Latest Healthcare Simulation News From Around the World – 12/8/17

Here the latest healthcare simulation news from around the world Sim Champs!

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.

Collin College receives second designation as a Center of Excellence for nursing program – Collin College has received a second designation as a National Center of Excellence for its nursing program. The college has been recognized for its nursing simulation by CAE Healthcare. “Simulation is an integral part of our students’ education, and as such, we are elated to earn this Center of Excellence designation recognizing the time and effort our staff puts into that training,” Donna Hatch, dean of nursing at Collin College, said in a news release.

JEMS: Improving Patient Safety with Simulation: Patient Handoff, Airway Management and Bariatric Patients – Enhancing the use of the EMS safety goals by incorporating them into simulation activities is an important way to achieve a culture of improved patient safety. Many of the patient safety goals can be integrated into a single EMS simulation activity, since they’re prevalent on most EMS patient interactions. Although we’ve provided some ideas for sample activities in this column, remember to be creative and come up with ideas of your own; the possibilities for incorporating EMS safety goals as learning objectives for simulation activities are endless!


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FAU’s Schmidt Medical College Launches Newly Enlarged Simulation Center – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine recently hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official launch of its newly expanded, 15,000-square-foot, Clinical Skills Simulation Center in the Research Park at FAU in Boca Raton. The enlarged facility opened its doors in the afternoon so visitors could observe student physicians and nurses working with specially designed mannequins that can simulate a multitude of medical conditions.

Gaining an insight into today’s healthcare challenges with Sequential Simulation – The opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the challenges within the UK healthcare system might not be something that’s readily available outside Imperial College, and a group of newly enrolled students on the MSc International Health Management programme took full advantage when they visited the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) on 6th October. The ICCESS team designed the simulation to show interactions between patients and clinicians in difficult circumstances; in this case due to a shortage of nursing staff. The student cohort, many of whom are from outside the UK and have no previous experience of the UK healthcare system, then worked in groups to discuss the challenges presented in the simulation and how things could be improved.

EMS1 Shares How Karen Clenney adds realism to healthcare simulations – Clenney’s job is to program the 15 healthcare mannequins in Wallace Community College’s Health Sciences Simulation Center. The newer mannequins can be programmed to sweat, urinate and bleed. They have breath sounds, bowel sounds and pulses. An obstetric mannequin not only gives birth but can have a post-partum hemorrhage if necessary. “They don’t get up and walk yet,” Clenney said. “We know that’s coming. They’re actually talking about that in the community – the hand movements, the grips ? because you want neurological checks.”

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