Medical Simulation News From Around the World

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ITEC 2015: International Forum for the Military Training, Education and Simulation Sectors Abstracts Due Oct. 4th

Paolo Proietti, ITEC Committee Member sent in this reminder for Call for Papers for the ITEC 2015 Conference:

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Dear Lance,

The International Forum for the Military Training, Education and Simulation Sectors is ITEC 2015!

ITEC is an annual forum for representatives from the military, industry and academia to connect and share knowledge with the international training, education and simulation sectors. Presenting a unique overview of the industry’s latest innovations, the event provides visitors with a platform to discuss developments in this evolving market and exchange ideas about future requirements for military training and simulation.Established for over 20 years, ITEC offers a world-class exhibition (free to attend) and conference showcasing the very latest products and services from leading organisations, as well as unique networking opportunities.

The deadline for submission is Friday 5th October 2014. Don’t miss your chance to share your views on the future of this ever-changing industry.

Overall Theme: ‘Advancing interoperability between nations and institutions in a globalised world through enhanced training and education

ITEC 2015 themes:


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  • Training & Education Policy (Strategy to Requirements)
  • Military Training & Education Delivery (Requirements to Delivery)
  • Procurement (Strategy to Delivery)
  • Cyber
  • Medical Simulation and Training
  • M&S Technologies and Architectures
  • First Response: Civil & Military Crisis Management

Medical Simulation Abstracts: Medical simulation provides unique opportunity to impart significant improvements to healthcare providers’ professional development, delivery of patient care, quality, safety, and ultimately patient outcomes across the continuum from War fighters to veterans returning home.  Simulation for medical training is quickly evolving as military and civilian healthcare embrace simulation technologies to educate, train, and even diagnose and treat.  From live to virtual and constructive, this theme will explore the advancements in technology that are leading to a healthcare training revolution.

I look forward to these presentation submissions!

Regards,

Paolo Proietti

ITEC Conference Committee Member & Chairman of Medical Simulation Sessions
MIMOS (Italian Modelling & Simulation Association) – Deputy Chairman
Selex ES, A Finmeccanica Company – Advanced Simulation and Training Solutions

Click here to submit your abstract to ITEC 2015

Top Medical Simulation Articles of Summer 2014

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Took the summer off? Went to Disneyland? Go on holiday? No matter, HealthySimulation.com has you covered with the most-read articles from this past summer. We tallyed the clicks from our newsletter and reviewed the analytics from the 37,000+ visits to this free healthcare simulation resource website to see what were the “hottest” summer articles. Don’t miss out on future updates by signing up for our free simulation newsletter then catch up with the articles below!


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  1. Medical Simulation Job Listings - Looking for a new gig or need to post your open simulation staff position? This is the most comprehensive list on the internet!
  2. 3D Printed Anatomy To Revolutionize Medical Training - Check out this amazing story coming out of Australia where 3D Printers are being used to create anatomical models for medical education!
  3. Simulated Patient “Allergic to Ink” Warning Sign – Download to Save Your Manikins! – Will Enfinger, Simulation Specialist at Des Moines University, has created a nifty “Allergy Warning Sign” which simulation champions can use to help prevent ink stains.
  4. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Releases Results of National Simulation Study – A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education,” which concluded that substituting high quality simulation experiences for up to half of traditional clinical hours produce comparable end of program educational outcomes.
  5. Bridging The Gap Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Simulation Technicians – If you are a non-clinical Sim Tech you may be asking what you can do to learn more about the pathophysiology of the human body. Here are many apps for the ipad/iphone for assisting with this process.
  6. Free ECG Simulator Game – SimGHOSTS President James Cypert forwarded along a great 6-second ECG Simulator game where healthcare learners can practice identifying one of 27 most common rhythms.
  7. More Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios – The Kansas State Board of Nursing has a free library of simulation scenarios designed by nursing faculty for nursing and allied health programs.
  8. “And, Scene!” – Some More Great Places to get Simulation Scenarios – Programming is worth every difficult minute as the over efficiency of your Simulation Program increases ten fold with each successfully programmed and permanent scenario, but here’s a list of places to get started with your scenario library.
  9. Clinical Skills Lab Coordinator Standard Operating Procedures Example – Recently I shared the Standard Operating Guide developed at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas for both the IT and Clinical Simulation Technology Specialists. In this article I share the “SOPs” for the position of Skills Lab Coordinator.
  10. CAE Healthcare Updates – CAE Healthcare’s News Feed has been a popular destination for medical simulation champions this summer!

Lastly, if you are looking for more great clinical simulation articles check out HealthySim’s:

Tore Laerdal TEDx Talk “Collaboration Breeds Innovation”

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Tore Laerdal, Chairman of Laerdal Medical gave this TEDx talk last year in Stavanger on how “Collaboration Breeds Innovation” and opened his presentation by sharing how his life was saved by his father at the age of two after he drowned in a lake. As a plastics toy manufacturer, Tore believes this personal experience of life-saving motivated his father Åsmund S. Lærdal to create the resusci-anne, the worlds leading CPR training manikin which has estimated to save more than 2,000,000 lives. Watch this inspiring presentation to see why Collaboration does indeed breed innovation.

From TEDx:

Tore Laerdal is Chairman of Laerdal Medical, a Norwegian family owned company that since modern lifesaving techniques were developed in 1960, has been a leading supplier of training material and therapeutic equipment for acute medicine.

Tore Laerdal is also Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine. The Foundation has earmarked significant funding for practically oriented MDG 4 and MDG 5 research projects. In recent years, Mr Laerdal has turned his full focus to global health challenges, and established Laerdal Global Health, a not for profit company with the sole purpose of providing highly affordable and culturally sensitive training and therapeutic solutions to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance. Furthermore, Laerdal Global Health has established the Day of Birth Alliance with Jhpiego and the Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design at the Johns Hopkins University. Mr Laerdal serves as Chairman of the Board of two external research foundations in Norway. He holds an MSc degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University in Hertfordshire in the UK. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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Mama Natalie

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Tore concluded his talk speaking about his own “aha” moments when he visited Africa and learned of the thousands of preventable newborn deaths taking place there — to which lead to the development of the Mama Natalie. An extremely affordable birthing simulator, the device is now used throughout the world to train healthcare teams for the birthing scenario in low resource environments.

MamaNatalie birthing simulator that comes with NeoNatalie helps you create realistic training scenarios easily. It has been designed to facilitate an engaging role play that will make the learning sessions memorable and efficient. MamaNatalie is a birthing simulator that makes it easy to create very compelling simulations of complex or normal birthing scenarios. It is strapped onto the operator, who takes the role of the mother, and manually controls the training scenario and the following features:

  • Bleeding Positioning and delivery of the baby
  • Delivery of placenta
  • Fetal heart sounds
  • Cervix landmark
  • Urine bladder cathetherization
  • Uterine massage
  • Uterine compression

Purchase provides donation: For each MamaNatalie purchased through Laerdal Medical, an additional MamaNatalie is being donated to low-resource countries through Laerdal Global Health and the Helping Mothers Survive initiative!

Learn more about the history of Laerdal here, the Mama Natalie here, and then watch more great TEDx events here.


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50,000 Views of Medical Simulation Videos from HealthySimulation.com

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HealthySim readers- today I am thrilled to share that the HealthySimulation Youtube Channel has crossed more than 50,000 views! To highlight this achievement I have shared again  here the top six “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more! Thanks to all those that helped us achieve this amazing goal.

#6) How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation 


#5) Simulab TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU


#4) Pyxis MedStation 4000 Clinical Educator Reflections From MedicalShipment.com


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#3) CAE’s Caesar Manikin 


#2) iSimulate Unveils ALSi Patient Vital Sign Monitor Software 


#1) Laerdal Launches SimPad at IMSH 2012 

Stop by the HealthySimulation Medical Simulation Youtube Channel for over ONE HUNDRED more medical simulation videos, be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE!

Central Florida Continues to Push Medical Simulation Innovations

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Terri Bernhardt wrote an article earlier this year for i4biz.com, which promotes entrepreneurship through Central Florida, covering the topic of Medical Simulation. The article is a great highlight of where simulation is, and where it is all going. Highly recommend this one!

Excerpt from i4biz.com:

“No commercial airline pilot or military aviator ever takes off in a multi-million dollar aircraft without logging countless hours in a flight simulator. Military and commercial aviation learned long ago it was not only much cheaper (one tenth the cost of live training), but it was far more effective to train personnel in lifelike scenarios where failure was an option. In fact, it was part of the learning experience.

The transition from simulating jets, tanks and helicopters to simulating patients in emergency or clinical situations faced by combat medics, nurses and doctors has been quickly evolving, in an industry that has called Central Florida its home for over 40 years.

This inventive group combines science, engineering and art to make fake blood that feels, smells and clots just like real blood. They turn a high-fidelity mannequin into a groaning, twisting man with congestive heart failure that is so realistic that the trainee sweats while trying to stabilize him. These same people develop serious games that take nurses through triage and combat medics through tying tourniquets in real time with life-like scenarios, followed by an after action review for effective memory retention.

With all eyes on Lake Nona’s Medical City, breakthrough simulation technologies, medical research and medical training are able to converge. Harry Robinson is the national program manager of the Veterans Health Administration’s Simulation Learning Education and Research Network, “SimLEARN.” For the retired Navy aviator, the ability and potential of simulators to duplicate real life scenarios was obvious. “Just like when I was a squadron commander, we are able to replicate an actual situation, in this case a medical procedure or medical emergency situation, in a safe environment, where there is no danger or inconvenience to a human patient. Also, trainees are able to both develop the skills (in diagnosis and in muscle memory) and then have a meaningful debrief, where we actually watch the training exercise.


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What’s Next?

Greg Welch, Ph.D., the Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Health Care Simulation at UCF, has been working in the field in one form or another for decades, but his current work is taking medical simulation to a whole new level. Currently, medical personnel are sometimes trained using actors that emotionally and physically imitate the behavior of someone with a particular condition, but there are limits to what an actor can mimic. What is more, there are limits to the number of actors and frequency of times these scenarios can be simulated.

Welch is working not to simply duplicate the movements, the feel or the anatomical authenticity of a medical android, but its mental and emotional behavior. “Part of the diagnostic procedure is really an interrogation of sorts, to actually determine what symptoms the patient is experiencing.  To successfully do that you have to understand how to communicate with the patient and empathize with their condition; you have to learn what questions to ask, along with developing the patience that is necessary to succeed in that process.

“My area of expertise and my passion over the last 20 years has been about simulating human interactive experiences. This is a physical/virtual reality, which simulates human behavior with the goal of building a computer-controlled system that mimics human responses for medical or health care related training,” continued Welch. “To do that you have to study human interaction and transfer that knowledge to a patient/clinician experience that is lifelike and authentic. We want to simulate the fear, pain, discomfort of a patient and help the clinician learn to be comfortable interacting and doing what is sometimes awkward or socially inappropriate to do.”

Read the Full “Heart of Medical Simulation Article” on i4biz.com!


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Watch $150 HealthySimAdmin Session “Increasing Simulation Program Utilization” For Free This Week Only!

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This week we are sharing another session from HealthySimAdmin.com, which was a 2 day HD-recorded event produced at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing addressing the how-to of medical simulation program administration. In this session, Corporate IT Director at Baptist Health South Florida and Treasurer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Allen Giannakopoulos, PhD covers the state of management principles in administration of a medical simulation program and gives crucial tips on how to improve your operations. His talk is then followed by a panel discussion by a dynamic range of medical simulation program administrators from nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, military divisions, hospitals and consultants. This 2-hour session is being provided for free for the next seven days only — so take advantage of it now before it goes behind closed doors again!

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HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. During the live taping, more than 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online with the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

“Increasing Utilization”: How do you convince higher administration that your medical simulation program deserves additional funding, space, equipment and staff? How do you continue to increase services without frustrating staff or denying simulation champions? Allen Giannakopoulos, PhD shares with us how to expand simulation beyond the original scope of the program considering needs such as space, scheduling complications, financial support, technology issues, hiring new staff and more. Allen will then be joined by the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts to discuss how to increase usage in your simulation program, track and analyze statistical data to help gain additional support, modifying and transforming scheduling and procedural policies, overcoming resistance to program evolution as well as the differences in strategy necessary for short vs. long-term simulation program expansion. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. With this session we will learn how to successfully grow a medical simulation lab program through various stages of development.

Session Presentation Lead By:


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Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
Corporate Director IT Process Reengineering & Operational Process Support;
Knowledge Reports Development and Client Advocacy
Baptist Health South Florida
& SSH Treasurer

Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. is the Corporate Director for Reengineering and Redesign at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. His duties include computer simulation of processes and scheduled events in clinical and business departments.  Dr. Giannakopoulos earned his academic credentials from the State University of New York in Brockport, BS in Business; University of Rochester, MBA in Business and Marketing; and his Ph.D. in Health Administration from Kennedy –Western in Sacramento.Dr. Giannakopoulos been published in over 50 health care journals and publications and has been a featured speaker and presenter over the past twenty years in health care, quality improvement, and simulation.Dr. Giannakopoulos has been working with computer modeling and simulations since the 1990’s, when basic tools were created.  Today, the most advanced computer simulation tools are used to mimic clinical processes and provide clinicians with information on how to view the patient experience as a whole, in addition to analyzing specific parts. Dr. Giannakopoulos worked with SSiH to survey members on their experiences in order to ascertain what the best practices are in creating, building, and sustaining a simulation center. This body of knowledge continues to be built for the benefit of organizations that are looking to construct their simulation center.

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Breaking: Veterans Affairs SimLEARN to Build New $19.8M Medical City Simulation Center

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Dr. Haru Okuda National Medical Director at SimLEARN at Veterans Health Administration must be pleased to announce that a $19.8 million contract to build a new simulation center building. The rendering above shows off what the new facility will look like, which is slated to be within the Medical City area of Orlando, FL. Congratulations to the SimLearn team!

From the July 10th Official Press Release:

ORLANDO, Florida – The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Chicago-based Archer Western/DeMaria Joint Venture VIII a $19.8 million contract June 27 to build the VA Simulation, Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) National Simulation Center.


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The center, to be located on the campus of the new Orlando VA Medical Center in the Lake Nona “Medical City” area, will serve as the operational hub for coordination of all national VA simulation-based clinical training activities. The SimLEARN program utilizes a train-the-trainer model to quickly and efficiently prepare a cadre of qualified instructors who can in turn deliver world-class simulation- based clinical training at their respective field VA sites, using standardized curricula and equipment. The facility will provide an immersive training environment by replicating actual patient treatment areas, including an outpatient clinic setting, an inpatient/hospital setting with an intensive care unit, an operating room and more. Video recording of training will take place for classroom review, and multipurpose classrooms will have reconfigurable walls to provide a number of room settings.

The location of the National Simulation Center, with its close proximity to other large clinical, educational and research facilities will provide enhanced opportunities for collaborations and research in new clinical simulation technologies and methods. SimLEARN is a national program for advancing clinical simulation training, education and research across VHA. The program is a collaborative effort of VHA’s Employee Education System, Office of Patient Care Services and Office of Nursing Services program offices. 

Learn more about the new building and this amazing program at www.simlearn.va.gov!


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Free Medical Simulation Newsletter Crosses 2,500 Subscribers

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More than 2,500 medical simulation champions from around the world now subscribe to HealthySimulation.com’s free monthly newsletter. This free email provides a monthly recap of all the “best of” content that gets posted on the free medical simulation resource website HealthySimulation.com. Simulation news, resources, links, tutorials, video interviews, product demos, and more are highlighted to subscribers in an easy-to-read newsletter. You can easily subscribe through the form below:


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Subscribers also get free access to the opening session of HealthySimAdmin, valued at $150, an HD-recorded event which brought together administrators from a dynamic range of medical simulation programs to specifically focus on management issues identified by our community.

The HealthySim newsletter is only sent out once a month and is full of original content specifically linked to medical simulation – so join over 2,500 of your peers today and get the best of HealthySimulation.com!

3B Scientific Video Interview from IMSH 2014

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Rounding out the last of the company interviews from IMSH 2014 comes this interview with 3B Scientific, a company which has a long history of providing medical training products around the world. Watch this video to learn more about 3B’s mission and diverse range of medical simulation product offerings:

More about 3B Scientific From Their Website:

3B stands for today: Best quality, Best value, Best service! The international group of companies 3B Scientific specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of didactic material for scientific, medical and patient education. The group’s oldest site in Budapest/Hungary began its manufacturing history in 1819, making 3B Scientific the most experienced group of companies in the industry. The mother company was founded 1948 in Hamburg by the 3 Bs: Mr. Paul Binhold, his wife Hedwig Binhold and their daughter Marion Binhold, now Marion Kurland. The brand name 3B Scientific® is represented in over 100 countries worldwide in the medical and educational sector. Achieving constantly growing sales, the 3B Scientific group is the worldwide leader in the anatomy market today. The essential factors for the steadily increasing success are: 


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  • The excellent quality of the products, manufactured by skilled and specially trained personnel
  • The extremely competitive value of 3B Scientific® Products
  • The uncompromising flexibility of processing customer requirements

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3B Scientific Product Line includes:

  • Artificial skeletons, torsos and human organ models
  • Teaching aids and systems from the fields of physics and technology
  • Injection training arms, patient care mannequins & medical simulators
  • Biology, zoology and chemistry models
  • Anatomical charts and ana(c)omical gift items
  • Anatomical teaching and learning software
  • SEIRIN® and Moxa Acupuncture Needles
  • Laser Pen, Laser Shower
  • Kinesiology Tape & Acu Tape
  • Therapy & Fitness products
  • Massage & Treatment tables

To learn more about the 3B Scientific Products & Services visit their website at 3BScientific.com