Immersive Media Initiative Uses VR to Train Healthcare Students

Immersive Media Initiative uses virtual reality to train medical students

Almost weekly now, healthcare educational programs around the world are receiving grants and other financial support to explore the use of VR in healthcare education and training. Check out this recent article from the POST and an almost $1M grant to fund such research at Ohio University:

Alexa Hoynacke, a senior studying industrial systems engineering, plays a virtual reality game that involves touching targets as a part of the LEARNING study in Grover Center on November 5, 2015. Along with entertainment, virtual reality can also be used for healthcare purposes. With new virtual reality simulations, medical students can practice procedures and gain confidence in their craft faster. Since receiving an $878,000 grant from Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program, the Immersive Media Initiative team was able to begin work on a handful of virtual reality projects — they have tackled filmmaking and enhanced journalism, and they have also been busy with multiple VR projects in the medical field.

Last summer, the Immersive Media Initiative shot 360-degree footage of emergency room patients. This was their first project in virtual reality healthcare. Eric Williams, associate professor of media arts and studies and co-creator of Immersive Media Initiative, consulted with Dr. Thanh Nguyn since he is in charge of training six medical students every semester. Williams said, “Here’s the technology we have, how can we help you train your interns better.” Williams said virtual reality lets you “go and and watch the same trauma bay procedure and figure out how everything works.” Medical students can benefit from using virtual reality as part of their training because traditional methods do not allow for as



Since receiving an $878,000 grant from Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program, the Immersive Media Initiative team was able to begin work on a handful of virtual reality projects — they have tackled filmmaking and enhanced journalism, and they have also been busy with multiple VR projects in the medical field.

much access to bodies. There is only a limited supply of cadavers to work on, and the E.R. can receive an unsteady stream of new patients.

“Virtual reality not only makes it to feel like a person but makes it look like a person,” Fredricks said.


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GE Partners with Saudi Arabia’s Princess Nourah University to Expand Simulation Training

GE, PNU to team up in healthcare and clinical simulation at KAAUH

From the Saudi Gazette:

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), the largest all-female university in the world, has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with GE with two overarching goals that will see GE moving its Saudi headquarters to the PNU Academic Complex in Riyadh, and the two entities undertaking joint work in Healthcare skills development and clinical simulations at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAAUH).

The MoUs were signed at a ceremony at PNU by Dr Ahmed Mohammed Abuabah, CEO of KAAUH; Eng. Ahmed Nasser Albedaie, CEO PNU Endowment Company; and Hisham Al Bahkali, GE President & CEO, for Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. The ceremony took place in the presence of Dr. Hoda bint Mohamed Al-Ameel, Rector of PNU; Dr Saleh Abdullah Almezel, Vice Rector of PNU; and John Rice, GE Vice Chairman, along with other senior officials of PNU, KAAUH and GE.

As per the first MoU with PNU, GE will move all its operations in Riyadh to its new Saudi headquarters in PNU Academic Complex in 2018. A new state-of-the-art office will be designed to the highest standards of sustainability to accommodate all GE operations under one roof.

How Realistic Can Environments Get in VR?

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Last week HealthySimulation was on hand at the VR Fest at CES to learn more about the latest in AR/VR technologies– over the next few weeks we will be recapping some of the highlights from those events as well as related content that we believe will have an impact into medical simulation in the future. “Forget 360 Videos, Photogrammetric Virtual Reality Is Where It’s At” suggests Leif Johnson from VICE.

Today we start with a video highlighting the opportunity for photorealistic environments in VR scenes from Realities.io. You won’t believe the level of detail that is possible in complete 3D as you move about these interior spaces. The implications for healthcare simulated environments should be obvious!

FAQ from the Website:

  • What does realities do? Realities lets you explore a growing library of interesting and mesmerizing places from all around the globe in virtual reality that are explorable in photorealistic quality. Travel to places that were out of reach before, e.g. famous tourist sites, archeological and cultural heritages sites and lost places.
  • How do you create the VR environments? Most of our scans are based on photogrammetry. We also use other scanning techniques like LiDAR when necessary.
  • What do I need to experience Realities? Currently we only support HTC Vive, Oculus Rift support will be added soon. Further you need a computer fulfilling the recommended specs for VR (Intel i5 / 4GB RAM / GeForce GTX 970 or equivalent)

Learn more about these environments and download some examples for the HTC and Oculus on the Realities.io Website!


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SIMCharacters Launches New Campaign to Showcase Paul, World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator

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*Update: The Facebook video announcing Paul went viral with over 4,000,000 views in the first week!

#WelcomePaul, the World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator — developed by SIMCHaracters and their CEO, Dr. Jens Schwindt — a leading expert in neonatology and healthcare simulation education. For the past three months I have spent extensive time with Jens and the amazing SIMCharacters team in Vienna as their Marketing and Strategy Consultant to learn more about this “Beyond High Fidelity” product, which advances the field of healthcare simulation with never before seen technologies — all of which fit neatly inside a completely wireless simulated body of a 27 week old infant!

Key Features of Paul:

  • Preterm baby born in 27+3 week of gestation
  • Highly realistic external anatomy
  • Weight: 1000g, length: 35cm, head circumference: 26 cm
  • Pathological breathing patterns (nasal flaring, paradoxical respiration, substernal retractions, and grunting).
  • Highly realistic upper airway ideal for practicing endotracheal intubation and special neonatological care strategies (MIST, INSURE)
  • Mechanical ventilation using bag-mask and Perivent® systems
  • Automatic tube position detection during intubation
  • Physiological and pathological lung parameters for machine-assisted ventilation
  • Palpable pulse on the umbilical cord and all four limbs
  • Sensors to detect the correct position and depth of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC)
  • Auscultatory respiratory, heart and intestinal noises
  • Cyanosis and hyperoxia
  • Completely wireless product with 1.5 hours of battery use

Working alongside Jens and the team, we helped to craft the demonstrative materials necessary to help you see Paul in action! Today I would like to share with you this awesome video that shares the story of SIMCharacters, Paul, and Jens:

And Download the New Brochure here:
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Having spent time seeing Paul in action and intubating him, I can say without a doubt that his technologies will forever change the way neonatology trains!

Are you attending IMSH in a few weeks? Email me and I will help to schedule a time with you and the SIMCharacters Team at the SimAlliance Booth to learn more about this amazing new product and company!

In the meantime, visit the new SIMCharacters Website to learn more about Paul and his amazing Features

Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program from Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

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Having just wrapped up our free posting of the HealthySimAdmin videos (8 recorded sessions focusing on the administration of medical simulation programs), we thought we might continue the series sharing other external resources on the topic, today sharing “Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program” from The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety which was produced by Elizabeth H. Lazzara, PhD; Lauren E. Benishek; Aaron S. Dietz, MA; Eduardo Salas, PhD; and David J. Adriansen, EdD, NREMT.

Background: Recognizing the need to minimize human error and adverse events, clinicians, researchers, administrators, and educators have strived to enhance clinicians’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes through training. Given the risks inherent in learning new skills or advancing underdeveloped skills on actual patients, simulation-based training (SBT) has become an invaluable tool across the medical education spectrum. The large simulation, training, and learning literature was used to provide a synthesized yet innovative and “memorable” heuristic of the important facets of simulation program creation and implementation, as represented by eight critical “S” factors—science, staff, supplies, space, support, systems, success, and sustainability. These critical factors advance earlier work that primarily focused on the science of SBT success, to also include more practical, perhaps even seemingly obvious but significantly challenging components of SBT, such as resources, space, and supplies.

Conclusion: The eight factors—science, staff, supplies, space, support, systems, success, and sustainability—represent a synthesis of the most critical elements necessary for successful simulation programs. The order of the factors does not represent a deliberate prioritization or sequence, and the factors’ relative importance may change as the program evolves.

Consider specifically number 6: Systems

Systems should match fidelity requirements to training needs and ensure that technological infrastructure is in place! This is why considering events like SimGHOSTS is so important for your program!

For example, some simulators emphasize physical fidelity, in which the physical components of the task environment are replicated in the simulation. Physical fidelity, which can include not only equipment but even simulated patients, enables clinicians to practice technical and nontechnical skills in a safe environment that mirrors real-world conditions. Such simulators are most appropriate when trainees are learning how to use specific equipment or conduct specific procedures. The Center for Medical Simulation (Boston), for example, enhanced the physical realism of a critical care setting by including actual medical equipment and integrating oxygen and nitrogen systems. The center also uses a mannequin that has locking mechanisms to enable the instructor to control the positioning of the jaw and neck. Other types of simulations, such as personal computer–based systems, emphasize cognitive fidelity—the extent to which the skill in the real task is duplicated in the simulated task—over physical realism. High-cognitive-fidelity simulations are equally useful when the goal of training is to foster nontechnical skills such as problem solving and decision making that are needed in the task environment. For example, in a low-fidelity simulation, in which researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) used material purchased from a craft store to develop a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) teaching model, the simulation improved both knowledge and confidence among gynecology residents— illustrating that physical and cognitive fidelity are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Best practices for SBT in health care call for matching fidelity specifications to training requirements.

When determining the level of physical realism to incorporate in a simulation, system developers should partner with subject matter experts (for example, clinicians, nurses, administrators) and training experts to ensure that program objectives are realized. In addition to selecting the right type of simulator to employ during training, it is of paramount importance to ensure that the technological and organizational infrastructure is in place to support the training. For example, training systems that use laptops may require periodic software updates and are prone to all the familiar ills and frustrations of personal computers. Issues related to signal strength, server errors, and network security are also important considerations when using a local area network (LAN) or when using the Internet.

Read the full 8 Critical Factors Article here the Patient Safety Journal Website!

Top 51 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016!

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The most read medical simulation articles of 2016. Happy New Years Medical Simulation Champions! Today, as we have every year since launching HealthySimulation.com in 2010 we are sharing the most read healthcare simulation posts of the past year. Did you know that since 2010 HealthySim has provided almost 1,000,000 article displays to more than 350,000 website visitors? Thank you for your continued support of this FREE medical simulation resource website!

Related to the General Use Simulation Across:

51. OSF HealthCare Partners with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

50. Virtual and Augmented Reality Market To Reach $162 billion by 2020

49. Aviation’s Black Boxes Are Coming to Healthcare Training

48. Iqarus Provides Fully Immersive Live Action Combat Medicine Training Center in UK

47. Do Checklists Change Human Behaviors? Thoughts from Medical Lawyer Dr. Argy

46. You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

45. Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

44. Toyota Utilizes VR to Showcase the Future of Driving Simulation

43. NASA Mars Mission Crew Emerges From Yearlong Simulation In Hawaii

News Stories Related to the Industry of Healthcare Simulation:

42. Tonight! Jeopardy Game Show to Feature Healthcare Simulation

41. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

40. UK TV Shows How CAE Healthcare Manikins ‘METIman’ are Made!

39. TEDx Talk: Simulation Necessary To Prepare for Birthing Emergencies

38. Homeland Security Simulation Center Offers Realistic Training for Disaster Preparedness

37. University of South Alabama Healthcare Simulation Program Covered by Local News

36. U.S. Army Awards Portion of $135M Medical Simulation Contract to ECS

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

34. The Newest Medical Simulation Center Designs May Surprise You!

33. Lance Baily To Support the Launch of New Preterm Simulator from SimCharacters

Society and Organizational Updates:

32. INSPIRE Provides Support to Healthcare Simulation Pediatric Researchers

31. 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Launches in Singapore

30. 2-Hour Laerdal SimMan 3G Programming Course Now Available Through SimGHOSTS

29. California Simulation Alliance Workshops and Conference in October

28. Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Updates

27. SimGHOSTS USA 2016 Opens at Jump Trading Simulation Center Sponsored by SimulationIQ

Vendor and Simulator Related Articles:

26. Cardionics Provides SimScope Auscultation Simulator for Real-Time Standardized Patient Learning

25. Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

24. SimMon iTunes Patient Monitor Vital Sign Simulator App

23. Simulation Champion Provides Laerdal SimMan Ankle Fix

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

21. Debrief2Learn Aims to Improve Healthcare Outcomes with Effective Debriefing Practices

20. CAE Healthcare Shares Patient Safety Foundation Info Graphic

19. Polhemus Brings Micro Sensor Motion Tracking to Healthcare Simulation

18. Beyond Debriefing – Studiocode from Vosaic Enables for High Level Research Studies for Healthcare Simulation

17. WISER Provides Simulation Courses For All Staff Positions

General Advice for Healthcare Simulation Programs:

16. Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

15. Teaching Patient Handoffs to Medical Students in OB/GYN: Simulation Curriculum and Assessment Tool

14. Why You & Your Simulation Program Should Avoid Flying United Airlines

Healthcare Simulation Program Administration:

13. 7 Steps to Achieving Record Growth For Your Healthcare Simulation Program

12. The Language of Sales – How to Increase Your Simulation Budget

11. 3 Key Resources to Expand Your Simulation Program

Top 10 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016:

10. SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World’s First High Emotion Simulator

9. Where to get Free Medical Simulation Scenarios

8. Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

7. Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

6. Supporting Transitions in Medical Career Pathways: the Role of Simulation-Based Education

5. Updates from SimGHOSTS, The Leaders in Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Support

5. Media Covers May BMJ Article: “Medical Error 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” – Call for New Hashtag #SimToZero!

4. The Must-Own Healthcare Simulation Library *Updated for 2016

3. Medical Simulation Jobs Page

2. Top 11 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2015 from the Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015.

1. Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World? You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located!

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Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

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Sim champs HealthySimulation.com is welcoming 2017 with a bang by recapping for you here ALL eight HealthySimAdmin videos! Each of these 2 hour recorded sessions provides key administrative insights by an entire panel of leading healthcare simulation program directors! Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse, the original value of watching the program online was $450, but now the entire program is available to watch for free online!

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. Hundreds of simulation program administrators from around the world have watched 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!

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Watch this highlight to preview some of the thousands of administrative tips to be gained from HealthySimAdmin:

Learn what other sim lab administrators are saying about HealthySimAdmin:

Each of the following sessions starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

Part 1: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN

Part 2: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR

Part 3: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM

Part 4: “Sim Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC

Part 5: “Maximizing Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT

Part 6: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP

Part 7: “Increasing Sim Program Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.

Part 8: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, HealthySimAdmin Organizer

Complete Session Details are available on those pages. Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin, NOW TOTALLY FREE:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim admins
    The HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession!

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Expanding Business Development and Revenue Generation at Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 8

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Finishing off the public release of the HealthySimAdmin video series, here the event’s creator Lance Baily covers business development and increasing sim lab revenue at HealthySimAdmin. Stay tuned for a recap of all the HealthySimAdmin videos, which were sponsored by B-Line Medical, Pocket Nurse, and Laerdal!

Lance Baily shares his strategies for developing a successful revenue-generating program for your simulation program. Within two years of starting business partnerships at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, Lance was able to secure a planned additional income of $250,000 by calendar end of 2012. Lance will discuss how to gain administrative support, legal requirements and documentation development, staff considerations, price points, negotiation strategies, proven marketing practices, and customer satisfaction. Lance will then be joined by the HSA panel of experts to further discuss successful business venture opportunities through topics such as: types of business opportunities, how to secure larger contracts, finding customers, refining services through surveys, and media production.

About HealthySimAdmin & HealthySimulation.com Founder Lance Baily:

As an entrepreneur, medical simulation industry thought leader, media producer, and EMS/firefighter – Lance Baily has the background and the experience necessary to guide simulation-based projects to the next level.

He runs HealthySimulation.com and is the Founder and Development Director of SimGHOSTS.Org. Lance also co-founded is KeyIn.to – a community-driven ratings and review website for medical simulation products and services.  After serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist in Los Angeles, Lance served as the Director of the 31,000 square feet multi-institutional multi-disciplinary Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV) from 2009 to 2012. This facility is shared among the University of Nevada: Las Vegas, Nevada State College, and the University of Nevada SoM.

In 2010, Lance started HealthySimulation.com, a free and independent resource website for the international healthcare simulation community. This free resource website now provides over 8,000 unique visitors a month and over 3,500 email subscribers with medical simulation related news, resources, product reviews and more.

Lance has also provided medical simulation consulting services for the University of Utah School of Nursing, Central New Mexico Community College, the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning, and the CA Healthcare Workforce Initiative. Lance continued to support sim lab program administrators with HealthySimAdmin, a downloadable two day HD-recorded event which provides an open and online discussion covering the administrative “how to” of medical simulation. In 2011 Lance founded The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS.Org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides online resources and an annual hands-on training event to Sim Techs from around the world.

Most recently Lance has signed up to support SimCharacters with the launch of the world’s first high emotion preterm simulator: Paul!

Stay tuned for a recap of all the HealthySimAdmin Videos — which are now free to watch!

Brand-new Medical Simulation Centre in Canada Expected to Save Lives

Brand-new simulator centre expected to save lives

Image Credit: Kent Simmonds / CFJC Today KAMLOOPS

Happy Boxing Day Canada! CFJCToday recently reported on the launch of a new simulation center at the Royal Inland Hospital in Canada:

Through a very generous donation, two patient simulators have been given to the hospital, allowing both student nurses and doctors to practice routine and emergency exams. “We have two simulators,” said Tracy Canuel, Regional Knowledge Coordinator for Simulation. “We have one adult male and we have one pediatric simulator. They’re high-fidelity which means they’re controlled by a computer and they have heart sounds, breath sounds, they blink, can feel pulses.”

“We take this very seriously,” said Dr. Steve Reid, a Family Practice Resident at Royal Inland Hospital. “We enter the room wearing hospital scrubs so we’re already mentally prepared for it being a very real situation. The room itself looks like a very authentic, typical patient room. It really feels like the real thing.” Simulators have become commonplace in many B.C. hospitals including Vancouver General Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital.

At RIH their computer-programmed patient costs $90,000 and can simulate almost any medical situation.”We’re running intubation practices, chest-tube insertion, point-of-care ultrasound,” said Dr.Reid.Every chest compression and insertion is instantly recorded into a database where it’s later analyzed by instructors.

Happy Holidays Simulation Champions!

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Well 2016 is winding down and we here at HealthySimulation.com want to wish you all the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

To celebrate simulation style, here is a funny video highlighting a “Black Friday” Christmas Simulator game — who knew?

Enjoy your time off!