Additional "Best Of" HealthySim Articles From 2013

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Last week we posted our “Best Of” Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles from 2013. There were so many posts last year it was extremely difficult to narrow them all down to just 50. So that being said, here is some other key articles from last year that are definitely worth checking out!

General Community News:

Ontario Based ‘SIM-one’ Provides Simulation ResourcesSIM-one—the Ontario Simulation Network—is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, resources and services across the Province of Ontario. SIM-one provides valuable services to the simulation community, including education and training, research grants, the SIM-one Provincial Equipment Coordination Service (SPECS), and popular events like the annual Ontario Simulation Exposition.

U.S. Army Continues to Successfully Expand Medical Simulation TrainingTwo news items today about the continued success of medical simulation expansion by the United States Army. The first covers site accreditation by SSH, and the second covers a partnership with Mayo Clinic designed to help improve team training.

New Healthcare Simulation Products:

Wallcur Expands Services For Medical Simulation With Practi-MedsWallcur provides “Practi-Meds”, which are simulated medications, for simulation centers and health occupation fields.  In this video Wallcur shows off new products that can be used in simulation centers while networking with others who are furthering the simulation field.

Limbs And Things Provides Online & Hands-on Hybrid Suture Tutor Training KitsLimbs & Things has been designing, manufacturing and distributing clinical and surgical skills training products for over 20 years. Their new Limbs Learning Online website will offer a range of e-learning courses designed for medical undergraduates, nursing students, foundation trainees, surgical trainees, nurse practitioners, doctors training in emergency medicine, and trainers. These courses will offer anytime, anywhere access to subscribers via a broadband internet connection.

Gaumard Noelle S575.100 Product Updates: Learn more about the updated birthing simulator from Gaumard Scientific including realistic fetal palpation, multiple birthing positions, epidural procedures, pelvic landmarks, contraction stomach, episiotomy repair, and precision delivery system.

Educator Resources:

University of San Francisco Launches Master of Science in Healthcare SimulationThe University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions is pleased to offer this new masters-level program. For all applicants who hold a Baccalaureate degree, regardless of major, this two-year Master’s degree in Healthcare Simulation offers educational theory, research methodology and financial management strategies to prepare students for future leadership in simulation-related careers.

How to Evaluate Effectiveness of SimulationEvaluating the effectiveness of your medical simulations is a crucial component of building a successful long-term program.  On numerous occasions, the raw data we captured at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas over a period of many years eventually became critically important for arguments when requesting operational changes our lead administrators.  Not only this, but the use of a tool to gauge how simulations have performed is a necessary step in molding and shaping future experiential learning experiences.


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Free ‘Infection Control Communication’ Online Learning ProgramThe Partnering to Heal website provides a free online based video learning system to simulate discussions regarding infection control communication, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.It is intended to increase awareness of the risks of healthcare-associated infections and the opportunities for preventing such infections.

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Launches 2013 Meeting with Keynote on Evidence Based PracticesDr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk PhD, CPNP, FNAP then provided the keynote address ”Nothing Happens Unless First a Dream”. Dr. Melnyk is the Dean, Associate VP for Health Promotion and the University Chief Wellness Officer at Ohio State University. She quickly reminded the audience that those who encounter a medical error will have a 5-15% chance of death or permanent disability – as over 200,000 patients die this way every year with such wasteful healthcare spending costing the healthcare system 1.2 trillion dollars annually.

HealthBeat Covers Disruptive Healthcare TechnologyLearn about this new new event dedicated to exploring where new technology is disrupting healthcare. The meeting was organized by media outlet VentureBeat, which covers the Tech, People and Money of new ventures across the globe.  The meeting continues today in San Francisco combining clinicians, hospital administrators, entrepreneurs, and funding groups from around the world.

NLN Recorded Simulation Session & Senior Care ResourcesFamous nursing simulation speakers cover the challenges of developing simulation research and utilization in nursing, and although from 2011 still has huge relevance for our community today. You can watch the full 1-hour session and learn where more downloadable resources are here.

New Products of Note in Other Simulation-Related Communities 

Cornell Builds Pet Manikin For World’s First Veterinary Simulation CenterThe Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is assisting the College of Veterinary Medicine in the development of robotic pets (robo-pets) for Cornell’s new veterinary simulation center, the first to incorporate robotic high-fidelity canine and feline simulators.

New Dental Simulation Center Utilizes Specialized Manikin TechnologyMahidol University Faculty of Dentistry in Bangkok, Thailand will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the most advanced simulation centers in the medical and dental world on June 7, 2013. Dental students at Mahidol University now have the opportunity to master their cognitive and motor skills by training on 120 DentSim computerized training dental simulators.

Oculus Rift & 3D Scans Demonstrate the Potential of Future Medical Simulation TrainingCombining 3D scans of real life models in ultra high detail with the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra for movement controls, this video demonstrates one of the most realistic and spooky experiences in Virtual Reality. I am confident that this type of technology will be utilized in the future as a means of providing realistic simulation training experiences to healthcare professionals and students.

Dynamic Shape Display Has Serious Potential for Medical SimulationFrom MIT’s MediaLab: “inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms.

Ford Trains New Employees in Simulated FactoryFord now trains new US-based factory employees in a simulated manufacturing plant. This ensures new workers are better prepared to work on the assembly line, increase training speeds, reduce employee attrition and improve manufacturing quality and safety.


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