Simulaids Unveils Industry’s First Patient Communication Simulator ALEX

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Recently we covered the innovative ‘Next Gen Geri’ as seen at IMSH 2017 — but even more recently Simulaids unveiled the industries first “Patient Communication Simulator (PCS)”! Newly launched, ALEX recognizes questions and responds with scripted answers related to his condition allowing simulation educators to use speech synthesis or your own voice for responses. Alex is also the first patient simulator with an HD camera streaming live, low latency video from his right eye. Debrief with a patient point-of-view experience! Check out this video below to see more:


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  • Develop critical thinking, decision making and priority setting skills
  • Conduct initial patient assessments and clinical interviews
  • Acquire foundational nursing skills
  • Meet high-level simulation goals
  • Evaluate Nursing competencies in procedures such as injections, IV administration, and wound care
Core Features of Alex:
  • Breathing: Moving chest in sync with set respiratory rate. Set various respiratory profiles with varying depth of breath.
  • Airway: Oral, digital, and nasal intubation, as well as all other standard airway procedures.
  • BVM Ventilation: Rising chest measures and records airflow over time when done during CPR.
  • Circulation: Pulses (carotid x 2, brachial x 2, radial x 2 and pedal x 2): sensing touch and providing pulse sensation in sync with set heart rate and blood pressure.
  • CPR: CPR abilities with metrics of chest compression force/depth and timing. Automatic detection and logging of CPR procedures.
  • IV Injection Arm: Practice intravenous injections and positioning a butterfly catheter. Puncture veins and dorsal venous network of hand.
  • Patient Monitor: Direct control of HR, RR, SpO2 and TEMP to set target value and transition length.
  • Waveforms: Normal and abnormal simulated cardio, respiratory and SpO2 waveforms in virtual patient monitor.
  • Blood Pressure: Measure blood pressure with any sphygmomanometer attached to the included SmartCuff™, equipped with wireless pressure sensor.
  • IRISCAM: An HD camera built into the eye of ALEX, providing digital video for live streaming and recorded review. (patent pending)
  • SPEECH: Advanced speech recognition and speech synthesis to support fully automated medical interviewing exercises. (patent pending)
  • SOUNDS: Listen to normal or various abnormal lung/heart/bowel sounds and Korotkoff sounds using any stethoscope when attached to the included SmartScope™ accessory.

Simulaids began producing trauma moulage products in the town of Woodstock in 1963 and now operates out of an 83,000-square-foot facility in Saugerties New York.

Learn more about Simulaids Innovative Products on their website today!


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Operative Experience Inc Adds Senior Executives to Expand Realistic Surgical Training Simulators

At IMSH 2012 Operative Experience Inc (OEI) caught our eye at HealthySimulation.com as a hyper realistic simulator for surgical training. At the event I had a chance to interview the founder CEO of the company Dr. Robert Buckman on OEI’s product and support from the DOD. You can read our full OEI 2012 article here, but I have relinked the video below. Today we are hearing that OEI has expanded its executive team in the goal of expanding product development and global growth. This on the recent announcement at IMSH that by Lou Oberndorf, the man who founded METI (acquired by CAE Healthcare in 2012). Thus — OEI is one to keep on your radar for new innovation products and companies in healthcare simulation!

Official Press Release

Operative Experience, Inc. (OEI), a fast rising developer of high-fidelity human simulators for surgical and pre-hospital education, today announced two additions to their executive team. Jane O’Reilly, named the new Global Vice President of Sales, and Carlos Moreno, the new Chief Technology Officer, will play major roles in OEIs’ global expansion plans. “We are thrilled to be adding these two accomplished executives to the OEI team,” said Mick Navin, President/CEO of OEI. “Our goal is to be a global leader in medical simulation. Jane and Carlos both helped grow a small simulation company into a global leader. Their experience will be invaluable as we accelerate our product development and growth.”

Jane O’Reilly comes to OEI with more than 15 years of experience growing medical simulation companies. During her 10 years at METI, O’Reilly played a leadership role in doubling overall company revenue and building out a world-class sales organization. “OEIs’ products are nothing short of revolutionary,” said O’Reilly. “The global medical simulation community has been asking for this level of realism for years. I am excited to work with the team to grow the business and the impact this has in saving lives.”

Carlos Moreno joins OEI with more than 20 years of technology leadership, including eight years as the Chief Technology Officer at METI where he led the development of iStan and METIman. “Joining OEI is an extraordinary opportunity to help an innovative young company become a significant global player in the medical simulation market,” said Moreno. “The need for OEI’s 21st century technology is real. There’s nothing like it available today. I look forward to contributing to OEIs’ future innovations and success.”

OEI produces simulators to rapidly train surgeons and medics in critical, life-saving trauma skills for cesarean section, control of postpartum hemorrhage, emergency hysterectomy, craniotomy, neck exploration, emergency thoracotomy, damage control laparotomy, fasciotomy and leg amputation. Last month, OEI announced that Louis H. Oberndorf, a pioneer in the field of healthcare simulation and the founder of METI, had made a significant investment in the company and accepted the position of Chairman. OEI’s founder, Robert Buckman, MD, a surgeon and former professor at the Temple University School of Medicine, developed the OEI technology under a series of SBIR grants from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. The DOD is currently one of the primary users of OEI’s simulators.

About Operative Experience, Inc.

Operative Experience, Inc. is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and pre-hospital training. Using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm, OEI reduces training costs while increasing training effectiveness and retention. OEI is dedicated to applying this technology to reduce combat and civilian surgical mortality, and to provide humanitarian support to developing countries with limited medical resources.

Learn more at the Operative Experience Inc Website!

SimPORTAL Launches New Realistic Intubation Trainer

A new realistic looking intubation task trainer from University of Minnesota’s SimPORTAL!

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Excerpt from the Star Tribune:

“An interdisciplinary team of engineers, doctors, graduate students, industry partners and even a Hollywood makeup artist have developed a lifelike mannequin for the military to train combat medics on how to safely insert a breathing tube in the heat of even the most chaotic battles. Officials at the University of Minnesota’s Simulation PeriOperative Resources for Training and Learning (SimPORTAL) lab hope it’s the first in a line of increasingly complex simulated human models it will develop to more effectively train military medics, civilian EMTs and other first-responders on a litany of human trauma.

“We want to give them the most lifelike experience possible before we give them experience in real life,” said Dr. Robert Sweet, associate professor of urology and director of SimPORTAL. Ten other projects are in the SimPORTAL pipeline, he said.

Lifelike? The upper-torso mannequin’s skin has pores. Its tongue is coated with moisture. Its teeth click like real teeth. Its jaw moves like a real jaw. A synthetic spine allows the neck to move as a real patient’s would. Sensors embedded in the trachea register if a medic trainee exerts too much force when inserting a breathing tube. Real MRI scans of body parts and thousands of tissue sample properties stored in a massive database were used to provide engineers with the right size, scale, elasticity and “feel.”

Designers can even make the mannequin “bleed”, if necessary. “If you are going to simulate something, you need to define it in real life,” said Jack Stubbs, associate director of SimPORTAL.”

SimPORTAL (Simulation PeriOperative Resource for Training and Learning) is the primary simulation training “portal,” or point of entry, for the procedurally oriented departments within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. It arranges for, or directly provides space, equipment, technical and logistical support for educational activities involving technical skills and team training via simulation.

Visit the Star Tribune page to watch their news interview video of the new task-trainer. 


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Simulab CentraLineMan Video Introduction

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Recently HealthySim toured several US healthcare educational locations training with Simulab’s CentraLineMan, which is Simulab’s Central Vascular Catheterization training solution that allows medical professionals to train using real-time ultrasound guidance during catheter placement. Previously our video coverage on this topic included TraumaMan in-situ at LSU Health’s Surgical Suites, the use of Simulab products to train 200 learners at month at NorthShore University, as well as research that proves CentraLineMan prevents CVC infection and saves hospital costs at a ratio of 7:1, and finally a video introduction to Simulab.

In the latest video below, we cover the many unique features of CentraLineMan with a product breakdown:

The 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. The head can rotate and pitch, to help provide learners the opportunity to more closely mimic correct technique depending on different procedures.

CentraLineMan Standard & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Central Vascular Catheterization Using Subclavian, Supraclavicular, and Internal Jugular approaches
  • Sterile technique
  • Locating vessels with ultrasound
  • Inserting Needle
  • Threading guidewire
  • Passing dilator and triple lumen catheter
  • Performing line maintenance
  • Learning to use ultrasound guidance during catheter placement
  • Locating vessels using palpable landmarks

Simulab’s CentraLineMan is anatomically correct and palpable so not only can you feel the clavicle and the sternocleidomastoid muscle heads but also the carotid pulse. This means  when you are training your physicians or residents on the procedure using the blind technique, you have all the necessary anatomy so they can complete the procedure correctly.

Of course, CentraLineMan is ultrasound compatible, with any machine out there. Therefore you can do the IJ, the subclavian, and the supraclavicular sites. CentraLineMan includes an arterial pulse bulb and venous syringe which allows you to increase or decrease the pressure in the vein for a larger or smaller target respectively.

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By having the exit holes at the top of the body form, the CVC training system provides a realistic route to pass the guidewire which enables learners to see it with immediate visual feedback. You can pass the guidewire from all three locations: subclavian, superclavicular and the IJ sites.

Key Takeaways:

  • Responds to Ultrasound
  • Provides realistic soft tissue
  • Includes all necessary anatomical landmarks
  • Includes arterial pulse
  • Has two colors of simulated blood
  • Easy to refill simulated fluid reservoirs
  • Provides three access points
  • Is portable and affordable

A Simulation in Healthcare Journal research publication entitled “Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit” (Cohen, Elaine R. BA; Feinglass, Joe PhD; Barsuk, Jeffrey H. MD; Barnard, Cynthia MBA, MSJS; O’Donnell, Anna RN, BSN; McGaghie, William C. PhD; Wayne, Diane B. MD) which utilized CentraLineMan found that “A simulation-based educational intervention in CVC insertion was highly cost-effective… at a Return-Of-Investment ratio of 7:1 with a cost savings of over $700,000 dollars for the hospital”.

With a purchase price for a complete system still under $3000, acquisition into this Simulab training platform to teach these skills is easy. And since replacement skins allow for at least 50 full catheter insertions and cost less than $500 – Simulab has designed an affordable training product that clearly delivers realistic, high quality and cost efficient training.

To learn more about CentraLineMan, the only system that fits into the ASA guidelines, visit Simulab.com today or watch our previous video on how the platform can save on hospital costs.