Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles of 2016!

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Top 10 Medical Simulation Posts of 2016:

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

9. Where to get Free Medical Simulation Scenarios

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Medical Simulation Jobs Page

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

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

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Top 9 Most Read Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer 2016

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Sim Champs do you subscribe to our free monthly healthcare simulation email newsletter? If so you may have seen these awesome articles which are the Top 9 most read medical simulation from Summer 2016! We’re highlighting the ones that have read, shared, and clicked the most so far — as we are sure they will bring increased adoption and utilization of simulation to your healthcare education program!

  1. University of San Francisco Now Offering Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Online

  2. Simulation in Healthcare Journal — June 2016 Article List

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authorities

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Top 51 Medical Simulation Articles of 2015!

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This comprehensive list covers the must-read powerful content, the worlds most read medical simulation blog, delivered last year including key research announcements, must-have sim lab workflow templates, policy examples, new innovative products, patient safety news, and much more! If you are even a casual follower of simulation news this is the one “must read” article of the year!

51. Pocket Nurse & Omnicell Launch Education Tools for Simulated Medication Management Learn about this product mix designed to teach the inventory and safety control measures typically deployed in clinical care environments by utilizing hardware and software solutions built with the latest available technology.

50. The Future of Virtual Simulation and Training Presented by General Dynamics at I/ITSEC 2015

49. New Paper: Human Factors in the Design of Medical Simulation Tools

48. Simulation Instruction and Management Certificate Program From Robert Morris University RISE Center

47. “Defining Excellence in Simulation” New Medical Simulation Book From SSH – 140 expert clinicians and educators contributed to this authoritative guide offering clear-cut definitions, recommendations and best practices for all types of simulation training programs.

46. Victorian Simulated Patient Network Website Provides Free Simulation Resources 

45. First Ever Research Specific to Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists Published This Month in SSH Journal

44. CAE Healthcare Increases Simulation Support With Upcoming Free Webinars

43. Serious Games for Serious Simulation, An In-depth Look at Combat Medic from Virtual Heroes – This serious game from the Orlando-based division of Advanced Research Associates helps prepare medical personnel to treat the top three causes of battlefield deaths.

42. Arizona State Board of Nursing Recommends Simulation – Based off the landmark NCSBN study, these recommendations go a long way towards solidifying the use of simulation in Arizona, which I am told will influence other States to follow suite.

41. Jenny Rudolph from Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation Reminds Us ‘Excellent Debriefing is Invisible’ “When I watch or listen to interviews I’ve noticed something. In excellent interviews like in excellent debriefings, the questions and questioner seem to fade into the background and the story and ideas of the learner or interviewee stand out. Like good lighting in the theater, good debriefing and interviewing is not that noticeable.”

40. A Collection of 11 Medical Simulation “How To’s” – These are must read articles to help your healthcare simulation program grow!

39. Limbs & Things Releases New PROMPT Flex OB Task Trainer Consultant Obstetrician and Academic Clinical Lecturer in Obstetric Global Health, Dr. Joanna Crofts, said “The PROMPT Flex is an exciting development in birthing task trainers. Its realism, flexibility and versatility ensure it is a vital component of effective childbirth training.”

38. Dr. Kenneth Gilpin Shares Why Sometimes We Can Do More Harm Than Good Through Medical Simulation At SimGHOSTS Australia, Dr. Gilpin demonstrated how the aviation industry regularly examines simulation training for negative learning – which means that learners build unintended habits during the simulation exercise which they carry over to real life engagements – and why we need to in healthcare.

37. Dr. Carolyn Yucha Shares Why Staffing Sim Techs is #1 Priority for Healthcare Educational Administrators– Highlighting a national survey on of educational administrators, Carolyn shares the Top 10 IT Issues of 2015 that have direct implications for your simulation program.

36. SimGHOSTS USA Laerdal Sponsored Plenary session by Dr. Suzie Kardong-Edgren about “A New INACSL standard for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists Coming Out Soon”.

35. Gaumard Births Newborn ‘Tory’ Simulator at IMSH 2015  See photos and highlights of the “next gen” newborn and birthing manikins from Gaumard Scientific.

34. TeamSTEPPS Online Master Trainer CE Course Now Available for FREE – The “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.

33. Patient Audio Tapes Their Surgery & Doctor’s Words Cost Her Job — Should We Simulate Negative Coworker Behavior?

32. EMSIMCases Provides Free Emergency Medicine Simulation Scenarios, Templates and More – This is a must read website if your program is running ED scenarios!

31. ASPiH UK 2015 Brighton Opens With Keynotes on Value of Different Simulation Settings & Patient Experiences

30. “A Simulator Is Not A Strategy” – New Solutions From Laerdal and NLN

29. EMS SimulationIQ HQ – Learn more about the offices of this innovative company and the introduction they received to SimGHOST!

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

27. Boise State University Provides Healthcare Simulation Certificate Course This nine credit hour interprofessional program (3 courses, 3 credit hours each) offers a combination of two completely online courses and one hybrid course that includes a three day on-campus visit for an intensive training experience.

26. Boston Children’s Hospital ‘SIMPeds’ Program Provides Expanded Simulation Resources – Lead by Peter Weinstock MD, PhD, Anesthesia Chair in Pediatric Simulation Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, SIMPeds has recently expanded its programs into a number of key areas encompassing the “SIMPeds Ecosystem”.

25. Helpful Thoughts on In Situ SimulationHere’s a helpful list of advantages, disadvantages, safety issues and tips, success strategies, and evidence for In Situ Simulation by the blogging team at Life in the Fast Lane.

24. 9 Articles Highlighting the Expansion of Medical Simulation – Learn how simulation continues to innovate healthcare education and training around the world.

23. Results: Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes From Institute of Medicine – “What data and metrics are needed to evaluate the impact of IPE on individual, population, and system outcomes?” To answer this question, 47 individual sponsors requested that an IOM consensus committee be convened to examine the existing evidence on this complex issue and consider the potential design of future studies that could expand this evidence base.

22. Laerdal Launches New LLEAP Software To Customer Base – Do you own a mid or high-fidelity Laerdal manikin? If so you can now download their all-in-one operational software to run your different manikins.

21. SynDaver Labs Rejects $3M Investment On TV Show ‘Shark Tank’ – Unfortunately the TV show deal fell through after the episode aired. Watch the clip from the show and learn more about Syndaver’s new plans to keep growing even without the “Shark” Robert Herjavec.

20. Level 3 Healthcare Provides State-of-the-Art Medical Simulation Center A/V System Design & Installation Are you about to build or renovate a new simulation space? I cannot emphasize enough the importance of hiring an audiovisual design team like L3HC who have previous experience working with medical simulation spaces!

19. Adopting New Technology in Healthcare Education: Tallahassee Community College’s Simulation Center Implements Electronic Health Records Enhancing Simulations – Simulation Program Manager Carla I. Dormeus, MS, EMT shares how the TCC Simulation program has increased technology integration and utilization over the past six year.

18. MedAffinity Electronic Health Records and Education: Keeping the Focus on Learning Healthcare – Guest writer Thomas Doyle MSN, RN shares his excitement for EHR in simulation in his review of MedAffinity.

17. Exclusive First Look of SimCapture X from B-Line Medical– In this exclusive interview, HealthySim gets a sneak peek of B-Line Medical’s future SimCapture X platform!

16. Collaborative Caring: Stories & Reflections on Teamwork in Healthcare – This new book takes an unusual approach to the topic of teamwork. Editors Suzanne Gordon, Dr. David L. Feldman, and Dr. Michael Leonard have gathered fifty engaging first-person narratives provided by people from various health care professions.

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

14. HealthySimulation Youtube Channel Crosses 75,000 ViewsWatch hundreds of videos focusing on vendors, conferences, tutorials, and more from your healthcare simulation industry!

13. Free ECG Simulator Game – A great 6-second ECG Simulator game where healthcare learners can practice identifying one of 27 most common rhythms.

12. NCSBN Simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs

11. HealthySimulation’s LinkedIn Group crosses 2,500 members! – Join your international peers to learn and share more about your simulation profession.

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10. ‘Simulation Discomfiters’: The Anti-Champions Who Frustrate Our Programs – Discomfit was a word I had never heard before. It means “1. to make uneasy, confused, or embarrassed 2. to frustrate the plans or purpose of”. A discomfiter, therefore, is a person who makes things difficult, confusing, and embarrassing while frustrating the plans and purposes of a team. Learn who these folks are and how to get around them.

9. Simulation Technology Specialist Training SimGHOSTS 2015 Event Recaps:

8. IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Video Interviews Recap – In case you missed any of our video interviews from the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2015 New Orleans, here’s the complete list of all of them.

7. Free Vital Sign Simulator App Continues to Be Improved– Recently Jason Bowman at the ‘The Resuscitationist’ blog used the updated Vital Sign Simulator software to provide a long-distance SimWars competition.

6. When Simulation Goes Too Far, The Dangers Become Real. Here we cover military, fire service, hospital, and police simulations that have gone wrong — and what the dangers are for your program. Consider our crucial tips to prevent similar errors in your simulation lab.

5. Medical Simulation Job Listings Pages Looking for work? Need to fill a simulation job? Visit these pages for all the latest simulation job listings!

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

3. SimGHOSTS Launches New Online Certificate Training Courses – After two years of research and development, SimGHOSTS has started enrolling the first students in our new online courses! Taught by experienced simulation champions, these courses in IT and Healthcare related topics will increase your knowledge and skillsets required for your every day job. Future courses in audiovisual, education, simulation, and other domains are to be announced shortly.

2. Exclusive Video: How to Build an EMS Simulation Program – Sponsored by CAE Healthcare. Watch this exclusive HealthySim video shot at the Victor Valley Community College to learn how to build or expand your medical simulation program in austere non-classroom environments.

1. “Top 50” most read and shared medical simulation articles from 2014 – If you are looking for even more top medical simulation content this is where to head next!

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Top 50 “Best Of 2013” Medical Simulation Articles

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Here is the master list of most read medical simulation articles of 2013. This is the “best of” must read articles from’s hundreds of posted articles from last year. Each one of these articles will help your healthcare simulation lab increase adoption, integration, operational efficiency, and realism! Be sure to share this ‘Top 50 “Best Of” Medical Simulation Articles from 2013’ link!

50. Review Medical Simulation Products & Services with Launch of Konsiderate.comThis new website was created to enable the thousands of simulation champions from around the world to share product and service experiences regarding quality, value and customer support from the increasing number of industry vendors. Learn about the prototype which was announced at SimGHOSTS 2013 and the Alpha website which recently launched.

A/V Simulation Recording Vendor Interviews

49. B-Line Medical SimCapture Ultra-Portable & iPad Debriefer PrototypeB-Line Medical demonstrated their new “Ultra-Portable” SimCapture model at IMSH 2013 in this video interview. Suggested Benefits of B-Line Medical’s Ultra-Portable: All-inclusive audiovisual hardware setup, from case to ready-to-record in minutes, no A/V or technical expertise required, record up to 3 channels of video w/out power, integrate with multiple types of simulators, 100% web-based-stream sessions live or post, weighs less than 20 pounds, integrates fully with SimCapture / SimBridge.

48. Education Management Solutions (EMS-Works) ORION Demo & Interview –  Video overview of Simulation recording platform ORION. Education Management Solutions (EMS) develops software that medical, nursing, and allied health schools, hospitals, and counseling programs use to efficiently run their clinical simulation training facilities. Also, learn about their great free medical simulation webinars.

47. LearningSpace Demonstration from CAE Healthcare: Learn about this A/V recording and comprehensive learning management platform for medical simulation centers from CAE Healthcare. Product demonstration covering capture and review, tracking, debriefing and assessment, management and control.

46. KBPort Delivers Medical Simulation Hardware and Software SolutionsWatch this video review of HD Fusion medical simulation recording system. In the world of medical simulation video recording technology, finding individuals with almost 20 years of experience is is a rarity. In that sense, KBPort CEO Chuck Miller has been working in medical simulation a long time having been connected with projects back in 1994 which has since provided medical simulation centers around the world with video recording hardware and debriefing software solutions. Chuck says KBPort’s strength is to be able to take any type of audio/video or data signal from any type of device and marrying those components for a complete debriefing system.

45. Simulab Video Series

Meet Simulab – A Video IntroductionOver 35,000 doctors are trained with Simulab products in the US each year for traumatic surgical procedures. From our very first conversation, I immediately gathered a sense that unlike some other industry vendors that build a product first and hope it fits your needs, Simulab is a company that instead really listens to professional healthcare educators in-order to create and update products that specifically fits their customer’s needs.

Simulab TraumaMan & Surgical Abdomen Product BreakdownIn this video we take a closer look at the TraumaMan system with the new Surgical Abdomen platform add-on. In the video I break down the product components, training opportunities and customer benefits. As a scaleable platform, purchasing a TraumaMan not only means your group gets to realistically train for a number of procedures now, but continue to expand and add additional training modules as they become available. The Surgical Abdomen platform allows for a variety of abdomen skill sets, with the nicked aorta being the first package add-on available.

Simulab CentraLineMan Video BreakdownThe main body form of Simulab’s CentraLineMan is shown in the video, which not only includes the initial purchase base of the trainer, but also the interchangeable skin which fits securely into the system. Also available now is the additional rotating head module, which the original base trainer easily fits within. Learn about the product features of the CentraLineMan including replaceable skin tissues and ultrasound capability.

Simulab Products Train 200 Healthcare Professionals A Month at NorthShore University Health SystemHere we take a closer look at the successful utilization of their products by the Healthcare training staff at NorthShore University Health System’s Center for Simulation and Innovation. Lead by Dr. Ernest Wang Clinical Associate Professor and Medical Simulation Program Director, the program annually supports about 6,000 healthcare professionals, including residents and new students, 1400 of whom will use a Simulab product for training!

Staffing & Career Development

44. How To Start a Career as a Medical Simulation TechnicianWant to get a job as a Sim Tech to operate Healthcare Simulation Technology? Do you have a background in IT, technology, AV, healthcare, theater or education and want to change careers? Are you interested in using your technical experiences to help train healthcare professionals? Check out this 1 hour webinar provided by Lance Baily, founder of about how to start a career as a Sim Tech!

43. Best Practices For Medical Simulation Hiring: The goal with hiring for your simulation-based positions is to not necessarily find candidates with the most simulation experience, nor even the most medical experience, but rather the person who has demonstrated the most passion for the position. No matter how strong the core of your simulation program is, we are talking about a technology and methodology that will continue to evolve and disrupt your training program. Thus, finding individuals who are comfortable with change and go to work everyday looking to “learn something new” will far far better serve your program. Specifically looking to hire a Medical Simulation Technician? Read this practical guide Great Interview Questions When Hiring a Sim Tech for hiring individuals to run your medical simulation lab technology.

Managing / Operating Simulation Programs

42. How to Build a Medical Simulation Program WebsiteAs a medical simulation champion you know how tricky it can sometimes be to explain to friends, family or non-healthcare professionals what is is you exactly do in the sim lab. As a new educational methodology, the integration of healthcare simulation technology is still only somewhere between “early adopter” and “early majority” on Bell’s Technology Adoption Lifecycle curve. So as you probably know, working in simulation usually means you are also responsible for educating others about simulation. Thus, no matter how big or small your simulation program is, staff should communicate with higher institutional leadership about the importance of an online website.

41. How to Add Multimedia & Social Media to Strengthen Your Simulation Program WebsiteIn this article, we touch on how to add the visual stimulus of multimedia and social platform integrations can provide further benefits to your program’s website! The benefits and utilization of photography, digitally produced images, videos and more are covered here.

40. How Video Production Saves Your Sim Program MoneyRead this article to learn how one small simulation lab has already saved $42,725 by producing one short 5 minute promotional video. Included here are links to production tutorials and video examples so that your program can do the same!

39. How to Add Background Noise to Medical SimulationsBy providing more artificial background noise to our environment, we can increase the ‘feeling’ of entering the ED or being on a screaming ambulance.  The closer our simulations match the real world, the better our learners will be able to deal with the additional stressors they will be facing. In the most basic terms, adding distracting or ‘feeling-based’ background noise can help learners better “practice how we play”.

38. SimManager Product Demo Video & InterviewSimManager is a cloud-based software service that requires an ongoing subscription fee automatically updated since there are no onsite hardware needs. SimManager is the back-end scheduling, reporting and content management system for operating the day-to-day needs of a healthcare simulation lab. SimManager schedules lab video recordings through SimView and holds purchased scenarios through SimStore. In the next SimManager video recorded at IPSSW, we cover how HealthStream can assist with managing competency review through blended learning applications, and how SimManager helps administrators oversee staff, equipment, leaners, scenario licenses, spaces and much, much more.

37. ALSi From iSimulate Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Fidelity: iSimulate has designed ALSi to reduce medical simulation equipment costs while increasing scenario fidelity. Watch this product demonstration about the ALSi system, developed to affordably increase patient monitor fidelity for low and mid-range manikins, standardized patients, or task trainers. Get a $250 discount by watching this video!

Simulation Educator Resources

36. iSIM Course: Improving Instructional Methods for Simulation EducatorsThis 2.5 day program is a collaborative effort of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (GCRME) at the University of Miami and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) at the University of Pittsburgh. It is designed as an introduction to fundamental skills and abilities for delivering simulation-based healthcare education through a variety of techniques and technologies which emphasizes hands-on activities and active participation to maximize simulation-based instruction skill acquisition.

35. How to Identify Key Drivers for Designing Simulation ScenariosWendy Van Ittersum, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist from Children’s Hospital Cleveland Clinic provided a one hour workshop on “Key Drivers”. Wendy was kind enough to share her presentation from the event which covered the uses of key driver forms.  Wendy reminds us that key drivers are “an effective tool for breaking down complex questions or improvement goals and structuring them into smaller, addressable pieces”. This workshop examined tools that can clarify simulation needs and interventions and demonstrated fishbone and key driver diagrams to identify, explore and graphically display all possible causes related to a problem or condition. After the scenarios completes, be sure to consider How to Evaluate Effectiveness of Simulation.

34. SimBase Creates Implementation Handbook for Healthcare Simulation and ICT-Based LearningSimBase is a two year project funded by the European Union which brings together simulation champions and technology providers from within the territory to collaboratively expand the implementation of simulation training techniques. Last year they released an Implementation Handbook for Healthcare Simulation and ICT-Based Learning Training Programs, which is also available in Spanish.

33. How To Overcome Camera-Shy Simulation LearnersSimulation asks a lot from learners, much more than just acting professionally and performing well. They must also knowingly enter and maintain legitimacy of an unknown and fabricated environment. All of which must be done under the watchful eye of peers and supervisors (or faculty). And sometimes that watchful eye is the only element putting learners over the edge. So if we do not relax the anxiety that some learners have about being video taped, they will only ever provide whatever mental commitment is left after the “you are on camera” thought process continues to occur. And then we aren’t utilizing simulation to the full potential of the learner, the lab, the facilitator or the program. So how to cure the camera shy?

In this same vein, How Does Improv Help Clinicians Think on Their Feet? Theater games help to reduce the sense of threat posed by recognizing that uncertainty is just how things are, and to look at uncertainty as a necessary dimension to the creative process. We accept and embrace uncertainty so that we can create – a creative space is empathic, aware, building on what is given, and expansive.

32. Designing Prehospital Medical Simulation ScenariosThe team at Southwestern Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) has been evaluating various methods to decrease the numbers of failures within student paramedic practical examinations, and have for some years developed strategies for enhanced student experience and performance. This paper reviews a new paradigm for paramedic scenario-based education focusing upon the increased role of the tutor knowledge, and the enhancement of the importance of understanding logistical concerns in pre hospital care.

31. Lessons on Debriefing From Documentary Film-MakingConsider: Is the real purpose of an $80,000 manikin and a $1,000,000 Sim Lab to simply teach skills, or is their a greater opportunity to teach something significantly beyond? Continuing our video production articles, this post shares deeper lessons from the world of documentary film-making – a place where closer relationships provide greater access to shared learning.

30. American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) Provides Airway Management Scenario ModulesNow available through both the CAE Healthcare and the Laerdal SimStore websites, The CHEST’s Airway Management Module Scenario Packages can help simulation centers looking for pre-programmed scenarios built on real patient engagements – all of which come with reference material including guides for facilitators and technicians through the staging and learning process.

29. Tacit Knowledge (From Simulation) Adds to Situational AwarenessRichard B. Gasaway PhD, Fire Chief, RET. shared a recent post on his website “Situational Awareness Matters!” about the benefits of “tacit knowledge”. What is tacit knowledge? Richard explains: “Tacit knowledge is the collection of life’s experiences, education and training that reside outside conscious awareness. It’s the knowledge one possess that helps guide intuition, a vital component to making high-stress, high-consequence, split second decisions

28. Simulation in Healthcare Education: A Best Evidence Practical GuideDr. 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. While Part-1 focused on simulation program development and operations, part-2 focuses on clinical educators and getting ROI on learning outcomes. Think of these articles as a great “How To Get Started” guide to medical simulation!

27. National Patient Safety Foundation Publishes Article on Improving Results From Simulation-Based InstructionTimothy Clapper, PhD published this article entitled “Saturation in Training” through the National Patient Safety Foundation which “discusses how those involved in patient safety and, specifically, in simulation-based instruction, can improve upon their methods and results”. This article is free to ASPPS members.

Learning From Simulation in Other Industries

26. What Healthcare Simulation Can Learn from The Nuclear Power IndustryA report recently published by the Advancing Safety in Medical Technology (AAMI) group entitled “Risk and Reliability in Healthcare and Nuclear Power: Learning from Each Other“. This 120-page PDF, free for members, features eight chapters written by respected industry experts, who examine the similarities and differences between the fields in four topic areas: Dependability of safety-critical software Diagnostic and prognostic technologies Human factors Event analysis and corrective action.

25. Why Simulation Video Games Will Change the WorldSimulation video games continue to demonstrate the benefit of “play” when it comes to learning or experiencing the world around us. Whether you want to drive an 18-wheel truck, a 40-ton locomotive, fly a 747 jumbo jet, run a hospital, evolve a biological bacteria, or even build a city – there is an endless stream of video games to do all that and more. Knowing that technology will continue to dramatically change the classroom, I believe it is only a matter of time before video games are utilized in many to most educational centers for career training.

24. A Black Belt in Simulation: What Can Healthcare Education Learn From Martial Arts?Martial Arts, like dancing, can not be fully learned via powerpoint while sitting in a classroom. While the mind was learning, the body itself was obviously the instrument of skills performance. In healthcare, a lecture on starting CPR after recognizing tunnel vision of teammates seems very simple for students to grasp. But like when fighting a real opponent, high stakes stressful situations bring intense adrenaline which will hijack normal operating thought protocols. So theoretically understanding adrenaline is one thing, but experiencing and dealing with it first hand is entirely another.

23. Moulage

Simubleed by Spectra Takes Moulage Blood to a HyperRealistic LevelWith Simubleed 1000, Spectra Group has developed an advanced blood simulant that possesses the color and viscosity of human blood and also clots in the presence of a specialty laminate similar to those used by the military personnel in the field. The gauze laminate has been especially designed to work with SimuBleed 1000 and induce clotting upon coming into contact with the gauze. Simubleed 1000 is a completely synthetic blood simulant, with NO animal or biological content. it is bio-hazard FREE, stable (unlimited shelf life), and does not require special transport or storage, which also makes it cost-efficient.

Theatrical Blood Effects for Realistic Casualty SimulationSuzanne Patterson, Curriculum Development Specialist / Instructor at wrote in to share a recent article on Blood Effects for Realistic Casualty Simulations. “In planning your blood effects for a realistic training scenario, keep in mind the number of casualties involved in the exercise whose proximity of exposure to the impact would result in primary bleeding wounds along with secondary transfer.”

Military Trauma Moulage Report From the FieldsWill Enfinger, Simulation Operator/Associate at ICF International shared his amazing moulage work covering Alaska-based field hospital training courses. Must read for first responders, moulage enthusiasts, sim techs and scenario designers. For the EMEDS exercise, his primary focus is the creation and deployment of the “wounded and dead” for the various units across the base.

How Moulage Brings Realism To TrainingBobbie Merica, founder of has written this article for suggesting “Current research estimates anywhere from 50%–90% of all communication is nonverbal—thus, proper assessment and triage often depend on accurate use of four of the five senses (sight, touch, hearing and smell). Integrating moulage into an exercise creates a powerful training modality that can enhance those perceptions.” You can also check out Bobbie’s Evisceration Moulage Recipe!

New Medical Simulation Products

22. Blood Pressure Simulator “BPsim” From KBPort: You have never seen a medical simulation task trainer like this before! Watch this video to see how you can increase scenario realism quickly on so many levels. BPsim provides controlled practice to achieve high competency in detecting and measuring blood pressure. The realistic manual blood pressure cuff can be used on standardized patients and mannequin simulators.

21. Progra-Temp Simulation Thermometer from Pocket NurseWatch this product video demonstration designed for Simulation technicians or clinical educators to quickly and easily set two different temperatures. Instead of placing unrealistic sticky notes or breaking fidelity in-order to report the patient’s temperature, healthcare simulation labs now have an additional tool in their arsenal to provide direct learner cues!

20. Multiple Amputation Trauma Trainer (MATT) From Trauma FXThe TraumaFX Multiple Amputation Trauma Trainer (MATT) is a ruggedized, tetherless, remote controlled trauma trainer that delivers high-fidelity simulations of lower-body blast injuries commonly caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other explosive devices. MATT trainer Jointly developed by KGS and the U.S. Army ARL-STTC, MATT employs state-of-the-art special effects materials and technologies to deliver incredibly realistic visual and tactile stimuli with lifelike response to treatment. Tourniquets must be applied with a realistic amount of force to control hemorrhaging and responders can use pressure on arterial pressure points to occlude bleeding.

19. Free Downloadable Vital Sign Simulator & Patient MonitorAn ER-nurse and mega-code instructor from Switzerland developed this free open-source downloadable program which is intended for use in medical emergency training simulations. In combination with an affordable low-fidelity cpr-manikin, VSS offers a low-cost alternative to commercial high-fidelity patient simulation monitors. Vital Sign Simulator (VSS) acts as a vital sign monitor / defibrillation unit. The operator can change various values such as heartrate, blood pressure, ecg-rhythm etc; while the trainee can perform a defibrillation, pacing etc on a separate interface.

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Conference Coverage

18. Video Update from Laerdal SUN Indianapolis 2013The April Laerdal “Simulation User Network” Indianapolis meeting provided over 230 Simulation Champions from around the World with the training they need to start or expand their healthcare simulation program. Forty percent of attendees surveyed said they were new to medical simulation, clearly demonstrating the continued growth of this emerging healthcare education technology. Watch this video for all the lessons learned.

17. WISER Nursing Symposium Video CoverageThe 6th Annual WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium took place at the Pittsburgh Hilton and at the WISER center located next door. LOTS of great content here so watch part-1 to learn more about WISER, the really insightful workshops at the conference, and about ground breaking WISER healthcare education product innovations. You can also watch my Interviews With WISER Director and 2013 SSH Director, Dr. Paul Phrampus.

16. CAE Healthcare HPSN 2013 Delivers Powerful Messages & Sneak PeeksWatch this video review of the 17th annual HPSN event put on by key industry vendor CAE Healthcare. Interview with Colin M. Preis, Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing at CAE Healthcare about the event, the amazing keynote presentation from Retired Lead Blue Angels Pilot John Foley, a powerful call by CAE Healthcare CEO Mike Bernstein for healthcare regulation, and check out the teaser model of a new child birthing simulator!

15. SimStudio, Free Regional Simulation Conferences & UCSF Video Recap!This is a FREE event, designed to provide equal exchange for simulation and standardized patient champions (who made up more than half of the room) to connect and share and connect with new ideas and people! Watch for lessons learned and more event info.

14. International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop Videos Sponsored by HealthStream:

Part 1At IPSSW 2013 Over 450 pediatric simulation champions from more than 32 countries joined together for the sold-out three day event. The meeting had a very multidisciplinary feel with over 40% of the participants suggesting a nursing or allied health background. This was the first year IPSSW has taken place in the USA having previously operated around Europe.

Part 2: In this video, we interview Lisa from HealthStream about the powerful uses of SimManager, learn how Dr. Wong’s puppets can help with pediatric education, and hear from Dr. Renuka Mehta about how to build and expand a medical school simulation program.

Presidential InterviewHealthStream sponsored HealthySim’s attendance to the 5th annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop, where I had an opportunity to interview newly appointed President, Dr. David Grant. Here is the complete interview with Dr. Grant about IPSS, the organization which runs IPSSW, and why an international Pediatric Simulation Organization and event were created.

13. Association For Simulated Practice in Healthcare UK 2013 Simulation Conference Video Coverage:

Part 1In November, ASPiH, which stands for the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, had its fourth annual meeting with more than 400 in attendance. Watch Part-1 of our video coverage where we introduced organization President Dr. Bryn Baxendale and Sim Tech SIG Co-Chair Jane Nicklin.

Part 2Dr. Barry Issenberg, Director of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami, was invited in part by platinum sponsor Laerdal to present on Achieving and Demonstrating Optimal value from simulation in healthcare. This was perhaps one of the most empowering presentations I have seen from one of medical simulation’s leading researchers, because Barry shared the incredible difficultly of replicating successful training methods gleamed from research papers which are limited in wordcount.

Interview with ASPiH President Dr. Bryn BaxendaleWhile attending the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare’s 2013 Harrogate event, I had a chance to sit down with the organization’s President Dr. Bryn Baxendale, who is also the Director of the Trent Medical Simulation Center at Nottingham University. Bryn and I had a great discussion about ASPiH’s history, its continued successes, collaborative work with SimGHOSTS, and the organization’s future goals.

12. SimGHOSTS Sim Tech Training & Community News

Sim Tech Training Event Expanding to Queensland, AUSTRALIA in June 2014This event will be an opportunity for simulation professionals to come and learn from simulation technology leaders and leading industry vendors. There will be hands-on workshops, pre-conference courses and podium presentations covering a variety of topics, including: Moulage, Audiovisual technology, Simulator programming, Hardware maintenance and configuration, Information technology, Basic medical training and much more. Learn more about this June training event at the University of the Sunshine Coast, or about the USA event at the American College of Chest Physicians in August!

SimGHOSTS Provides 172 Sim Techs with Hands-On Training at San Antonio College172 registered attendees from all over the world came together at the San Antonio College Nursing and Allied Health Complex for the launch of the 3rd annual Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, or SimGHOSTS. This beautiful 10,000 square foot simulation space was the perfect location for the 2013 event!

11. New Healthcare Simulation Books in 2013

HealthStream Provides WhitePaper “Right Time for Simulation”The free white paper provides a basic introduction to the history, types, benefits and ways to get started with medical simulation. For example, consider the strong ROI benefits directly linked with healthcare simulation in these categories: staff teaching time, reimbursement & litigation. “A national simulation study , conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, found that 87% of nursing schools are now using some form of high- or medium-fidelity simulation. Furthermore, a study of emergency medicine residency programs found that between 2003 and 2008, use of manikin simulators jumped from 29% to 85%.”

Surgical Textbook of Simulation: Skills and Team TrainingThis book is ideal for teams developing simulation labs but is also a great resource for existing labs. An excellent review of current technology and its application to curricula in the skills lab. There is also a comprehensive section on use of simulators in specialty training applications such as colorectal, pediatrics, trauma, and more. The Textbook was created out of a need gap identified by the Association for Surgical Education Committee on Simulation, for a resource that provided information on the types of simulation technology available, the role of simulators in surgical education, and establishing skills training centers.

Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare SimulationThe Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation is a cohesive, single-source reference on all aspects of simulation in medical education and evaluation.  It covers the use of simulation in training in each specialty and is aimed at healthcare educators and administrators who are developing their own simulation centers or programs and professional organizations looking to incorporate the technology into their credentialing process.  For those already involved in simulation, the book will serve as a state-of-the-art reference that helps them increase their knowledge base, expand their simulation program’s capabilities, and attract new, additional target learners.

Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn From Aviation Book ReviewA definite MUST-READ for anyone engaging within any avenue of healthcare, education, and/or simulation. This book goes beyond highlighting key examples of the poor communication practices causing systemic failures within healthcare by also providing a direct roadmap to solve these archaic human-made challenges. The authors poignantly remind us that the status quo of healthcare communication can no longer remain “just the way it is”.

TOP TEN of 2013:

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9. Pyxis MedStation Now Available For Nurse Educators (Video Review Part 1), the exclusive educational distributer of CareFusion’s Pyxis Medstation 4000, sponsored a trip to the College of DuPage. Located just outside of Chicago, this Nursing school has been one of the first colleges to utilize the Pyxis Medstation in their Healthcare Simulation labs – with outstanding success! I am always a proponent of training with medical equipment that is as realistic as possible – and as the Pyxis is used in more than 50% of hospitals around the United States – the educational opportunities are undeniable. Watch part 1 of my video review of the Pyxis, which focuses on Nursing Educators, Lab Coordinators and Student reflections on this realistic medication administration device. You can also watch part-2 which interviews administrator and sim tech perspectives about the purchase and use of the Pyxis Machine!

8. Simulab TraumaMan Surgical Abdomen In-Situ Video @ LSU HealthWe spend an afternoon with Dr. John Paige’s on-call surgical team while they did a mock trauma multiple stab-wound scenario in-situ in Operating Room 8 at LSU’s Interim Hospital in New Orleans. Watch this amazing video that takes you right into the TraumaMan abdomen of a high-stakes surgical training event! Must-watch!

7. ‘The Power of Video-Recording’ by JAMA Helps Demonstrate Why Simulation Will Become Defacto Healthcare Training PlatformDr. Makary writes “Following the announcement to gastroenterologists at Indiana University that their procedures were being video recorded and peer reviewed, mean inspection time during colonoscopy increased by 49% and quality of mucosal inspection improved by 31%,2 suggesting a substantial improvement in quality because of the Hawthorne effect.” Whether we like it or not, the increasing affordability of video-recording technology means 1984′s “Big Brother” is already here. Learn why cameras and recording technology will eventually become so cheap that video-surveillance will be utilized in all service-based engagements.

6. WATS AviationSimulation Conference Demonstrates the Potential to HealthcareHalldale Media‘s 2013 World Aviation Training Conference and Expo event took place in Orlando, Florida with over 1,000 pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, students and vendors in attendance. I have produced what I consider to be a ‘must-view’ video and article covering the event, which more than demonstrated the parellels between aviation simulation training and healthcare simulation training. Being the first simulation training conference I have attended outside of the healthcare sector, I was very impressed to witness an industry which has wholeheartedly accepted simulation. Absent from the event were sessions dedicated to convincing users about the need to invest in simulation training programs. Instead, keynote speakers addressed the latest data findings pointing to unexplored training gaps such as lithium-ion laptop battery fires and auto-pilot engaged high-altitude stall recovery protocol changes. This is a must-watch for medical simulation champions.

5. Flipping Classrooms – Teaching in the Digital AgeWhile flying this week I picked up Southwest’s Spirit Magazine to find one of the most powerful articles I have ever read in my life called “Flipped Out” by Jennifer Miller. The article wonderfully demonstrates a concern I have had since my own experience of K-12 learning, that memorizing knowledge for passing tests was an outdated model of education. Why? Because response’s by teachers similar to “because you won’t always have a calculator” has proven to be wrong, as we all carry them on our phones. Many teachers want to emphasize independent thinking, but primary-school curriculums are still largely geared toward “teaching to the test.” According to Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist at UCLA and author of iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, this model is long out-of-date. As a society, he says, “we’re no longer memorizers but gatherers.” 

4. Simulab CentraLineMan Training Proven to Reduce Infection Rate & Hospital CostsThis video covers  the use of the CentraLineMan at The Feinberg School of Medicine Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning Center. In the video and transcript below, Dr. Jeffrey H. Barsuk, Associate Professor in Medicine covers this program’s successful use and eye-opening research of the CentraLineMan by Simuab: We were able to demonstrate that through our training using Simulab’s product that line insertions on actual patients were actually safer. In essence we decreased the number of attempts that trainees had to make for the line was successfully placed and we decreased the number of erroneous arterial punctures. Maybe most importantly we reduce the incidence of central line associated bloodstream infections are hospital.”

3. Simulation Team Training Proven to Improve Performance & Patient SafetyOur friends at the LSU Health Center, lead by Dr. John T. Paige, have just concluded a study and published a research article that “found that simulation-based operating room team training of medical and nursing students resulted in more effective teamwork by improving attitudes, behaviors, interaction and overall performance leading to potential increased patient safety and better clinical outcomes.”

2. 94 FREE Medical Simulation Videos: Watch almost 100 youtube videos which cover medical simulation community interviews, conference recaps, product demonstrations and reviews, operational tutorials and more! These videos have been watched over 35,000 times by the international medical simulation community!

1. Estimations for Patient Deaths Due to Hospital Mistakes Increases to 210,000 – 440,000 AnnuallyScientific American reports on a new study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety which more than doubles the estimation of patient deaths attributed to hospital error: A new study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher 2014 between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says. “That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.” Clearly, the above articles demonstrate how Medical Simulation can help reduce these numbers!

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