New Jersey SimWARS Competition Event November 5th Still Taking Team Signups!

Just received word from Samantha Singh, Director of the Regional Perinatal Simulation Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, about the upcoming Northeastern Interprofessional SimWARS™ Competition. In this high-energy, competitive tournament, successful teams must work together to solve problems in a simulated high-pressure environment. Valuable feedback will be provided by an objective panel of expert debriefers who will assess team performances before an audience of peers casting their votes for the winning team.

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This competition is open to states in the Northeastern Region, we are looking for Interprofessional teams of four to compete against friends and associates in this fun hands-on learning experience. Teams will compete against each other in short, hi-fidelity scenarios, with the winning teams advancing. The final two teams will face off in the grand finale on the morning of the simulation/education Symposium being held at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Following the SimWARS™ Competition, experts will discuss the use of simulation in healthcare education.

Until October 1, 2015 the program is recruiting teams for SimWARS™  preliminary rounds & accepting abstracts for podium and poster presentations


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When
Thursday November 5, 2015
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Where
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Islami Auditorium
Livingston, NJ 07039

Please help them make this event a success by attending, participating and sharing this information with friends and colleagues!

Learn more about the event and then Register today


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Free Vital Sign Simulator App Continues to Be Improved

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Back in 2013 we first shared about the Free Vital Sign Simulator from Florian Schwander (read that article here). Recently Jason Bowman at the ‘The Resuscitationist’ blog used the updated Vital Sign Simulator software to provide a long-distance SimWars competition.

Excerpt from Jason’s Use of Vital Sign Simulator:

Recently I was given the task of teaching an interactive EKG and ACLS review for our Emergency Medicine Interest Group. We wanted to make it entertaining so we planned a sort of mini simwars style event. I taught medic school and ACLS for some time so this should’ve been an easy topic. Bring in a rhythm generator, defibrillator and a cpr manakin and we should be good to go right? The only problem was that the Texas A&M College of Medicine consists of multiple remote campuses. This has made teaching skills labs like this difficult. So my first thought was to rig up a camera to broadcast my defibrillator screen and do it that way. But then I wouldn’t be able to introduce 12 lead’s or any other vitals without switching back to a different source. Plus, I didn’t have a camera like that anyways. The other option was to program everything into a powerpoint presentation. The problems with this is that not only is it a ton of work, it’s hard to control the information you’re providing as they ask for it. You always end up inadvertently leading the scenario with your slides rather than letting the students run it. The perfect solution would be to have some way to broadcast an ICU monitor display that you can control the numbers on. Enter the Vital Sign Simulator.

Vital Sign Simulator is a freeware program I came across on sourceforge.com that does exactly that. It’s designed for use in a dual monitor setup which just so happens to work perfectly for presentations and video conferences. VSS allows you control of the EKG rhythm, HR, RR, SPO2, and BP. It has most of the same controls as any good rhythm generator in that you can select the next rhythm after a shock, ignore a shock and it supports pacing as well. It’s designed to let you control it on one screen while projecting it onto your second screen. There are buttons on this screen for shocking, pacing and such. That is because this program is actually designed to run on a computer with two mice and keyboards so the students can control their own screen. We didn’t use it this way but if you want to that’s what it was made for. It even has a couple fun buttons on the operator screen like groan and vomit that made for some extra entertainment during the event! Another cool feature was the timer and timestamp feature. We didn’t end up using it the other night but it would definitely come in handy for a legitimate competition or serious training where seeing time to procedure might be helpful in comparing performance. All in all this was a pretty well featured and well designed little program for some freeware!

About Vital Sign Simulator

The vital sign simulator is intended for use in medical emergency training simulations. In combination with a (cheap) cpr-manikin, it offers a low-cost alternative to commercial high-tech patient simulation manikins. It is used with a dual monitor system, one monitor with controls for the operator and one providing the vital signs to the trainees. Heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood pressure and various moving ecg-samples can be set and changed at any time by the operator. The trainee-side interface allows automatic/manual defibrillation, cardioversion and pacing.

You can download Vital Sign Simulator here and read more about its use in long distance SimWars here.

Still Time To Register for Cincinnati Children’s Regional Simulation Conference September 22nd & 23rd!

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With simulation experts like Dr. Paul Phrampus and Dr. Jennifer Arnold speaking, this is a regional simulation event you don’t want to miss! Taking place next month September 22nd and 23rd, there is still plenty of time for you to register and receive CME and CEU credits from this innovative event.

But HURRY as Cincinnati Children’s 2014 Regional Simulation Conference is rapidly approaching! Their conference will be taking place at Xavier University’s Cintas Center late September for two days (22nd/23rd) and will be targeting adult and pediatric multidisciplinary healthcare providers who are using or are interested in using simulation. The event will provide a forum for the exchange of simulation strategies and innovations to enhance education, patient safety, and quality improvement through plenary sessions, interactive workshops, research, expert panels, and podium presentations. The event hosts have told me they are thrilled to offer many varied and exciting sessions around using simulation in new and innovative ways including the infamous “SimWars” competition in which 3 teams from critical care units will be competing in a simulation competition designed for fun and best-practice learning objectives.

Their keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Arnold of TLC’s The Little Couple, as part of this conference. Dr. Arnold is a neonatologist at Texas Children’s hospital and is a well-known public figure and highly engaging and inspirational speaker. Click here to visit the event page now!

Event Course Topics Include:

“Speak English!”: Training Innovations for Best Practices in Medical Interpreting
Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, MS – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

In this session the Linguistic Services and Diversity & Inclusion department will reveal a new era of training medical interpreters using simulation to provide safe and equitable environments and world-class experiences for Cincinnati Children’s patients and families.

Mirroring the Transformation of Healthcare through Simulated Experiences in an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory House
Debi Sampsel – University of Cincinnati

This presentation demonstrates how thinking outside the box can create fun and engaging simulation learning environments for the community at large, the faculty, the students and the workforce team members by creating an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory House where human patient simulators reside.

From the OR table to the Playset:  How Simulation built the foundation for the MCS Program at Cincinnati Children’s

Aimee Gardner CCP; Richard Owens CCP; Angela Lorts MD;  Jamie Shoemaker RN; Gary Geis MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will provide a sampler expo of MCS [Mechanical Circulatory Support] simulations that tell the story of a patient from implant of a device through discharge.  Simulations will include:  CICU Management, Discharge Family Education, Emergency Room MCS Trauma Response and EMS Response.

Actual, in situ, and in center: video assessment of multidisciplinary team performance during simulated and actual pediatric medical emergencies.
Thomaz Bittencourt Couto, MD – Cincinnati Children’s and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

In situ versus in center simulation-based teamwork training: a Survey of Pediatric Emergency Providers
Thomaz Bittencourt Couto, MD – Cincinnati Children’s and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

Interdisciplinary simulation involving intraoperative neuromonitoring for trainees
Michael Sikora, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Leveraging the critical decision method and simulation-based training to accelerate resident recognition of sepsis

Gary Geis, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

How to Effectively Use Simulations to Develop Clinical Skills
Katie Ondo – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

The participant will list, define and apply the critical elements of simulation-based education using the 12 steps for planning a simulation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Participants will work collaboratively to create highly effective simulations.

Developing Leadership and Systems Thinking Through Simulation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Carol Caldwell, PhD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will focus on how Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center incorporates a leadership hospital simulation as a means to develop strategic thinking, systems thinking and business and financial acumen.

One Direction for the Newborn
Suzanne Fraiche, BSN, MSN – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will present the key features involved in initiating an in situ simulation program for the newborn resuscitation and stabilization in Level I and II nurseries.

Deploying New Technologies to Enhance Simulation Experiences throughout the Academic Spectrum: Nursing Undergraduate through Post Master Courses
Debi Sampsel – University of Cincinnati

This session will present how using various types of technology can enhance undergraduate and graduate students’ interactive experiences in an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory simulation setting.

An innovative approach to neurological education using a standardized patient
Nichole Kelsey, BSN – Cleveland Clinic

Participants will participate in an interactive video-based simulation where they will be asked to identify the patient problem through an audience response system, followed by a small group exercise, and reflection on application to individual practice needs.

Implementation of an End of Life Simulation into the Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Gina Fieler RN,MSN – Northern Kentucky University

This presentation will discuss the simulation format, implementation into the baccalaureate program, objectives of the simulation, and evaluations of the simulation experience by students and nursing faculty.

“Sim Wars”
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Staff

Witness the battle between three departments from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center: Trauma Services, Emergency Services/Medicine main campus, and Emergency Services/Medicine Liberty campus.

Learn more about Cincinnati Children’s Regional Simulation Conference Event!


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