Healthcare Simulation Programs in the News

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HealthySimulation.com loves to share the most recent news agency coverage of healthcare simulation programs around the world! The more our industry gathers public exposure and support the faster our methodology will be expected as the cultural norm, and the sooner we can improve patient safety and learning outcomes through simulation!


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Here’s the latest collection of awesome medical simulation news stories from around the web:

  • Queen of the Valley Nurses Trained in Stroke Assessment with Simulators From Napa Valley Register – A “patient” named Hal has helped train some 450 nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center to fine-tune their stroke assessment skills. But Hal’s not human. He’s an advanced medical simulation mannequin. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, simulation training allows healthcare providers to apply theoretical knowledge in a controlled environment without risks to patients. “Simulation training supports our goal of providing patients with the highest quality of care,” said JoAnn Munski, nursing director of orthopedic, neuroscience, and rehabilitation services at the Queen. Many aspects of a real-life situation can be simulated, according to trainers Suzy Banuelos and Nancy Stump.
  • Tripler Army Medical Center Stays at Forefront of Technological Advancement From Hawaii Army Weekly – Doctors practice Laparoscopic surgery on a simulated pregnant patient in the Tripler Army Medical Center Simulation Center. The Simulation Center allows hospital staff the opportunity to hone their skills prior to a procedure in order to improve patient services. HONOLULU — Technological advancements have improved health care for years and the military Simulation (SIM) centers have strived to be at the forefront of that advance. That is why Tripler Army Medical Center recently received an upgrade to its SIM center by moving into its new facilities. This move quadrupled the workable space for the SIM center and provided the opportunity to train more staff members and obtain new equipment they didn’t have the space for prior to the move.
  • Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital Prepares Doctors to Save Lives From ABC News 13 – Chief of Service in Anesthesiology, Doctor B. Wycke Baker told ABC13 these simulations are allowing team members to train for situations they might have not experienced yet in real life. “There are certain scenarios that don’t happen very often because of low frequency. But when they happen they’re very high impact,” Baker said. “So we had to resuscitate mother and deliver baby rapidly. So my role in that was the anesthesiologist, assuming care of her resuscitation, and basic and advanced cardiac life support and resuscitate her baby as well.” After every simulation, the team goes over what worked and where improvements are needed. Arnold said, “The debriefing, it is critical for learning. We’re talking about the things that went well so they can continue to do them. Were also talking about the things that didn’t go well so they can learn things for improvement on future clinical cases.”
  • Medical Education Tech Abounds at New Facility for OSU Center for Health Sciences From Tusla World – Construction on the $45 million project in west Tulsa began in October 2015 and is expected to be finished in time for this year’s fall semester. The 84,000-square-foot Tandy Medical Building will include a hospital-simulation center to provide training for students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The simulation center will include a fully operational emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay that will allow students to practice procedures and skills commonly used in hospitals throughout the country.

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New Medical Simulation Programs Get Covered in the News

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Here are recap of recent news updates covering some new simulation programs across the United States and the UK:

  • Parkview Introduces Mobile Medical Simulation LabThanks to the Wabash Fire Department, which donated the ambulance late last year after upgrading its fleet, the ambulance will serve as a mobile simulation lab to provide a more realistic training experience to community hospitals and first responders. “The mobile lab will operate just as a lab in the Mirro Center would, and just as importantly, it gives us the mobility to take our training to other Parkview facilities and beyond,” said Rebecca Jensen, simulation lab manager, Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. “When we conduct off-site training, we often have to bring a lot of equipment along with us, in addition to large mannequins. We now have room to easily transport all our equipment, and we are extremely grateful to the Wabash Fire Department for giving us that flexibility.”
  • NOLA’s LSU Med Students Learn How to Save Your LifeWe can put the students into a situation where they can make mistakes, and we have people there who can correct them in their techniques and procedures,” said Dr. Richard DiCarlo, associate dean for undergraduate education. DiCarlo was largely responsible for integrating simulation into the School of Medicine’s curriculum. The technology allows students to engage in hands-on learning before they might be fully equipped to touch a living patient. In their first two years at LSU, each of the 200 medical students per class interact with the simulators on numerous occasions to learn 40 different procedural skills.

  • USC Students get Real-world Medical Experience with ‘Sim Man’The patient presented all of the usual symptoms of a heart attack for a 50-year-old male with shortness of breath, excruciating pain and the feeling of a heavy weight crushing his chest. But Denny, lying on a gurney at the front of a classroom in Upper St. Clair High School, was never in any real danger. The high-fidelity human simulator mannequin is designed to teach the students of Laura Marks’ honors organic chemistry class about the role of a pharmacist in an emergency.

  • Robot Patients Help Guide Youngsters Into Medical CareersStudents considering careers in medicine have been given an invaluable insight into life in a hospital with the help of robotic “patients”. The youngsters from schools and colleges throughout County Durham and Darlington spent the day in a purpose-built training ward at Bishop Auckland General Hospital, discussing their ambitions with doctors and careers advisers. They even had the chance to practice on life-sized talking mannequins in the hospital’s pioneering clinical simulation centre.

Is your medical simulation program getting enough media attention? Such attention can attract new learners to your institution, bring in anonymous donors, and better educate the public about the important role your center plays in modern healthcare training.

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Hibbing Nursing Students Go Beyond Books and Train in New $1M Healthcare Simulation Center

Hibbing Nursing Students Go Beyond the Books, Train in Simulation CenterAnother article showcasing how the media can cover your simulation program! Read our tutorial on how to gather such public attention for your simulation program here!

Nursing students at the Hibbing Community College (HCC) are stepping out of the classroom, into a realistic hospital room setting and learning how to treat patients in life and death situations. The newly remodeled HCC Healthcare Simulation Center opened this semester and is transforming the way students train. The state-of-the art simulation allows the students to go beyond the book and gain real-life experience that comes without the risk of working on real people.

“Students can come in and practice clinical with patients from birth all the way up to death, and they can do it in a safe environment,” explained Sandy Gustafson, nursing program director at HCC. “They can actually do the hands-on care in critical or unusual situations that they wouldn’t get in a facility that’s in a rural area.” The mannequins talk, breath, blink, cough, puke and bleed like a real human would. One of the female robots even gives birth.

“We can assess them in a way that’s different than just learning from a book because we’re just pretending there,” said Brandy Mass, a first-year nursing student. “If you don’t have that experience behind you with the simulation, then you risk the chance of freezing or not knowing what to do or drawing a blank,” said Ashton Martin, a first-year nursing student. “This prevents us from feeling that nervousness.”


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Inova Fairfax Simulation Center Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

Inova Fairfax Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

NBC Washington reports on a new program at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia is giving the term “practicing medicine” a new meaning:

The Inova Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is an effort to keep doctors, nurses and medical students engaged both with the latest in medical techniques as well as some of the more usual challenges in medicine. “It is a laboratory for our physicians and nurses, students, any health care professional to train, whether they’re new or whether they’re a seasoned clinician,” said Director Dr. Craig Cheifitz, who helped develop the center.

The center has 14 rooms, including an operating room, and state-of-the-art technology. “We do have very high tech mannequins, which have the ability to bleed – artificial blood, of course — voice files, can even change their vitals,” Cheifitz said.

Health care professionals work in teams and deal with everything from infectious diseases to head wounds to complicated births. The exercises are done in real time, and the center is frequently at capacity, Cheifitz said. It’s one of seven medical simulation centers in Virginia.“Medical education for years has been such that after you graduate, you might learn more from a textbook or a conference,” Cheifitz said.

ABC Covers Hillsborough Community College’s New Simulation Suite

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Check out this local news story from ABC about the The  which has just created a “Simulation Suite.” The new lab is designed to look and feel like a real hospital, and gives students the chance to perform medical produces and diagnoses on dummy patients.

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is now home to a fully functional, state-of-the-art health sciences simulation suite. Designed to simulate a hospital setting, the HCC simulation suite allows students to apply classroom concepts within a simulated clinical environment. Florida’s aging population is growing and so is the demand for the healthcare professionals who care for them. The simulation suite is currently being used to train respiratory, EMS and nursing students.

The students use life-sized, anatomically correct manikins in a number of settings to simulate a number of situations including, but not limited to, trauma with bleeding, childbirth and chest pain with cardiac arrest. According to the Florida Center for Nursing, “Statewide estimates for vacant nurse positions in the industries studied have increased since the 2013 survey with nearly 12,500 vacant RN positions, 2,654 vacant LPN positions, and 3,111 vacant CNA positions as of June 30, 2015.” This simulation suite will help train and prepare the next generation of professionals to provide care for patients.

“I can practice this and the mannequin is not going to judge me,” said Molly Gonzalez with a smile. On Wednesday, Gonzalez and her classmates got to use the lab for the first time since it was completed this summer. These kinds of labs are a popular training tool for colleges across the country, so if the HCC’s students were going to compete, the school needed to upgrade. Having the simulation lab now allows these students to get quality EMS and nursing education at community college prices. And gets them to working in this in-demand field very quickly.

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Peak TV Show Covers St. Luke’s University Health Network Simulation Medical School

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Medical simulation helps bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-life hands on experience for medical students. Joining us in the studio is Dr. Joel Rosenfeld, Chief Academic Officer for Temple University Medical School at St. Luke’s.

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About St. Luke’s Simulation Center

State-of-the-art clinical simulation centers, located at both the Philadelphia North Broad Street and the Bethlehem St. Luke’s campuses, provide students with outstanding opportunities to develop their clinical and procedural skills. These centers include both robotic simulators and standardized patients as well as a variety of procedural skills training equipment. High fidelity, programmable robotic simulators imitate physiologic and clinical scenarios that clinicians may encounter. Small groups of students work together to assess the “patient’s” problem and to develop and implement a management plan.

A faculty member observes the group, then debriefs the students about the encounter to develop their skills for future encounters with patients. Students develop their history-taking and physical examination skills and professional behaviors through sessions with standardized patients and patient instructors. The opportunity to work first with standardized patients (who simulate real medical cases) helps to build students’ confidence towards the time when they will encounter real patients. Life-like task trainers (arms, head/neck, torsos, and other portions of the body) allow students to build their skills in performing a range of procedures such as phlebotomy, airway management, suturing, and urinary catheterization.

Students interested in surgery may begin to develop basic surgical skills during their preclinical years by participating in surgical interest groups and electives.

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Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation Featured on ITN Show ‘Doctors of the Future’

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Check out this awesome ITN (UK’s Independent Television Network) interview of the Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation Center! Healthcare professionals are using simulation training at the Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation to continue their professional development, improving patient care. This video is part of the Royal Society of Medicine’s news-style programme ‘Doctors of the Future’, produced in partnership with ITN Productions.

About Doctors of the Future

In a unique communications partnership, the Royal Society of Medicine and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme. ‘Doctors of the Future’ looks at the transformations in medical education as well as innovations in medical research and technologies that will shape the healthcare of tomorrow.

The programme premiered at the 12th Medical Innovations Summit on Saturday 16th April 2016 at The Royal Society of Medicine. Watch the reaction to the programme here. Introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports, along with sponsored editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations in the sector.

Learn more about the Hull Simulation Center here and
Watch the full Doctors of the Future Program here! 

15 News Articles Relevant to Medical Simulation

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Sim Champs! Here are 15 news articles relevant to the expansion of medical simulation around the world:

  1. Gainsville Sun – UF’s patient simulator breathes, reacts like the real thing
  2. Becker’s Hospital Review – The chronic problem of communication: Why it’s a patient safety issue, and how hospitals can address it
  3. Association for Talent Development – Simulations: Safe Way to Move Caregivers From Training to Treatment
  4. Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System – Patient safety no dummy at Naval Hospital Bremerton
  5. Harvard Gazette – “Real as a heart attack, almost”, Acted-out medical conditions formative for future physicians
  6. Japan Times – Simulated patients pitch Japan’s medical students cultural curve balls
  7. Health Data Management – Getting a glimpse of virtual and augmented reality in healthcare
  8. McGill University News – Getting serious with serious games in health professionals’
  9. Statesmen News – Simulation lab trains Pflugerville Fire staff for fires big, small
  10. Healio News – Surgical simulation-based training in arthroscopy: An emerging paradigm shift
  11. Michigan Daily – Patient simulator use expanded at School of Nursing
  12. Medical Xpress – Scientists turn to 3-D printing, digital simulations to treat heart disease
  13. EMS1 News – Paramedic, nurse win simulation competition
  14. Daily Advance – Ambulance simulator helps train EMTs
  15. US News – Blended Learning Options Rise at Medical Schools

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Times Herald Interviews Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy

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Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy from St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center was interviewed last month about his work in our “growing field”. Check out this excerpt:

“From his seat in the glassed-in control room of St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center, Murphy manipulates computerized human stand-ins lying in hospital beds in a mock emergency ward in the next room.

At the touch of a mouse, he can make the high-fidelity dummies “breathe,” their diaphragms rising and falling. He can produce an ever-present outflow of the patient’s vital stats, forcing the student nurses to constantly monitor heart rates and blood pressure as they rush about administering I.V. fluids and life-saving medications within a critical few minutes’ time. Throughout the exercise, he and instructor-coordinator Kim Murphy observe the students’ responses that are picked up and transmitted live to control room monitors. 

Murphy said health care training using simulated patients is a growing field involving working with manufacturers and sales reps and attending conferences to stay current. Hospitals are using the training with their own employees in addition to universities, and the military uses the technology to simulate combat situations among its medical technicians.

“I see it as a growing field. It’s a new and upcoming profession, and it’s very exciting, actually,” he said.”

Read the Full Story about Sean on the Times Herald Website!

7 Useful Articles For Healthcare Champions

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Today we share 7 articles that are relevant for simulation champions to consider, some of which are beyond the walls of our industry. Consider these insights:

  1. What Breathes and Bleeds but Doesn’t Suffer or Feel Pain? – Introduction to Syndaver and its synthetic tissue products (from LinkedIn)
  2. Austin lab, hospital partner to create new surgical tool – Seton Healthcare Family showed off the prototype of a new simulation task trainer that doctors are calling an innovation in the surgical suite.
  3. Train as you’re going to fight: The importance of Reality Based Training (LinkedIn)
  4. A Regional Sim Portfolio (LinkedIn) – Request to the community to create regional share hubs for simulation resources.
  5. Medical Simulation Theory: Canary In Mineshaft (LinkedIn)- Medical Simulators are often used in a similar manner to the Canary – to warn us of skills deficits in our students, or more commonly – our Teaching!
  6. Vision Disrupters: Virgin Wants to Change Education – “Experiential learning is much more likely to have an impact on young people, and is more enjoyable for both students and teachers.”
  7. The Best TED Talks of 2015 by Justin Bariso (LinkedIn) – Check out some highlight “must see” TED talks from you may have missed from 2015!

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