February 28, 2019By Lance Baily

Medical Simulation News Recap of February 2019

Every month the HealthySimulation.com team searches high and low for the latest medical simulation news from around the world. Today we take a look at the latest news posts covering new simulation centers, training programs, VR technologies, the use of simulation in attracting new healthcare high school students, and increasing the use of simulation in healthcare curriculum. (Image by: Penn State Behrend).

Connected with yesterday’s article “How to Find Space in Your Curricula for More Clinical Simulation“, today we learned that the University of Portland is doing just that via the Beacon! Besides adding a new bachelor of science degree in Integrative Health and Wellness Studies in November, the school is also revamping its curriculum. This new approach emphasizes critical thinking skills over rote memorization of facts. It also eliminates the previous requirement for junior nurses to undergo a summer session, makes more use of the school’s Simulated Health Center and gives students more flexibility to pursue a minor. Dean of the School of Nursing Casey Shillam said the changes reflect a nationwide response in nursing education to the rapid changes in healthcare. Medical knowledge has been growing at such a rate that it’s impossible for students to memorize the volume of information while also learning to think like a nurse. The new curriculum prioritizes teaching clinical reasoning — a skill nurses employ when assessing a patient and determining what’s wrong with them — interprofessional communication and empathy in caring for the vulnerable. Changes to the curriculum began in 2015 when the former dean, Joane Moceri — who retired in at the end of the summer in 2018 after being diagnosed with kidney cancer — and faculty realized they needed to better prepare students to adapt to ongoing rapid changes in the nursing field.

Inaugural Science Fair sparks interest in health science careers among middle school students: More than 95 students from Curtis Middle School and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in San Bernardino learned about health science careers in a fun and interactive format. In addition, Science Fair attendees toured the Medical Simulation Center (MSC), a state-of-the-art virtual hospital designed to simulate the patient flow process; the Alfred Q. Shryock Embryology Museum, which houses a collection of human fetuses throughout different stages of the development process; and the Neuropathology Lab, which contains countless specimens modeling stroke, and other neurological abnormalities. One middle school student said the Science Fair was her first opportunity to explore health science careers. “I had so much fun learning about professions that use science,” she said. “Someday, I want to become a doctor and go to school at Loma Linda University.”

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New UB medical school goes beyond teaching with clinical simulation: “UB RIS2E2 is Research, Innovation, Simulation, Structure, Education and Engineering,” said Kim Grant its Business Development Officer. The state-of-the-art Medical School has one of the largest medical simulation centers in the country. And when there’s no classes, the facility can be rented out for medical research and development. Grant says UB RIS2E2 is attracting national and international companies. “Companies that our physicians work with because they work with those supplies and equipment in the hospitals. But now they’re looking for a place to practice and teach and do in-services on existing products. And we’re providing them an environment where they do can do a debrief room, do some training, go in here, practice it, go back,” Grant said.

Penn State Behrend opens new nursing simulation labs: A $950,000 expansion of the advanced nursing labs at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, gives students access to high-fidelity simulation mannequins, which can mimic almost any health emergency, from cardiac arrest and epileptic seizures to a neonatal complication that endangers both the mother and her mannequin baby. The real value of those mannequins is in the number of students who now will have access to them: By expanding its simulation labs and upgrading its nursing skills lab — where classes can now watch video feeds from each of the three new simulation bays — Penn State Behrend can open its nursing program to more students. The added capacity could support a 40 percent increase in enrollment. “We have a vested interest in expanding and enhancing our nursing education,” Chancellor Ralph Ford said. “Many of our nursing graduates stay in this area. They become the front-line health care providers for us, and for our families.”

Health Sciences Students Form Healing Team: The medical community is a machine, a careful system composed of key components, all working together in delicate unity and balance. When all these components move at once, the medical machine can operate at its greatest efficiency. This concept is the fuel powering the College of Health Science Interprofessional Education (IPE) Simulation Event, which is an elaborate experience placing three majors from the Health Sciences together in a simulation, designed to both test and strengthen the professional communication ties of the medical science world. In the age of social media and technological connections, this simulation experience helps healthcare students understand the importance of effective face-to-face verbal communication. One hundred and thirty health science students participated in an interprofessional experience Nov. 7 in the Nursing Simulation Lab in Passan Hall. “The purpose of this simulation is to allow the three health science majors – nursing, physical therapy, and medical imaging – learn to effectively communicate with other students in the other disciplines in order to provide better patient care,” said Audrey Cunfer, Clinical Simulation Coordinator.

Martinsburg VA Medical Center conducts POD simulation exercise: The Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia invited employees to participate in an exercise that is expected to improve emergency preparedness efforts. The center held it’s Point of Dispensing exercise on February 7 from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Employees and volunteers simulated procedures that the hospital would take in light of a flu outbreak, anthrax outbreak or other serious emergencies. “Today we’re doing a flu exercise, we’re going to be distributing tamiflu to patients or people who may have been exposed to the flu,” Jodi Jones, emergency response team captain, said. The event had a fairly large turnout with Martinsburg residents both young and old participating in the practice. Emergency manager, Todd Lake, said since he’s been at the center, they’ve had to conduct two POD activations within a three-year time span. “We have a lot of regulations that require us to have it but we go above and beyond that because everything we do now makes people feel more comfortable and helps prepare us to save lives,” Lake said.

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GW Starts Simulated Training Sooner Than Competitors: After updating its clinical lab spaces four years ago, the medical school is ahead of its peers in exposing medical students to training simulations early on in their college career. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides simulated clinical training for patient interactions, maintaining a goal set in 2012 to offer clinical spaces for student practice. Officials said having updated lab spaces and equipping students with knowledge and skills for patient interactions better prepares students to enter the medical field and makes students more competitive in the health care job market. Medical school spokeswoman Lisa Anderson said medical students work in a traditional classroom setting for their first 15 months, then switch over to clinical experience – working with real patients by shadowing or volunteering – until graduation.

The School of Nursing and the GRID Lab team up for virtual reality project about Narcan: Buchman said she and GRID lab employee Eric Williams chose to use virtual reality for the project because it was the best way to make the simulation more immersive, real and meaningful to those watching. With a headset used to watch 360-degree videos, the viewer can look around the room and see everything. They can see what is under the bed, what is on the walls, who walks by in the hallway and more. “Virtual reality puts the user in the middle of the scenario, allowing them in-person experience without actually putting someone in danger,” Mitchell Cook, a junior studying integrated media production who is also a camera operator and GRID lab crew member, said in an email. “It is one of the most real and influential ways for someone to experience something and learn something regarding specific situations without actually being a part of it.”

MCC opens patient simulation lab, veterans center: The college’s Bullhead City campus hosted dual ribbon-cutting ceremonies to show off its new virtual patient simulation lab in the nursing building, and the new veterans center in the campus library. The technology is so advanced, Bullhead City campus Dean Carolyn Hamblin said, that students can record some of the time they spend in the simulation lab as clinical hours. She said the addition of the mannequins to MCC’s four campuses represents an investment of more than $1 million “in our students, and therefore in the community.” While students are tending to the virtual patients, faculty can watch from another room. The sessions are recorded, Weiss said, and students get the bulk of their learning from debriefing later. She said the simulation lab closely emulates real life, but is a safe place to make mistakes, and the students are more competent and confident when they start working with real patients.

Princess Nourah University has launched a specialised medical workshops for health colleges students and practitioners: Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, represented by the Simulation and Skills Development Center, has launched on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 number of specialised medical workshops that will precede the 10th Medical Career Day Conference which will be held at the University. The Simulation and Skills Development Center has participated in three workshops targeting Medical students and Colleges in Saudi Arabia in addition to those who are interested in the field of health from doctors and health practitioners. Theses workshops are seeking to open wide horizons in using simulation as a mean of education and training for a professional career. The director of the Simulation Center for professional development, Dr. Haifa Malaika, explained that the workshops are designed to teach modern skills as the art of Moulage and the of operating manikins.

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