August 12, 2020By Lance Baily

Additional Healthcare Simulation Webinars Added in August, From Some of the World’s Leading Experts

Over a dozen of some of the world’s leading clinical simulation experts have already submitted healthcare simulation presentations to‘s new webinar platform, currently in beta development. From the neuroscience of virtual reality in medical training, to expanding regional simulation programs, to in-situ simulation debriefing practices, scenario design and the latest telemedicine practices, all of the sessions listed here are available with open access during August. Mark your calendars and invite your colleagues to attend as many of these webinar best practices as you can, and learn the best ways to improve your sim lab program today! Ordered by date:

Nuestra Simulación: Problemas Reales, Soluciones Reales (Rodrigo Rubio, MD) — August 17th, 10:00AM Pacific, UTC-7 & Presented in Spanish: Dr. Rubio, Anesthesiologist at the American British Cowdry Medical Center and Past President of the Latin America Federation for Simulation in Healthcare (FLASIC), writes about this presentation in Spanish: Cuando escuchamos una conferencia o leemos sobre protocolos de investigación en países altamente desarrollados nos motivamos pero nos damos cuenta que en muchos casos no estamos en la misma situación. Latinoamérica y los países en vías de desarrollo tienen otra realidad. En esta conferencia he tratado de encontrar algunas situaciones que he vivido y comparto las soluciones que he encontrado para estos problemas. Problemas como conseguir financiamiento, diseñar escenarios realistas sin la necesidad de presupuestos altos, investigación y publicación de mis trabajos, crear experiencias de aprendizaje significativas para grupos grandes entre otros. Esta conferencia esta basada en experiencias personales.

Imagining the Future of Healthcare and Patient Safety (Peter Lachman M.D. MPH. M.B.B.Ch., FRCPCH, FCP (SA), FRCPI) — August 20th 9:00AM Pacific, UTC-7: Dr. Lachman, CEO of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) reminds us that it is over two decades since the ground breaking “To Err Is Human” research report was published but progress in addressing adverse events has only been variable at best. Obviously the initial question to that fact becomes “What do we need to do to keep patients and providers safe in healthcare?” Many have theorized about the action we need to accomplish to prevent harm, but the core problem remains one of design and more importantly, implementation. Nietzsche reminds us that “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” But what then is the “why” behind the patient safety movement? Why don’t we accept our inability to deliver the right care every time? Most fundamentally of all, why do we need to change? In this highly praised presentation, Dr. Peter Lachman, CEO of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) imagines how examining the future awakens us to the importance of what we, as actors in specific roles, do not yet know.Dr. Peter Lachman will go through the fifteen actions that he believes will help the imagined future of healthcare, become ever so much closer to our present experience.

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The Highly Successful Simulation Specialist Technician, Pearls Of Wisdom To Be An Integral Member of Your Team (Brian Wallenburg, NRP) — August 20th, 11:00AM Pacific, UTC-7: Brian Wallenburg NRP, Simulation Specialist at the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine shares with in abstract that “Too often we as healthcare simulation specialists or simulation technicians find ourselves in a position where we feel like there is nowhere to turn. This is all too common in clinical simulation. We deal with last minute changes, unintended turns during scenarios, staff and financial shortages and a host of other concerns. During this session, we are going to visit a few possible solutions to some of the common, yet trying dilemmas we deal with on a regular basis. We will talk about how human error causes problems and how we can look out for them before they have an impact on results. Our work environment, individual capabilities, demands and human nature all have an impact on the outcome of simulation. We have the power to make a change.”

Improv and In-Sim Debriefing: Kick Anxiety Out, Allow Learning In (Candace “Candy” Campbell DNP, RN, CNL, CEP, LNC, FNAP) — August 24th, 12:00PM Pacific, UTC-7: Here Candy Campbell “The Innovation Nurse” at Peripatetic productions utilizes her vast experience as an actress to help us understand the power and potential of improv. Since the early 2000’s, miscommunication in healthcare has been cited by the IOM and other studies as a major factor in causing medical errors, near-misses, and sentinel events. The method of clinical Simulation learning has been used to assist individuals and teams to learn, practice, and improve their clinical and communication skills. As a newer method, educators consistently reach for evidence of best practices to assist learners with the goal to improve team communication and increase patient safety. In this presentation she will explain the correlation between an atmosphere of safety and the ability to establish new patterns of self-confidence, trust, and adaptability.

Size Does Matter: A Guide to Scalable and Sustainable Simulation Programs (Luke Wainwright, RN) — August 24th 3:00PM Pacific, UTC-7: With this presentation, Luke Wainwright, Acting Nursing Director at Brisbane’s Clinical Skills Development Service shares more about this ground breaking program which is one of the largest education and training organizations in the world. Part of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health, Australia, it supports simulation based education and training to over 127 sites across Queensland. The Service maintains a fleet of almost 3000 simulators including over 200 full body manikins provided at no cost to the sites it supports. It also hosts and delivers over 80 courses, both online and face to face, at its simulation centre in Brisbane and across the state. The CSDS Acting Nursing Director, Luke Wainwright’s presentation will provide an overview of CSDS’s journey and how it maintains its distributed simulation delivery model. The key points will provide an understanding of starting with end-user design in mind, the operational models necessary to deliver effective simulation to healthcare professionals, the management and coordination of equipment management — and all under the specific focus of building the foundation for a highly scalable and sustainable platform.

Creative Ways to Implement Virtual Simulation During a Pandemic (Kellie Bryant DNP, WHNP, CHSE) — August 25th, 10:00AM Pacific, UTC-7: In this presentation, Kellie Bryant,  Executive Director of Simulation and Assistant Professor at Columbia University School Of Nursing helps us to recognize virtual patient learning tools needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it serious challenges that is affecting health professional education globally. Academic institutions have had to make a transition from the ‘face-to-face’ didactic model of curriculum delivery to an online platform in a short amount of time. Laboratory settings and simulation centers have also had temporarily close which prevents students from being able to practice nursing skills in a safe environment. It is particularly challenging to provide opportunities to practice and learn psychomotor skills in a virtual environment. These changes have resulted in nursing schools having to quickly develop new teaching/learning strategies to meet program outcomes in a virtual format. In addition, students are not being able to complete the clinical components of the curriculum. The content covered in this symposium will identify ways to use virtual learning and screen based simulation to meet the learning outcomes for nursing students. The various speakers will present innovative ways to use simulation to enhance clinical decision-making skills, communication, critical thinking, and knowledge on use if personal protective equipment to prevent coronavirus transmission. The panel discussion will focus on low resources teaching strategies to assist with bridging the gap of students not being able to complete clinical hours.

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Scenario Design for Translational Simulation (Victoria Brazil MBBS, FACEM) — August 25th, 12:30PM Pacific, UTC-7: Here, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Bond University and Simulcast Podcast Co-Founder Victoria Brazil reminds us why writing effective healthcare simulation scenarios can be so challenging. Clear learning objectives, attention to detail and balancing the cognitive load on participants is required. Clinical authenticity is critical. When planning translational simulation activities – directly targeting health service improvement – these same principles apply. However, our scenario design also needs adaptation to accommodate new objectives, and often different delivery contexts, including in situ simulation. This session examines the principles and practice of designing scenarios within translational simulation programs. We’ll consider whether our objectives are to 1) explore the work environment or people in it, 2) test a planned intervention/ pathway/ physical space, or 3) to educate and train healthcare teams? We’ll discuss ‘design thinking’ approaches, and plan for individual scenarios to be part of an iterative simulation strategy. The design and content of scenario templates will be discussed, as well as how to include important issues like simulation safety and debriefing for the translational outcomes. Finally, we’ll consider just how critical our scenario design choices can be in shaping values and culture in the workplace.

Telemedicine of the Future – A New Way (Marc Lazarovici, MD) — August 26th, 9:00AM Pacific, UTC-7: Here Dr. Marc Lazarovici, MD Head of the Simulation Centre at INM/KUM and President of the Society in Europe for Simulation (SESAM), will start by discussing several problems of modern healthcare, mainly those where currently solutions based on telemedicine are available and implemented. Building on this an innovative approach for increased presence in telemedicine, the so called telepresence, will be discussed. After an introduction of the basic technological concepts we will dive into different use cases and discuss them in some detail. Also potential difficulties will be addressed, as well as ideas to overcome them. As this is all rather early work, some ideas are in the proof of concept stadium. The presentation will conclude discussing a final outlook into future developments of telemedicine, discussing ideas not yet even in the early implementation stage.

How Many Do Well Often: Learning From Success in Mundane Situations (Peter Dieckmann, PhD) — August 26th, 11:00AM Pacific, UTC-7: In this presentation, Dr. Peter Dieckmann, PhD Senior Scientist and Professor at the Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES) and University of Stavanger, Norway writes that healthcare professionals do a lot everyday that helps to keep patients safe. They do so in highly complex, ever changing conditions – keeping performance to a large extend within a corridor of normal performance. Safety work and simulation practice, however, concentrate to a large extend on those moments, where things go wrong. The learning from success approach (LFS) in mundane situations supplements this practice, by helping participants, understand in detail, how they create good (not perfect) performance in those situations that many encounter often – situations that we call mundane. This approach opens up the larger part of practice (the regular good performance) as learning space and sets the focus on prevention of threats to safety and quality. The webinar will discuss the theoretical foundations of this approach, LFS practices, as well as potentials and limitations. This presentation is based off the research by Dr. Dieckmann and team “Variation and adaptation: learning from success in patient safety-oriented simulation training“.

Using Distance Simulation to Supplement Clinical Hours (Molly Schleicher MSN, RN, CHSE) — August 31st, 9:00AM Pacific, UTC-7: Here, Oxford Medical Simulation Education Specialists asks “How can virtual simulation be used to supplement or replace lost clinical hours?” This is a question on so many minds at the moment. While the research and data to fully support this answer is still coming, there are several existing resources and theories around simulation-based education that can be used to help answer it. Join Molly and she walks you through the current evidence and present virtual simulation practice examples to help meet your learners’ needs. We’ll be drawing from documents such as the INACSL and SSH Joint Position Statement on Use of Virtual Simulation during the Pandemic, the INACSL Best Standards of Simulation, a variety of academic papers, and more.

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The Promise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare (Todd Maddox, PhD) — August 13th, 8:30AM Pacific, UTC-7: In this webinar Dr. Todd Maddox, Learning Scientist at IKONA Health, discusses the promise of virtual reality (VR) as an effective education and training tool in healthcare. Dr. Maddox reviews the neurobiology of learning and performance and show that VR broadly engages multiple learning and performance systems in the brain in synchrony. This “spreads the wealth” of educational and training opportunities across the brain while simultaneously “reducing the burden” on cognitive processing systems in the brain. He then will argue that traditional approaches to healthcare education and training are sub-optimal because they target almost exclusively cognitive learning and performance systems in the brain, whereas VR targets a broad and comprehensive array of learning and performance systems in the brain. Finally, he will discuss how virtual reality can serve as a complement to healthcare simulation training.

Understanding Basic Physiology for Clinical Simulation — A Guide for Sim Techs (Kim Baily, PhD, RN): Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are trained to recognize, interpret and respond to these changes in a way that helps bring the system back into balance. Simulation technologists manipulate the simulation environment to mimic clinical situations. In so doing, sim techs provide an opportunity for HCPs to practice and improve their clinical skills in a supportive and safe learning environment. Some simulation team members may have a limited background in physiology or medicine. An understanding of basic physiological concepts can enable non medical simulationists to better understand medical simulation and more fully participate in simulation activities.

How to Gain Administrative Support to Hire a Sim Tech (Lance Baily, Founder): Are you a clinical educator tasked with running the simulation technology at your healthcare institution, or are you a part-time technical staff support person looking for more support from program administrators? Are you tasked with expanding the use of simulation but not getting the support you need to demonstrate true ROI? Want to know the secret to increasing technical staff support for your simulation program? This presentation will explain how one Simulation Administrator was able to double staff while little additional costs while improving ROI outcomes! Presenter Lance Baily, former Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas has provided this highly praised presentation at healthcare simulation conferences around the world to help simulation champions better understand how to increase the simulation technology specialist team at their simulation programs.


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