Last Chance to Register for Simulation Technology Training Event with $50 Off Code

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Join 175 other champions of simulation technology for the 4th Annual SimGHOSTS hands-on technical training event at the American College of Chest Physicians, August 5th-8th in Greater Chicago, IL! CHEST has recently opened their amazing new Innovation, Simulation and Training Center which will be host to this year’s USA event. 

REGISTER NOW BEFORE TICKETS SELL OUT!

Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity to receive beginner, intermediate and advanced training in a dynamic range of medical simulation technology operation courses including:

  • Manikin hardware repair & preventive maintenance (all major brands)
  • Manikin programming
  • A/V recording system design & build-out
  • IT infrastructure and debugging
  • Inventory control management systems
  • Trauma moulage
  • Video and audio production
  • Sim lab “DIY” innovations
  • Basic medical knowledge for non-healthcare techs
  • Sim center building development
  • Building your own task trainer
  • Professional simulation tech development workshops
  • Many many more…

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Sim Techs from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have already booked their flights! Join them at fun networking events like the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling hosted by Platinum Sponsor Level 3 Medical. In the exhibit room, tour the latest technology from 15 of the world’s leading medical simulation vendors including B-Line Medical, Laerdal, Worldpoint, CAE Healthcare and Gaumard.

Use the Unique Discount Code “healthysim” to receive $50 off your late registration!

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Homepage!

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Bridging The Gap Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Simulation Technicians

Educating Non-Clinical Sim Techs in Need to Know PathophysiologyWritten By Guest Author Simulation Technician Lisa Schwaberow

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The field of Simulation in the medical community is an exciting and fulfilling way to make a living. For those that are clinical it is a way to pass on what they know to others. For the non-clinical Sim Techs, it is a way to give back to the community. Assisting with the training of medical professionals who will save a life is very rewarding. In a way, the non-clinical person is helping save lives by helping others learn what they know. How gratifying it is to know that as a Sim Tech you are saving lives, and making a difference in this world. Being a Sim Tech is not just a 9-5 job, where you bring home a paycheck each week. The paycheck is a bonus. A Sim Tech, clinical or non-clinical is a very gratifying career.

There is a division in the field of Simulation Technology. There are Sim Techs that are clinical and Sim Techs that are not clinical. A Simulation center cannot exist without either of these roles. A clinical person will struggle with how the software works, or what to do when something goes wrong with the technology that is a big part of the simulation experience.  On the other hand the Sim Tech who is great with running the situation, they struggle with when to raise or lower the blood pressure in certain scenarios, or creating scenarios for clients that are medically accurate. They are both vitally important to one another.

Yes, a non-clinical Sim Tech can learn the terminology, reactions and pathophysiology of the human body. But if you are hiring a fairly new non-clinical Sim Tech don’t expect them to learn the terminology, the medicine effects, the circulation systems and all that Simulation entails, in a few months. Remember a clinical Sim Tech has been immersed in this knowledge for years. Be patient with the non-clinical Sim Tech, teach them what they need to know, help them in their journey to being a medical Sim Tech that can be a valuable part of the team. Chances are the non-clinical Sim Tech has an interest in medicine or they wouldn’t have gravitated towards this field.

If you are a non-clinical Sim Tech you may be asking what you can do to learn more about the pathophysiology of the human body. Hopefully you work in an environment that is supportive of your desire to learn. If you are not that fortunate, there are many apps for the ipad/iphone for assisting with this process. Here are several that are useful:

Resuscitation
Here is an app that is great if you like to have fun while learning. This app is not a game but has some game like qualities. The app has quite a few cases. It involves a patient that has been admitted to the hospital and you must diagnose and treat them. You can choose to let the app give you a random case or you can choose the specific case you would like to test your skills on. There are cases for Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Gynecology, EMS Paramedic, Labor and Delivery, and Pediatrics. The starting screen is your patient lying on a hospital bed.  You then decide what to do next. You can read the history of the patient, and their symptoms. You then choose to hook up the patient monitor, start an IV, give a nasal cannula, run tests, and order consults. After you feel you have all the information you need you then put in a diagnosis. If you ran the tests that were necessary, and consulted the specialists, made a diagnosis and put it in, then you are ranked….it is very exciting to rank above student! This is a great way to practice what is being taught in the simulation classes.

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If you like to learn by memorization then this app might be appealing to you. It is the old fashion way of having index cards and flipping them, in a new high tech way. The beauty of this app is that you can create your own stack of cards or you can download sets that others have created. Most all of them are at little to no cost. Here is a screen shot of just a few of the stacks that are available.

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ACLS Megacodes – AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

This app is questions about ACLS. There are AHA Megacodes you “run”, choosing what you would do and it goes to the next question.  This app also has the ACLS Provider Manual, but you must purchase each module at $2.99. Another nice feature is the ACLS Calculators, everything from Glasgow Coma Scale to Unit Conversions. The useful calculators are included in the app and include 21 different modules. ACLS Flash cards are also included in this app. These are broken down into groups such as Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Cardiac Arrest and more, at no additional cost.

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Looking for a great Sim Tech? Lisa is looking to bring her technical experience to a new Sim Lab program so contact Lisa Schwaberow on LinkedIn!

SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Presentation Proposals Due March 14th

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SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, will be holding its 4th annual Sim Tech hands-on training event August 5th – 8th at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in greater Chicago Illinois. Last year over 45 presentations were provided to more than 172 Sim Techs in manikin programming, manikin repair and maintenance, a/v system design, integration and consolidation, IT networking, TeamSTEPPS communication practices for sim labs, trauma moulage, medical pharmacology and physiology for sim techs, and much more! This year, attendance is suspected to increase by both Sim Techs and vendors, so be sure to mark your calendars!

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Those attendees and vendors interested in presenting to the international community of simulation technicians must submit their presentation proposals through this link by March 14th! Presenters receive $50 off their registration to attend SimGHOSTS, which is the affordable training and community development meeting connecting Sim Techs from around the world.

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Visit SimGHOSTS.Org to learn more!


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How To Start a Career as a Medical Simulation Technician

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Want to get a job as a Sim Tech to operate Healthcare Simulation Technology? Do you have a background in IT, technology, AV, healthcare, theater or education and want to change careers? Are you interested in using your technical experiences to help train healthcare professionals?

Check out this 1 hour webinar provided by Lance Baily, founder of HealthySimulation.com about how to start a career as a Sim Tech!

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How is your IT relationship?

IT is a critical component for the ongoing success of a simulation center that taking time to reflect on your relationship with the department is important. Tom Brewster from the UK’s online PCPRO Magazine writes a captivating article about the misconceptions and perceived inner world of the “IT Department”:

“Everyone hates the IT department,” an executive with storage and data-recovery firm EMC told us recently. But why is there so much antipathy towards a department that is, after all, designed to help and support workers?

Often interred in the basement, trapped between the rack servers and a bank of screens, the IT worker is cut adrift – both physically and psychologically – from the rest of the company.

Afforded little more respect than cleaners, the widespread belief that IT isn’t an essential part of an organisation is belied by the fact that companies need IT to function. It’s the first department to be blamed when something goes wrong, and the last to be credited for success.

So why is IT the most maligned department? Why is there such a disconnect between the enterprise and IT for so long? We try to find out.”

Read more on Why everyone hates the IT department.

Here at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, we have a combined IT & Simulation Technician named Jonathan Sturak, who represents the center when dealing with the UNLV campus IT department or various technological vendors.  He is a crucial member of the team and we could not survive without his daily presence here in the lab.

Does your school have ongoing IT support? If not, how does your lab get by? Write a comment and let us know!


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