B-Line Medical Provides ‘Circle of Education’ to Measure & Improve Learning Outcomes

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Have you heard of the Circle of Education from B-Line Medical? Check out this video below to learn more about how B-Line Medical products provide comprehensive opportunities to learn, train, and improve in almost any healthcare setting!

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B-Line Medical, the first to bring web-based video capture and debriefing to the industry, has been continuously innovating to provide the most flexible and intuitive simulation management platform to healthcare education. SimCapture enhances and automates simulations and OSCE management by seamlessly combining high quality video capture, simulator data integration, debriefing and assessment, and robust reporting. Installed in over 450 healthcare institutions in 25 countries, SimCapture has been advancing simulation in healthcare for over a decade.

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

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

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Laerdal’s Ask the Experts Series:

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

Watch the entire 7 videos series from Laerdal here!

Plan for Australasian Simulation Congress Late September

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Monday 26 September – Thursday 29 September 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria, Australia

Simulation Australasia, the national body for those working in simulation in Australasia, will once again bring together the SimHealth and SimTecT conferences under the name of the Australasian Simulation Congress (ASC) with opportunities for a number of joint sessions of mutual interest. In 2016, it will also incorporate the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA).

About Simulation Australasia

Simulation Australasia and the SimTecT / SimHealth Organising Committees invite you to join us at the inaugural Australasian Simulation Congress. This year we are Melbourne bound, to celebrate in effect, our coming of age. Yes, it’s our 21st birthday and a new chapter begins.

You are encouraged to join us in highlighting the leadership that thrives within our community (both local and abroad) as we unite again, SimTecT and SimHealth, now together as curated streams of the newly titled Australasian Simulation Congress. This year we also stand alongside an old ally, the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA), as we incorporate their 47th meeting and throw open our doors to a wider public audience.

The sense of achievement was palpable as we celebrated the conclusion of our 20th conference year in 2015. Delegates, exhibitors and committee members alike were basking in the perception of a job well done, relationships forged, deals struck and opportunities identified. It was a time for celebration!

After all, is that not our purpose? Of course it is, celebration of the potential in this community of ours!

The SimAust Chairman, Dr Mike Brennan, has declared we are at the nexus of technology, academia and industry. Indeed we are, for this is a year that we bring a spotlight to you, our industry partners. For the first time in many years, perhaps in our history, we have appointed an Exhibition Convenor, to bring industry capability to an equal partnership with scientific research in our Congress program. Make no mistake, we deeply value the scientific contribution our research community brings to this event, and we think the best way to secure our place in academic society is to draw a firm line in the sand, and so we have determined that if it’s not research, it needs a new home in the Congress schedule. This year, our Exhibition will have a dedicated program of activities, an industry showcase event will be held in the Exhibition Hall, and our Exhibitors will have unprecedented engagement in signature events throughout the Congress.

We want to be heard in Melbourne above the fever pitch of the AFL Grand Final week – will you come and help us make some noise!! We are so excited about showing off our amazing industry, and look forward to discussing with you what that looks like for your business. Our team is ready to build the show with you.

Learn more at the Australasian Simulation Conference Website today!

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University of South Alabama Healthcare Simulation Program Covered by Local News

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From the WKRG website: USA Health Science students are using cutting edge technology to learn how to take care of patients. In the Department of Simulation, they are using mannequins that are programmed to have real life medical problems. Twenty-five of these mannequins are so high-tech, that they can simulate a woman in labor, or a patient having a heart attack in addition to about 100 other medical conditions. Instructors even use a red substance, to put blood in their veins, and these dummies have a pulse.

Read more at the WKRG website!

*Looking to get media attention to your simulation program? Read our guide!

DeVry Medical International’s Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy Provides Innovation in Healthcare With Simulation & Beyond

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Did you know about the innovative healthcare technology based learning programs at Devry International University? The Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy (IRCS) at DeVry Medical International (DMI) is a dedicated academic unit committed to researching and developing simulation technology as it pertains to clinical education.

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One problem plaguing medical and nursing educators is a lack of good clinical sites with the ability to provide a standardized, comprehensive clinical experience. That’s why DMI has turned to simulation centers and technologies to supplement preliminary in-person patient encounters.

The benefits are immeasurable. First, the controlled environment of the simulation center provides students with increased competence and confidence in a number of skills before they enter clinical environments with live patients. By allowing faculty to create and replicate various scenarios, students log practice hours in a true-to-life environment that may not have been possible in a conventional clinical setting. And by supplementing with simulation technologies, students are afforded an arguably more thorough learning process than live clinical experiences alone can provide. The end result is increased patient safety.

Mobile Applications

Games are an effective source of entertainment, with the best ones engaging players in skill building, strategy, and competition. With the prevalence of mobile devices, gaming has taken a turn for the convenient, as mobile users are able to challenge friends from any location and at any time of day. What if we could harness the intrinsic engagement of mobile gaming, and leverage it to build practical skills in the medical and veterinary world? Through strategic partnerships with Games Learning Society and Learning Games Network, DMI has done just that.

With mobile game-based simulations, medical and veterinary students have access to a range of designed experiences — from hand washing to emergency patient intervention — to facilitate practice and mastery before interfacing with live patients or animals. Each of these game-based mobile applications records user proficiency in the given task. For faculty, this means continuous access to students’ progress; for many students, though, this also means friendly competition and enhanced engagement through learning as game-play or performance.

Virtual Learning Environments

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers post-licensure educational opportunities through use of a virtual learning environment, used in tandem with traditional clinical placements. The current environment, called Second Life, is a virtual, three-dimensional application that is fully interactive and mimics the real world through the use of avatars.

These types of learning environments in the field of nursing are growing in popularity since they have become an opportune adjunct to practicum sites. One major benefit of a virtual learning environment, like Second Life, is that it can provide some of the necessary experiences for students, without relying solely on external sites. Additionally, faculty have enhanced control over the student experience in Second Life and the option to tailor scenarios to curriculum and student need.

Second Life allows students to navigate real-world scenarios in realistic environments that may not have been possible on-site. These experiences include but are not necessarily limited to patient interactions. For example, Second Life provides students the opportunity to explore and renovate an abandoned wing of a hospital to accommodate a new a cardiac wellness center that has a working budget. In traditional practicums, budget details are not shared with students; in the virtual learning environment, though, faculty can create such scenarios to help students develop the skills they need to assume their future roles.

These developments have reshaped the learning landscape by creating new opportunities in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program’s indirect care tracks at the graduate level, while supporting learning in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, and Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN online degree completion option.

Learn more at the IRCS Website!

Plymouth University Pennisula Offers Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Simulation & Pt Safety

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Do you train healthcare providers or organise systems to improve patient safety? This three year masters programme will enable you to apply innovative educational methods and processes to improve patient outcomes. Explore an in-depth range of simulation-based learning techniques and be equipped with the skills required to plan and conduct your dissertation. Be primed with the advanced knowledge and understanding to confidently lead improvements in the quality of patient safety in your workplace.

In your first year, you’ll explore a range of simulation-based learning methods that can improve patient safety and quality of care through enhanced learning. You’ll also advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in patient safety and the application of these to your own workplace. You’ll be introduced to the role of human factors and develop a critical understanding of the current state of patient safety within healthcare and examine strategies to improve it.

In your second year, you’ll be provided with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. You’ll also explore the physical and psychological links between organisations, employees and their work environment and how the concept of human factors influences the way we work. The use of simulation for training and assessment of human factors will be integral to the module.

Key Program features

  • Your learning journey – this three year masters programme will be delivered part-time following a one day induction event which covers masters level learning, the Managed Learning Environment, library resources and the programme structure, aims and outcomes. The programme will include four taught modules, plus the dissertation, totalling 180 credits.
  • Alternatively, choose to study full time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms. You’ll be supported by a PUPSMD staff member and can attend seminars of the medical education research group CAMERA.
  • Develop an understanding of the factors involved in quality improvement strategies and their evaluation using outcomes related to patient safety.

Learn more at the Plymouth University Peninsula Simulation Pages!

Nena Sim Neonatal Simulator from Epona with Realistic Movement

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Have you seen the Nena Sim Neonatal simulator from Epona Medical? Besides being the only baby simulator that has eyes, head, limb movement, Nena Sim can also realistically simulate vocal sounds, infant breathing pattens and complications, circulation features and anatomical airways. Check out this video demo below:

About Nena Sim

Nena Sim is the world’s most realistic baby simulator. NENA Sim is born to complement realistic multidisciplinary team and/or individual baby patient simulation training. Nena Sim offers an ideal training solution for a wide range of healthcare professional including but not limited to patient care, emergency medical intervention and resuscitation training for dynamic team or individual training.

  • Suitable for a wide range of healthcare professional
  • Realistic eyes, head, and limbs movements
  • Simulate various breathing pattern with different rate, depth and complications.
  • Playable vocal sound recordings.
  • Blood pressure and heart-rate set up functions.
  • Offer various parameters output on the patient monitor: ECGs, SpO2, CO2, ABP, CVP, PAP, PCWP, NIBP and TOF.
  • Intubation through anatomical realistic airway
  • User-friendly touchscreen interface allowing the instructor to input the baby movements and parameters output on the patient monitor.
  • Different language options.

Learn more on the Epona Website today!

SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Day 2 Starts with Exploration of NASA Influences


Today was Day 2 of the 3rd annual SimGHOSTS technology training event in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University. Yesterday we heard from two plenary speakers, with the keynote address sponsored by Laerdal Medical:

About Laerdal Sponsored Keynote Speaker Lance Baily

Lance is an innovator and thought leader in the world of healthcare simulation. Using his background in digital media production and EMS fire fighting, as well as his work as a Simulation Technology Specialist, Lance founded several of the world’s leading websites, organizations, and events in the field of healthcare simulation. Lance also served as the inaugural Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s massive multi-institutional Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Desiring to make a global impact, Lance founded what has become the world’s most-read medical simulation resource website: HealthySimulation.com. Never satisfied with the status quo, Lance went on to create SimGHOSTS.org, a non-profit organization that supports professionals in the healthcare simulation industry through hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. Because of overwhelming global demand, SimGHOSTS now operates four annual events, including ones in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. SimGHOSTS has also forged successful affiliations with simulation organizations all over the world, including SSH, ASPE, ASPiH, Simulation Australia, and IPSS.

In a drive to create excellence, SimGHOSTS has recently partnered with INACSL to develop a new professional competency standard for the position of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist. Lance continues to be a change-maker and innovator in the field of healthcare simulation. All of his projects and efforts are based on a core belief: that emerging technology can create community and empower people to solve bigger problems faster.

Keynote Presentation “To Boldly Go”

In his best selling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell considers why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, and why the Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history.

Throughout his book, Gladwell theorizes how historical and cultural circumstances can pave the way for such phenomenal success. What can the healthcare simulation industry learn from a similar of exploration of its own past, present, and future? Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily has applied Gladwell’s theories to our industry and will explain why his projects, including HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org, have made such huge global impacts in just five short years. By understanding the core truths behind the success of these projects, participants will take away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions. Finally, Lance will explore how the historical and cultural forces that are now in motion will transform healthcare simulation as we know it from a small community of early-adopters to a universal standard embraced by all.

Day 1 Afternoon Plenary

Stephen Guinea is the Coordinator of Health Simulation for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Within this role, Stephen has driven the strategic direction of health simulation at ACU focusing on simulation learning environments, staff capacity and capability and curriculum integration with the purpose of a quality student (and staff) experience of simulation. Stephen’s research interests include simulation design for authentic learning, clinical skills development and integrating theories of workplace learning into university curriculum. Stephen has received three learning and teaching awards including a 2013 Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Stephen’s PhD research focused on designing sociocultural simulation for international nursing students as preparation for the clinical placement.

One of the greatest challenges facing health simulation programs is meeting the needs of the various stakeholders in a sustainable way. A significant part of this challenge is understanding the various needs and expectations, creating and communicating a vision, and enacting the vision in a way that is sustainable. The Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has taken a strategic approach to the advancement of health simulation in terms of building facilities, capacity and capability of simulation technical services, education and training, curriculum integration and research. The success of such an approach is dependent on communication and relationships.

In this session, Stephen discussed that whilst very large student numbers, limited numbers of simulation technicians and an increasingly sessionalised academic workforce present particular challenges to advancing a simulation agenda for 13 health disciplines across 6 campuses, significant opportunities exist. The rapid advancement of simulation and simulation related technologies and a clear and consistent vision of simulation as a learning and teaching method shared by all stakeholders allows for thinking about how to “do” simulation in a way that meets these challenges. This session described the ongoing approach to building a sustainable simulation program at ACU and the essential contribution simulation technicians make to such success.

Day 2 Morning Plenary

This morning, Dr. Sprick gave us a deeper dive historical exploration of healthcare simulation, connecting the various industries that have contributed to our own.

Dr. Cyle Sprick is the Director of the Clinical Simulation Unit in the School of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia. Dr Sprick has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on clinical simulation. Clinically, Dr Sprick has been a practicing Paramedic since 1996, first in Texas, and then in Adelaide from 2000. Sitting at the nexus of clinical practice, education and biomedical engineering, Dr Sprick brings a unique perspective to clinical simulation. Before moving to Australia in 2000, Cyle worked for Oceaneering Space Systems (a NASA contractor) designing and building cryogenic (liquid air) based life support systems for underwater astronaut training, firefighters, and haz-mat workers. He also worked on the design of a liquid oxygen based life support system for the Mars mission space suit, and various robotic projects.

Augmented patients are an amalgamation of manikins, simulated patients (actors) and task trainers to provide the best of all three when simulating the deteriorating patient. Dr Cyle Sprick from Flinders University in Adelaide has been developing this style of simulation for over a decade. Dr Sprick discussed some of the work of the giants on who’s shoulders we stand as well as some of the new technological developments that are enabling this modality.

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Lockheed Martin Provided Virtual Reality Healthcare Simulation Training with ICE STORM


Searching youtube for medical simulation stories we came across an interesting product from Lockheed Martin called: ICE STORM (Integrated Clinical Environment; Systems, Training, Operations, Research, Methods). This technology applied Lockheed Martin’s expertise in engineering excellence, modeling and simulation, analytics and technology integration to improve the full lifecycle of the clinical healthcare environment.

Sadly we believe that Lockheed Martin has canceled this product as we cannot find more information about it on their website. Looked like the graphics were really strong! Did you ever experience ICE STORM first hand?

Dr. Paul Phrampus Shares Video: Beyond Healthcare Simulation Debriefing

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UPMC WISER Simulation Center Director and Past President of SSH Dr. Paul Phrampus recently shared this helpful lecture regarding his perspective about the evolving landscape of healthcare simulation debriefing:

Medical, Nursing and Healthcare has become an important teaching and assessment tool to assist in the education of healthcare providers. Simulation can help someone become a better physician, nurse, paramedic, pharmacist through simulation programs in medicine, nursing and EMS. His new Youtube channel will feature videos to assist with faculty development, trian the trainer and other aspects of simulation program development for initial program design as well as program enhancement.

Visit the Simulating Healthcare Youtube Channel for more helpful videos!