Cardionics Provides SimScope Auscultation Simulator for Real-Time Standardized Patient Learning

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Looking to enable your learners to be able to realistically take simulated auscultation vitals of standardized patients? SimScope from Cardionics can now help you do just that!

The SimScope is a simulation electronic stethoscope designed to provide real-time standardized patient interaction and assessment. The SimScope uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to identify specific locations on the human body and plays the same corresponding sound that an acoustic stethoscope would present. What makes the SimScope unique over other simulation scopes is the custom designed chest piece. Inside is a RFID reader that scans for patches worn by a standardize patient, so when the chest piece and patch come into close proximity to each other the patch is wirelessly interrogate for information. The SimScope uses this information to determine the sound assigned to this site from a playlist created by the instructor. Once the chest piece is removed from the patch the sound stops playing just like a real stethoscope.

Another technology advancement is the addition of Wi-Fi which allows for scenario changes while the SimScope is active. For example, a student examines the standardized patient and makes an assessment. Following the correct treatment recommendation, the instructor can then ask the student to reexamine the patient to hear the difference!


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The number of sounds found in the SimScope library is almost limitless due to its large SD memory card inside. All settings, configurations and sound assignments are accessed via a mini USB port. Once setup the SimScope will operate as a stand-alone device with voice prompts alerting the user from mode of operation to battery condition. The technical challenge for the designer was creating a small device that uses a AAA battery to power a Wi-Fi module, RFID reader and play sounds for long periods of time before a battery replacement.

SimScope System Details:

With the new SimScope WiF upgrade, users are able to utilize wireless communication between the Simscope and their computer allowing them to seamlessly select and change the pathological sounds and conditions of any standardized patient, O.S.C.E. or low-fidelity manikin.

  • SimScope Patches are customizable and easily programmable to let specific diagnostic case studies. Matching the appropriate sound to the correct anatomical location enables authentic standardized patient interaction and student assessment in a variety of educational scenarios.
  • SimScope software and Cardionics proprietary sounds library of simulated heart, breath, bowel, and bruit sounds provide real time practice and mastery of standardized patient interaction.
  • SimScope plays the programmed heart, breath and bowel sounds specific to each correct anatomical location enabling a realistic standardized patient encounter. Up to 20 patches may be programmed and simultaneously activated with heart, breath, bowel, and bruit sounds to simulate real time auscultation during a physical exam.

Learn more by visiting the Cardionics website today!


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S-Scope Stethoscope Simulator from MT Tool – IMSH 2016 Interview

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At IMSH, HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview a new auscultation simulator in the guise of a stethoscope. This simple-to-use product allows you to simulate body sounds in-order to teach learners about the specific sounds of the body. We had a chance to check out the included app and considered the ability to add your own sounds very useful! Check out our interview below:

About MT Tool

MT Tool is a group of people with backgrounds in medicine, teaching, manufacturing, and engineering, providing teaching tools to enhance the learning experience of medical students through simulation. After taking on multiple projects related to medical education we recognized an opportunity to provide a more accessible, easier to use simulation stethoscope and app, to bring a more realistic learning experience to a larger number of students. Meanwhile we are ready and willing to take on custom projects, and help bring your medical teaching tool concepts to reality. When it comes to simulation stethoscopes you have choices. The MT S-Scope and App offer a new option for bringing versatility to the classroom and lab. Contact us today with questions or for anything we might be able to help you with.

Included with the S-Scope Kit:

  • MT S-Scope Simulation Stethoscope with built in receiver
  • Smart device preloaded with the original MT S-Scope App
  • Dual USB charging station with cables
  • Durable hard plastic storage and transportation case

Teaching Opportunities:

  • Offers learning in a variety of ways; seeing, listening, and doing
  • Helps students understand the nuances of different sounds
  • Makes it easy for faculty to use in the lab with minimal setup
  • Brings a higher level of fidelity into the testing arena
  • Student can be asked to identify a sound in real time
  • Makes an OSCE encounter more realistic

Once a student places the stethoscope on the appropriate listening post the instructor / SP activates the sound file. The student hears the sounds through the stethoscope. Setup is as simple as pairing the scope with the device that will be used to transmit the sounds. The stethoscope is completely wireless and receives stethoscope sounds from the device at a range of up to 30 feet. Scopes come packaged with device and app, including multiple different heart and lung sounds with optional cases. Instructors are also free to use their own devices and sound files.

The first generation MT S-Scope App allows users to access proprietary stethoscope sound files for a variety of conditions. Case files are included to provide an enhanced learning experience, with complete sets of sounds for each case. Sound files can also be accessed directly for each condition to aid in the evaluation process. The simple and easy to use app is ideal for OSCE encounters. Standardized patients simply tap the appropriate listening post icon to play the corresponding sound through the student’s MT S-Scope. Case files are perfect for teaching. At the end of each case the user is prompted to select an organ, which takes them to the listening post icon map for the selected case. The app gives students a more realistic auscultation experience. Current standard cases include Pneumonia, COPD, Crohn’s Disease and Asthma, which include 33 unique stethoscope recordings.

Learn more at the MT Tool website today!

Last Month to Take Advantage of Huge Cardionics Auscultation Manikin Upgrade Savings!

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“Back to School” Special — Cardionics is offering huge savings on Auscultation Manikin Upgrades with Purchases before October 1st!

About Cardionics:

Cardionics products range from Simulation & Education to Clinical FDA approved devices being used in diagnostic and tele-health fields. For over thirty years, Cardionics has been an innovator and leader in auscultation products and services which facilitate and support classroom education, clinical, and tele-health programs in medical institutions and universities throughout the world.

 

Cardionics was founded by the late Dr. Abe Ravin, M.D., FACC in 1969. Dr. Ravin was a cardiologist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Ravin developed the first heart and sound simulator to assist his students in learning to identify and differentiate normal and abnormal cardiac and pulmonary sounds. The American College of Cardiology acknowledged Dr. Ravin’s contribution with the distinguished Gifted Teacher Award. Today and into the future, Cardionics approach continues to set the pace for auscultation products and services through the development of unique, interactive, and experiential systems that integrate seamlessly into classroom, clinical, and tele-health applications.

 

Discounts on Upgrades to:

The SAM BASIC™ trainer engages the technology of the SimScope™ stethoscope to simulate adult heart, lung and bowel sounds from an extensive library of sounds.

The PAT BASIC™ trainer engages the technology of the SimScope™ stethoscope to simulate pediatric heart, lung and bowel sounds from an extensive library of sounds.

With the new SimScope WiFi™ upgrade, users are able to utilize wireless communication between the Simscope™ and their computer.

SAM II

Receive a Cardionics Classroom Infrared Emitter and two HeartMan Headphones (Rebate) with any SAM II purchase prior to September 30th, 2014!

SAM II, the Student Auscultation Manikin is a new innovation in teaching and learning heart, breath, & bowel sounds. Containing the largest sound library available, SAM II is a portable and easy to use manikin. While SAM II is used in many simulation centers, it is also easily moved into a classroom or auditorium for group instruction.

Learn more now at Cardionics.com!


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