Healthcare Simulation News From Around the World – November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to US-based Simulation Champions! And for our international readers, we are so very thankful for you as well! Every month HealthySim shares the latest Healthcare Simulation news from around the world, showcasing the best developments from our industry. Have your own stories to share? Submit an article and we’ll share it next time through the link below. For today, we have new simulation centers, product launches, research highlights, funding announcements, and more:

Trained for Tragedy, How Simulation Saved Lives at UPMC – When a lone Gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood Saturday, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was ready for the nightmare turned reality. “Things went very, very efficiently, and with almost a calm, ‘We’re ready for everything’ approach,” says Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of emergency medicine for the nonprofit health system. “That doesn’t happen unless you’ve practiced before.” Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of emergency medicine for UPMC University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. That practice included a mass casualty training conducted within the last few months at the UPMC Presbyterian campus, which is approximately 2 miles from the synagogue and received five patients following Saturday’s shooting.

Not Your Average Exam Room Worcester Medical School Implements Unique Training Techniques – Ray King, Education Program Specialist at iCELS, oversees these simulations. The staged exams are part of the iCELS Standardized Patient Program, established at UMass Medical School in 1982 as an evaluative and instructional tool for its medical students. Since its inception, the program has been implemented at medical schools across the state and has served as a model for Standardized Patient programs around the world.


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Mobile lab gives students opportunity to work in real-life trauma simulations – Teachers Lucia Watson and Jonathan Tedeton-Johnson were excited for the opportunity to have the SIM Coach at their school, which was the first time the mobile simulation van visited a school in Horry County. Watson previously used some of Palmetto Health’s videos in class, and gave feedback online about a recent video. Thanks to her feedback, Palmetto Health offered to come to CHS. “We’re pretty thrilled,” Watson said. “Lots of students will get to be involved today.”

Medical simulation technology advancements on display at first SIM Expo in Calgary – For the first time in its eight years, the SIM Expo made its way to Calgary to showcase technological advancements designed to assist medical practitioners and students, and, by association, patients. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a medical school – in fact, I don’t think you would – in North America that isn’t transitioning to this mode of education,” explained Tim Willett, president and CEO of Simulation Canada. “It’s just increasing with the increasing expectations of having highly skilled practitioners, the increase in the complexity of skills you need from these practitioners, and the increasing demands of teamwork.” “We’re just seeing the use of simulation increase and increase, and it’s making education more effective and its making care safer.”

New ‘buddy system’ of nurse education gets high marks from students – A new “buddy system” of nursing education — in which two students work together as one nurse to share ideas, set priorities and make clinical decisions for patient care in the “real world” of nursing — is effective, according to a study by Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas. Findings about the “Two Heads Are Better than One” nurse education strategy — dubbed 2HeadsR>1 for short and piloted by Louise Herrington School of Nursing in 2017 — are published in the Journal of Nursing Education. Read their submitted article about the program!

Simulation in Practice: Adaptive Use of Simulation for Healthcare – An awareness seminar on Thursday, 16th May 2019. During the seminar NAFEMS, the international association for the engineering analysis community, explores the current uses of engineering simulation for the design of medical devices, exploring current applications and challenges. Ensure you and your company has the best perspective on the future of engineering simulation for medical devices and the knowledge to maximize its potential by joining NAFEMS and the engineering analysis community in Sheffield on Thursday, 16th May.


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Healthcare simulation suite is extended at Wrexham Glyndŵr University – The suite, used by a range of students on health-related courses, has benefited from a range of new equipment after a £15,000 funding boost from Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW). That will allow students to examine the effects of diseases on organs and other body parts in a controlled learning environment before applying their learning in the workplace. Gilly Scott, who teaches MSc students as an advanced nurse practitioner said: “Our students are not just nurses, they are working as all kinds of specialists such as physiotherapists, paramedics, radiographers, pharmacists and podiatrists.

Increasing Demand for Minimal Invasive Surgeries Drives Medical Simulation Market – 2017 to 2022 – Simulation is the artificial representation of a complex real-world process with sufficient fidelity with the aim to facilitate learning through immersion, reflection, feedback, and practice minus the risks inherent in a similar real-life experience. Medical simulation offers numerous potential strategies for comprehensive and practical training, and safer patient care. It is a technique, rather than just a technology that promotes experiential and reflective learning. It is derived from the aviation industry, which has utilized simulation-based learning practices to train pilots since the First World War. It allows the safe training of learners engaging in activities that would otherwise be too dangerous to practice. “Meticulous Research” in its latest publication states that, the “global market for medical simulation is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.0% from 2017 to 2022 to reach $2,281.0 million by 2022.”

Healthbeat 4: Mount Marty College officially opens nursing simulation center “So that we can program them to react to students interventions both positive and negative,” said Julie Fuelberth, instructor of nursing at Mount Marty College. Julie Fuelberth is an instructor of nursing at Mount Marty. She says it’s a powerful learning tool for the students. “We can set these simulations up, give them some information about their patient and sit back in a control room away — so they’re not just reacting from their instructor being in the room they’re reacting to a simulated patient,” said Fuelberth. The simulators are able to talk to the students, respond to their questions as well as the medication administered to them.

Blue & You Foundation awards $2.7 million in grants to improve health throughout Arkansas – Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has awarded a total of $2,733,532 in grants to 42 health improvement programs that touch the lives of many Arkansans – from helping to train nurses … to supporting community gardens and food programs … to providing help in the fight against opioid abuse … or funding dental services for the needy. “Our grants this year went to programs throughout the state that address such issues as nutrition and exercise, food insecurity, emergency medical services and medical professional education,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation. About the Blue & You Foundation Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield established the Blue & You Foundation in 2001 as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas.

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