November 20, 2019By Lance Baily

7 More Healthcare Simulation Terms You Don’t Know!

Following our series of exploring key terms relevant to Clinical Simulation, today we take a look at 7 more Medical Simulation words or phrases you may not yet know — but should! From leading companies to leading products, and from nursing education to global societies, these key terms (and the ones from the previous articles linked below), are must-know knowledge for those accelerating their careers in healthcare simulation. Review the list for yourself before sending to newer simulation champions to help get them caught up to speed!

Harvey: The Harvey Manikin is a full-size Cardiopulmonary Simulator designed to simulate nearly any cardiac disease at the touch of a button developed by the University of Miami’s Gordon Center for Research and Medical Education (GCRME), which in the U.S. is distributed by Laerdal Medical. This is achieved by varying blood pressure, pulses, heart sounds, murmurs and breath sounds. For nearly 50 years, the Harvey Cardiopulmonary Auscultation Simulator has been used for university-based healthcare simulation projects across medical education and presents cardiac bedside findings with detail and fidelity.

SESAM: The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), now more commonly referred more simply as the Society in Europe for Simulation, is the world’s longest running healthcare simulation organization. The mission of SESAM is to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care for the purpose of training and research. The SESAM constitution shares that the purpose of the registered association is to develop and apply simulation throughout education, research and quality management in medicine and healthcare settings.


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The society also works to facilitate, exchange and improve upon the technology and knowledge related to healthcare simulation across Europe. Each year, the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine hosts a SESAM Simulation Meeting, with the year 2019 marking the 25th anniversary of this unique healthcare simulation conference.

Simulation in Nursing Education: Simulation is Nursing Education is used to teach learners concepts relating to the care of patients who are either sick or infirm. Through the replication of real-world nursing scenarios and experiences, learners can practice the skills necessary to succeed in the field, without ever putting a real-life patient at risk. Using carefully controlled and monitored settings, trainees are able to receive constructive feedback and thereby enhance their overall clinical knowledge.

Becoming more popular across educational settings, the use of Simulation in Nursing Education has helped shape the next generation of nursing students, graduates and clinicians themselves. Although certain elements of nursing education have already known to be simulated for learning purposes for quite some time, including the taking of blood pressure readings and performing CPR, simulation labs have led to even more simulation scenarios available.

3B Scientific: The company 3B Scientific, known as American 3B Scientific in the United States, is a leading manufacturer of anatomical and biological teaching aids for science, training and patient education. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, the 3B Scientific group of companies specializes in the creation and merchandising of a variety of didactic products and models useful to educators of medical simulation. In 2017 J. H. Whitney Capital Partners acquired 3B Scientific.


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The main goals of 3B Scientific are to provide high-quality products at fair prices, with excellent customer service and after-sales support Another main goal is the coordination of marketing strategies in the view of different countries and that meet the requirements of individual customers.

Kyoto Kagaku (KK America): KKAmerica, aka Kyoto Kagaku American, is a division of Kyoto Kagaku, a Japanese company headquartered in Kyoto that specializes in high fidelity simulators and training equipment for healthcare education and training. Established in post-war Japan in 1948, Kyoto Kagaku is now one of the leading manufacturers of medical simulators and nursing simulators, in addition to training models and phantoms used for ultrasound and radiology instruction and learning.

During the KKAmerica’s early stages, the company was heavily involved with efforts to improve cultural heritage protection. This led to the successful development of techniques to reproduce and maintain historical artifacts with synthetic material. Contributing to society through education, culture and service, Kyoto Kagaku American’s mastery of synthetic material led to the production of its first synthetic manikin in 1930.

iSimulate: iSimulate is a clinical education technology company with offices in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. With the goal of providing cost effective, reliable and realistic medical simulation tools, the company has developed a number of products that allow learners to train anywhere at any time.

In 2011, two of the company’s founders were working to create technologically advanced learning solutions. While one wanted to find a way to take simulation training outside a simulation centre and increase the fidelity of simple manikins, the other sought to reduce the expensive equipment cost of Advanced Life Support training courses. Working together, they realized their goals overlapped and began developing the iSimulate products. Six months into their collaboration, iSimulate launched the first version of ALSi at the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego.

Pediatric Simulation: Ped Simulation is the practice of using medical simulation products and tools to create an experience that represents the healthcare treatment of a child. Used to help teach and train learners and professionals alike, these simulations are intended to provide them with the skills and information needed to make decisions independently in the field. Clinical Simulation in pediatrics has been widely accepted and adapted as a training and assessment tool in medical education.

One advantage of using Pediatric Simulation is that learners are able to practice procedures and make errors without the risk of harming a physical patient. In this simulated environment, the trainees can have their errors corrected in real-time by an instructor, professor or training administrator. The quickness in receiving guided results and corrections helps users of the Pediatric Simulations to internalize what went wrong, how the error was corrected and how to avoid making that same error the next time the simulated situation arises.

Additional Simulation in Healthcare Key Term Articles:

7 More Must Know Clinical Simulation Key Terms

12 More ‘Must-Know’ Healthcare Simulation Key Terms

11 More Key Terms to Help Your Healthcare Simulation Program Develop Faster

11 Key Terms to Help Colleagues Learn About Healthcare Simulation


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