko PF-Note Brochure

Mimic Technologies Xperience Robotic Surgery Simulator Team Trainer – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySim interviewed Glenn Carstater Vice President of Domestic Sales at Mimic Technologies to learn more about their innovative Xperience Robotic Simulation Training System. Watch the video below to learn more and see the system in action:

About Mimic Technologies

Mimic Technologies, founded in 2001, is a pioneer and leader in robotic surgery simulation and training. Our mission is to set the standard for simulation and training in medical robotics through visionary leadership, superior software, market leading hardware, and hands-on simulation training. With leading institutions, Mimic is developing next-generation learning tools and curricula to advance robotic surgery training and promote patient safety.

In 2007, Mimic unveiled the dV-Trainer, the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. In 2011, the da Vinci Skills Simulatorwas introduced, a virtual reality simulator for the da Vinci Si System jointly developed by Mimic and Intuitive Surgical.

About the Xperience Team Trainer

Bringing robotic surgery simulation and training to the first assistant. In the OR, cohesion between the console-side surgeon and first assistant is crucial. The best surgical teams anticipate one another’s movements. Routine tasks are executed crisply and efficiently.

Xperience Team Trainer enables the robotic surgeon and first assistant to use simulation training when and where it’s most beneficial—outside of the OR.

How can the Xperience Team Trainer strengthen your robotics program?

  • Basic skills exercises develop the first assistant’s psychomotor skills and facilitate rehearsal of interaction with the console side surgeon
  • Virtual training for real-life situations in the OR help promote patient safety and mitigate risk for the institution
  • Team training allows for development of OR communication protocol in a safe simulation environment

MScore Skills Assessment:

The system also includes the opportunity to learn through the MScore proficiency-based skills assessment platform:

Objective skills assessment is critical in robotic surgery training. To measure a trainee’s level of proficiency, the dV-Trainer uses the comprehensive metrics and experienced surgeon data of Mimic’s MScore. It allows administrators to track performance and learning progress over time, personalize user accounts, create and share customized simulation curricula, manage courses, and export data for in-depth analysis.

Featuring data collected from more than 100 experienced surgeons with over 75 robotic cases completed, MScore assessment is based on expert mean and standard deviation data (similar to the FLS protocol) to facilitate credentialing and privileging. Users can choose between the new Proficiency Based System and the legacy Classic System; change proficiency baselines; and customize the scoring protocol to fit the needs of their institution.

Learn more about the Xperience Team Trainer on Mimic’s Website!

News Medical Interview with Simulation Thought Leader Regarding Role Playing in Healthcare Education

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A little while ago on News Medical, Catherine Stoddart MBA, MSc, Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust provided an interview regarding the use of role play simulation in her healthcare education program. Here are some excerpts from the article by James White, MPsych:

Do you think it would be worth like having refresher training for senior staff so they don’t become biased?

Yes, I do. I think one of the really hard things that happens particularly around patient experience is that people may have really good clinical care and the last thing they remember about their visit, is the fact that their discharge drugs arrived on time or a staff member was rude about arranging transport etc.

It’s a bit like going to Italy and then your plane’s late on the way home, and the last thing you remember is that you arrived three hours late and got an extra parking ticket, which spoilt the whole experience.

I think there’s something around how you show that to people, in a way that is good for senior staff, because we get used to some unfortunate facts, like we may say, “Oh sorry. You are ready to go home but it will take four hours for you to get discharge forms.” We get used to these difficulties and normalize them. But in actual fact it’s not acceptable because that’s what they’ll remember.

What type of training would you like to see taught to the next generation of healthcare within NHS? What would you like see implemented within the NHS?

We’re going to need simulation for technical skills for all disciplines along with covering the spectrum of high fidelity and then scenarios that are integrated education early on in their careers.

If I use an example again from Australia, the first year of undergraduate education in every discipline at one of the universities is taught together, 14 disciplines. You build inter-disciplinary trust and understanding for the basic education and skills of others.

The 14 professions will include medicine from this year. They have their professional subject matter, but subjects like communication, philosophy, quality and all those types of values are taught together.

We currently have a weird phenomenon where kids that are integrated in secondary schools are subdivided by discipline or profession at university and then brought back together in a working environment, and expected to form a cohesive group.

I would like to see us exploring that idea and you use simulation and team based learning. That brings a fundamental trust straight off because you understand other disciplines’ educational perspective. I’d love to see that within the NHS.

Read the full interview on News Medical’s website!

Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

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Recently this awesome update was shared by Lori Kloc, MSN, RN, CHSE Simulation Education Specialist at Delta College:

On April 5 Delta College brought seven healthcare disciplines together to participate in one 6-hour trauma scenario. The scenario centered around a victim of an auto accident and included trauma rescue/transport, triage, two surgical procedures, infant resuscitation, post-operative care, and rehabilitation. This scenario was important because it allowed students from various levels of education and disciplines to learn with, from, and about each other in collaborative care of two patients. Simulation is a method of active learning, where students have the opportunity to practice care in a safe setting, promoting teamwork and collaboration while reinforcing skills learned in their academic setting. The objective of simulated learning is the transfer of skills and behaviors to the clinical setting, positively impacting safe patient care.

In this simulation, Mobile Medical Response (MMR) joined the division to add their expertise as first responders for our victim. The simulation will included a mock automobile accident with trauma to a pregnant woman, two surgical procedures, emergency care for the newborn who will be born via C-section but will have sustained injury, and post-op/rehab care for the victim.

Read more on the Delta College Website

Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

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On Friday at Cal State LA about 50 Southern California Simulation Collaborative (SCSC) met for a day of simulation activities, starting with a presentation from CSL School of Health Lecturer Jane Hook MN RN about utilizing Telehealth robots in the simulation experience. The event was sponsored by Laerdal who helped to provide lunch for the participants.

The mobile telepresence was a product from Double Robotics device was controlled by an iPhone, which also provided the camera for the iPad like screen which represented Jane as she drove around the room. Following this the group moved to the simulation lab to watch how the telepresence robot moved into the room and engage with the simulated patient. For large rural areas, these devices will become more and more common as select medical personnel remain

The goals of the program to utilize TeleHealth were around promoting interprofessional education:

  • Allow students in different programs to participate in simulation together
  • Allow the pre-licensure student to communicate with a HCP and give report, take oders, read back, etc.
  • Incorporate telehehalth technologies.

Further reading: “Clinical applications: telenursing and medicine to monitor critical care patients”. (Trenary, K. (2007) iCare Intensive Care, Banner Healthcare, Arizone Nurse Mar2007. 60(20)p6.

Check out this case study from the Duke University School of Nursing highlighting the use of the Double Robotics telepresence mobile device.

Later in the afternoon meeting sponsor Laerdal provided a “mini” SUN, providing CEUs on various product showcases.

For more information check out these websites:

Southern California Simulation Collaborative

Double Robotics Telepresence Website

Cal State LA Nursing Simulation Center

ASSIST-U Digital Rectal Examination Simulator from Imperial College London

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Recently the Imperial College London put together some research regarding the education of DREs utilizing ASSIST-U haptics simulator system, built by the program. The video below shows the progress of the simulated environment which provides a safe environment to repeatedly perform DREs including: 3D meshes, CTA decision making (state machine), internal view, modeling of coccyx, prostate gland and rectum, as well as haptic effects are integrated. Colored spheres indicate next steps to perform. An internal view shows patient-specific anatomy (from left to right: coccyx, rectum, prostate and bladder). Controls (right-centre) integrate CTA actions. Other controls (top) are set to fine-tune haptic force effects.

Advanced Simulation System for Training Unsighted Examinations and Procedures (ASSIST-U):

The Research Project

Colorectal and prostate cancers are some of the most commonly diagnosed cancers accounting for 13% and 12%, respectively. The early detection of these diseases is essential and Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) plays a crucial role for diagnosis, screening and clinical outcome. During a DRE, a clinician inserts his/her index finger through the back passage in order to examine the rectum and the prostate, while the patient is usually lying on their side with both legs up to their chest. Such examinations are conducted almost entirely by feel as visual cues are minimal. As a result, DRE is uniquely challenging to learn and teach as there is no connection between trainer and trainee. On the one hand, the trainee is unable to see what the trainer is doing and, on the other hand, the trainer is unable to feel what the trainee is feeling resulting in an ineffective assessment of performance. Simulation offers obvious benefits by allowing learners to practice repeatedly and build up skills in safety. Notwithstanding, current models have major deficiencies as the wide range of normal and abnormal findings is not adequately reproduced, and the rehearsal on isolated bench top models lacks crucial elements of the clinical encounter.

Main Objectives

By changing the way the skills of internal examination are taught and acquired, this research project aims to augment the learning experience based on solid cognitive, analytical, technological and educational studies. This learning experience will be achieved 1) by allowing the learner to playback and graphically observe what an expert palpates (visual mode) in order to appreciate patient-specific organ differences and understand the steps involved during examination, 2) by asking the learner to playback and haptically follow what an expert palpates (expert-guided mode) in order to start building a mental representation of the internal structures and understand the exertion of forces when touching internal regions, and 3) by asking the learner to perform the examination independently (interactive mode) in order to be able to assess his/her performance. The implementation of real-time and realistic models for deformation, haptics, friction, classification and assessing will be fundamental for interactivity and realism.

Learn most about the ASSIST-U DRE Simulator
on the Imperial College London Website

Microsoft Improves Healthcare Education with Launch of HoloLens Augmented Reality Glasses

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Have you heard about the release of the Hololens from Microsoft yet? This oculus-like device will enable healthcare educators with a plethora of new tools to educate learners with the latest in virtual and augmented reality programs. Navigate anatomy, workspaces, and educational programs in 3d spaces. Track motion and spatial mapping to better learn how learners interact with learning programs. Watch this Microsoft demonstration by School of Medicine Dean Pamela Davis who shows how using holograms to teach anatomy dramatically enhances and accelerates learning:

About Microsoft HoloLens:

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely untethered–no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to place holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world.

Microsoft HoloLens generates a multi-dimensional image visible to a user so that he or she perceives holographic objects in the physical world. Holographic objects seen with Microsoft HoloLens can be placed in physical locations you choose, move according to their own rules, or remain in a specific location regardless of where you are or in which direction you are looking.

The holograms you’ll see with Microsoft HoloLens can appear life-like, and can move, be shaped, and change according to interaction with you or the physical environment in which they are visible. Use gestures to create, shape, and size holograms. Use your gaze to navigate and explore. Use your voice to communicate with your apps. Microsoft HoloLens understands your movements, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact with content and information naturally. Using holograms, you can place your digital content, such as apps, information, and even multi-dimensional videos, in the physical space around you, so you can interact with it.

Learn more on the Microsoft HoloLens website!