Global Updates From Healthcare Simulation Community – June 2018

Sim Champs today we are doing a recap of general news from and around the healthcare simulation community to keep you up to date with all the latest “goings on”. From upcoming moulage webinars, to new product demonstrations, and from upcoming Fellowship opportunities to Conference coverage, patient safety recommendations, simulation saving lives, the latest research and more! Check out these latest clinical simulation resources today:

Verizon Internet Shares Webpage To Enlighten Educators on the Potential Applications of AR/VR

VR and AR training combine active and symbolic learning to provide a unique and successful learning experience. Studies have shown that VR education improves retention, understanding, concentration, and performance. They achieve more progress by VR-based learning than traditional teaching. Students simply don a headset to explore the world from incredible perspectives — stroll the streets of Tokyo; soar over Yosemite, teleport across the globe. Operate a crane, fly a helicopter—there are no limits. Education is expected to be the fourth biggest sector for VR investment by 2025. More info here.


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The Art and Science of Patient Safety from University of Miami

“We take this very seriously because it is serious,” said Birnbach, who is also executive vice provost of the University. “Patient safety is incredibly important and doesn’t happen without great teamwork and communication.” Helping make the experience as immersive, effective, and organized as possible this year was the addition of the expansive 41,000-square-foot Simulation Hospital on the Coral Gables campus. “The size and layout of the Simulation Hospital allowed us to go from simulation to control room to debriefing room seamlessly, without losing the continuity of the thought process or the experience,” said Jeffrey Groom, SONHS associate dean of simulation programs. “It also has clinical and patient rooms that look appropriate to the scenario, providing a more realistic physical context than in previous years.” Read more here.

Parents Save Baby’s Life After Simulation Training

The parents of an 8-month-old say they could be planning their baby’s funeral if not for the simulation training program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Hector Roche and Victoria Rodriguez say more than 30 hours of training on a state-of-the-art simulator saved their child’s life. To instill that muscle memory, respiratory therapist Julia Krzyzewski uses an infant-sized manikin that’s attached to the same type of equipment Lucciano and his parents have at home. Before they began managing Lucciano’s care at home, his parents were taught how to respond to the exact emergency situation that almost took his life, within the dedicated simulation center. The training taught them how to disconnect his ventilator and attach a breathing bag, plus it instructed them on ways to clear or replace the tube. Read the full story here.


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Surgical Tech Tips Youtube Channel Covers Syndaver’s Synthetic Cadaver

Organized Simulated Care and Response (OSCAR) Simulator Trains Surgeons in New Zealand

Meet Oscar – either the luckiest, or unluckiest, patient at the Taranaki Base Hospital. He’s been stabbed in the stomach, had his leg amputated and suffered a cardiac arrest – among other medical emergencies. But Oscar is no ordinary patient – he’s a $120,000 electronic manikin who who bleeds, breathes, blinks, has a heartbeat and can even talk, and he’s helping to train the surgical team at the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB). Oscar (an acronym for Organized Simulated Care and Response) is one of a number of highly-realistic manikins being used to train medics around the country through a program called NetworkZ, which was developed by Auckland University with funding from ACC. Learn more about the newly developed OSCAR manikin on New Zealand’s Stuff Website.

STRATUS is Now Accepting Applications for July 2019 Academic Fellowship

The STRATUS International Fellowship in Medical Simulation has a broad focus that allows fellows to gain an understanding of the various components of simulation and medical education. Core topic areas include: adult learning theory, curriculum development, debriefing in simulation education, technical skills training, business models for simulation funding, simulation center design, center operations, formative and summative assessment and research in simulation. Fellows also have time to work with faculty on specific areas of interest.

Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance Hosts Moulage Webinar July 31st (1200-1300 AEDT)

Anyone can attend this fee-based webinar! Moulage is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training emergency response teams and other medical and defense personnel. This webinar will include a presentation/demonstration on current trends in the application of moulage with tips and tricks by Sara Hansen and Allison Sherar. Brennan Mills will present on the application of realistic moulage intuitively adds value to a simulation-based learning scenario, but to what extent does its inclusion actually add to measurable improvements in learning outcomes? ASPA Subscribers = Free, Non-Subscribers are $30AUD. Register and learn more here!

SimGHOSTS 2018 Australia Opens at University of Sunshine Coast — Largest Australian Event Yet!

Follow along with the hashtag #SG18AUS or join them at their USA event in Memphis this first week of August! Watch the 7 News coverage of the Australia event on our Facebook page!

New Paper Shows The Benefits Of VR Simulation For Mechanical Thrombectomy Training

“Mechanical Thrombectomy for acute stroke,” says Professor Tony Gallagher of ASSERT, “is a life-changing treatment for many acutely ill patients. The success of the treatment is determined in no small part by the skills of the physician performing the procedure. The VR simulation that we describe, and the training methodology will be used to enhance, and quality assure the learning experience and training of doctors. Conceptually and intellectually appealing, it represents a paradigm shift in how doctors are prepared for the treatment of acute stroke.” Read more on VRFocus.com

Air Force Eyes AR & VR for Aircraft Maintenance Training

The Air Force Research Laboratory wants to find out how virtual, augmented and mixed (VAM) reality technologies can be leveraged to improve aircraft maintenance. Read more on Vroom.Buzz. But before such technology can be developed, AFRL wants information about four specific areas:

  • Content development: Cost-effective solutions for creating the magnitude computer-generated visualizations aircraft preventative and remedial maintenance will require innovative crowdsourcing of augmented reality (AR) content development by airmen.
  • Content approval and management: Solutions for vetting and managing VAM content are needed to ensure that airmen are using the latest technical data.
  • Open modular enterprise solutions: The Air Force anticipates using AR devices in many, varied uses cases, so any solution should be device agnostic and allow new technical capabilities to be incorporated.
  • VAM business cases: Each VAM use case will need to describe the associated financial impact. First time quality and process throughput are key metrics for establishing a business case for additional implementations of VAM technologies

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