11 Key Terms to Help Colleagues Learn About Healthcare Simulation

Sim Champs to prepare your colleagues for Simulation in 2019 we are sharing a few key pages of focused content which you can easily share to bring teammates up to speed. From leading vendors to core concepts, and from industry wide keyterms to leading conferences — these pages will help provide a useful introduction to the focused topics shared below. Start your team off right for 2019 by sharing these key pages with new team-members or colleagues!

Healthcare SimulationClinical Simulation is the modern way to educate and train healthcare professionals to master cognitive, technical, and behavioral skill sets through technologically advanced crafted experiences. This style of experiential learning enables professionals and learners to practice and test their profession while building confidence in their abilities, prior to working in real world scenarios.

Simulation CenterBuilding a sim center involves a huge amount of planning. All the stakeholders come together and have input into the construction. The technical logistics and equipment are complex. Some simulation centers have simulation laboratories that exactly mimic an operating room, a delivery room, an emergency department, a medical surgical floor room, an ICU room etc. Experts from medical specialties and educators need to have input into the planning phase of the construction. Once the construction is complete, funds will be needed for ongoing maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment as it ages.


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SimManThe current primary version of the high-fidelity simulator is SimMan 3G, which first launched in 2009. Improvements to the SimMan Classic included more powerful battery life, wireless control, an internal air compressor, new software GUI system, fluid ports, RFID tagged medication use, CPR feedback, improved skins, blinking and dilating pupils and more. SimMan3G has seen a vast number of incremental hardware improvements since 2009 and is among the top selling patient simulators in the world.

IMSHAt IMSH meetings, key areas of discussion are often new ideas, leadership development, new processes and research findings, innovative approaches, design strategies, return on investment and improved communication techniques. As a catalyst for advancement and evolution in healthcare simulation technology, the IMSH brings together and connects industry professionals to learn. The event is considered to be one of the top educational and networking events for the healthcare simulation world, especially for those with interests in IPE.

ManikinA manikin can range in its level of realism from a low-fidelity manikin to high-fidelity manikin. A low-fidelity manikin is a segmented clinical task trainer capable of a small number of specific tasks or procedures, such as an IV-arm or a CPR manikin. A mid-fidelity manikin is usually a full-body simulated patient but with minimal computer components.

EMS SimulationIQFounded in 1994, the mission of EMS has always been to provide a safe environment for healthcare professionals to develop patient safety skills. They feel strongly that their state-of-the-art technology makes simulation training even easier, from automated training sessions, to feature-rich, interactive tools in the simulation classroom and mobile solutions for in-situ training environments. The EMS goals is to bring educators the best collaborative innovation the industry has to offer – as “innovation has been written into our DNA for over 20 years”!


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Nursing Simulation: Historically, initial nursing education consisted of short periods of classroom lectures intermingled with extensive periods of bedside nursing. Over the last century, nursing education has moved into educational institutions such as community colleges and four-year universities. At these schools, educational methodologies included lectures with visual aids and case studies, skills lab practice and clinical rotations. This page covers useful tips regarding simulation for nurses!

MoulageWhile almost every simulated patient case dealing with trauma requires moulage, medically simulated representations of internal illnesses do not always require the use of makeup. Yet simple moulage techniques such as the application of water to demonstrate sweating due to fever, or the use of blue watercolors on the manikin’s skin to cue hypotension can be used for even the most mild of infections. Complicated moulage techniques such as trauma moulage usually require a great deal of preparation.

LaerdalLaerdal is one of the world’s premiere vendors of medical simulation and clinical education equipment. Laerdal Medical began their mission to “Help Save Lives” in 1960 with the invention of the CPR training manikin called Resusci Anne. For over sixty years, Laerdal has provided the global healthcare simulation community with clinical task training and high fidelity manikin products such as…

Simulation ConferencesConferences are an absolute must for professionals seeking to start or expand their institution’s simulation programs. There are plenty of fantastic global conferences coming up in 2019 that provide a range of focused simulation learning, networking, and vendor engagement opportunities, so save the dates for these special events listed below. Previous annual events are summarized in the drop down fields at the bottom of this page.

CAE HealthcareCAE acquired METI (Medical Education Technologies Inc.) in 2011 to bolster the CAE Healthcare brand. The company is now part of a team of over 7,500 employees in over 25 countries around the world supporting more than 6,000 of their patient simulators. Besides serving the primary care and EMS fields in the United States and numerous other countries, such as CAE Healthcare Japan, the corporation also supports military training units around the world.

Medical Simulation JobsMedical Simulation jobs, aka Healthcare Simulation jobs, provide an emerging professional opportunity for innovative healthcare professionals interested in clinical education and training, advanced technologies, theatrical production, adult learning, administrative leadership and the most modern communicative practices.

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