New Simulation Lab Orientation Videos Help Increase Learning Outcomes

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Searching through youtube today we found a bunch of new Sim Lab orientation videos on that we wanted to share! Orientation videos on Youtube are a great way to introduce your learners to the methodology of simulation, as well as the spaces and equipment they will be using during their learning process. This helps the learners spend less time worrying about “where is the O2 mask drawer” and instead enables them to spend more time focused on the learning objectives within the simulation experience.

Medical simulation is a wonderful way to improve teamwork and work on the cognitive approach to any type of medical case. St. Mary medical center is committed to this modality of education and this video is played prior to all events.

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The WA Clinical Training Network engaged with Edith Cowan University’s Health Simulation Centre to develop and deliver a 1 day ‘Introductory’ Level Course for Simulation Instructors. This course was delivered on the 12th of May 2016.

Above is the British Columbia Institute of Technology Sim Lab Video Orientation!

Are you interested in producing your own Sim Lab Orientation Video?

Watch out our Sim Lab Orientation
Video Production Tutorial part I & part II!

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Healthcare Simulation Lab Promotional Videos Showcase Facilities, Attract Learners & Donors

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Highlighting some of the latest medical simulation content on the web, today we view three different approaches to medical simulation program promotional videos from Beaumont Hospital, Orlando Medical Institute, and the University of South Dakota. Such videos not only demonstrate the successful installation of new products and spaces, but act as advertising media for prospective students, patients and donors. Explore the videos below and then learn how to bring media into your own simulation labs through our dedicated “Sim Lab Media Production” post!

Beaumont Hospital:

The Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is one of the most advanced medical training facilities in North America. It’s mission is to provide world-class leadership in education using state-of-the-art technologies to improve skills for all health care providers in a safe environment.

Orlando Medical Institute:

This video is to highlight the Simulation Center and types of scenario’s that are created to enhanced our student’s learning at Orlando Medical Institute. This training is provided to EMT, Paramedic, Nurses, Physicians and Law Enforcement Personnel through the many courses that are provided.

University of South Dakota:

This new center, located in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building on the USD campus, is a 1,700 square foot simulated hospital training center, consisting of three patient simulation rooms with adjacent observation/debriefing rooms. Human patient simulators (high-tech mannequins) can be manipulated from a control room.

Learn how to add media to your Simulation Program website here!

50,000 Views of Medical Simulation Videos from

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HealthySim readers- today I am thrilled to share that the HealthySimulation Youtube Channel has crossed more than 50,000 views! To highlight this achievement I have shared again  here the top six “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more! Thanks to all those that helped us achieve this amazing goal.

#6) How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation 

#5) Simulab TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU

#4) Pyxis MedStation 4000 Clinical Educator Reflections From

#3) CAE’s Caesar Manikin 

#2) iSimulate Unveils ALSi Patient Vital Sign Monitor Software 

#1) Laerdal Launches SimPad at IMSH 2012 

Stop by the HealthySimulation Medical Simulation Youtube Channel for over ONE HUNDRED more medical simulation videos, be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE!

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B-Line Medical “DIY Sim Lab Project” Video Contest Highlights Innovation for SimGHOSTS Australia

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Ten SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia participants have submitted “DIY Projects” that increased lab efficiency or realism to the B-Line Medical Video Contest. You can visit the contest page and watch all the submitted DIY projects so that you too can learn how to increase realism and efficiency in your medical simulation program. Up to $1000 in prizes are being offered this year, including an iPad Air and GoPro 3, to be given away by B-Line Medical’s Sandy Yin — who had this to say about Sim Techs and SimGHOSTS:

“Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood.” – Sandy Yin, Marketing Strategist @ B-Line Medical

Videos will not be judged on production quality as much as ability to demonstrate and teach others how they can duplicate these DIY project in their own sim labs! Check out this entry by Suzy O’Brien from the University of the Sunshine Coast on “BGL – Simulated Blood and Hand”:

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Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia B-Line Medical DIY Contest Page!

Videos Series: Simulab Provides Realistic Cost-Effective Surgical Training Through TraumaMan & CentraLineMan


In the past few months, Simulab has sponsored my travel to numerous locations across the United States so that I could get a firsthand look at Medical Simulation Programs successfully utilizing the TraumaMan and CentraLineMan for surgical training. I spent numerous hours visiting with Simulation directors, educators, and technicians all of whom had ecstatic praise of Simulab for their cost-effective, efficient, reliable and realistic training solutions. During this time I put together several short videos which highlight testimonials by these power users of the company and its TraumaMan and CentraLineMan products.

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  1. Introduction to Simulab – Meet the company’s COO Doug Beghile and hear from top clinical educators about why Simulab is the company to work with.
  2. LSU Hospital OR Ex-Lap In Situ Using TraumaMan – Watch a surgical team repair a nicked aorta and insert a chest tube during an in situ medical simulation OR scenario!
  3. One TraumaMan trains 200 healthcare professionals a month – Learn how Simulab products can train cost effectively through efficient skin changes for technical staff at the accredited Northshore University simulation center!
  4. CentraLineMan Proven to Reduce Infections & Hospital Costs – Learn how the CentraLineMan was successfully used in this Feinberg School of Medicine research project for better residency performance outcomes.
  5. TraumaMan Product Breakdown – Learn about the features of TraumaMan and the new surgical abdomen addon. Watch real time procedure cuts and see firsthand the realism of Simulab skins.
  6. CentraLineMan Product Breakdown – Watch the features of the CentraLineMan during “first-cut” experiences to witness the realism of Simulab skins and training procedures.

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What I can say from all of this work is that anyone looking to train the procedures below MUST take a look at Simulab. Their attention to detail and fast reliable service was spoken about by end users time after time in the videos above. However, having spent time with their leadership these past few months– my biggest personal takeaway was just how much the Simulab team cared about the training outcomes of their customers. Everywhere we went, folks were thrilled to see the team and vice versa — and that is exactly the kind of relationship you want with a simulation vendor!

TraumaMan Surgical Trainer & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Needle Decompression
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
  • IV Cutdown
  • Suturing, Incisions
  • Catastrophic Event Team Training:
    • Nicked Aorta Module
    • Flexible Abd. surgical space

CentraLineMan Standard & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Central Vascular Catheterization Using Subclavian, Supraclavicular, and Internal Jugular approaches
  • Sterile technique
  • Locating vessels with ultrasound
  • Inserting Needle
  • Threading guidewire
  • Passing dilator and triple lumen catheter
  • Performing line maintenance
  • Learning to use ultrasound guidance during catheter placement
  • Locating vessels using palpable landmarks

Have questions about my engagements with Simulab? Email me and I’ll be happy to share more!

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Why Video Production Saves Your Sim Program Money

I’d like to share a little math with you today on medical simulation lab promotional videos. Below is a video I produced in one week when I worked as a Simulation Technology Specialist at Los Angeles Harbor College, which has since been viewed over 21,000 times:

Let’s consider the costs savings of this promotional video:

Back in January 2009 I earned around $25/hr for being a part-time Sim Tech. This video took me about one week (40 hours) to shoot, edit and publish for a total hourly cost to the program of: $1000. Let’s add $500 for the HD camera and editing computer I used there as well, for a total cost of $1500.

Let’s consider that this 5 minute video efficiently covers the small three-room sim lab, which in real life may take more like 10-15 minutes. But to compare apples to apples, let’s say it only takes 5 minutes to do this tour in person as well.

If I gave this tour to 21,230 people, at 5 minutes at a time, that is 106,150 minutes, or just over 1,769 hours. That ends up being about 221 8-hour days of tours since 2009. If the sim center paid me for those minutes it would end up costing them $44,225 – so subtract the $1500 production cost and that puts you at a cost savings of $42,725!

Never mind scheduling those groups of people plus that the tour is more efficienty in quickly moving through the tour, and you can see why video production can quickly save your medical simulation program money!

Here are two more examples of medical simulation lab video tours, from the University of Phoenix and Ohlone College, both of which have been watched over 6,000 times!

Not only does this work for promotional videos, but orientation and training videos as well. Consider that a video orientation to a sim lab room before a physical orientation, will provide learners an additional opportunity to understand the space. This will cut down on time in the scenario spent “finding the O2 mask”, and more time on simulation learning objectives! Of course, it also cuts down on staff time as physical orientations will take less time. Watch this video orientation we produced at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas:

You can learn how to produce your own healthcare simulation lab orientation/promo videos through my 2-part sim lab video production tutorial:

  1. Sim Lab Video Production Tutorial Part-1
  2. Sim Lab Video Production Tutorial Part-2 (includes article resources)

Lastly, check out my article regarding Adding Media Content to your Simulation Program Website!

Adding Multimedia & Social Media to Strengthen Your Simulation Program Website

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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ― Ansel Adams

Last month I wrote an article entitled “Building A Medial Simulation Program Website“, which explained the benefits of building a website for your simulation program and how to get your pages started. In this article, we will touch on how to add the visual stimulus of multimedia and social platform integrations can provide further benefits to your program’s website! Having just recently completed the two-year INACSL website redevelopment project I have some new multimedia secrets to share! Specifically in this article we will cover photography, digital images, videography, social media integration like facebook & linkedin, as well as embedding a Google calendar.


As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. While you can type out all the specifications of your simulation program and the number of learners that come through your doors each day and what they are doing there, nothing will capture that “ah-hah” moment of seeing the space through photography. Check with your institution’s media department to learn if a professional photographer is available to help take some photographs of your simulation program. Be sure to schedule the photographer with enough time to capture spaces with and without learners actively engaging in the space. Depending on who will be viewing these photos, you will want to be sure to have the option of showing them the space with or without partcipants in the room. For example, when trying to promote the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas as a set for big budget film productions, the “shooting location scouts” are much more interested in how the room itself looks, not in what your learners accomplish there. (Read my previous article “How to Bring Record Breaking Profits To Your Sim Lab” to learn more about these types of film productions).

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myMETI – Free Educational & Learning Materials

Medical Simulation Learning Materials

myMETI is a free medical simulation resource webpage provided by CAE Healthcare (& METI).  On myMETI you can find all of the following:

  • Free METI scenario samples
  • Scenario development tools
  • Simulation Effectiveness Tools
  • Simulator orientations
  • Forums boards
  • Programming tips & tutorials
  • Müse installation files
  • Müse & MetiVision installation tutorials
  • Training course schedules
  • Grant writing tools
  • Lists of available METI mentors
  • Medical simulation based position description examples
  • Simulation center layouts and floorplan examples
  • Example patient simulation room supply lists
  • Learner guideline, confidentiality and orientation forms.
  • Sponsored research articles and whitepapers
  • Video tutorials and simulation examples
  • Expert and sales contacts for CAE Healthcare

Even if you are not a CAE Healthcare customer or do not own a METI product, the myMETI website is a great resource for your medical simulation program!