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.


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!

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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:

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 Part 4 of’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 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 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! 

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DiaMedical Helps Us Select Simulated Vs. Functioning Headwall Systems

Today a handy breakdown chart from DiaMedical USA to aid us in selecting the right Headwall system for our educational spaces. Click the photo below to see the full diagram breakdown which will aid in your purchasing process.

Simulated Headwall: The simulated headwall is the least expensive teaching headwall option. This headwall façade is available as both a horizontal and vertical flat wall unit. These headwalls include all accessories to replicate a patient room at an affordable price.

Functioning Headwall: The functioning headwall generates vacuum, air and simulated oxygen by connecting to an external compressor. This simple design incorporates distinctive features which simulates a real world medical environment for students, a solution that is thousands of dollars less than a traditional centralized system.

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Medical Simulation News From Around the World

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General Surgery News: Surgeon Suggests Combo Approach When Training For Robotic Bariatric Surgery – “When we start getting a sense of what movements (in robotic surgery) generate good outcomes, we can start grading surgeons through simulation, putting them on a simulator before they even operate,” said Dr. Wilson. “We can continue to grade them while they operate.”

NCBI: Factors relating to the perceived management of emergency situations: A survey of former Advanced Life Support course participants’ clinical experiences - “The results of this survey emphasise that ALS providers’ perceived ability to apply ALS skills were substantially affected by teamwork skills and co-workers’ skills. Team related factors associated with successful outcome were related to clear role distribution, clear inter-personal communication and attentive listening, as well as respectful behaviour and positive team atmosphere. Although intensity of setting was attributed to ability to apply ALS principles, this did not affect management of emergency situations to the same extent as individual and team factors.”

National Defense Magazine: Simulation, Training Industry Executives Optimistic About Future – “The reality we’re arriving at is that the modeling, simulation and training industry actually offers a lot of mitigation for declining budgets and [opens] opportunities for warfighters to hone their capabilities in a virtual environment, in a much more fiscally responsible way,” Naval Air Captain Etz said. The division has found that there is often a 10:1 cost ratio between training live and training in a simulated environment. Live exercises are important and necessary, but virtual can also enhance them, he said.”

Federal Times: Simulation is the real thing for Air Force training – “The defense sector’s interest in simulation capabilities is surging, with the confluence of improved technologies and shrinking defense budgets creating a perfect storm of interest from the Pentagon, in particular, the US Air Force.”

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The Lantern: Simulation Encourages Students to Think About Hardships of Poverty – “Members of the OSU student organization Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection led a poverty simulation for OSU students Tuesday to expose them to what it might be like to live in poverty in Ohio’s capital. The simulation was hosted by student service group Pay It Forward as part of the month-long Battle Against Hunger initiative. “The poverty simulation is an interactive three-hour program that allows participants to begin to think about poverty and discuss how communities can address (these) problems collectively,” Pay It Forward adviser Jake Cohen said in an email.”

NPR: Anesthesia Miracle: No Power, No Oxygen Tanks, No Problem – “The result was a prototype for the Universal Anesthesia Machine (UAM), which delivers anesthesia without oxygen tanks or the need of stable power grid. The device sucks regular air from a room using a compressor and turns it into purified oxygen for a patient’s lungs. The UAM uses electricity when it’s available, but if the power goes off, a healthcare worker can run the machine with a hand-powered pump on top. At the same time, an electronic display, which tracks the amount of oxygen the patient receives, can switch to a ten-hour backup battery.”

First Ever Practicum Week of Drexel University MS in Medical Simulation Program Deemed True Success

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“Quite simply, this was by far the best, most outstanding education or professional event of my career.”
Elizabeth Horsley, RN MEd from Ontario, Canada.

“The on campus sim practicum week was amazing and mind blowing. Outstanding faculty and staff.”
Bettina Schmitz, MD from Texas.

These quotes were from the first of three Simulation Laboratory Practicum courses required for the Master Medical Simulation degree at Drexel University College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies.  The remainder of the program is held completely online focusing on the many facets of simulation-based medical education while simultaneously providing students with multiple options to pursue related areas of interest upon graduation. This first week gave a broad overall look at the many areas of medical simulation that exist today. The students were introduced to both high and low fidelity forms of simulation, the costs involved and what simulation scenario best fits the educational needs.

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Beyond the actual simulation there was a heavy focus on writing goals and objectives, developing scenarios and cases, along with plenty of discussion on debriefing and evaluation.

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The students were asked to take what they learned and create full scenarios that included goals and objects and a full debriefing session. The students then presented their projects on Friday and received instant group feedback.

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.  Due to the fact that the students come from different backgrounds, including medical doctors, nursing and EMT, they were able to better understand why interprofessional simulation and communication is so important in medical education.

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It’s not very often you get to learn one-on-one from INCASL Clinical Simulation In Nursing Journal Editor Dr. Suzan Kardong-Edgren!

Learn more about the Drexel University College of Medicine MS in Medical Simulation.

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Leading Medical Simulation Vendors Have Partnered with Konsiderate!

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Today leading simulation vendors have subscribed to to provide more detailed product information, gather testimonials, and to hear your feedback regarding the quality, value and customer service of their products & services! Konsiderate (@Konsiderated) is a community-driven rating and review website for medical simulation products & services. These leading industry vendors understand the benefits that online community-written reviews bring their customers. By partnering with Konsiderate these companies demonstrate their commitment to community feedback regarding the quality, value and customer service of their products and services. You can join 650 other simulation champions from around the world who have been contributing product reviews since January by easily logging in through either your professional LinkedIn or work email accounts.

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Examples of How the U.S. Military Trains with Medical Simulation

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Today, two news stories on how the US military is utilizing simulation to train for and improve patient care in combat and hospital scenarios: Above, Hospital Corpsman Cameron Carter works on a life-like mannequin during a combat scenario Thursday during Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course at Naval Hospital Pensacola. The training is designed to prepare corpsman for dealing with trauma in the battlefield. (Photo: Ben Twingley). Watch a video recap of this Pensacola News Journal article at “$67K life-like mannequins provide medical training”  by Staff Writer Marketta A. Davis.

Click to watch the video here.Below, Robert DiBiase Jr., Simulation Curriculum Program Coordinator/Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) has posted on his LinkedIn wall this reflection by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Gray, an independent duty medical technician, as she discusses the intense training she received at the CSTARS program at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The C-STARS program helps the Air Force train and maintain the highest caliber of trauma medics for expeditionary duties. (Produced by Andrew Breese and Tech Sgt. Bennie Davis):

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Learn more by reading the PTJ news article or by visiting the C-STARS University of Maryland School of Medicine website.

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Have you heard of MEdSim Magazine yet? MEdSim Magazine aims to promote the best education and training practices for the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a division of the world famous simulation group Halldale Media, the MEdSim professional publication covers topics specific to our world of medical simulation. In the past year I have attended two of Halldale’s simulation events including their new Healthcare Education Assessment Training and Technology (HEATT) meeting and their World Aviation Training & Simulation (WATS) conference, both of which were fantastic learning opportunities. Check out the latest copy below or visit the Halldale website to sign up for past and future editions.

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