Level 3 Healthcare Highlights Debriefing System SIMStation at IMSH 2016 – Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview exhibitors to learn about innovative products and services in medical simulation. Today we continue our coverage with an interview with Level 3 Healthcare, experienced medical simulation program A/V integrators who are also distributing the Austraian-based SIMStation system. Learn more through our short interview below:

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of integrating current audiovisual technology to medical work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and medical education centers. This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large anatomy labs, dental training facilities, telehealth initiatives, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems.

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Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their needs and curriculum and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and telemedicine video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

About the SIMStation System

SIMStation is the most advanced high-end solution for video supported in situ simulation. SIMStation facilitates high-end simulations and debriefings of a quality previously only achievable in complex, stationary simulation centers. Plug ‘n’ simulate! The SIMStation in situ system is pre-engineered and already configured with all necessary hardware and software upon delivery. We have designed the system so that even people without specific technical know-how are able to assemble and operate it. Assembly of the system is very straightforward: one merely needs to connect each component and room to a single network cable. The entire assembly time takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on location and circumstances.

  • Training Room: 3 HD-quality cameras, 5 wireless microphones plus 1 ambient microphone Patient monitor capturing Control Room Voice-of-God, Voice-to-Trainer Full HD recording in 1080p, labelling of important scenes and checklists
  • Debriefing Room “Debriefing deluxe” with mobile HD projector and SIMStation
  • Tablet Live transmission of scenario in debriefing room

Learn more about Level 3 Healthcare and SIMStation!

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SimCore Provides Cloud-Based Simulation Program Management Software


Continuing our IMSH 2016 Video Interview series today we take a closer look at SimCore, which provides a program management cloud based software platform as well as expertise in simulation center planning and design. Watch our interview with SimCore Founder Brian Gillet MD, who has directed numerous simulation programs and brings his experience to this comprehensive program to learn more! (Note: Sadly there was a bit too much brightness on the computer screen during the interview to see all the software features so be sure to check out the website to learn more through the link below).

Fostering Excellence in Healthcare Performance:

SimCore’s mission is to advance clinical simulation by providing highly efficient tools to develop and deploy scenarios, manage workflow, support training and implementation, and to enable cross-disciplinary collaboration within the simulation community. The SimCore System is 100% web-based and designed to be IT and network friendly. Simcore was built from the ground up to provide a powerful tool than can be securely accessed from anywhere on any device.

Create: With the cloud-based Scenario Designer, easily standardize, create, edit and run your scenarios anywhere — even from a smart phone. Hundreds of radiographs, ECG’s, educational diagrams and real-motion ultrasounds are available for integration into your scenarios through the Media Gallery – or upload your own. The Scenario Designer allows for standardizing template elements across all of your scenarios.

Schedule: Efficiently schedule and coordinate simulation sessions within an institution or across a healthcare network with the Calendar. Integration with other calendar programs such as Outlook, iCal, Google and smart devices occurs in the background, sending calendar invites to participants, instructors and helpers.

Run: Serve your scenario content—such as clinical history, labs, radiographs, and critical actions—to a screen within the screen- or mobile device-simulation control room during live sessions. Integrate a digital assessment form into any simulation and track participant performance in real time.

Track & Analyze: The system calculates and normalizes ratings so that you can easily track learner or instructor progress as well as validate and improve scenarios. Display valuable metrics with charts and graphs for high yield reporting.

Connect: Harness the power of collective wisdom by browsing and importing scenarios across the SimCore community. As others create scenarios, they become available for users to customize without overwriting the original—even revisions can be imported.

Learn more about SimCore software and services on their website today!

CAE Healthcare Announces Update to Muse Patient Simulator Software & Reminder About Upcoming HPSN in Tampa Feb

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Received this announcement regarding an update to Muse patient simulator software from CAE Healthcare which looked important enough to share with you here! Don’t forget that the Human Patient Simulator Network event is taking place next month Feb. 16th-18th in Tampa Florida.This event is for simulation champions around the world so be sure to consider attending!

Dear CAE Healthcare Customer:

We’re pleased to introduce the latest version of our patient simulator user interface, Müse 2.4, which is now available for your METIman as a free update, if you have Müse 2.0 (version 2) or above, as well as an active support and maintenance plan.

Müse 2.4 offers:

  • CPR Analysis compliant with AHA 2015 guidelines – With the addition of Chest Compression Fraction, Müse 2.4 now includes all of the AHA-recommended metrics for quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (e.g., compression depth, compression rate, chest recoil, compression fraction, ventilation volume and rate).
  • More flexibility for scenario creation – We added variants of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) cardiac rhythms, adjustable Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) and lower respiratory rate values.
  • Overrides for EtCO2, CVP and PAP – Facilitators can now override these parameters within Müse 2.4.
  • Metric and imperial units – Both unit types are now available for patient height and weight.
  • Compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Significant improvements to these languages: German, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions.

Update Information
If you have a patient simulator under an active service agreement and Müse version 2, your update will be free. If you are on Müse version 1 and would like to install 2.4 please contact customer service. The cost is $575 per simulator for those without an active support and maintenance plan.

We value our customer relationships, and we strive to ensure that we are delivering quality products and responding to your needs. 

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Visit CAEHealthcare.com for more info!

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Conquer Mobile’s PeriopSim Selected for ‘100 Nurses’ Research Study into Surgical Simulation Education and Training for Nurses

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Today a highlight of an upcoming study teaching nurses surgical instrumentation through simulation. There’s a daunting array of instruments to learn and this is the first simulation app to focus on education for preoperative nurses.

Press Release:

Conquer Mobile, Simulation Training Specialist, Announces that PeriopSim Has Been Selected as the Simulation Technology for the ‘100 Nurses’  Research Study into the Effectiveness of Simulation Training for Perioperative Nurses. The Study is Being Led by Dr. David Clarke, Head of Neurosurgery at Dalhousie University/Nova Scotia Health Authority and is Taking Place at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Surrey, BC (PRWEB) – December 4, 2015 – Conquer Mobile, medical simulation training specialist, announces that PeriopSim has been selected as the simulation tool for the ‘100 Nurses’ research study taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The aim of the research study is to measure the effectiveness of simulation training to increase perioperative nurses’ ability and confidence in identifying surgical instruments. It will also identify the aspects of simulation that nurses find most useful for learning and will assess the time saved in simulated surgery when nurses are able to anticipate the correct instrument for the surgeon.

There is increasing pressure for perioperative nurses to be competent in a wide variety of surgical specialties. Currently, nurses learn surgical skills in on-the-job training, scrubbing in for surgeries under the guidance of an experienced perioperative nurse. Clinical training is limited and yet the demands placed on nurses and the complexity of surgeries are escalating. Simulation addresses the problem of limited clinical placements by providing a safe way to practice clinical skills in a wide variety of clinical situations.

Although simulation is being increasingly adopted for both undergraduate and post- graduate nursing education, there is limited research to show how simulation should be used in nursing education and exactly how it may enhance performance, clinical understanding or critical thinking.

The study is being led by Dr. David Clarke, Head of Neurosurgery at Dalhousie University/Nova Scotia Health Authority. It will be based at the Neurosurgical Simulation Training Laboratory of the QEII Health Sciences Centre; testing will involve operating room nurses at the Halifax Infirmary and the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. The study has been funded by a grant from the Brain Repair Centre at Dalhousie University.

The research is part of a national drive to develop expertise in surgical simulation and builds upon previous work in 2009, when the world’s first Virtual Reality brain surgery was performed in Halifax by Dr. David Clarke and Dr. Ryan D’Arcy using Neurotouch, a neurosurgery simulator developed by the National Research Council of Canada.

“Perioperative Nurses are critical members of the surgical team in ensuring that instruments are ready and available efficiently at every stage of a surgical procedure” stated Dr. Clarke. “Simulation training offers the opportunity to provide surgical nurse training cost-effectively and efficiently outside of the operating room. This focused study will measure the effectiveness of simulation instrument training as an educational tool.”

“We are excited to be part of this landmark study” remarked Angela Robert, CEO of Conquer Mobile.  “Surgical nurses have to learn a daunting array of instruments and complex procedures across many specialties” she explained. “If staff can learn and prepare safely outside of the OR, the surgical team becomes more efficient and can deliver the best patient results.”

PeriopSim has been developed in close collaboration with medical experts including surgeons, nurses and nurse educators to ensure accuracy and realistic learning outcomes. The product has recently been tested in academic research with neurosurgical residents learning how to perform Burr Hole brain surgery at the annual Canadian Neurosurgery Rookie Camp.

About Conquer Mobile

Conquer Mobile is a specialist in mobile solutions with a focus on medical simulation training. PeriopSim is a simulation training tool for the iPad that helps clinicians to prepare for procedures safely, outside of clinical time. The company has a strong medical advisory group drawing together surgeons, neuroscientists, nurse educators and nurses. The company is based in the Health Tech Innovation Hub, part of Innovation Boulevard in Surrey, Canada.

About PeriopSim

PeriopSim is an iPad app for clinicians who need to learn surgical instruments and procedures. PeriopSim enables surgical staff to practice safely before surgery. PeriopSim is available as a free preview version on the App Store. It is designed to be purchased by educators as an institutional purchase.

The free preview version of the app can be downloaded here from iTunes!

For more product details visit the PeriopSim website.

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.

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SynDaver Labs Provides FREE EKG Simulator Software App for Android Devices

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The SynDaver EKG simulator can be run along with any medical training manikin to add another layer of realism to your simulations. The app offers a standalone mode where variables can be set by an intuitive slider based interface.

Visit Google Play to Download the App for Free today!

Variables that are currently able to be set include beats per minute, systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, respiration rate, SPO2, and temperature. These values are displayed both numerically and by color coordinated dynamic waveform with mutable audio indicators for the heart rate.

It also offers Bluetooth control, when the same app is installed on two paired android devices, allowing an instructor to update the display remotely in real time in response to student interactions or to modify the training scenario on the fly. The app currently offers three preset states with more planned in the future. Plans for other future additions include changing variables over time and preset creation.

Additional instructions for usage can be found on Syndaver’s Website!


Laerdal Launches New LLEAP Software To Customer Base


Just received an email announcing that Laerdal has released LLEAP, aka “Laerdal Learning Application” – a new software platform that will run ALL Laerdal products to current customers.

“In 2015, valued Laerdal customers, are entitled to 1 Free LLEAP license for each compatible simulator you currently own, providing an even greater return on investment.”

About LLEAP:

“LLEAP Software unifies the control of all PC-operated Laerdal simulators. LLEAP brings simplicity to running simulation training and efficiencies to the management and development of scenarios. Implementing LLEAP Software into your current simulation program offers a number of benefits including:

Save Time

LLEAP looks and behaves like a single unified platform, thus reducing time spent training on multiple platforms. System capabilities are fully integrated and ready to use from a variety of interfaces—from PC-operated simulators to standardized patients.

Reduce Cost

Reduce scenario development time and scenario purchase costs. Scenarios designed for LLEAP or SimPad simulators can be shared with minimal or no additional development time. Use self-authored scenarios orSimStore™ content for a standardized, reproducible training experience.

Improve Efficiency

The LLEAP interface is based on proven SimMan 3G software but incorporates brand new functionality such as faster, more intuitive event registration, automatic updates when connected to the internet, and built-in video tutorials to help simplify simulation for faculty and staff.”

LLEAP Technical Computers:

“Before you begin your transition to LLEAP, you may need to consider refreshing some of your hardware and determining if Technical and Educational Services are needed. Leveraging the expertise of Laerdal solution experts can help ensure a seamless upgrade.”



Learn more about LLEAP on Laerdal’s website!

SIMStation Provides Cutting Edge Video Recording Debriefing Systems to EU


I have recently been made aware of SIMStation, an Austria-based company providing medical simulation A/V recording and debriefing hardware & software that’s already creating a lot of buzz in the European Union. Having watched their video I can attest to the claimed simplicity of their GUI (Generated User Interface) which looks simple to operate and manipulate. SIMStation will be at ASPIH 2014 in the UK later this year so if you are in the EU, that will be the best place to check out this new emerging company and product. I love how the system captures direct wireless microphone audio from participants which should produce better sound results, and I am always a fan of anything that shoots, captures, displays and records quickly in HD! Their products are in numerous centers around the EU and they have plans to expand into the United States in the near future.

About the Company

With the professional background of 20 years international expertise in the media software and media technology field, SIMStation was founded in 2011. With the support of currently 17 employees, we design and develop innovative audio-video debriefing systems, and we are providing consultant services in planning and implementation of technical facilities for medical simulation centers. As technicians and enthusiasts for medical simulations we see it as our task to set a new standard in the area of audio-video-debriefing with our mobile and fixed facilities.

About SIMStation From Their Website:

SIMStation is Mobile:

More and more frequently, in-situ simulation trainings are being conducted in the familiar work environment, e.g. a hospital´s intensive care unit or emergency room rather than in a special simulation center.The SIMStation system can be used both in a mobile or stationary capacity. Thanks to a lightweight aluminum design and to carefully selected components that are as compact and space-saving as possible, the SIMStation system fits in any car and can be effortlessly set up within a few minutes directly at the training location.

Video Recording in HD-Quality

Although it is compact and portable, the system shows no loss in quality when compared to stationary systems – quite the opposite: SIMStation offers four individual video channels in HD-quality! Video signals can be optionally displayed during recording or debriefing in quad split screen view or HD full screen. As Application Development Partner of AXIS, the global market leader in network video, we have access to the best and most reliable video recording technology and are able to integrate this in our systems.

Outstanding Audio Quality

We believe that optimal clarity of the spoken word is a particularly relevant factor which is not sufficiently considered in many debriefing systems in use. In order to optimally identify ‚human factors‘ in particular, i.e. strengths and weaknesses in communication and team coordination, the excellent transmission and recording of each spoken word is essential. The SIMStation comes equipped with professional wireless microphones used in stage technology which allows for individual and synchronous recording and transmission of communication of up to six training participants.

SIMStation Recording Software

The SIMStation recording software with touchscreen interface handles audiovisual recording and at the same time offers trainers the option of inserting easy and precise marks and notes during training simulation. The exact timing of important events such as the administration of drugs, intubation or cardiac massage can be stored via preconfigured icons just as notes on good or bad communication or coordination may be saved.

SIMStation Debriefing Tablet

It is important to create a discreet and personal environment during debriefing, letting technology fade into the background. Debriefing may take place in a room in the immediate vicinity of the training room. With this in mind, SIMStation offers a compact and mobile debriefing unit, controlled by tablet. During debriefing, the trainer only needs the SIMStation Tablet with which individual scenes marked or annotated during training can be played back on an HD- television set or projector.

SIMStation Live Player

The compact SIMStation LivePlayer System allows you to transmit sounds and images of any training live to several rooms.

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Download the SIMStation PDF Product Sheet Here to learn more and then visit the SIMStation Website!

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 »

Studiocode unveils iCoda at IMSH 2011

Today Studiocode opened IMSH 2011 with a bang by unveiling “iCoda”, a software system that allows facilitators to quickly and easily capture performance measures during a healthcare simulation scenario – from a mobile ipad!

Studiocode enthusiast Jane Kleinman helps to point out the awesome features of iCoda in this exclusive HealthySimulation.com preview:

Be sure to check out the Studiocode booth tomorrow or check out StudiocodeGroup.com for more info!

And oh…. did I mention Studiocode gave out free chocolate? =)