Global Healthcare Simulation News From the Week Feb. 8th

Hey Sim Champs! Here’s a recap of some of the best healthcare simulation news from around the world. Do you have a story to share? Submit your content today and we will post it to more than 13,000 readers a month. From Japanese Nurse Robots, to new simulation centers, apps, simulators and more — here’s this weeks recap of all the best medical simulation news from around the world:

  • Surgical simulator startup KindHeart launches $600,000 fundraiser – KindHeart creates products that provide a demonstration for cardiac surgical procedures. It also develops tele-simulation capacities to allow device manufacturers to offer surgical suggestions.
  • Wright-Patt’s Simulation Center provides realistic training – After relocating to a section of the hospital that was previously part of the intensive care unit, the center now has seven enclosed rooms with complete hospital room features available for training. In addition, a simulation operator station has been positioned outside the rooms to allow remote monitoring and control of training scenarios, which further enhances the realism of the instruction.
  • WBAMC’s Sim Center receives prestigious recognition – William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Central Simulation Committee Medical Simulation Center recently gained provisional accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an international organization promoting improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, and patient safety.
  • App offers real-time assessment of trainees’ professional behavior – “Before [the app], a class would end and the teacher would have something like six weeks to put in a grade for a student,” said Dr. Cendán, chair of medical education at UCF’s College of Medicine. What we are trying to do [with PROMOBES] is capture it in near real time, so it can have the most richness and give the best opportunity for giving formative feedback.”
  • Mo. medical students train in chaotic emergency simulations – “We actually love it. The simulation and mannequins themselves really give us a unique experience where they actually act like patient’s vitals and we can treat them,” Crooks said. “It just immerses the people into the scene itself, not just taking care of the patients but having to deal with noises and other difficulties.”
  • Nurse Robots Are Getting More Advanced – Can We Trust Them? – With less burden on nurses and improved quality of care for patients, collaboration with nurse robots will improve current trends of nursing shortages and unsafe patient ratios. Robots will be able to help with discharge planning and procedures. They will be integrated into all hospital technologies and monitors so that we can earlier and more accurately detect signs of patient decompensation. Thus, patients will see improved health outcomes.
  • Mercyhealth renovates hi-tech SIM lab to train for burn victims – Mercyhealth Hospital recently completed a $2 million renovation of its hi-tech simulation lab in its Prehospital and Emergency Services Center. Emergency care prehospital providers are now training to treat burn victims in critical situations. “There’s a lot of mortality that occurs, we see tragedy all the time from house fires, so our providers have to have that critical experience to take care of not only one, but several patients at the same time,” said Pakiela.
  • HALO-Flight EMS Training Academy Uses Sim to Train Professionals in the Air – HALO-Flight’s EMS Training Academy provides initial EMR, EMT, and Advanced EMT courses. The Academy offers quality education to those who seek an affordable and professional, community-based continuation of their EMS education.

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