Latest Healthcare Simulation News Articles From Around the World!

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Here’s the latest recap of healthcare simulation topics found from the global news stream:

Special Operations Medics Refine Tactical Combat Casualty CareAs a 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) battalion surgeon, Maj. Hunter Winegarner assists in the planning and execution of medical training across the Group. On April 6th, Winegarner led a group of medics through some of the most realistic training Fort Carson has to offer. To help close that gap as much as possible, Group medics use the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) to provide realistic scenarios that they can work through. The MSTC provides training aids that simulate casualties who can bleed from their extremities, have difficulty breathing, and have eyes that are unresponsive to light.



WSU Provides Simulated Training to Enhance Medical Education Program: In August, Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will debut its medical education program, which leads to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The program will welcome 60 students to its charter class. “By integrating clinical, simulation, and case-based learning experiences, the College prepares graduates to lead health care teams,” says Dr. Ann Poznanski, pathologist and Associate Dean for Curriculum. “They learn to coordinate resources in new ways to improve patient care and the health of their communities.”


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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!

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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Brand-new Medical Simulation Centre in Canada Expected to Save Lives

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Happy Boxing Day Canada! CFJCToday recently reported on the launch of a new simulation center at the Royal Inland Hospital in Canada:

Through a very generous donation, two patient simulators have been given to the hospital, allowing both student nurses and doctors to practice routine and emergency exams. “We have two simulators,” said Tracy Canuel, Regional Knowledge Coordinator for Simulation. “We have one adult male and we have one pediatric simulator. They’re high-fidelity which means they’re controlled by a computer and they have heart sounds, breath sounds, they blink, can feel pulses.”

“We take this very seriously,” said Dr. Steve Reid, a Family Practice Resident at Royal Inland Hospital. “We enter the room wearing hospital scrubs so we’re already mentally prepared for it being a very real situation. The room itself looks like a very authentic, typical patient room. It really feels like the real thing.” Simulators have become commonplace in many B.C. hospitals including Vancouver General Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital.

At RIH their computer-programmed patient costs $90,000 and can simulate almost any medical situation.”We’re running intubation practices, chest-tube insertion, point-of-care ultrasound,” said Dr.Reid.Every chest compression and insertion is instantly recorded into a database where it’s later analyzed by instructors.

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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Shriners New Simulation Centre in Montreal Helps Train Medical Staff

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Check out this CBC News article about the simulation center in Montreal which was built with support by a local Shriners group:

There are definitely some perks to being a journalist, among them knowing that I am unlikely to ever be directly responsible for saving someone’s life. That’s good news for me – and even better news for anyone who might have depended, hypothetically, on my care. This became painfully obvious at the Shriners Hospital Wednesday as I held poor little Jose’s rubbery head in my hands as he struggled to breathe.

Health professionals have been poking and prodding Jose for several weeks, doing their best to save him from one ailment or another. He’s been lying in a bed at the Shriners’ new pediatric simulation centre at the Glen site. Jose is eight years old, and real doctors at the hospital tell me the patient is either a boy or a girl, leaving me to decide the gender. (I chose boy). I guess it’s important to point out that Jose is, first and foremost, a mannequin. No matter how badly I screwed up, I really couldn’t have made his situation worse.

Read the full story on the Canadian Broadcasting Channel News Website!

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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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!

NBC Live Report Covers Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center

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Recently I had the wonderful privilege of visiting The Women’s Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai of Los Angeles, which you can read all about here. Seems like HealthySim.com is not the only news group to pick up on this amazing simulation facility as Southern California’s NBC Channel 4 recently visited the center for this video report:

Phillips and his cardiac surgical team practice their complex procedures on a regular basis at Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai. The $15 million dollar facility is a fully functional operating room with one big difference: the patients are state-of-the-art mannequins. Their skin feels and behaves like human skin; they have exact replicas of human organs; and they can be programmed with vital signs and medical problems. They can even bleed, talk, hyperventilate and give birth.

It’s as close to the real thing without putting a human patient at risk. “If you’re doing complex surgeries you’re able to simulate the actual surgery you’re going to do,” Dr. Alistair Phillips explains.

During the simulation, the medical team is challenged with a series of complications including equipment problems, patient complications, and emergencies. Working through these problems in advance of the actual surgery, not only improves their teamwork, but helps them prepare for the unexpected. Dr Bruce says “That means cutting down on risks and complications and improving results.” Read the full NBC4 News Story here.

Be sure to read my interview here with Center Manager Russell Metcalfe-Smith to learn more!

Texas Hospital Gains Local Media Attention… And How Yours Can Too!

Joe Gaza, Clinical Simulation Technician from Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas shared this recent local news coverage of his simulation program from KDHNews.com. Gaining local media attention helps to promote your simulation program for community awareness, adds positive PR about your institution and can even attract serious donors!

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Photo by Janice Gibbs of FME News Service: Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, left, interim chairman of the department of surgery, Alisa Carnes, director of nursing, and Dr. Michael Hofkamp, an anesthesiologist, simulate a surgical timeout at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

From KDHNews.com: “At certain times of the year, one or two operating rooms at Scott & White are taken out of circulation and become simulation sites. When personnel are being trained in new procedures, or competencies are being assessed, a couple of operating rooms are devoted to the tasks, said Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, interim chairman of the department of surgery and a colorectal surgeon. The simulation project was spearheaded by Dr. Timothy Stallard, director of simulation education and emergency physician; Dr. Michael Hofkamp, co-director of anesthesia simulation and anesthesiologist; Dr. Jose Pliego, medical director for clinical simulation and reproductive endocrinologist; and Annilyn Donnell, vice president of patient services for perioperative and women services. Papaconstantinon, Alisa Carnes, director of nursing, Hofkamp and Stallard demonstrated a simulation of a surgical timeout, a preprocedure verification process.

Using simulations allows for practicing a lot of different procedures in a relatively short period of time, Stallard said. “If there are going to be mistakes, this is time to do it so we can correct those things and make sure everybody is on the same level,” he said. “It’s a unique opportunity to practice and hone skills.” Scott & White has a mobile simulation unit that travels to the smaller hospitals in the system. Scott & White was awarded a grant to purchase iPads and monitors for participants to review their simulation efforts. Between 350 and 500 people go through the Scott & White operating room simulations annually, Papaconstantinon said.”

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