How to export Quality-CPR (QCPR) data from simulation sessions with SimMan 3G and SimView from Juri Bendini

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Juri Bendini, Technical Manager & Educational Services Specialist at Laerdal Italia, recently shared on his blog on “How to export Quality-CPR (QCPR) data from simulation sessions with SimMan 3G and SimView”. In his detailed article with photo walk-thru Juri shows us how we can export these results into a spreadsheet and even display these results in real time to the learner!

“From November 2013 till December 2014, I attended simulation sessions taken in a hospital for training all the hospital staff involved in emergencies. It was a blended case of In Situ Simulation training. At the end of that training, the instructors were so excited by this way of training they appreciated to get the chance for getting data about the CPR performances done by the learners during those simulation sessions.

At the end of every single session, CPR data from each session with SimMan 3G has been available for being evaluated by the instructors. But how to export those QCPR data from a debriefing file?


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SimView system allows you to export the Simulation Activity File for watching it with Session Viewer. Using Session Viewer you can print out the log file alone, so you get all the session’s data in a PDF format. If you’d rather to get them in a different format, then you must convert that PDF file. When you’ve more than one file, converting them one by one it’s a really boring activity: or you can find a method for converting all together at once.”

Read the full How To Guide here on Juri’s Blog and be sure to follow him at @PecoraNera1 for more great simulation tips today!


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SimX Augmented VR Glasses Win IMSH Serious Games Showcase | Video Interview

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At the IMSH 2015 HealthySim had a chance to interview Ryan Ribeira, CEO of SimX, and practicing resident physician in emergency medicine at Stanford. Ryan was showcasing SimX at the 5th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase and Arcade which took place at IMSH 2015 in New Orleans, LA and provided over 300 attendees demonstrations of more than 21 entries. The event, started by Dr. Eric B. Bauman, continues to attract exceptional talent from around the world and did a fantastic job of highlighting some serious technology advances in our field such as SimX – which walked away as the WINNER of the Small Business or Corporation category.  (Click here to visit TheClinicalPlayground.com for a full showcase awards recap).

More about SimX:

Virtual Patients: SimX’s software replaces your physical simulation mannequins with a customizable, high-definition, 3D virtual patient, that can be projected onto any empty hospital bed. Whether obese, pregnant, young, old, vomiting, missing limbs, bleeding, or expressing any number of other physical signs and symptoms, SimX’s software allows you to reproduce patient presentations with unprecedented visual fidelity.

Case Builder: Build complex cases in minutes using the powerful visual case building system. Drag & drop events onto the field, determine the environment, and set patient data with just a few clicks. Use SimX’s powerful case monitoring and feedback system to see the case from each trainee’s perspective, and adjust case parameters on the fly.


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Global Case Marketplace: SimX allows you to access thousands of cases from top hospitals across the globe! Let your trainees learn from specialists at the cutting edge of their field. Tap into the expertise of your own simulation specialists. Market your cases to the world and turn your expertise into revenue.

Direct Integration: SimX is built so that your trainees can learn using the tools you already have right at your institution. You can use your own beds, monitors, ultrasounds, stethoscopes, even your existing simulation manniquins! It’s easy to ensure that SimX software will recognize your tools, and allow your trainees to use them in the simlation.

Cloud Based Software: SimX’s marketplace, case authoring tools, and moderator interface are all located on the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about downloads or compatibility issues. Write and run cases from your desktop, laptop, or even your mobile device! If it has a browser, it works with SimX.

Reporting:  SimX’s case authoring and moderating tools come with powerful reporting features built right in. Every order, request, and event is recorded on the case timeline, so your team can debrief and see how cases might have gone if their decisions had been different. Create powerful reports that can help you pinpoint where trainees need the most help, and can track the improvement of teams or individuals over time.

Learn more at SimXAR.com!

Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study

Back in September we reported from the National Association for EMS Educators (NAEMSE) about Laerdal supported research regarding the utilization of simulation in EMS programs across the United States (Read that recap article here). Just this month the full article entitled “Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study” has been released on informahealthcare.com, with the objective and conclusions shared below.

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Authors: Kim D. McKenna, Elliot Carhart, Daniel Bercher, Andrew Spain, John Todaro, and Joann Freel.

The authors acknowledge the assistance of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, the NAEMSE staff members and Justin Weiss.

Laerdal Medical Corporation, a corporate sponsor of NAEMSE, provided financial support for this research. K. McKenna and J. Todaro serve on the NAEMSE board of directors and J. Freel is the executive director. Funds were used to support committee meetings and expenses related to the study. The study was conducted independently of the funders.

“Objectives: The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders’ efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.

Methods. This was a cross-sectional census survey of paramedic programs that were accredited or had a Letter of Review from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions at the time of the study. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square analyses.

Results. Of the 638 surveys sent, 389 valid responses (61%) were analyzed. Paramedic programs reported they have or have access to a wide range of simulation resources (task trainers [100%], simple manikins [100%], intermediate manikins [99%], advanced/fully programmable manikins [91%], live simulated patients [83%], computer-based [71%], and virtual reality [19%]); however, they do not consistently use them, particularly advanced (71%), live simulated patients (66%), computer-based (games, scenarios) (31%), and virtual reality (4%). Simulation equipment (of any type) reportedly sits idle and unused in (31%) of programs. Lack of training was cited as the most common reason. Personnel support specific to simulation was available in 44% of programs. Programs reported using simulation to replace skills more frequently than to replace field or clinical hours. Simulation goals included assessment, critical thinking, and problem-solving most frequently, and patient and crew safety least often. Programs using advanced manikins report manufacturers as their primary means of training (87%) and that 19% of faculty had no training specific to those manikins. Many (78%) respondents felt they should use more simulation.


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Conclusions: 

These results suggest that simulation in accredited paramedic programs mirrors the proverbial three-legged stool. To ensure simulation is used effectively, programs must have the appropriate equipment, faculty training, and resources. If any of these elements is missing, the stool topples and programs are less likely to use simulation. Administrators must recognize that to maximize the use of simulation within their program, they must view simulation as a fully integrated strategy within their education system. This research provides data for accredited paramedic program personnel to present to administrators to justify requests for faculty education and personnel resources to maximize the use of their simulation equipment.

It is incumbent on program directors to ensure that their faculty has adequate initial and ongoing simulation education, mentors to assist with adoption of new technologies, and sufficient personnel resources and equipment (representing patients of all ages) to promote the most effective use of simulation. Regional and national simulation work groups should be developed to allow faculty to collaborate on simulation best practices within accredited paramedic programs. While there are standardized resources to train nursing faculty on how to use simulation, and generic simulation instruction competencies for healthcare, no specific framework exists specifically geared to guide simulation best practices in the unique prehospital environment. The EMS community should collaborate to provide that framework so that the three-legged stool of simulation will stand firmly on a solid pedagogical foundation to serve as an essential tool for paramedic student learning.”

Thoughts:

Clearly the need for hands-on training in simulation technology is needed to ensure that investments in equipment and staff are made clear here. SimGHOSTS annual hands-on training events and online resources answer this specific call for technical training of simulation technologies. Master degree programs in healthcare simulation from institutions like NYIT, Drexel, and USF, add additional value to clinical educators and administrators of simulation programs. Conferences like INACSL, IPSSW, ASPiH, SESAM and IMSH provide annual discourse regarding the evolution of medical simulation theory and best practices. Courses like iSim provide hands-on training in clinical educator facilitation and debriefing.

The tools exist to provide the required training mentioned above but the real need now is the acknowledgement by administrators that this professional development and training is a necessary requirement to operating a medical simulation program!

Read the full SUPER article on Informa Healthcare here!


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Exclusive First Look of SimCapture X from B-Line Medical!

From our IMSH 2015 Video Series, I connect with Chafic Kazoun, Co-Founder and CTO of B-Line Medical, who shared about their upcoming release of SimCapture X. Note: the video interview above is a early version of the new software and is not yet widely available. In this exclusive interview, HealthySimulation.com gets a sneak peek of their future SimCapture X platform — check out the video to see for yourself.

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Why the X? That’s easy enough, B-Line Medical celebrates their 10th anniversary this year! With so many years of medical simulation a/v recording and debriefing experience behind them, the B-Line Medical development team redesigned the SimCapture Generated User Interface (GUI) to reflect on what customers are using most. In other words, they have analyzed the use data from the past 10 years and are recreating SimCapture with an even better understanding of what we as simulation champions really want.

What I saw was a really optimized version of SimCapture, with key functionality now immediately available from the home-screen. Recent debriefings, key metrics, and relevant schedule information are all right there. Navigation is simplified with new global buttons available at any time. Exporting scenarios, including data and video, and sharing them with other SimCapture customers is also very easy to do.


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Explained by B-Line Medical: “SimCapture X is the next generation SimCapture platform currently in development. The new platform will combine all of the best pieces of the industry’s most trusted video capture solution with ahead of the curve technology and the insight and feedback gleaned from our 10 years of industry experience. Notable improvements include seamless integration of Simulation and Standardized Patient programs, a fully tablet compatible interface, and a redesigned look that streamlines and simplifies center workflows.”

A very interesting note from Chafic was that SimCapture X will still offer on premises installs, but will also have the potential for cloud-based operation. Chafic predicts that eventually most simulation programs will prefer a reduction of localized hardware requirements in favor of cloud-based platforms. Can’t wait for that future to be here!

SimCapture Provides:

Video Capture & Distribution
  • Browser-based and network accessible
  • Record and stream video and medical device data
  • Live and post scenario review from anywhere
  • Automated video capture and management
  • HD video and audio linked to participants
  • Pre-defined and free text annotations
Curriculum & User Management
  • Manage and administer instructional content
  • Web-based and collaborative evaluation builder
  • Automated user portfolio assembly and tracking
  • Create, filter, re-calculate and release reports
  • Scheduling, self-enrollment and notifications
Operations Management
  • Streamline the setup and management of OSCEs
  • Automate large-scale simulation events from a single dashboard
  • Center asset management and conflict notifications
  • Outlook and Google Calendar integration
  • Advanced search and data mining capabilities

Information about SimCapture X is limited for now, but stay tuned to BlineMedical.com for more upcoming announcements!

Finding Gold — Why Simulation Leads to Better Team Members

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Today an interesting article from outside the specific frame of medical simulation by Lee Colan on Inc.com with his work Why Engaging Leaders Coach Now vs. Pay Later. This article is a great reminder that we as simulation champions enable others to bring out their best not by simply telling them what to do, or showing them what to do — but by having them actually do what they are going to do! Consider Andrew Carnegie:

“A reporter asked Carnegie how he had hired 43 millionaires. Carnegie responded that those men had not been millionaires when they started working for him but had become millionaires as a result.

The reporter’s next question was, “How did you develop these men to become so valuable to you that you have paid them this much money?” Carnegie replied that men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold, but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt–one goes in looking for the gold.

Some leaders find themselves sitting on a mountain of gold, and yet they feel poor because they don’t know how to mine the gold from their teams. Coaching is how we mine our team’s gold.


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The coaching challenge in today’s mega-busy workplace is that people only remember 20 percent of what they hear. And if those people are teenagers, you can divide that number in half!

As the retention scale below illustrates, inspiring extraordinary results requires just a little extra time and effort. People generally remember:

  • 90% of what we both say and do (simulating the real thing, doing the real thing)
  • 70% of what we say (participating in a discussion, giving a talk)
  • 50% of what we hear and see (watching a movie, looking at an exhibit, watching a demonstration)
  • 30% of what we see (looking at pictures)
  • 20% of what we hear (instructions)
  • 10% of what we read (memos, books)

Coaching is a pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Take a shortcut and you will be saying the same thing to the same team member next week–no fun for either of you. Do it correctly, and you inspire higher performance and competence … and competence builds confidence. Team confidence is a vital asset for any leader who wants to elevate performance.

Read the full article on Inc.com for Action Questions and more insights!

Free EMS Webinar Next Wed: Training Simulated or Standardized Patients for Role Portrayal

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Another great webinar from EMS, this time on the acting

Presented by:
Debra Nestel, PhD, FAcadMEd, CHSE-A
Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare School of Rural Health,
HealthPEER – Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Abstract: High quality simulated or standardized patient (SP) work requires training for role portrayal and for feedback. The webinar is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on training approaches for role portrayal while the second considers ways to ensure establishing standardization prior to high stakes examinations. Training SPs for feedback is beyond the scope of this webinar.

The training approach draws on the tradition of theatre practitioner Stanislavski and comprises four steps: (1) developing the person’s character, (2) explaining the learning activity to the SPs, (3) exploring the clinical context and (4) rehearsing. Underpinning the approach is the notion that the character of the person to be portrayed remains prominent, allowing the SPs to develop a shared and coherent understanding of their role, the scenario and the overall activity (Nestel et al, 2014).

The readiness for participating in high stakes assessment draws on practices developed for the Pharmacy Board of Canada. Smith et al (2014) have developed materials that will be shared that facilitate SP educators in ensuring that standardization has been achieved.

The presenters will share their experiences and invite questions and comments.


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Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles of 2014!

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From our list of Top 50 Most Read Medical Simulation Articles of 2014 comes the Top 10 most shared and read posts! Key research, critical guides, tutorial videos, operational templates and more — the best healthcare simulation articles of 2014 are right here:

TOP TEN

10) The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Releases Results of National Simulation Study – This three year study found that up to 50 percent simulation was effectively substituted for traditional clinical experience in all core courses across the prelicensure nursing curriculum, and did not affect NCLEX pass rates! Click to read the full study.

9) Eight Video Sessions Covering Sim Lab Management ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Now Free for HealthySimulation.com Subscribers – Subscribers to the free HealthySim newsletter can now get access to the fifteen hours of HD recorded content from HealthySimAdmin, a 2-day recorded event which brought administrators from a dynamic range of programs together to discuss the “how to” of medical simulation administration.

8) Why Do Healthcare Simulation Programs Hire Sim Techs Without Technical Backgrounds? Avoid this #1 Simulation Hiring Mistake! – Recently I received an email from a HealthySim reader who wished to remain anonymous regarding a concern that medical simulation programs seem to lean towards hiring Sim Techs for clinical experience rather than technical experience. This article response highlights a major community misunderstanding which a lot of my efforts have been geared towards correcting. to this article from the community, so I would highly recommend catching up with this conversation – There has been a huge number of responses in support of this argument so read how to help your program avoid future hiring mistakes!

7) Example of Simulation Lab Faculty, Staff and Learner Roles & Responsibilities Breakdown – Download these example guidelines which were created in-order to maximize the results of simulated learning experiences, which we know require the coordination of many ‘moving parts’.

6) Standard Operating Procedure Guides for Simulation Technician Positions – Here are two SOPs, or Standard Operating Procedure, manuals that we built at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in case we ever needed to train someone new to those positions. I tasked the staff with creating and annually updating their job descriptions AND these SOPs — so that if the role switched to another individual they would have a head-start on the responsibilities, and a guide on how to complete them!

5) Free ECG Simulator Game – James Cypert forwarded along a great 6-second ECG Simulator game where healthcare learners can practice identifying one of 27 most common rhythms. SkillStat provides the web version free to play online now!


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4) SimGHOSTS Holds 4th Annual Simulation Technology Hands-On Training Event to 220 Participants – A four day event, the 4th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists was the second meeting the non-profit 501(c)3 organization put on this year following its first-ever Australia event which took place a month ago at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Read the highlights here and learn more about their 2015 training events around the world!

3) Konsiderate “Yelp Like” Medical Simulation Product Review Website Partners with Leading Industry Vendors – Learn why top vendors want to hear your simulation product and service feedback through Konsiderate’s validated peer review website. Get access to hundreds of medical simulation product reviews and share your own on this new website which launched in January of 2014.

2) The Ultimate Job Guide to Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists – Summary of TOP articles covering the topic of Sim Tech position descriptions, responsibilities, hiring, career development, administration, training and more.

1) Free Medical Simulation Scenarios - I have previously shared several articles on where to get free clinical simulation scenarios, which I link in this article as well as update you with even more free online resources for clinical simulation scenarios.

Looking for even more great healthcare simulation content? Check out:

HealthySim’s Top 10 Most-Read Medical Simulation Articles Of All Time! – Here is a list of the most read articles from the website since it began in 2010. All the best is here from free nursing simulation scenario databases to moulage recipes, best of the year recaps, sim tech hiring practices, simulation job listings as well as Simulab, Laerdal, and CAE Healthcare videos! Must read and must share article.

Studiocode Medical Simulation Research Tool Free Conference is Feb. 6th & 7th

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Studiocode works towards Unlocking Human Potential through Education Research, Healthcare Simulation & Research, Aviation Simulation & Market Research. In order to maximize the value of a healthcare (education) facilities’ video information it must be easily categorized, stored, searched for and shared. Studiocode is a complete video analysis and digital media management tool. This unique teaching tool enables you to assign workflows and tags to any video content. Once categorized this data becomes a powerful resource as it can be searched, viewed, analyzed, distributed and published.

Next month Studiocode is holding their FREE annual conference in Forth Worth Texas, which will be an excellent demonstration of how Studiocode can be a powerful research tool for your simulation or educational program. Studiocode is very pleased to share with you a snapshot of what you can expect to hear, learn and participate in during the 2015 Studiocode Conference.

Unpacking the Practice of Probing Student Thinking

In this session you will be provided with insight into the analysis cycle used to unpack the practice of and develop a framework for probing student thinking.

Co-presenters: Dr Dawn Teuscher, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education, Brigham Young Univesity. Dr. J. Matt Switzer, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education, Texas Christian University.

How Studiocode Supports Analysis & Understanding of Context

This presentation will demonstrate how to apply Studiocode to develop, test, and validate qualitative codes to support context analysis.Presenter: Alexis Battista, Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University and a research fellow at MedStar Health Research Institute.

The Role of Studiocode in Analyzing the Professional Development of Math Teachers

In this session we will outline how Studiocode is used to analyze video data of math teachers participating in workshops, teaching students, and thinking through mathematical tasks. Dr. Strom has taught mathematics at the community college level for over 17 years and she is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for an $8.7M NSF-funded MSP project titled the Arizona Mathematics Partnership. This project is a professional development and research project focused on middle school mathematics teachers in 7 school districts in Arizona, and led by Scottsdale Community College.


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Co-presenters: Dr April Strom, Scottsdale Community College Faculty. Matt Weber, Scottsdale Community College, Ph.D. candidate, Math Education, Arizona State University.

Data Visualization with Studiocode Code Windows

The ability to script and customize buttons allows the researcher to turn the code window into a powerful presentation tool for data visualization. In this interactive session participants will observe and discuss scripting features within Studiocode that are useful for creatively visualizing data. We will brainstorm ideas for scripting to visualize data for your own research.

Presenter: Tara Kaczorowski, Lecturer, Exceptional Education Department, Buffalo State University. Ph.D. Candidate, University of Buffalo.

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Studiocode Conference Details

Venue: Texas Christian University
Address: 2800 S University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Dates & Times: Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5 PM Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 – 12:30
Cost: FREE!

Click here to register now for this Feb. 6th-7th Event!

Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2014

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The Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2014 are curated here to help you improve the adoption, utilization and efficiency of your healthcare simulation programs! We took the most read, most clicked, most shared articles from our hundreds of written posts from 2014 and shared here the top 50 articles from the year. These are all must read articles which you can share easily with this special link: http://bit.ly/healthysim-top50-2014

50) Bridging The Gap Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Simulation Technicians – Guest author Lisa Schwaberow wrote in this helpful piece to assist Sim Techs who need to gain more medical knowledge. After explaining the benefits to hiring a tech without a clinical background, Lisa reviews some handy ipad apps to help those with technical experience gain more healthcare knowledge. Lisa is looking for a new Sim Tech position and is willing to relocate if you are looking for a great simulation champion!

49) TeamSTEPPS Online Master Trainer CE Course Now Available for FREEThe “Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety” 2.0 Online Master Trainer Course consists of 11 modules, 8 of which offer continuing education (CE) credits. Learners in a cohort or noncohort group completing the full course of all 11 modules and a coaching session with a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer (also known as a teach-back session) not only receive CE credits, but can also receive certification as a Master Trainer.

48) INSPIRE Provides Free Pediatric Simulation Support Community – The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. Learn more about their workshops at IMSH & IPSSW.

47) MEdSim Magazine Advances Patient Safety Through Education and Training - MEdSim Magazine is written by professionals in medicine, simulation and training who are recognized leaders with a lifetime of experience which addresses the needs of medical practitioners, educators, and academicians around the world.

46) Hemoulage: A Review of TrueClot Blood Simulant by Reader Will EnfingerRead this comprehensive use-test review of clotting blood moulage product “TrueClot” from Luna Inc.

45) Simulation Moulage: Should You Be Using It? - From Moulage Expert Bobbie Merica, an introduction and reasons behind utilizing moulage in your medical simulations. Also, check out Theatrical Blood Effects Part 4, From MilitaryMoulage.com- Part 4 of MilitaryMoulage.com’s article on Theatrical Blood Effects for Realistic Casualty Simulation has been released. Here, moulage experts from the website share a few extra blood makeup tips, including how to “release” effects at the right time using Squibs and pumps.

44) HealthySim Youtube Channel Crosses 50,000 Views! – To highlight this achievement I have shared here the top “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more!

43) “New Validation for Simulation Education” ANA Article from INACSL VP Lori LioceArticle covers the continued evolution of healthcare simulation, the recent NCSBN landmark research study results, and the INACSL standards — all of which are helping to support the increase of simulation in healthcare education.

42) Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills Empowers Team to Achieve Legendary Vision – Learn how this team’s dedication to vision has created one of the most realistic sim centers I have ever seen.

41) SimSpaces Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Lab Fidelity – Learn how you can quickly apply these printed canvas styled papered wall coverings to quickly add fidelity to your simulated learning environments.


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40) Timothy Clapper PhD Articles on TeamSTEPPS Communication Training Opportunities for Medical Simulation Programs -Links to: TeamSTEPPS: The patient safety tool that needs to be implemented., Why your TeamSTEPPS program may not be working & Next steps in TeamSTEPPS: Creating a just culture with observation and simulation.

39) NAEMSE Plenary: Laerdal Supported Research Study of Simulation Education in EMSLearn some of the results from Phase I of this landmark study conducted by the National Association of EMS Educator Research Committee.

38) Medical Student Speaks Up and Saves a Life — But Not Without Persistence“A minute passed. And then another. Nobody came by to see this patient, who continued to bleed. I hesitated against speaking up, since we were in the middle of a trauma. But I couldn’t wait any longer. I asked an ED nurse if he was her patient. “No,” she said before hurrying off.”

37) Video of U.S. Government Subcommittee Hearing on 1000+ Lethal Medical Errors a Day – This two-hour recording is a must watch for those interested in furthering the use of medical simulation to improve patient care and reducing medical errors.

36) 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 from learners.

35) Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator From CAE Healthcare at IMSH 2014 Video Interview Part 1 – CAE Healthcare unveiled Fidelis, their state-of-the-art maternal fetal simulator at IMSH 2014. In part 1 of this video interview with Pam Azevedo, CAE Healthcare Product Manager, we explore the key connection between CAE Healthcare simulation divisions and parent company CAE Aviation divisions – including expanded engineering opportunities. This has lead to a complete overhaul of the engineering design of manikin features, with CAE Healthcare’s first high-fidelity birthing simulator being Fidelis!

34) Fidelis Maternal Fetal Simulator IMSH 2014 Interview Part 2: Advanced Engineering – Unique to CAE Healthcare is the ability to pull from the years of experience manufacturing some of the world’s leading aviation simulators. You can really see the attention to engineering detail and streamlined design of the Fidelis by seeing her in this video!

33) Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide – Dr. Barry Issenberg, Director of the Gordon Medical Simulation Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and co-author of AMEE Guide #82 “Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical Guide PART-2″ reminds us here of the importance of considering the practical implementation of medical simulation. This article is FREE to download!

32) Developing a Strong Simulation Operations Team – A poster entitled “Super Technical Teams: Continuing Professional Development to Support Sim Ops” from IMSH 2014 by Nicole Jones de Rooy, who works for the School of Medicine’s Simulation Program at Australia’s Griffith University is now available for download! Learn what it takes to improve simulation working relationships and continue staff development.

31) First Ever Practicum Week of Drexel University MS in Medical Simulation Program Deemed True Success – One of the unique features of the MSMS program at Drexel is the heavy focus on being interprofessional and the projects were required to have a variety of professional roles. Learn more about this new MS program that was called by one student “Quite simply, this was by far the best, most outstanding educational event of my career”.

30) Sheffield Hallam University Uses Augmented Reality to Increase Manikin Fidelity – Sheffield Hallam University was recently featured on BBC news for their augmented reality system which increases realism of stagnate simulators by overlaying recorded standardized patient videos on top of the manikin. This is a step in the right direction towards increased fidelity for patient simulator engagements. Because this is such an innovative project, I have added several links in this article to additional information.

29) Do You Charge for Sim Center Tours? A LinkedIn Discussion – A great conversation took place in the SSH LinkedIn Discussion group regarding tours of Simulation Spaces. Fritz Sticht, Administrative Director at Behling Simulation Center, asked “we are constantly getting requests for tours and I am wondering how to justify attaching a fee to such requests. As you know these tours take up time and center resources. Thanks for your input.” Check out the many interesting responses, including my own!

28) Pole Mountable Power Supply From Pocket Nurse – Sim Techs rejoice! More power is now quickly and easily available through Pocket Nurse! How cool is this pole mountable Power Strip to enable you to quickly bring in more equipment to specific areas without needing to lay down multiple cords and take the time to tape up floors. Thanks to Pocket Nurse you can now bring one cord in and attach power where you need it with this iv-pole attaching power strip.

27) Pre-Production; How To Plan Your Sim Lab Video Project – In this article I answer this reader email question: “I was wondering what YOUR process is for creating a video for the Sim Lab. Do you come up with what you want to communicate, write the script, do a storyboard and then shoot it, followed by editing? (this was my method) I work with very non technical people that don’t get the whole storyboarding thing, they want to just start shooting.”

26) Gordon: “Some Physicians Continue to Ignore Learning Opportunity From Aviation Simulation” – Suzanne Gordon, author of Beyond the Checklist: What Else Can Healthcare Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety, recently wrote up an article entitled “…just two guys in a box” – Really?” which focuses on her frustration when healthcare physicians criticize the training take-aways from aviation without true understanding. “As we have gone around the country discussing our book, we have been struck by the number of people who insist that healthcare has little to learn from aviation because the two enterprises are entirely different. Critics suggest that healthcare is far more complex than aviation even though they have no experience in that field.

25) “VIRTSIM” From Motion Reality Provides Virtual Reality Physical Environment Simulator – Learn about VIRTSIM, where trainees are fully immersed “head-to-toe” in training scenarios requiring the execution of basic individual maneuvers, complex unit tactics, and mission rehearsals. They are able to train as individuals, in teams, or in full squads. Trainees have complete freedom of movement to run, jump, or crawl throughout the full volume (up to 5,000 square feet – equivalent to a basketball court), unrestricted by wires or tethers. The VIRTSIM system allows training in a range of reconfigurable environments.

24) U.S. Navy Show “Scrubbing In” Takes Us Inside San Diego Bioskills Simulation Training Center – This U.S. Navy produced show “Scrubbing In” highlights a recent visit of the Bioskills Simulation Training Center at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. “The goal of this episode is to showcase some of the training that helps keep our medical personnel ready to provide care in a variety of situations.”

23) Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation Group – Kam McCowan, Paramedic Intern & Simulation Technology Specialist, recently started a new website dedicated to promoting Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation program and simulator development. Are you interested in highlighting your work with or supporting the development of low cost or low resource simulation program or equipment? Then you must stop by!

22) Medical Simulation Research Article: Using Simulation to Develop Handover Skills – This article outlines the potential impact of ineffective handover skills on nurses’ confidence, competence and coordination, as well as on patient safety. It focuses on how student nurses can develop their communication skills by looking specifically at how the University of Derby used simulation to teach pre-registration student nurses effective handover techniques.


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21) iSimulate ALSi Patient Monitor Continues to Innovate Healthcare Simulation Space – During IMSH 2014, iSimulate’s CEO Peter McKie introduced me to all the latest updates for their patient monitoring system, which can dramatically increase the realism of your low-fidelity manikins or standardized patients. With the option to purchase an ongoing licensing agreement, users can take full advantage of all these recent updates and those still yet to come. Also in this article is a link to our comprehensive product demonstration using iPad captured video.

20) “Bedside Manners” Play DVD and Workbook Help Demo & Teach Healthcare Communication Issues – Bedside Manners is a play, recorded dvd, and workbook designed to improve effective communication between healthcare professionals. Past participants have reported that its use enhances on-going efforts to reduce medical errors and injuries and helps to improve teamwork and workplace civility. This has resulted in improved patient safety and care! This is a must watch training tool for all healthcare educators!

19) SIM-one Offers Simulation Certificate Training Courses – MASCS (Mastering the Artistic Side of Clinical Simulation) is a certificate program that focuses on the creative and psychological elements required to bring simulations to life, enhancing fidelity and increasing learner engagement. MASCS introduces the use of best practice principles and techniques developed in many fields that can be used for enhancing health professions education. This program is designed to help mentor and support participants in developing their careers in the exciting field of healthcare simulation, with the opportunity to become a SIM-one Simulationist.

18) What’s in a Name? The Many Titles of “Sim Techs” – I exported the titles of those attending SimGHOSTS 2014 USA to demonstrate what a dynamic range of titles this profession currently entertains. Find out which title has the most frequency!

17) Performance Analysis Results When Teaching with Simulated EHR – Does training with simulated EHR increases learning outcomes? Read this abstract posted on the The National Center for Biotechnology to find out the results of the study.

20) 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting Medical Simulation A/V Systems, From CAE Healthcare – CAE Healthcare just shared these top tips on their company blog. Covered here are the people, equipment, schedules and concepts necessary to be successful with your A/V system selections.

19) Learn More About NYIT MS in Medical / Health Care Simulation at IMSH – Have you considered a masters degree in Medical Simulation? NYIT is ahead of the curve with the world’s first MS in Medical / Health Care Simulation. If you are attending IMSH, Anthony Errichetti, Ph.D., Director of the Medical Simulation MS Program will be on hand at IMSH Booth #334 starting Sunday! Stop by their booth #334 to talk with Tony about the program!

18) Cardionics Offers Big Discounts on their Auscultation Manikins – Cardionics products range from Simulation & Education to Clinical FDA approved devices being used in diagnostic and tele-health fields. For over thirty years, Cardionics has been an innovator and leader in auscultation products and services which facilitate and support classroom education, clinical, and tele-health programs in medical institutions and universities throughout the world.

17) Recorded EMS Webinar: How to Affordably Expanding Your Simulation Staff by HealthySim Founder – Sign up with EMS for this and other free recorded webinars. Expanding your sim lab technical staff is a must for short and long-term simulation program success. This session will explore why hiring a Sim Tech is such a crucial step toward increasing simulation lab operational efficiency and learning quality. Maximize your budget through staff analysis of your technology-based simulation lab and then learn how to increase simulation staff in cost effective steps with proven techniques!

16) ‘True Plastic Surgery’ Blog Talks Sim Tech Shop – Looking for more great content for simulation technicians? At SimGHOSTS Australia I ran into Cyle Sprick who was shares his impressive DIY projects on this blog.

15) Free Simulation Faculty Training Tools & Scenarios from UW- This website is intended to be a resource for faculty and clinical educators and students with online modules teach the latest technologies and techniques for designing and enhancing an e-learning course, designing and implementing simulation in your curriculum, using telehealth to enhance communication, using informatics to manage and communicate data, learning team communication strategies and more.

14) Drexel University Offers New Graduate Program in Healthcare Simulation – The Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies recently launched a new graduate program offering a Master of Science Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation. This unique program offers advanced training to healthcare professionals to prepare them to teach others how to care for patients in simulation practice environments rather than practicing on patients.

13) Simulation Pioneer Passes Away – SSH President Pam Jeffries announced earlier this month that Dr. Stephen Abrahamson passed away at the age of 93. Watch this video interview from the Simulation Innovation Award’s held at IMSH 2014.

12) Joint Commission Journal Publishes “Eight Critical Factors in Creating and Implementing a Successful Simulation Program – 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. Read this free article to learn how these eight factors can create program success.

11) Clinical Skills Lab Coordinator Standard Operating Procedures Example – Here is the downloadable SOP for the Lab Coordinator responsible for: Managing supplies, coordinating with faculty regarding skills lab setups, managing volunteers and student workers, skills labs signups, lab setups/teardowns, task trainer maintenance, utilization tracking and storage. (Sim Tech SOPs linked there as well).


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10) The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Releases Results of National Simulation Study – This three year study found that up to 50 percent simulation was effectively substituted for traditional clinical experience in all core courses across the prelicensure nursing curriculum, and did not affect NCLEX pass rates! Click to read the full study.

9) Eight Video Sessions Covering Sim Lab Management ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Now Free for HealthySimulation.com Subscribers – Subscribers to the free HealthySim newsletter can now get access to the fifteen hours of HD recorded content from HealthySimAdmin, a 2-day recorded event which brought administrators from a dynamic range of programs together to discuss the “how to” of medical simulation administration.

8) Why Do Healthcare Simulation Programs Hire Sim Techs Without Technical Backgrounds? Avoid this #1 Simulation Hiring Mistake! – Recently I received an email from a HealthySim reader who wished to remain anonymous regarding a concern that medical simulation programs seem to lean towards hiring Sim Techs for clinical experience rather than technical experience. This article response highlights a major community misunderstanding which a lot of my efforts have been geared towards correcting. to this article from the community, so I would highly recommend catching up with this conversation – There has been a huge number of responses in support of this argument so read how to help your program avoid future hiring mistakes!

7) Example of Simulation Lab Faculty, Staff and Learner Roles & Responsibilities Breakdown – Download these example guidelines which were created in-order to maximize the results of simulated learning experiences, which we know require the coordination of many ‘moving parts’.

6) Standard Operating Procedure Guides for Simulation Technician Positions – Here are two SOPs, or Standard Operating Procedure, manuals that we built at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in case we ever needed to train someone new to those positions. I tasked the staff with creating and annually updating their job descriptions AND these SOPs — so that if the role switched to another individual they would have a head-start on the responsibilities, and a guide on how to complete them!

5) Free ECG Simulator Game – James Cypert forwarded along a great 6-second ECG Simulator game where healthcare learners can practice identifying one of 27 most common rhythms. SkillStat provides the web version free to play online now!

4) SimGHOSTS Holds 4th Annual Simulation Technology Hands-On Training Event to 220 Participants – A four day event, the 4th annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists was the second meeting the non-profit 501(c)3 organization put on this year following its first-ever Australia event which took place a month ago at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Read the highlights here and learn more about their 2015 training events around the world!

3) Konsiderate “Yelp Like” Medical Simulation Product Review Website Partners with Leading Industry Vendors – Learn why top vendors want to hear your simulation product and service feedback through Konsiderate’s validated peer review website. Get access to hundreds of medical simulation product reviews and share your own on this new website which launched in January of 2014.

2) The Ultimate Job Guide to Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists – Summary of TOP articles covering the topic of Sim Tech position descriptions, responsibilities, hiring, career development, administration, training and more.

1) Free Medical Simulation Scenarios - I have previously shared several articles on where to get free clinical simulation scenarios, which I link in this article as well as update you with even more free online resources for clinical simulation scenarios.

Looking for even more great healthcare simulation content? Check out:

HealthySim’s Top 10 Most-Read Medical Simulation Articles Of All Time! – Here is a list of the most read articles from the website since it began in 2010. All the best is here from free nursing simulation scenario databases to moulage recipes, best of the year recaps, sim tech hiring practices, simulation job listings as well as Simulab, Laerdal, and CAE Healthcare videos! Must read and must share article!

HealthySim’s Top 50 Articles of 2013 – Another comprehensive list of the best of HealthySimulation.com news from the previous year.

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ASPiH UK National Simulation Development Project Summary Report

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The Association for the Simulated Practice in Healthcare published this UK National Simulation Summary Report earlier this year. This National Simulation Development Project (NSDP) was funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), with additional funding and resources from Health Education England (HEE), and was conducted primarily by the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH). This report brings together information on the current state of play within the field of simulation based education (SBE), a key part of the technology enhanced learning agenda.

Key Findings:

  • There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of SBE in healthcare
  • The funding, training and availability of faculty is a key constraint to wider adoption of SBE
  • SBE is used widely for training in core technical skills for craft specialties and other disciplines
  • The presence of SBE in core curricula for most medical specialties and in nursing is increasing
  • SBE is established as an essential component of human factors training but remains underutilised for this purpose
  • The UK has the highest number of advanced simulation centres in Europe and the UK NHS is regarded as a global leader in the field of SBE
  • The key problems facing those involved in delivering SBE in the UK are similar to those experienced elsewhere in the world.
  • The management, sharing and co-ordination between centres delivering SBE remains poor in many areas
  • The evidence that SBE can develop and assess skills and can change behaviours and improve patient outcomes requires further research and appropriate evidence to support future investment
  • The development of multi-professional training has increased but the disconnect between under and post graduate and between nurse and doctor training remains
  • Over 80% of advanced simulation centres have spare capacity
  • There is limited availability of virtual reality and procedural skills training simulators hampering delivery of some specialty curricula that now include simulated practice competency requirements
  • Use of in-situ simulation for all healthcare professionals is increasing but requires further support for effective delivery
  • The value of public and patient involvement in the design of SBE is not widely recognised
  • Quality control to guide the development of robust programmes of SBE and evidence the value and outcomes of these activities is required

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1. National standards or guidance (as a complement to existing professional standards) for those educators delivering SBE are urgently required. We recommend that any on-going standards framework development includes strategic leadership and support from HEE, ASPiH, NES, HEA and AoME. Input should be sought from the relevant professional bodies and should take into account existing UK and international models currently in use. Future work should address the evidence that demonstrates successful completion, and subsequent progress from novice to expert; and will provide guidance on a portfolio approach to evidence that demonstrates the standards are being maintained through an appraisal process, or similar. This could also be an opportunity to establish support and a clear professional development pathway for those seeking to pursue scholarly development, or broader leadership qualities in SBE.

2. Funding, training and management support for faculty requires urgent attention. The availability of well trained, prepared and time resourced educators using SBE resources should be a key target for HEE, Local Health Boards, PSRBs (Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body) and Health education commissioners. The availability of faculty is also one of the key constraints limiting full utilisation of SBE resources. We recommend a national funding framework to support those delivering SBE and associated recognition in job plans and career portfolios.

3. The development of guidance for SBE in relation to patient safety and human factors training. There needs to be a national lead to ensure all those delivering SBE recognise and deliver effective human factors training by using simulated environments to drive home team skills, leadership and other key issues that affect patient safety. Human factors training provision should be a key criteria for commissioners of SBE. HEA and HEE should also develop a specific programme for SBE team training for medical, nursing and AHP students.

Download the Full UK Simulation Report through the ASPiH Website today!