April 6, 2020By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation Tools for Fighting Coronavirus

Continuing our series of articles covering the latest clinical simulation tools for fighting Coronavirus, here we share global updates from leading corporations, organizations, and news publications. From open access to leading simulation scenario libraries to ventilator skills training courses, and from new tools to overcome campus disruptions to guides on how to transition to online learning, here are the latest healthcare simulation resources for combatting COVID-19!

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COVID-19 30-minute Ventilator Reskilling Online Course From CAE Healthcare: In collaboration with Area9 Lyceum, CAE Healthcare has released a new complimentary online on-demand course: COVID-19 Ventilator Reskilling. Mechanical ventilation is a complex skill that often requires a combination of courses. With the high demand of ventilator management in the acute setting, healthcare professionals may be tasked with caring for a patient on a ventilator. As you expand your knowledge and experience, or simply want to enhance your understanding of mechanical ventilation, let us help you. In this course you will learn: Respiratory physiology, basic functions of a ventilator, ventilator use in respiratory failure, and goals of care in respiratory failure.

California Simulation Alliance Opens Access to Simulation Scenario Library: Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the need for simulation resources, the California Simulation Alliance has released their 100+ simulation scenarios as “open access” to the public until May 31st. The simulation scenarios listed on this page are scenarios that have been developed, validated and tested by CSA subject matter experts. QSEN and TeamSTEPPS competencies have been integrated in all scenarios where appropriate.

Overcoming Disruptions to Nursing Education During the COVID-19 Crisis From Healthcare Learning Innovations: Colleges and universities around the world are transitioning to remote learning, and most of them are looking to online learning platforms to keep their students progressing toward the end of the school year. For students in pre-licensure (ADN, 4-year BSN), post-licensure (RN-BSN) and various other nursing programs that require completing clinical hours, this presents a big problem. How can students complete their course requirements when their schools are closed—and even if they are open, how can they do so if the area where they live is requiring everyone to maintain distance from one another?

Ramp Up Staff During COVID-19 with ACLS Desktop Simulation Training, and $15M Surge Grant from Health Scholars: The challenge for Surge Providers will be quickly acquiring or re-acquiring key clinical skills related to emergency situations that require immediate action – such as encountering an unstable dysrhythmia or a code event.

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During this time of unprecedented need Health Scholars are offering $1M in grant funding for surge provider training to help combat COVID-19. This grant will provide up to 14,000 providers screen based ACLS simulation training to assist health systems with preparedness training. It will enable hospitals to quickly deploy training to surge providers—providing the real-to-life reference experience needed to handle inpatient emergencies while on the frontlines of this pandemic.

COVID-19 Crisis Course for Educators: Rapid Transition to Online Learning From AALAS: Rapid Transition to Online Learning (RTOL) is a free emergency roadmap for making a rapid transition to remote learning during forced school closures. This quick-start guide will walk you through a simplified step-by-step process to maintain your continuity of teaching and learning in a crisis. This program is based on a simple question, If an educator had just one hour to prepare to teach remotely, what are the most essential things she would need to know and do? Note, this program is good for any educators, not just for those in healthcare!

COVID-19 Assessment and PPE Training Game: From Sim Canada, this web based presentation training game will help providers learn how to assess and use Personal Protective Equipment for Coronavirus cases.

Patient Safety White Paper Recommendations for COVID-19 From ISQua: The Italian Network for Safety in Healthcare (INSH) has compiled key lessons they have learnt in the pandemic in Italy. These are practical front line messages, devoid of the complexity of guidelines. They are a work in progress, a symbol of continual learning and improvement. We will be updating these continually and welcome suggestions and learning from your own experience. As we move from patient-centered care toward people-centred care we need to remember that we are here to protect the providers of care as well as the patients who need our care at this time.

IngMar Medical Provides COVID-19 Knowledge Resources (Webinars & Scenarios): Watch and share these recorded Ingmar Medical presentations to learn essential information on mastering the art of mechanical ventilation, particularly for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. These presentations provide e-learning content as well as hands-on demonstration of training scenarios. As well, download complimentary scenario simulations that you can run on your ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator. These simulations will enable you to provide hands-on training and develop your staff’s competency in treating a patient diagnosed with COVID-19, supported by mechanical ventilation.

3D Systems Launches COVID-19 Module for U/S Mentor: For those with the Ultrasound Simulator “U/S Mentor” from Simbionix of 3D Systems, there is now a helpful COVID-19 simulation module. The module provides practice of unique clinical cases of with patients suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. Each case presents different ultrasound characteristics typically found in COVID-19 patients such as B-lines, thickening of the pleura and consolidated lung. The module includes a rich video and document library, teaching lung ultrasound basics, COVID-19 typical findings, triage and disinfection protocols, created in collaboration with international Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Pulmonary and Intensive Care experts. All educational materials are open to the medical community in our E-learning resources.

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Protecting the psychological wellbeing of healthcare staff during the coronavirus pandemic: Healthcare leaders and educators must take proactive steps to protect the psychological wellbeing of their staff and students during and after the coronavirus outbreak, according to BPS advice. The BPS has published recommendations to help services to protect the mental health of both clinical and non-clinical teams while responding to the pandemic.

How are hands-on MATC nursing programs moving online amid COVID-19 pandemic? Online learning is not new for Madison College’s nursing simulation program, one of the largest in the state with about 400 students. The program already offers an online option for lecture-based classes, a style that 40% of students prefer. Moving those classes online for all students will come with a learning curve, but it’s not an insurmountable ask, said Kerri Kliminski, who teaches and co-directs in the college’s associate nursing degree program. Clinicals, however, have always taken place in hospitals and other sites across the state or in the college’s simulation labs. But with clinical sites scuttled for students and classroom buildings closed, nursing students’ hands-on training will be virtual for the first time, providing patient care through an online avatar.

SimVS to Distribute Organis TestChest Mechanical Ventilator Testing and Training Simulator: Organis, GmbH today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Hudson Simulation Services, LLC of New York to be the exclusive North American distributor of the Switzerland based company’s mechanical ventilator testing and training simulator TestChest. With TestChest, Organis has created an innovative full physiologic artificial lung that provides a breakthrough in mechanical ventilation testing and training. TestChest allows for modeling the complex dynamics of human lung performance that is essential to ventilator research and development initiatives. TestChest is intended to check the functionalities of ventilators, CPAP devices and other respiratory support devices in laboratories facilities. TestChest promotes a safe and controlled environment free from risks of the clinical environment and eliminates the necessity of training on animals.

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