Pocket Nurse Shares Strategies for Running a Mass Casualty Incident Simulation Scenario

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Pocket Nurse recently supported a mass casualty incident (MCI) at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). At the event, the Pocket Nurse team got the opportunity to see the DMACC nursing, paramedic, and criminal justice students in action in a simulated multiple vehicle accident involving around 20 victims. They shared a blog post on the great educational lessons they saw from the mass casualty simulation training exercise, a few of which were:

Make a lot of blood. In general, a convincing MCI scenario needs a lot of materials. Stock up on moulage kits, bandages and gauze, manikins, and stabilization tools. Enough standardized patients (SPs) need to be recruited; both SPs and manikins should be strategically deployed.

Choose a spacious location. An MCI scenario requires space for several scenes, environmental hazards, and the healthcare students themselves. Account for a triage area, emergency vehicles, and press and community members.


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Don’t make it easy. A true MCI is chaotic, so a simulation should integrate real-world challenges. In addition to belligerent standardized patients, a simulation should have lots of noise, for instance, a car horn honking continuously or sirens from rescue vehicles. Develop difficult subtasks within the usual triage challenges. In a recent simulation, one patient with a possible neck injury was found in the bed of a pickup truck. Students had to get creative in order to transfer the patient out of the truck and over to the distant triage area.

Running an EMS program and looking for more knowledge on how to setup and run in-situ simulation training experiences in the yard? Check out the HealthySim 2-part special focusing on EMS Simulation programs sponsored by CAE Healthcare.

Learn the rest of the mass casualty simulation training secrets on the SimTalk Blog!


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Pocket Nurse Distributes New VR Training System from VES | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2017 HealthySimulation.com interviewed Virtual Education Systems at the Pocket Nurse booth to learn more about their VR task trainer that utilizes HTC Vive technology. Watch the video interview below to see this awesome technology in action!

Train Better in VR Simulated Environments

Now with VES VR training systems, new nurses can train with interactive patients in-hospital simulations making critical decisions in real-time. Whether it is clinical training or refreshing skills, healthcare professionals can train in realistic game based scenarios developing competencies that save lives. VES technology allows educators to integrate cases quickly and easily, creating a simple to understand case builder that is web-based was a top priority from the beginning.

VES VR Training Provides:

  • Experiential Learning: Interactive cases that teach through experience and repetition
  • Multi-Platforms: Virtual reality, web, and mobile
  • Learning Management Integration: Deploy through any LMS Assess learning autonomously on an individual or group level
  • Competency Assessment: VES-Case Builder Create custom cases suited to the individual needs of your establishment
  • Debriefing: Each case generates a log of time and decisions, along with downloadable PDF
  • 24/7: Virtual patient cases can be taken any time anywhere
  • Simulates Physiological Responses: Accurate virtual patients respond correctly to treatments
  • Cost Effective: Individual training below current evaluation and training methods

Learn more at the Pocket Nurse website today!

Reconditioned Hospital Beds From Pocket Nurse For Your Sim Lab

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Sim Champs did you know that Pocket Nurse can provide recondition hospital beds for your healthcare education program? Because of the high quality review of these beds, Pocket Nurse guarantees a 3 years warranty! The process further explained below includes replacement of all worn electrical equipment and rails, along with a white glove delivery and installation service. Get affordable and functioning beds for your simulation program through Pocket Nurse!

Proprietary Pocket Nurse Bed Reconditioning Process

All Reconditioned Beds by Pocket Nurse are repainted with durable, automotive-grade paint, cleaned and decontaminated. We strip, sand, treat and remove rust from all headboards, footboards, rails, sleep surfaces and access panels and evaluate all beds to ensure they meet the manufacturer’s original specifications. We test all motors, boards, switches, drive components, caster wheels and brake/steer components, replace all worn or damaged elements, install new plastic side rail canes, affix new safety, caution and product labels and include brand new hospital-grade mattresses.

Learn more and get your Reconditioned Hospital Beds On the Pocket Nurse website!


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Pocket Nurse & Omnicell Launch Education Tools for Simulated Medication Management

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Earlier this year we shared an announcement between Pocket Nurse and Omnicell regarding an educational affiliation to provide real world medication management solutions that fit seamlessly into the nursing education simulation lab and curriculum. The product mix is 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.

From the Website:

Healthcare simulation education is rapidly moving toward classroom environments that strongly mimic clinical environments – to better train the emerging healthcare workforce and reduce integration time from classroom to clinic.

Pocket Nurse and Omnicell have joined forces to provide real world medication management solutions that fit seamlessly into the nursing education simulation lab and curriculum. The product mix is 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.

The result of educating with these solutions is increased patient safety, reduced rates of medication errors, and more realistic training scenarios that transfer well into the workforce.

Read here Justin Allen’s article The Next Generation of Nursing Education for further insight into the future of healthcare simulation education.

Solutions from this new partnership:

  • Automated Dispensing Cabinets – Automated Dispensing Cabinets provide an excellent way to affordably model the drug cabinet configurations and features used in most healthcare settings. These space-saving modular table-top automated dispensing cabinets have flexible drawer configurations for enhanced scenario creation.
  • Medication Workstations – Savvy Mobile Medication Workstation provides secure transport of medications from the ADC to the point-of-care, creating a critical layer of accountability and addressing ISMP recommendations for safe transport of medications. Nursing students can place all needed patient medications for a medication pass from ADC into patient-assigned locking drawers and then move from bed to bed, instead of returning to the ADC between each patient.
  • Remote Medication Management – Anywhere RN™ creates a flexible medication administration process that positively impacts nursing and patient safety. It is a web-based application that lets nurses remotely perform medication management tasks away from the automated dispensing cabinet (ADC).

Learn more at: TeachMedManagement.com

Omnicell and Pocket Nurse Announce Agreement to Provide State-of-the-Art Medication Automation to Nurse Education Organizations

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Hot off the wire this morning is this fantastic announcement about a collaborative partnership between Pocket Nurse and Omnicell to provide better educational training solutions through simulation!

Lees-McRae College First Institution to Benefit from New Partnership

Mountain View, Calif. January 14, 2015. Omnicell Inc., (NASDAQ:OMCL), today announced that Pocket Nurse, a leading provider for nursing healthcare education and medical simulation initiatives, has entered into an agreement to bring state-of-the-art medication automation solutions to the nursing education market. Pocket Nurse will develop real-world simulated education curriculums using Omnicell automated medication dispensing systems for nursing students in healthcare education and medical simulation education programs in the USA & Canada.

Together, Omnicell and Pocket Nurse will bridge the academic preparation of nursing students with real-world experience by providing medication management technology used by nurses in the majority of hospitals across the country.

Simulation labs are today’s adjunctive method for nurse education1. Just as pilots refine and hone their skills on the ground in simulators, nurses need to be able to practice their craft in a dynamic and realistic environment. The rapid advance of technology in simulation education allows students unlimited opportunities to practice clinical events in a safe and controlled environment. As simulated education programs continue to evolve, educators are tasked with improving and fine-tuning the skills of today’s nurses as current staffing shortages increase and the demand for nurses heightens. Validating this new initiative, Lees-McRae College will be deploying Omnicell technology into their updated state-of-the-art simulation labs, scheduled to be open in fall 2015.

Pocket Nurse is well known within the nurse education and simulation center communities. Key purchasers of the Company’s solutions include nursing educators, simulation center supervisors, and programs for continuing nursing education. Pocket Nurse will provide a wide range of Omnicell’s catalog of products, particularly those designed for nursing, including:

  • OmniRx automated medication dispensing cabinets (medication cabinets) including the integrated Medication Label Printer that allows nurses to print patient-specific labels right from the medication cabinet during medication issue. The Omnicell medication cabinets also include the Touch & Go advanced biometric ID system, designed with state-of-the-art biometric technology to improve efficiency and security.
  • Savvy™ mobile medication workstation, which streamlines the medication administration process and provides safe and secure transportation of medications from the medication cabinet to the patient’s bedside.
  • Anywhere RN™ remote medication management software, a unique web-based application that allows nurses to remotely access the Omnicell dispensing cabinets at their convenience from virtually any hospital workstation, to streamline workflow and minimize interruptions that can lead to medication administration errors.

“Omnicell has a long-standing history of supporting the vital role nurses play in caring for patients with innovative solutions that improve their workflow and support improved patient outcomes,” states J. Christopher Drew, executive vice present, Field Operations at Omnicell. “We are proud to work with Pocket Nurse. This agreement further supports nurses in the academic environment prior to the start of their professional careers.”

“Continuous innovation and realistic, dynamic environments are central to nursing education and offer the hands-­‐on experience necessary to properly refine clinical skills,” says Anthony Battaglia, president at Pocket Nurse. “As a company founded and operated by nurses, we take pride in understanding the daily demands nurses face and our goal is to lessen the transition of students out of the classroom and into clinical settings. Partnering with Omnicell expands the technology we’re able to offer simulation centers and increases the quality of education nursing students receive.”

“It’s impossible to teach student nurses a correct and comprehensive way to practice their skills without all the properly integrated technology in place,” offers Justin Allen, BSN, RN, instructor of Nursing and Health Sciences at Less-­‐McRae College. “With the number of pre-­‐licensure nursing students outpacing the amount of clinical experience available, it’s important that in the simulation environment these students have the most exposure we can give them to real world experiences.”

Omnicell representatives were present in the Pocket Nurse booth at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference January 10-13 where they had an opportunity to discuss the new agreement with attendees.

About Pocket Nurse

Pocket Nurse, a leading simulation laboratory and healthcare education solutions company, was founded more than twenty years ago to conveniently and cost-­‐ effectively provide essential clinical learning supplies to colleges and universities. Today, Pocket Nurse sells more than 7,500 products throughout the U.S. and in 180 countries worldwide to a diverse population of public and private institutions across the academic, governmental and healthcare enterprise. A Nurse Owned and Operated company, Pocket Nurse is the market share leader for products such as Student Health Totes for clinical education and Demo Dose simulated medications. Headquartered in a new 128,000+ square foot green-­‐certified corporate complex and state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art distribution center in Monaca, Pa., Pocket Nurse is committed to providing best-­‐in-­‐class instructional solutions—from essential standards to the latest in technological innovation—to meet and exceed the supply needs of the simulation laboratory and healthcare education industry.

About Omnicell

Since 1992, Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL) has been creating new efficiencies to improve patient care, anywhere it is delivered. Omnicell is a leading supplier of comprehensive automation and business analytics software for patient-­‐centric medication and supply management across the entire health care continuum—from the acute care hospital setting to post-­‐acute skilled nursing and long-­‐term care facilities to the home. More than 3,000 customers worldwide have utilized Omnicell Automation and Analytics solutions to increase operational efficiency, reduce errors, deliver actionable intelligence and improve patient safety. Omnicell Medication Adherence solutions, including its MTS Medication Technologies brand, provide innovative medication adherence packaging solutions to help reduce costly hospital readmissions. In addition, these solutions enable approximately 6,000 institutional and retail pharmacies worldwide to maintain high accuracy and quality standards in medication dispensing and administration while optimizing productivity and controlling costs.

For more information, visit www.pocketnurse.com & www.omnicell.com!


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Pocket Nurse Needs Our Help to Win Grant!

Pocket Nurse has applied for a Main Street Grant being offered by CHASE to expand their Medication Administration offerings and ultimately decrease medication errors. To Qualify they need 250 votes from the HealthySimulation.com community! Mission Main Street Grants is a grant program by Chase to award twenty (20) small businesses with grants of $150,000.

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Steps To Help Pocket Nurse Win:

  1. Go to this link: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/
  2. Enter ZIP CODE 15061 where it says “Vote for Your Favorite Business”
  3. Click “VOTE NOW”  on the Pocket Nurse page
  4. Sign into Facebook and your vote will be recorded

Please pass along to friends and family with facebook accounts so we get enough votes! Thank you all for your help!

Watch $150 HealthySimAdmin Session “Increasing Simulation Program Utilization” For Free This Week Only!

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This week we are sharing another session from HealthySimAdmin.com, which was a 2 day HD-recorded event produced at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing addressing the how-to of medical simulation program administration. In this session, Corporate IT Director at Baptist Health South Florida and Treasurer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Allen Giannakopoulos, PhD covers the state of management principles in administration of a medical simulation program and gives crucial tips on how to improve your operations. His talk is then followed by a panel discussion by a dynamic range of medical simulation program administrators from nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, military divisions, hospitals and consultants. This 2-hour session is being provided for free for the next seven days only — so take advantage of it now before it goes behind closed doors again!

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HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. During the live taping, more than 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online with the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

“Increasing Utilization”: How do you convince higher administration that your medical simulation program deserves additional funding, space, equipment and staff? How do you continue to increase services without frustrating staff or denying simulation champions? Allen Giannakopoulos, PhD shares with us how to expand simulation beyond the original scope of the program considering needs such as space, scheduling complications, financial support, technology issues, hiring new staff and more. Allen will then be joined by the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts to discuss how to increase usage in your simulation program, track and analyze statistical data to help gain additional support, modifying and transforming scheduling and procedural policies, overcoming resistance to program evolution as well as the differences in strategy necessary for short vs. long-term simulation program expansion. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. With this session we will learn how to successfully grow a medical simulation lab program through various stages of development.

Session Presentation Lead By:

Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.
Corporate Director IT Process Reengineering & Operational Process Support;
Knowledge Reports Development and Client Advocacy
Baptist Health South Florida
& SSH Treasurer

Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. is the Corporate Director for Reengineering and Redesign at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. His duties include computer simulation of processes and scheduled events in clinical and business departments.  Dr. Giannakopoulos earned his academic credentials from the State University of New York in Brockport, BS in Business; University of Rochester, MBA in Business and Marketing; and his Ph.D. in Health Administration from Kennedy –Western in Sacramento.Dr. Giannakopoulos been published in over 50 health care journals and publications and has been a featured speaker and presenter over the past twenty years in health care, quality improvement, and simulation.Dr. Giannakopoulos has been working with computer modeling and simulations since the 1990’s, when basic tools were created.  Today, the most advanced computer simulation tools are used to mimic clinical processes and provide clinicians with information on how to view the patient experience as a whole, in addition to analyzing specific parts. Dr. Giannakopoulos worked with SSiH to survey members on their experiences in order to ascertain what the best practices are in creating, building, and sustaining a simulation center. This body of knowledge continues to be built for the benefit of organizations that are looking to construct their simulation center.

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Simulated Wireless Nurse Call System from Pocket Nurse

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Starting off this non-simulated work week is another great product available now from Pocket Nurse – a simulated Nurse Wireless Call System which you can add to your lab! Have you used this product before? Rate it on Konsiderate.com!

About the Nurse call System:

Pocket Nurse® Wireless Nurse Call System supports up to 48 wireless emergency call stations, pendants or devices and is widely used in clinics  now available for your simulation lab.  Sim Labs can be equipped with wireless flush mounted stations to teach the importance of patient safety.

Now you can integrate a realistic call system into your scenario development with the Pocket Nurse® Simulated Wireless Nurse Call System.

Standard Features include:

  • Easy Installation
  • Superior Wireless Range
  • Easy User Programming
  • LCD Display
  • Alarm Call Reset
  • Replaceable Long-Life Battery
  • 900 MHz spread spectrum technology
  • Six relays for connectivity
  • Alarm calls reset at the source Wrist Pendant
  • LCD alarm display
  • Plug and play installation
  • Supports up to 48 transmitters
  • Upgradeable to 65,000 transmitters

Standard Package includes:

  • Single bed station with call placed LED
  • Call cancel button, transmitter, and batteries
  • Also includes 5 bed station call cords with IEA standard 1/4” jack (8’ length)
  • 1 emergency pull station with embeded transmitter, battery, reed switch, and gasket for installation in wet areas
  • Additional transmitters may be purchased separately

Learn more at the Nurse Call System Page on PocketNurse.com!

Pole Mountable Power Supply From Pocket Nurse

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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.  “This versatile power strip, manufactured with high quality receptacles and power cord, can be used in many different areas in your simulation center”.

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Specs:

Cord Length: 15′
$120 – Non-Medical Version: 12 amps, 125 volts
$176 – Medical Version (patient area approved): 12 amps, 120 volts – Cord is Hospital Grade

Click the links below to learn more:

PowerMate Non-Medical Power Strip or PowerMate Medical Power Tap

Sim Techs: Two Weeks Left to Apply for Pocket Nurse Scholarship to SimGHOSTS 2014 USA

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Pocket Nurse has been a long standing supporter of those operating healthcare simulation labs and the 501(c)3 non-profit organization SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. To extend this support to simulation programs in need, Pocket Nurse has provided (2) $1500 scholarships to attend the SimGHOSTS 2014 event, taking place August 5th-8th at the new American College of Chest Physician’s new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center. Sim Techs who would otherwise be unable to attend are encourage to apply!

From SimGHOSTS.org:

“Pocket Nurse® (PocketNurse.com) is the world’s leading supplier of healthcare education products and a proud supporter of those operating medical simulation. This year, Pocket Nurse® continues its “Founding Sponsorship” of the SimGHOSTS meeting by providing $3000 in nontransferable scholarships to individuals/institutions in need. These scholarships are designed to support participation in the development and advancement of those operating a medical simulation lab through the payment of conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Eligibility The Pocket Nurse ® Scholarships are open to all healthcare simulation technology specialists (“Sim Techs”), or individuals responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment of a medical simulation lab. Priority will be given to first time attendees who are currently employed at a not-for-profit simulation lab (part or fulltime), and those without significant financial support from their employer.”

Learn if you qualify, download the complete announcement guidelines and apply today at the
SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Pocket Nurse Scholarship Page!