November 26, 2019By Lance Baily

Latest Healthcare Simulation News Updates From Around the World | November 2019

Each month we review the entire internet for the latest and great medical simulation stories from around the globe, to give champions such as yourself the best insights into the key stories highlighting the continued expansion of our unique field. From breaking ground on new simulation centers to massive IPE MCI Simulation exercises, and from teaching STEM with real human anatomy to simulated military engagements, here are the latest news stories covering healthcare simulation from around the world!

TuslaWorld: “Topping out a new Clinical Simulation facility in Tahlequah”: The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation is the first tribally affiliated medical school on tribal land in the country. The $40 million medical school will focus on educating primary care physicians who have an interest in serving Native and rural populations in Oklahoma. The new 84,000-square-foot medical school’s teaching space will include an anatomy laboratory, clinical skills lab, osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, standardized patient labs and a simulation center that will feature a state-of-the-art simulation center equipped with lifelike, computer-programmed manikins that mimic a number of medical conditions as well as three lecture halls and faculty areas. The school will have 16 full-time faculty, five part-time faculty and numerous adjunct clinical faculty.

WVU Health Sciences simulation facility earns full accreditation: The David and JoAnn Shaw Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety Center recently received the distinction from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s accreditation council. The center, also known as the STEPS center, is the first and only in the state to be accredited in every area by the society. Among more than 700 centers registered by the society worldwide, fewer than 3% are fully accredited in all areas. “One of our goals of adding Systems Integration and Research is to show that we are making healthcare delivery safer for all of our patients at WVU Medicine,” said Dorian Williams, medical director of STEPS. (Photo Credit to WVU).


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Greensboro: “Handling hearts, brains and lungs gives East Forsyth students a chance to study the human body”: Wake Forest Baptist Health and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools have teamed up to provide the experience for local high school students. Human-tissue services/anatomy, ultrasound and simulation teams from the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Center for Experiential and Applied Learning, or CEAL, created the Rolling Bones program to bring medical simulation and human hearts, lungs, brains and bones from the health-care training lab to high schools throughout the school system. In addition to bringing human hearts, brains and lungs to middle schools and high schools in the local community, Rolling Bones’ goal is ‘to give students a hands-on experience connected to health-care and STEM careers,” JaNae Joyner-Corcoran, CEAL’s executive director said, using the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

CBC: “Reservists learn to provide medical care in combat simulation”: The sound of gunshots rang out inside the Queen Charlotte Armoury in Charlottetown on Sunday morning. Fog covered the room as medics from the Prince Edward Island Regiment attempted to rescue wounded allies from the battlefield, yelling over the gunfire and the sound of planes overhead. It’s an annual exercise hosted by the Prince Edward Island Regiment. Held alongside students and instructors from Holland College, the training exercise is designed to give reservists hands-on experience in administering care under fire. The exercise is part of an event that spans two days. This is the sixth year the P.E.I. regiment has hosted the event. “A lot of times medical folks deploy humanitarian assistance in less kinetic activity areas,” he said. “But a lot of times we’re in combat situations where we have to provide care to our allied forces and our own soldiers on the battlefield.”

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PatientEngagementHIT: “It’s been 20 years since the Institute of Medicine — known now as the National Academy of Medicine — published the groundbreaking report, To Err is Human.“: And in that time, the healthcare industry has seen vast changes, bringing patient safety and healthcare quality to the forefront. At the time of the 1999 publication, medical errors were killing 98,000 people in the United States every year, the report authors found, outnumbering patient deaths from highway accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS. Deaths from medication errors alone totaled at nearly 7,000 patients annually, exceeding the number of workplace injury deaths, the researchers reported. Since the IOM report, many organizations have coalesced around a culture of safety like a North star, calling for zero patient harm as a foundational goal. In these organizations, communication is key, helping to ease the transition of patient handoffs and reducing the risk of a medical complication. Leaders are empowered and accountability is high.


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St George Utah “Dixie Regional Medical Center scores ‘A’ grade for patient safety”: Dixie Regional Medical Center has received a glowing report card for the safety of its patients. The hospital received an “A” grade in the Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades released by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Dixie Regional received especially high marks for the staffing of nurses and intensive care doctors, as well as the priority of safety for hospital leadership. “There has been a very deliberate focus on serving one another,” said Dr. Patrick Carroll, medical staff director for Dixie Regional Medical Center. “If we do that, the patient wins.” The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals around the nation on how they protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. These are the stuff of people’s worst nightmares when it comes to being admitted to the hospital — scalpels left inside after surgeries, the wrong dosage of medicine or an infection from another patient. Emergency medical services personnel and members of Dixie Regional Medical Center’s trauma staff train on medical simulation mannequins at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Disaster simulation trains MSU Texas students: Health science students at MSU Texas got a taste of what a disaster situation could look like, with over 200 students working together with actors and mannequins Friday morning. Students that go into medical fields won’t have situations exactly like their classes when they start working. That’s why MSU Texas wants to make them as well rounded as possible. “We want them to work on their skills as well as their health care skills, but one thing is whenever we have students in the classroom we work on their specific roles and disciplines,” interdisciplinary education director Randy Case said. “Especially like the rad-techs I wasn’t aware that they one knew how to start IVs, that they weren’t allowed to push meds, that they could actually do compressions which makes sense I didn’t think about them doing CPR,” senior nursing student Jessie Justiss said. This is the fifth time the school has done a simulation like this, but the first time in the Centennial Hall.

Military training simulation has soldiers sweating bullets in Charlottetown: Pte. Christena Visser was trying to focus amidst the sound of gunfire. The smell of gunpowder didn’t bother the army medic as much – neither did the thick smoke or the flashes of light. But the loud noises and infantry officers yelling at her amplified the intensity as she did her best to tend to bloodied soldiers. “It’s designed to make you sweat,” she said. “That’s what makes it valuable training.” Visser, who lives in Orwell, has been in the reserves for about two years and a paramedic for about one. She took part in a medical training simulation at the Queen Charlotte Armoury in Charlottetown on Nov. 24. The gunfire and blood were, of course, blank bullets and Hollywood-style makeup, which were used to immerse soldiers into the simulation. The fake scenario had them in an active firefight with enemy forces, where they needed to use medical skills to rescue and resuscitate the fake casualties. “It’s like you’re taken out of P.E.I. regiment and put into some war,” Visser said. Some soldiers acted as if they were bloody and injured for the simulation, while some procedures had medics work with plastic dummies. One of the most stressful elements was identifying what wounds needed to be immediately treated while under fire, Visser said. “It’s good to see how the stuff that we learn is put into practice.”

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 6th annual ACOM simulation competition: The semifinals for the sixth annual ACOM simulation competition was held at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Saturday morning. Teams of first and second year medical students competed against each other in a race to save their patient. Winners of the semifinals face each other for the chance to compete in the national simulation competition in Washington D.C. Team captain, Chris Grant says the competition prepares the students for real world situations. “It teaches you to think on your feet. It teaches you to be confident in your skills. It teaches you to listen to your intuition. You think, ‘okay maybe i should do this.’ you don’t think on it you just act on it. You just have to trust yourself. And it really helps submit your skills and your knowledge” Grant said. ACOM last won the National sim-challenge event back in 2017 and went on to beat the French team to win the International Championship.

Preparing for the worst: Riverland Community College students experience trauma disaster simulation: Those walking into the Health Science Simulation Lab on Monday at Riverland Community College were treated to a chaotic scene. Severely injured patients laid on hospital gurneys strewn about the room as nursing, radiography, medical assistant and law enforcement students worked frantically to figure out what to do next. In one section, a man clung to life as he was treated for a pneumothorax, a collapsed lung caused, in this case, by a stick puncture in the right upper lobe of his lung; another featured nurses trying to treat a man who suffered a blow to his head after falling. Then the words that brought order to the chaos sounded throughout the room: “The simulation is over.” At that the “patients,” actually actors made-up to look as if they had suffered gruesome injuries, got up from their gurneys, in good health and completely unharmed. The students then went to another room to debrief and figure out what, if anything, they could have done differently before running the simulation again. This is the first simulation of its kind involving so many different departments done at RCC.

Medical simulation involves more than 200 Midwestern State University students: “It’s a time for all of our students to come together and collaborate, work on experiences that they would normally see in the hospital setting, and get them to work together as a team.” said Randy Case, director of Interdisciplinary Education. The simulation involved a hit-and-run accident with a group of cyclists on campus causing serious injuries and included multiple patients. Several disciplines took part in the scenario including students in athletic training, theatre, criminal justice, respiratory, radiology, nursing, mass communications, social work, dental hygiene and health administration. EMS and EMT students from Vernon College also took part. From initial first aid, triage, transport, x-rays, emergency medical measures, and notifying family members, the simulation involved as many facets as possible with as much realism as possible.

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