Medical Simulation News From Around the World – 12/15/17

Happy Friday Sim Champs! Here’s the latest medical simulation news from around the world:


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  • VentureBeat: VR transforms health care: 3D human model coming to a school near you – The School of Simulation and Visualization, or SimVis, partnered with leading hospitals and universities in order to complete the most accurate and detailed model of the head and neck ever constructed. The ultra-high resolution 3D virtual model is fully interactive and can be consumed across a variety of environments and platforms. Students can interact with the model in a group setting, similar to an IMAX theater, or study the model solo on their tablet, laptop or mobile device. The 3D model includes accurate interactive visualizations of all the anatomical systems including the musculo-skeletal system, circulatory system, nervous system and digestive system.
  • Virtual Reality Allows Patients to Preview Their Own Surgery – Felicia Luna had a really bad headache. She said the painful pressure felt “like someone was squeezing my head really tight.” The pain became so bad that the 41-year-old woman could not lie down and rest her head on a pillow. Her main doctor and a specialist told Luna that she needed to stop worrying. Then, she went to the Stanford Medical Center in California. There, she was told doctors needed to operate on an aneurysm in her brain.
  • Derailment Drill ‘As Close To The Real Thing’ As First Responders Get – Emergency crews rushed to help a derailed MBTA train inside of a dark tunnel during a simulation Sunday. The exercise took place Sunday at the MBTA’s Emergency Training Center on Foundry Street. “It’s as close to the real thing as we can get. It’s very effective. We do drills several times a year, different scenarios. We always learn something from a drill,” said Transit Police Deputy Chief Preston Horton. Around 40 passengers were onboard the two-car derailment and more than 100 emergency personnel responded to the scene. “It felt fairly realistic because it was dark in there,” said Dominic DiLuzio a volunteer injured passenger. Officials said although it’s not the real thing it helps them prepare for the unexpected.
  • 3-D printed prostate may improve surgical accuracy – A groundbreaking 3-D prostate model lets surgeons explore a patient’s anatomy in detail before operating. This new level of simulation could improve patient outcomes. In recent months, a team of scientists from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has been pushing the boundaries of surgical simulations further than ever before. The new technology doesn’t just look like a prostate; it feels like one, too. Šeila Selimović, Ph.D. — who is director of the NIBIB program in Biosensors — discusses the project, saying, “This project illustrates how successfully mechanical engineers and medical doctors can collaborate and develop novel and promising technologies for medical treatment.
  • Yale News: YSN’s Simulation Learning Lab prepares nursing students for the real world – In 2014, Virginia “Ginger” Sherrick, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, RN-BC, CHSE was appointed the director of the Simulation Learning Lab. Under her energetic leadership, the use of simulation has grown significantly, especially in the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program where students participate in thirteen simulations throughout the year. They begin with simple skills, such as talking to patients, and progress to include more complex content—from assessing patients in a home-based setting to triaging in a community disaster. Because they are carried out in a controlled setting with supervision and feedback from course faculty, simulations offer a safe environment where students can master clinical techniques and develop communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Robotic Baby (Gaumard Super Tory) Trains Doctors To Deal With Medical Emergencies – Super Tory can develop breathing problems, cardiac arrest, jaundice, even seizures, at the press of a button. And not only does she move her arms and legs, but she makes lots of sounds and facial expressions, which are important cues since babies can’t tell anyone what’s wrong. The baby’s vital signs and movements are controlled by a behind-the-scenes engineer who communicates remotely with O’Brien through headphones. Even if the trainees make a mistake during a mock code, it becomes a teachable moment and no one gets hurt, not even the patient Super Tory costs about $40,000 and Boston Children’s Hospitals is one of the only hospitals in the country to have her!
  • Indiana U: Newly accredited IUPUC simulation lab prepares nursing students for high-risk situations – The IUPUC nursing faculty felt the best way to ensure they were adhering to best practices in simulation was to seek accreditation. The process requires lab representatives to submit a dossier providing evidence of meeting accreditation standards. It also includes a site visit from Society for Simulation in Healthcare administrators, who interview faculty and students and observe classes in the lab. “The accreditation means a lot to us because it verifies that we are adhering to best practices and providing quality education,” said Beth Sharer, division head at the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC. “It will also allow us to continue to grow and be proactive in the development of the program and continue to offer new activities.”
  • Up North Live: Ambulance simulator provides new learning opportunities for future EMTs and Paramedics – Baker College of Cadillac has donated a full scale ambulance simulator to Munson Regional EMS Education. The simulator works just like the inside of an ambulance, so that students feel like they are responding to real emergencies. “We can film the student and record the student and go back over those videos and they can watch themselves take care of a patient,” said Laura Criddle, the manager for Munson Regional EMS Education. “If there are any really good things that they do, they can say ‘Oh look this is what I’ve done’ and if there’s any area that needs improvement then they can also do that as well.”

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