SoloShot2 Camera Attachment Tracks Participants Automatically

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What if our Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras could track simulation participants automatically — freeing us as facilitators or sim techs to spend more time focusing on operating the manikin, speaking as the voice of the patient, or analyzing the learner’s performance? Recently I was sent this video of the SoloShot2 that automatically tracks an Radio Frequency (RF) tag which you wear, so that the camera automatically follows the action! This unit is currently limited to outdoor use but the implications for our high-fidelity simulation labs are strong! Have you or anyone you know worked on creating automatic camera tracking in your simulation labs? I would love to hear all about it!

About the SoloShot:

Attach the device to your tripod, and your camera to the device. Wear the Tag and video yourself from up to 2000 feet away!

Like most rad products, SOLOSHOT began as a solution to a problem. When the waves come up, everyone wants to be in the water. It’s hard to find someone to stand on the beach pointing a camera for hours even though that’s usually the best angle to shoot from. You really need a dedicated, skilled cameraman who is always at the ready to get the kind of high quality footage that professionals use to train or share with the world.

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Even though SOLOSHOT started as a way for surfers to finally get that perspective shot they craved, the product has really taken off in all kinds of communities where the participants really want that angle that previously could only be captured by a dedicated professional cameraman. It’s pretty great to see random videos of rugby and soccer and even dog training and RC flying. When you think about it, you can set up a SOLOSHOT on the sidelines and get hours of super high quality footage of your practice, EVERY practice. The impact this kind of product will have on the careers of striving action and field sports athletes is already significant and we have only just begun to scratch the surface.

SoloShot2 Specs:

Pan: 360° at 80° per second continuously in both directions
Tilt: 150° of vertical tracking at 35° per second
Battery: Up to 8 Hours of internal battery rechargeable using supplied USB cord
Accessory Port: For adding features such as camera control and charging Tags
Feedback: Long range directional Green LED for tracking feedback
Security: K-Lock socket for locking camera to Base unit, Tool for secure attachment to attachment to tripod which may be locked to a fixed object using a standard bike lock.

Get the SoloShot2 through Amazon and Visit the SoloShot Website for more info!

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Level 3 Healthcare Shares Impressive Portfolio of Simulation Center A/V Integration Projects

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Level 3 Healthcare, who were the platinum sponsors of the 2014 SimGHOSTS USA event, have updated their new website with some amazing shots of their impressive A/V integration portfolio. Having worked with them closely this year for SimGHOSTS and after touring their impressive integration work at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center, I would highly recommend you add them to your contact list for all major sim lab A/V integration plans!

New Adult Simulation Room Orientation for Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas Learners

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Looks like the wonderful team from my old stomping grounds, the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, have put together an updated orientation video for new learners to one of the adult simulation lab spaces. The tour was provided by Simulation Program Coordinator Rowena Saba and produced by Simulation Technology Specialist Jonathan Sturak. The CSCLV, which is a partnership of Nevada System of Higher Education schools including University of Nevada: Las Vegas School of Nursing, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Nevada State College School of Nursing recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary! I hear the 31,000 sq.ft. facility is available to host events and is also providing simulation-based training activities for educators!

Such orientations are great ways to introduce the space to visual or auditory learners before they receive their physical orientation. This provides learners with additional opportunities to orient themselves to the process of simulation either remotely or before entering the lab — so that when simulation starts — they spend less time trying to remember where the oxygen masks are and more time focusing on patient care.

The CSCLV has produced many of such wonderful orientations and promotional videos for a variety of spaces and programs which have already been viewed over 110,000 times! Think about the cost savings of one-time productions vs providing all those tours with staff time! Learn more by reading our post on “Why Video Production Saves Your Sim Program Time & Money“.

Visit the CSCLV website media page for more great examples of simulation videos!

Looking to create your own video orientations? Check out my 2-part comprehensive post on “Basic Video Production Techniques”

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Free Medical Simulation Resource Website Crosses 10,000 Monthly Readers!

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Friends — Our 10,000 balloons are working! I am thrilled to share that last month provided a record breaking 10,271 readers from around the world with more than 21,000 pages of medical simulation content! This was our “highest” month yet, so thanks to each and every one of you who continues to read and support this free resource website!

As usual, we need to find ways to celebrate and so this morning I am happy to share that the 15 hours of administrative content from which has been available for $450 will be made PUBLICLY available for FREE to subscribers of ‘s free monthly newsletter! This morning I started moving over the content from to where the videos will be housed more permanently. What is HealthySimAdmin?

“The manikin isn’t connecting to wifi. You are five minutes late to an interview with a candidate who has no medical experience but a strong background in setting up labs. Someone from purchasing is on line two asking why you just bought $500 in wigs while your assistant informs you today’s tour group just doubled in size. Instantly an email beeps to your phone from your supervisor, who is just casually wondering if your sim labs will be “self-sustainable” for next year’s fiscal budget?”

Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical and Pocket Nurse and recorded at UNLV, HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first and only broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Over 300 simulation program administrators from around the world have watched 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!

Since starting in 2010 I have received countless emails from medical simulation program administrators all around the world looking for answers to the questions inherit with this emerging methodology. And while attending conferences, reading books, and touring other simulation centers has helped – there just has never been enough resources available to support Healthcare Simulation Administrators.

While has provided new resources to the community I know that I am just one voice amoung thousands. And since none of us went to school to become an administrator of a healthcare simulation lab, we each have unique backgrounds which have brought us to this current profession. For example, my background in hollywood production provided me with a unique perspective on the recording challenges faced by a medical simulation program administrator. In other words, each of us has an amazing way to overcome a specific challenge inherit with running a healthcare simulation program.

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Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim adminsThe HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession!

For the next few weeks I will keep the page unlocked as I continue to migrate content over as since this morning only 2 of the 9 sessions are available. In our next month’s free newsletter I will re-lock the page and send out the new password! Sign up today so you don’t miss out!

Visit the New Homepage for HealthySimAdmin and start watching this free content today!

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 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 “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.”

Read the full local news story on and then read the following articles to learn how to gain media attention for your Sim Lab:

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50,000 Views of Medical Simulation Videos from

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HealthySim readers- today I am thrilled to share that the HealthySimulation Youtube Channel has crossed more than 50,000 views! To highlight this achievement I have shared again  here the top six “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more! Thanks to all those that helped us achieve this amazing goal.

#6) How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation 

#5) Simulab TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU

#4) Pyxis MedStation 4000 Clinical Educator Reflections From

#3) CAE’s Caesar Manikin 

#2) iSimulate Unveils ALSi Patient Vital Sign Monitor Software 

#1) Laerdal Launches SimPad at IMSH 2012 

Stop by the HealthySimulation Medical Simulation Youtube Channel for over ONE HUNDRED more medical simulation videos, be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE!

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”.



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

Intro to Video Editing: Tutorials, Links & Contests

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Previously I have written on the numerous benefits of using video production in your medical simulation labs. A recent question by the community on how to better handle countless tour requests for their simulation lab prompted me to remind them of the huge cost and energy savings that a recorded video tour could provide. Here are some of my previous posts on the matter:

At SimGHOSTS 2014 USA this August, I will be teaching a hands-on workshop on Advanced Editing Techniques Using Final Cut Express, which is what I use to edit all over the 100+ medical simulation youtube videos we’ve shown here on But before we get there, I thought it would be to cover some basics to video editing as my tutorials above never covered that area.

There are three key things to remember when learning to video edit, which can all be demonstrated by this classic scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark:

1) Timing is everything: First, lets define a shot as an individual cut (or edit) of one particular camera placement which shows one angle of character, setting, or other info. An average shot length is 7 seconds long. If a shot is shorter or longer than 7 seconds, the audience can be triggered to feel something other than normal progress of the story. For example, the first shot of this scene above  lasts about 9 seconds while Indy searches for Marion because we keep hoping that he will find her. The bit of extra seconds here forces the audience to spend more time in the uncomfortable situation Indy is experiencing. The next shot, in contrast, is only 2 seconds long which helps show surprise when the crowd parts to reveal: a lone and very dangerous swordsman in shot 3. The timing of these two shots illustrates how shot duration can play with audience expectation and feeling.

2) Keeping continuity: The point of editing is to create story continuity as the world unfolds before the audience. After Indy sees the swordsman, we enter into a “shot-reverse shot” pattern where we gain the understanding of where these two individuals stand to face each other. Even though we first watch Indy see something when the crowd parts, when turn to understand what he sees the edit actually jumps behind him. Its a subtle transition that allows the audience to understand exactly where the bad guy is in relation to Indy during the reveal. The editor could have picked a shot that just revealed the swordsman, but then that would not have placed Indy’s distance to the bad guy – which was essential for the quick unfoldment of the gag of this scene- that the distance between them is enough to give Indy the winning advantage.

3) Sound is half of the movie: In just 25 seconds we hear music drive the emotion of anxiety Indy is feeling as he searches for Marion, the horn indicating an enemy, the evil laugh of a formidable foe, the many long whooshes of this expert swordsman, the musical transition to the lighthearted tiredness of Indy, and finally the loud bang that quickly brings the fight to an abrupt end. Close your eyes and play the scene again, doesn’t it give most of the audience queues? If we just focus on the sword whooshes and the gun shot alone, you can see how the editor uses sound to set up a scene for a long drawn out battle which Indy’s character has no time for, and so the edit comes to an instant close with the single sound of one bullet. The point here is that when you edit, you have to spend just as much time considering the sound of your shots as the visuals of your scenes, because sound is half of the presentation to your audience.

I suggest you read Great Video Editing Tutorials From when you are ready to learn about the basic theories of film editing. After committing to these three principals and reading the theories, the best way to learn video editing is to install some free software and learn by doing. Nothing lets you feel the joy of building a timeline, honing your timing skills, or shaping your editing style than by editing a project yourself. Here is the Apple and PC options for both worlds:

  1. Intro to Editing with Apple’s free iMovie
  2. Intro to Editing with Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker

If you are ready to dive into more advanced topics before my workshop at SimGHOSTS 2014, I highly recommend buying ‘s professional training videos that will really take you the next level. “From narrative scene editing to documentary editing, our video editing tutorials will help you make a movie, short film, or documentary. Learn the art of video editing from our expert instructors using popular video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Media Composer.”

Already have video editing skills? Put them to good use and submit your projects to the B-Line Medical Video Competitions for SimGHOSTS Australia or SimGHOSTS USA for your chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!

Webinar on Launching a New Sim Program in a New Building

Yesterday Medical Simulation Consultant Lance Baily from spoke with John Rathje Interim Director of Technology for the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University.  Lance answered John’s questions about expanding a medical simulation program into a new building, covering topics such as initial staffing, policy and procedure development and the need for various meeting groups.

Do you have medical simulation related questions? Join us next week by checking out the September weekly webinar schedule and topics.  Email Lance if you would like 30 minutes of direct skype consulting during one of these times!

Voice Changer Solutions for Your Medical Simulation Lab

Did you know you can quickly and dramatically increase realism to your medical simulation program through the addition of a voice-changer? Consider the benefits of transforming the sound of a facilitator’s voice into the age and gender of the patient they are simulating.

Imagine creating a more realistic patient presentation for your medical simulation learners by changing an adult male clinical instructor’s voice into that of a child’s for your pediatrics cases, or even morphing a female educator’s voice into that of an elderly adult male patient for your geriatrics cases!

I have done several hours of research and testing to find the best software and hardware based voice changing solutions for your medical simulation labs.  Read on to learn more… Read the rest of this entry »