News From Healthcare Simulation Centers Around the World – April 2018

Simulation Champions its time once again to share updates from programs around the world to highlight the continued growth of our wonderful community! Today we cover stories from collaborative simulator development projects in Ohio, new simulation center launches in India, removal of simulated training caps in the UK for midwives, $20 million dollar donations to UCLA’s Health Sciences Simulation building, and more!

Otterbein Nursing and edgeThingZ collaborate on healthcare simulation device: The Nursing Department contacted the Otterbein Engineering Department, who subsequently engaged the help of edgeThingZ, a startup company and inaugural collaborator of the Otterbein STEAM Innovation Center. Within a few weeks the first prototypes of the simulation devices were being tested with Otterbein nursing students. The result of the collaboration is a comparatively low cost set of tools called HESS – the Healthcare Education Simulation Station. HESS consists of realistic Pulse Oximeter, Thermometer and Capnometer devices that can simulate required key vital signs for a wide variety of healthcare simulation scenarios. The fact that HESS can work with less expensive low fidelity manikins – and even human actors – to create effective and highly realistic simulation scenarios greatly increases Otterbein’s ability to provide improved simulation training to more students cost effectively. edgeThingZ recently delivered multiple sets of HESS equipment to the Otterbein Nursing Department. Other nursing programs are now licensing the HESS solution as well.

The D Y Patil University Launch of the Medical Simulation Laboratory in India is Asia’s first comprehensive medical training facility of its kind. Eight simulators come together to form this immersive learning experience. The lab comprises of a human patients simulation system, child and infant simulator, Cardiac Cathereizton Lab., Endo simulators, Minimal access surgery simulator, USG and Echo simulator and also the task trainers which helps the young interns to acquire practical skill of intubations, IV insertions, ICD tube drainage and tracheotomy. The objective is to safe-guard the patients and to perfect the hand skills. Watch their launch video below to learn more:

$20M Gift to UCLA for State-of-the-Art Medical Simulation CenterA $20 million gift to UCLA will help construct a high-tech medical simulation center to train future doctors, the university announced March 28. The gift from Los Angeles commercial real estate developers Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld will allow UCLA Health Sciences to construct an advanced medical training facility to include computer simulations, virtual reality and high-tech mannequins. A Eugene & Maxine Rosenfeld Hall will renovate and replace a medical education center at 700 Westwood Plaza, across from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The new center will feature the newest medical simulation technology, including lifelike mannequins, virtual-reality surgery aids and anatomical software packages used to train doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

150 high school students attend Southern University’s Nursing’s ‘Simulation Day’More than 150 high school students watched live simulations during the SU School of Nursing undergraduate program’s 6th annual “Simulation Day.” The goal, to encourage high school students that might be interested in medical studies and show them what SU School of Nursing undergraduate program has to offer. High school students were given a tour of the different simulation labs. The Human Simulation Laboratories at the School of Nursing features several Human Patient Simulators (HPS).


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UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council removes cap on hours student nurses can complete in simulated practice: The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced it has removed the hard cap on the number of clinical hours, which is currently set at 300 hours, student nurses can instead complete in simulated practice. Initially, the regulator said it wanted to raise the cap to 1,150 hours but critics raised concerns about the reduction in time on clinical placements. The results of the consultation showed that a significant proportion of respondents wanted there to continue to be a cap as many showed concern it would reduce the total number of hours completed on clinical placements. Instead, the NMC has not specified a cap but warned that they would be monitoring universities use of simulation. The NMC says this flexible approach aligns with other UK healthcare regulators. An NMC spokesperson told the NursingTimes; “We will no longer state a maximum number for hours of simulation to be included in educational programmes for pre-registration nursing. “Our new approach is to be less prescriptive and more outcome-focused, allowing autonomy to enhance and develop forms and uses of simulation for learning and assessment that facilitate safe and effective care.”

Oregon Medical Students Learn How to Deliver Bad News, and Get Tested on ItFor the first time, medical students are being evaluated on how they deliver bad news. By the time they receive their diploma, Oregon Health & Science University Medical School (OHSU)’s graduating class of 2018 will have passed a simulated patient encounter in which they delivered news about the passing of a loved one or admitted a medical mistake. After years of interviewing patients and their families, Susan Tolle, MD, professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and geriatrics at OHSU, director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, and the leading force behind the initiative, has learned and understood what can go wrong. A physician may stand at the doorway with their arms folded. They may also avert eye contact, use too much medical jargon where the loved one has trouble understanding what they are saying, or be too blunt and announce the death as they walk into the room.

At University of Buffalo, new medical simulation center gives students, physicians fresh perspectives on human bodyDeliberately sited just steps from Buffalo’s major hospitals and medical research facilities, the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building was designed to promote collaboration among faculty and students, regardless of discipline. Inside, offices and conference rooms on each floor open onto a vast glass-enclosed atrium punctuated with open staircases and plenty of wired “collision spaces.” “This facility was purpose built – not happenstance – to make these conversations flow,” said John Tomaszewski, M.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor and Peter A. Nickerson, Ph.D., Chair of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the Jacobs School. “It was planned out and driven from concept to construction.” He continued, “Our facility has this integration of people: surgeons working with anatomists working with computational people and engineers,” Tomaszewski said. “It’s a whole team approach.”

Boise EMTs undergo intense school shooting drill with dozens of student volunteers (Video in Link): More than 100 EMTs, paramedics, and medical staff from across Idaho took part in the intense and chaotic simulation. It was all part of the annual Rescue Me Conference. “This is the most realistic simulation that has ever been put on in Boise,” said St. Luke’s Simulation Educator Andie Woodward. Woodward spent the last four months preparing for the training, working to make it as realistic for emergency responders. Staff using flake blood, special equipment, and even put the smell of gunpowder into the room. “When you add the elements in simulation of all of the senses and emotion you have an 80 percent better retention rate,” Woodward said. In the simulation, paramedics worked to triage a variety of wounds from legs to the torso, also working with their interactions between themselves and those in the emergency room. “This thing was really impressive. We don’t get to do training like this very often and we don’t get to really experience anything like this,” Kabush said.

Penn Highlands Clearfield host simulation for LHU studentsLock Haven University students from both Clearfield and main campuses took part in a medical training event on Friday at the Simulation Center at Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospital. The LHU athletic training, physician assistant, and nursing programs conducted what was described as an “interprofessional education event” at the Clearfield Hospital. The nursing students were from the Clearfield campus, while the athletic training and physician assistant students traveled from the main campus in Lock Haven. LHU-Clearfield Instructor and Simulation Center Coordinator Dee Hanna, RN MSN, said this first time collaboration between the campuses provided a tremendous learning experience.

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