August 29, 2019By Lance Baily

Latest Medical Simulation News From Around the World, August 2019

Following up from yesterday’s Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles of Summer 2019 recap, today we scoured the web for the latest updates in medical simulation news from around the world. From new simulation centers to new corporate partnerships and product integrations, these new stories highlight the continued expansion of simulation in healthcare all over the world. Looking to get media attention to your sim center? Read our helpful guide “Start the Presses! Getting Press Attention to Your Medical Simulation Program“, and then see what these simulation labs reported for great ideas!

EHR Go & Wallcur Practi-Meds Partnership: EHR Go, an educational EHR featuring realistic and diverse patient cases, recently announced a partnership with Wallcur Practi-Meds, an innovative solutions provider for training and simulation in healthcare education. EHR Go now includes easy medication simulation through the integrated use of Wallcur Practi-Meds. Simulation educators can utilize Wallcur products, which are pre-programmed into EHR Go’s eMAR scanning electronic charting system, for a realistic learning experience. “This will provide a huge benefit for faculty and instructors, making it easier to prepare students for the evolving healthcare industry,” said Kathleen Annala, CEO and President of Archetype Innovations, LLC, creators of EHR Go.

Healthcare video game maker Level Ex explores medical simulations for astronauts: With the help of a newly announced grant from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine, Level Ex will be working over the next 12 months to lay the groundwork for virtual simulations and scenarios that will teach astronauts how regular medical procedures or devices behave differently during low-gravity scenarios. “We are honored that TRISH has put their trust in us to use our technology to advance medical training for astronauts,” Sam Glassenberg, CEO and founder of Level Ex, said in a statement. “With half a million medical professionals already playing our medical games, we’re eager to apply the work we’ve done to another critically important area of healthcare. Not only do I foresee this partnership shaping the future of spaceflight medicine, but there is no doubt that our discoveries and advancements will make Level Ex’s technology more robust, which will benefit terrestrial medical education across the board.”


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Oxford Medical Simulation brings VR training system to Oxford University: VR healthcare training company Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) has unveiled this week a partnership with Oxford University that will see medical students use its technology. Their platform will now enable them to practice treating patients in interactive scenarios using Oculus Rift VR headsets, and receive feedback on the actions taken to improve their performance. The system is being used at the OxSTaR (Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research) centre, part of John Radcliffe Hospital, the main accident and emergency site in Oxfordshire and teaching institution for the Oxford Medical School. “Embedding virtual reality simulation into what we do has enabled us to give a far greater number of learners access to simulation in a shorter space of time,” said Rosemary Warren, OxSTaR centre manager.

Dr. Deborah Navedo is Leading the Way for Girls in Bioengineering and for Medical Simulation Education: Jamaica Plain resident Deborah Navedo, PhD, CPNP, recently became director of education at the Brigham’s Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation. Navedo believes the STRATUS/EXPLO program opens doors for great achievement in the STEM arena. “Education is about inspiring as much as it is about teaching knowledge, skills and behaviors. This is what I love about working at STRATUS,” she said. The STRATUS/EXPLO partnership creates an imaginative, motivating, and meaningful learning environment for aspiring bioengineering students, while simultaneously helping to cultivate qualified candidates for the local workforce. STEM students in the EXPLO program represent the next generation of innovators and researchers of the health care world.

Using an ‘obesity simulation suit’ to reveal prejudice among med students: Researchers led by Anne Herrmann-Werner, from the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Tuebingen in Germany, wanted to see if using an “obesity simulation suit” and conducting a role-playing experiment would help uncover and correct anti-obesity bias among medical students. The researchers used role-playing to reenact a routine visit to the “family doctor.” They asked the participants to work in groups of 10 and assume either the role of a “patient with diabetes” or that of the doctor. When playing the role of the patient, the participants had to wear an “obesity simulation suit.” This would simulate the appearance of a person with a body mass index (BMI) of 30–39.

Stark State Akron debuts medical floor with cadaver lab, simulation center: “Today we are excited to expand our footprint, in this building and in our academic program offerings,” Stark State Akron Executive Director Donald Mullen said. The school had a total of 2,400 students in its first year, and expects to have about 2,000 students who attend the school at any given time starting this fall. In addition to the medical floor, which will offer degrees in areas like medical assisting and nursing, the college also opened the first floor classrooms for electrical engineering and computer networking. The cost of the new building was $24 million, with $10 million in state funding and the rest coming from the college’s reserves.


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Lifelike silicone masks allow nursing students to simulate geriatric care: One unique simulation in the department travels to the classroom: instructors trained in Mask-Ed™ pedagogy arrive in nursing classes, disguised as older adults, wearing silicone masks and clothing suitable for seniors. Russom and assistant professor of nursing Judy Scott suit up in these prosthetic masks – plus tweed slacks, knit sweaters and the occasional walker or cane – to portray two older adults, eighty-year-old neighbors Mack Roy and Doris Belmont, who both have a keen interest in helping UCCS nursing students learn how to care for older patients.

Simulation drill tests University Health Center’s clinicians: The Aug. 9 event was a collaboration between the University of Georgia Health Center, the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and Athens Technical College. It featured simulation mannequins from the Medical Partnership campus. Once the Code Blue was sounded, University Health Center clinicians had to figure out what exactly was wrong and the best way to treat SimMan. The drill featured three different medical emergencies: a cardiac arrhythmia in a 22-year-old, a seizure in a 20-year-old and a severe systemic allergic response in a college-aged student. The team had to assess each situation and figure out how to best work together to help the patient. The biggest goal of the exercise was to build teamwork and perfect individual roles before going into an actual emergency situation.

Miami Herald “These mannequins aren’t for fashion. They’re for medical training”: Behind a glass window, Miami Dade College nurses control the movement of the mannequin lying on the table, named Victoria, and her baby’s movements from a set of computers. They can launch preprogrammed medical simulations — the mother may have a Cesarean section or her baby may have a dislocated arm — and adjust them according to the nurses’ responses. And right behind them is another Victoria who can do all the same things. “They’re amazing, everything they are capable of doing,” Fernandez said. “These pretty much can do anything.” The two Victorias join 15 other simulation rooms in MDC’s new Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, unveiled recently at the MDC Medical Campus. It will begin serving the college’s 1,700 students in the fall.

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