University of Washington Gains Media Attention Over Production of Next-Gen Combat Training Manikin

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Our good friend Troy E. Reihsen, Director of the Human and Artificial Tissue Labs at the Department of Surgery of the University of Washington’s WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) write in to share some awesome recent coverage the program has received from regional news outlets. Working alongside the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) the WISH team have been working on new innovative projects in medical simulation.
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The University of Washington’s premiere simulation training facility for healthcare education serving the WWAMI region. WISH connects over 30 departments and programs throughout UW Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Physician’s Assistant Training Program.
1. Next Gen Manikins at UW Medicine Can Help Prep Combat Medics – Dr. Robert Sweet is the Director of the Simulation Lab at UW Medicine and has been leading the charge with the efforts to obtain the grant from the Department of Defense. He is looking forward to what the newest mannequin will be able to do to provide combat medics with real life scenarios. “Historically we haven’t had a lot of investment in simulation systems for training and now is a time when they are starting to invest,” Dr. Sweet said. “There’s a great interest.” This is a joint effort by the University of Washington, UW Medicine, the University of Minnesota, and the Department of Defense. Reihsen is excited about the potential. “We know that when we move better-trained health care providers to the front lines, we have better survivability. So there definitely needs to be more training and we need a model like this to support the training,” Reihsen said.
 
2. Josh Kerns UW WISH on Kiro Radio – The Ron and Don Show Covers the WISH Simulation Program
3. UW Creating Next-Gen Manikins with to Train Battlefield Medics – Sweet and UW researchers are creating mannequin skin that’s warm to the touch, tongues moist with fake saliva, arms that reveal layers of fat when cut open, animatronic legs and more. By 2019 they expect to have a lifelike mannequin that looks and bleeds like a real soldier. And their technology may help the military move away from training its medics on live animals, a controversial practice that’s involved wounding and killing pigs and goats. “The practice itself is very much alive. That’s not to say we haven’t made progress,” said Shalin Gala of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Named for Frankenstein, the Frank mannequin was built by Sweet and his team from parts created by three companies specializing in different areas — neck, torso, limbs — of medical mannequin training.
 Obviously we are excited to learn more about these new manikins, visit the UW WISH website for more!

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Cardionics IMSH 2017 Trade Show Floor Video Interview – New SAM3 & SimShirt!

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At IMSH 2017 HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview the team from Cardionics about some of the awesome new products they launched at the show, including SAM 3 and the SimShirt. Stay tuned for more great IMSH video interview coverage!

SAM, the Student Auscultation Manikin 3rd Generation is an innovation in teaching and learning heart, lung, and bowel sounds. SAM’s brand new computer software interface includes Case Videos, a Real Sound Library, Echo Cardiogram Videos, and ECG Waveform for heart sounds.

The SimShirt is a garment worn by a Standardized Patient (SP) for simulating physiological conditions to test students and examine their diagnostic and procedural skills. SimShirt provides a second choice to wearing the RFID sensor tags required by the SimScope. Instead of wearing individual RFID sensor tags adhered to bare skin, the tags are integrated inside the SimShirt.  The SimShirt system has multiple uses in simulation. It can be worn by a Standardized Patient or also by a high-fidelity manikin. You can program the SimScope to play desired sounds from our vast sound library which is already embedded in the SimScope tablet. Once the standardized patient wears the SimShirt, the SimScope will read the RFID sensor tags placed within the SimShirt and your students will hear the programmed sounds of your choice through the scope. You can put the SimShirt on a low-fidelty manikin too to help increase simulation realism!

Learn more about the SAM3, SimShirt and Other New Products on the Cardionics Website!

SIMCharacters Launches New Campaign to Showcase Paul, World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator

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*Update: The Facebook video announcing Paul went viral with over 4,000,000 views in the first week!

#WelcomePaul, the World’s First High Emotion Preterm Simulator — developed by SIMCHaracters and their CEO, Dr. Jens Schwindt — a leading expert in neonatology and healthcare simulation education. For the past three months I have spent extensive time with Jens and the amazing SIMCharacters team in Vienna as their Marketing and Strategy Consultant to learn more about this “Beyond High Fidelity” product, which advances the field of healthcare simulation with never before seen technologies — all of which fit neatly inside a completely wireless simulated body of a 27 week old infant!

Key Features of Paul:

  • Preterm baby born in 27+3 week of gestation
  • Highly realistic external anatomy
  • Weight: 1000g, length: 35cm, head circumference: 26 cm
  • Pathological breathing patterns (nasal flaring, paradoxical respiration, substernal retractions, and grunting).
  • Highly realistic upper airway ideal for practicing endotracheal intubation and special neonatological care strategies (MIST, INSURE)
  • Mechanical ventilation using bag-mask and Perivent® systems
  • Automatic tube position detection during intubation
  • Physiological and pathological lung parameters for machine-assisted ventilation
  • Palpable pulse on the umbilical cord and all four limbs
  • Sensors to detect the correct position and depth of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC)
  • Auscultatory respiratory, heart and intestinal noises
  • Cyanosis and hyperoxia
  • Completely wireless product with 1.5 hours of battery use

Working alongside Jens and the team, we helped to craft the demonstrative materials necessary to help you see Paul in action! Today I would like to share with you this awesome video that shares the story of SIMCharacters, Paul, and Jens:

And Download the New Brochure here:
paul premature simulator brochure

Having spent time seeing Paul in action and intubating him, I can say without a doubt that his technologies will forever change the way neonatology trains!

Are you attending IMSH in a few weeks? Email me and I will help to schedule a time with you and the SIMCharacters Team at the SimAlliance Booth to learn more about this amazing new product and company!

In the meantime, visit the new SIMCharacters Website to learn more about Paul and his amazing Features


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Monivent’s Neo Newborn Ventilation Device for Training & Practice – SESAM Exhibitor Video Interviews Part 3

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Finishing off our coverage of the SESAM 2016 Lisbon event, which included interviews for Accurate’s PickUpSim Ovum Collection Simulator and Audio/Video Recording Platform from Zyos, today we learn about Monivent’s Neo ventilation device for newborns that can be used for simulated training and in actual practice!

About the Neo Ventilation Device

Monivent Neo helps the caregiver make the necessary adjustments to ensure an effective and gentle treatment during manual ventilation of newborns unable to breathe spontaneously. This monitoring device is an add-on to existing manual ventilation equipment.The airflow is wirelessly measured directly in the face mask and feedback on several critical parameters, such as tidal volume, are continuously shown on the external display to guide the caregiver. The device will be used as a tool to improve learning in simulated ventilation training on manikin. Most of the functionality is the same as described above, however the training device gives the user more freedom to utilize stored data to view personal development and more.

About the Company

Monivent is a young medtech company dedicated to improve the emergency ventilatory care given to newborn babies in need of respiratory support at birth. About 3-6 % of all newborns end up in this situation, where healthcare personnel today are lacking tools to determine how effective this manual ventilation really is. This can result in two major risks; inadequate volumes causing insufficient gas exchange and failed resuscitation while excessive volumes can result in over-expansion of the lungs causing lung injuries as well as extrapulmonary injuries, especially in babies born very prematurely.

Learn more at the Monivent website today!

PickUpSim Ovum Collection Simulator From EU-Based Company Accurate – SESAM 2016 Exhibitor Video Part 2

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At SESAM 2016 HealthySimulation.com interviewed Massimo Giannessi, Chief Operating Officer at Accurate, a European-based provider of healthcare simulation products, including the PickUpSim. The interviewed covered the PickUpSim, an innovative, high fidelity system for the simulation of the human ovum collection procedure in the context of assisted human reproduction.

About Accurate

Accurate encompasses advanced skills in software engineering applied to educational model and biomedical engineering, as well as a deep international experience of research and development of truly effective, hi-tech, educational models. The analysis of educational needs, around which R&D focuses its main activities, is taken care of by a well-recognized, international scientific board. The continuous presence at the primary international congresses in the panorama of medical education through publications and lectures, proves the strong collaboration with the medical/scientific community and the significant amount of resources devoted to technological research.

PickUpSim is an innovative, high fidelity system for the simulation of the human ovum collection procedure in the context of assisted human reproduction. The simulator includes an haptic feedback system and a virtual echographic monitor. The main technical features of PickUpSim include:

  • Haptic feedback
  • Simulation of the deformation imposed by the needle on the soft tissues
  • Simulation of follicle emptying and re-filling
  • Scenarios based on real clinical images

Simulation of PickUpSim enables hands-on procedural training and permits, thanks to the haptic feedback, simulation of the resistance to penetration of the soft tissues traversed by the Ovum Aspiration Needle, in particular the ovarian surface and the ovarian follicle.

Echographic Monitoring

  • Monitoring of the procedure by a simulated Transvaginal Echographic monitor
  • Real time simulation of emptying and re-filling of the follicles

Permitted Movements and Echographic Monitoring

  • Needle movements are allowed both in the forward and in the backward direction.
  • It is possible to move the ultrasound probe in the sagittal plane and to observe a coherent and real-time modification of the scene (allowing the user to investigate the volume of the follicles and to choose the proper entry plane for the needle).
  • It is possible to rotate the ultrasound probe and to get a transverse view (in order to allow the user to investigate blood vessels and to differentiate vessels from follicles)
  • Simulated aspiration of follicles driven by a pedal pump.

Exercises and Simulations: The user can practice and develop competency using simulation scenarios based on real clinical images.

The scenarios available take into account:

  • the proper movements to reach the target follicles;
  • the proper suction and washing timing;
  • the avoidance of critical anatomical structures.

A user’s performance can be evaluated on all the above aspects.

Control: The intuitive control software runs on a comfortable notebook with a wide-view (15.6″) LED backlight display, Core-i3 processor and 4 GB RAM.

External LCD Display: The external 18.5″ LED backlight display lets you isolate the echographic view bringing more realism to your simulation scenario.

PickUpSim is a product from Accurate, a company blending international experience, scientific research, engineering and development of truly effective hi-tech educational solutions in the medical field.

 

European simulationists can learn more at the Accurate Website!

Cardionics To Launch All New Auscultation Products at IMSH 2017!

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Cardionics celebrated the launch of their new website this week by providing HealthySimulation.com a sneak peak of the new auscultation products they will launching at January’s International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare! From the next generation SAM (Student Auscultation Manikin), to a wearable shirt that allows for ausculation of low-fidelity or standardized patients, to a new and improved Classroom Infrared Emitter (CIE) and Heartman Headphone! Check out the leaked details below:

SAM, the Student Auscultation Manikin – 3rd Generation!

Not only is SAM getting a new look and app, but new case videos, real sounds library, Echo Cardiogram Videos, and ECG waveform for heart sounds! Sounds like (pun intended) there is a lot of new learning opportunities coming out with SAM3:

Case Videos contain patient and clinical interactions for various conditions. Users can watch a video and practice listening to the SAM for a life like simulation. Users can also create and save their own case videos.

  • The Real sound library contains sounds recorded from live patients.
  • Echo Cardiogram videos associated with various heart conditions are recorded from live patients.
  • An ECG waveform is displayed with various heart sounds to help identify S1.
  • New look externally and new software look
  • SAM Online – software has a new look and a new app is on its way.

What is SAM Online?

SAM Online is Cardionics interactive online system, which provides access to heart, lung, bowel and bruit sounds, all formatted online for private use 24/7. Students, instructors and practicing medical professionals are utilizing SAM Online for at-home study, online instruction and assessment of clinical auscultation skills.

The SimShirt System

The Sim Shirt is a garment worn by a Standardized Patient (SP) for simulating physiological conditions to test a student or examiner diagnostic and procedural skill. The shirt provides a second choice to wearing the RFID tags required by the Cardionic’ SimScope. Instead of wearing individual RFID tags adhered to bear skin tags are integrated in a shirt. The shirt is reusable and washable. Note this product is finishing development so some product enhancements may be different at launch.

The SimShirt System consists of the SimScope, SimShirt, and a tablet, and customers who already own a Cardionics SimScope can separately purchase the SimShirt or tablet only

New and Improved Classroom Infrared Emitter (CIE) and Heartman Headphone

The CIE is getting a brand new look and upgraded functionality! The Classroom Infrared Emitter is designed to provide simultaneous listening for a classroom or simulation lab full of students. Many institutions find value in utilizing the Classroom Infrared Emitter with high priced manikins and simulators, allowing each student greater interaction with the sounds of the manikin or simulator. You can now connect the CIE to two additional CIEs to increase room coverage! This is an increase from 30 to 90 students.

Mark Your Schedules to visit Cardionics at IMSH2017:

Attend the Cardionics new product launch presentation “Mastering Auscultation Skills with Innovative Hybrid Simulation Solution on Monday, January 30th from 3:00-3:30PM at the Spotlight Learning Labs. The Labs will be held in the Rainbow Spring I/II room of the Hyatt Orlando. This room is conveniently right across the lobby from the entrance to the exhibit hall.

Stop by Cardionics booth # 901 at IMSH to learn more about their new products, pre-order discounts, winter promotions, and to pick some fun giveaways!

In the meant time be sure to go check out the colorful new Cardionics website!

Laerdal’s SimMom Receives Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin Product Update

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Laerdal is now proud to be able to offer the SimMom Flat Abdominal skin as thier newest product enhancement for SimMom. With the new non-gravid flat abdominal skin, SimMom is not only an obstetrical simulator but can be used as an advanced female patient simulator to address women’s health issues and assessment skills during training. These improvements increase the overall flexibility of the Sim Mom simulator.

laerdal non-gravid flat abdominal skin

What are the latest enhancements to SimMom?

  • Ultrasound Solution for SimMom: An optional Ultrasound Solution has been embedded to gravid and flat abdomen skins to help improve point-of-care diagnostics training, and visually determine the health of the fetus and mother, during the progression of birth.
  • Automatic Delivery Module: An optional Automatic Delivery Module has been added to the existing birthing and post-partum module range.
  • Wireless Connectivity: An instructor can freely walk around the room whilst they assess and control a training session using a wireless connection from their operator PC and the SimMom Link Box.
  • Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin: SimMom can now be fitted with a non-gravid abdominal skin to expand the scope of your simulation training. Early stage pregnancy cases can now be simulated as well as expanding the use of SimMom into a non-pregnant female patient simulator

This system is now available as an upgrade or additional add-on.

Learn more about the new Non-Gravid Abdominal Skin here and Laerdal’s SimMom here!

Toyota Utilizes VR to Showcase the Future of Driving Simulation

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Imagine if high school students interested in healthcare could put on VR googles and experience the real world realities of being a healthcare provider? Recently Toyota utilized such technology to showcase the future of driving in a Prius — highlighting a potential in healthcare which we think could dramatically cut dropout rates for new healthcare professionals by showing them what the job is really like.

How do you convince a potential car buyer your vehicle is a future-focused choice? One way is to get one of the most iconic creators of cinematic futurescapes to help you build a virtual world that people can drive the car through themselves. Toyota enlisted Syd Mead, the creative visionary behind Blade Runner and Tron‘s vehicles, architecture and more.

Mead provided concept art and designs for Toyota’s VR Prius Prime experience at Disrupt SF 16, which I tried out myself in a sneak preview earlier today. The demo includes a Tilt Brush-like immersive artistic creation component, followed by a “4D” VR ride.

The drive itself takes you through an animated world featuring landscapes and other cars pulled from Mead’s imagination, and it’s actually really convincing when paired with the movements from the seat. You actually have to buckle up when you use it, which I thought was just something to encourage safety in a cutesy way, but which actually is designed to prevent people potentially being thrown from the bucket seat.

Read the full article on TechCrunch!

New Surgical Simulator Prototype from Nottingham Trent University

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The model was created from silicone gels and fibres to help prepare trainee surgeons for the mental and physical experience of operating on chest organs. It was created using CT scans of real organs to create lifelike simulations of the heart, lungs and great vessels in the chest.

The outer skin, created by Yorkshire-based Trauma FX – uses a life-cast of an anonymous model and can be cut into with a scalpel and seamlessly resealed to allow for repeated mock surgeries.

Richard Arm, of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, who helped create the model, said: “The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy.

Learn more at the Express UK News Website!

Virtual Reality Simulation System Now Available for ACL Reconstruction

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VirtaMed has developed a virtual reality simulation for ACL reconstruction. This new orthopedic training module for knee arthroscopy will be available for the VirtaMed ArthroS simulator, and the company will introduce it at the AAOS 2016 conference in Orlando, FL.

Apparently, most of the technical skills of ACL reconstruction are currently learned on patients during clinical care delivery.

“It is challenging to translate three dimensional concepts into efficient and accurate surgical performance, especially when the procedure is visualized with two dimensional video arthroscopy. We need safer and more effective methods to reinforce these concepts of ACL anatomy and reconstruction – such as the VirtaMed ArthroS ACL Reconstruction Module.” – Dr. Robert A. Pedowitz, who was an invaluable help during the development of the ACL repair simulation.

In addition to simulating the actual procedure, the VirtaMed simulator provides trainees with extensive, high-quality didactic reading material created by Dr. Pedowitz. Furthermore, the simulator comes with a special 3-D training module, where trainees can easily explore the knee from all sides, shift the location of the replacement ACL with a simple click, and experiment how these adjustments affect the joint function. This unique teaching material, the use of original instruments, the tactile feedback provided by the anatomic knee model, and the highly realistic virtual reality environment make the VirtaMed ArthroS ACL reconstruction module the most advanced ACL repair training tool available.

Learn more on the News Medical Website!