August 25, 2020By Lance Baily

Summer’s Most Popular Healthcare Simulation Articles

If you have been away from work for the summer holiday you may have missed some of our most popular healthcare simulation articles from the season. Here you will find a summary of the most popular medical simulation articles shared and read on HealthySimulation.com. Topics range from reopening sim labs with COVID-19, the listing of August webinars, how urinary trainers can save lives, reducing EMS training hours by over 50% with VR, ventilator training programs, dealing with racial disparity through clinical simulation, as well as many other editorials, guides, and additional resources! Be sure to read the whole list and share it with your colleagues so you can all get caught up with the best of HealthySimulation.com’s summer reading recap.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Medical Simulation Resources List: This page has been created to list all of the latest resources creating by or in support of medical simulation programs providing education and training against the spread of COVID-19, aka the Coronavirus. It is absolutely crucial that every healthcare educational and training program in the world immediately review these clinical simulation tools to combat against the spread of the virus. From sim scenarios to research from the front lines in China, to sim lab policy ideas to online learning courses — here are the latest simulation in healthcare tools to fight COVID-19.

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 HealthySimulation.com’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 for the remaining sessions and invite your colleagues to watch the recorded webinars to learn the best ways to improve your sim lab program today!


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How Urinary Catheterization Trainers Can Save 13,000 Patients a Year: Did you know that urinary tract infections are among the most common Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), accounting for 13,000 deaths each year? Even more concerning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 75% of all urinary tract infections are associated with the presence of a urinary catheter! As simulated cath trainers have been shown to improve learner performance for this delicate procedure, it is HealthySimulation.com’s recommendation that every healthcare simulation program immediately consider including urinary catheterization trainers in their curriculum — especially now that a new range from Limbs & Things is available!

EMS Students Require 53% Less Time When Training with VR: With EMS classrooms sitting empty and hands-on learning on hold, Emergency Medical Service educators are scrambling for solutions to deploy rapid response training to healthcare providers and first responders amid the global pandemic of COVID-19. Thankfully, a recent research shared here shows how Virtual Reality training can reduce requirements on EMS student time in classrooms by as much as 53%! Every EMS educator, both who has and has not previously use high-fidelity patient simulators for medical simulation training, should immediately learn about the benefits covered in today’s article about training with VR, and specifically about VRpatients. See also: How to Overcome EMS Training Impacts From COVID-19 with VRpatients.

COVID-19 Ventilator Training Resources For Healthcare Simulation Programs: In the current COVID-19 pandemic, staff from general medical surgical floors may be relocated to intensive care areas where ventilators are commonplace. This article, guest authored by Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, previous Simulation Coordinator for Los Angeles Harbor College and Director of Nursing for El Camino College, provides us ways that clinical simulation can be used to train for the use of mechanical ventilators. This post may be especially useful for simulation technicians following along with Dr. Baily’s “Physiology: The Force Behind Healthcare Simulation – A Guide for Techs” series, as it covers Ventilators from beyond a clinician-only perspective. As well, she provides us with links to downloadable resources on operating ventilators made available with appreciation from the Alameda Health Care Program.

Reopening After COVID-19: Downloadable ‘Flexible Medical Simulation Operations Plan’ from M Simulation Program: The COVID-19 global pandemic has shut down thousands of clinical education programs around the world, including countless healthcare simulation facilities. Lou Clark, PhD, MFA Executive Director of the M Simulation Program at the University of Minnesota recently shared with us their team’s “Flexible Operations Plan in the COVID-19 Response” which is an extremely useful document for medical simulation managers looking to consider ways of ‘re-opening’ this summer. From covering core definitions of potential learning activities with online, hybrid, and on-site simulated learning activities to highlighting risks, safety protocols, and utilization guidelines — this downloadable document linked here is an absolute must read for those operating healthcare simulation programs during the COVID-19 crisis! See also: The Best Ways to Reopen a Simulation Center During COVID-19


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When Healthcare Simulation Alone is Not Enough: Many healthcare simulation centers have skills labs or areas where learners can practice clinical skills on a variety of trainers. Here Dr. Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, explores exactly how training in medical simulation and skills lab translates to competency in the clinical setting and improved patient safety. She highlights here both studies that show improvement of clinical competency following skills training, and conversely, show that it makes no difference at all. Simply put, do we train for blood pressure measurement better through human patient simulators, through standardized patients, or — through both?

Healthcare Simulation is a Powerful Tool to Train For Cultural Competency: When using Healthcare Simulation to educate and train for culture competence, the research evidence is overwhelmingly clear: the potential exists for the use of high-fidelity patient simulation as an effective teaching strategy for cultural competency training. Providing learners with the opportunity to engage and provide care for patients from different cultural backgrounds, ethnic heritages, gender roles, and religious beliefs is crucial to preparing them for the realities of their professional careers; one where they care for the patients that represent the entirety of their community. Here then we present numerous journal articles which highlight the benefits of using medical simulation to teach cultural competency, as well as provide some resources such as simulation scenarios to help simulation programs include such diversity training in their permanent curriculums. See Also: Transcending Racial Disparity in Healthcare Simulation Education with Limbs & Things & Building Diverse Patient Simulators That Really Represent Patient Populations.

How to Use Clinical Simulation to Train for Transgender Patient Care w/ Scenario Template: Continuing from our previous article on why Healthcare Simulation is a powerful tool to train for cultural competency, today we specifically focus on how clinical simulation can be utilized to educate and train for the care of transgender patients. While this group of individuals makes up only a small fraction of the population, they number of persons increasing their visibility in society is increasing — but are frequently surveyed as being misunderstood or mistreated by healthcare professionals. Medical simulation clearly provides a powerful opportunity for educators to introduce learners to simulated patients who represent this minority community. Here are articles, research publications and scenario templates to help your program use clinical simulation to educate for the care of transgendered patients.

UPMC’s WISER Center Now Offers Complimentary Preview Modules to Online TechSim Course: Healthcare Simulation champions looking for a leg up in technology operations should immediately consider previewing the online TechSim course modules available from UPMC’s WISER Simulation Center. These complimentary medical simulation modules allow participants to experience a portion of the larger TechSim course — at no cost! Here we take a closer look at the TechSim Online program which consists of 40 plus learning modules, and qualifies for 15 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits towards your CHSOS and CHSE certifications from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Healthcare Simulation Curriculum Development, Integration, and Operations: Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice is a must-own book for Medical Simulation programs looking to maximize the efficiency of their operations. From the basic theories to advanced practices, the latest healthcare simulation book has been praised by readers as a “Must Read” item for anyone operating, managing, or starting a medical simulation center. Here then, we take a closer look at the chapter on “Developing Healthcare Simulation Curriculum Development, Integration, and Operations” from leading experts Lori Lioce, DNP, FNP-BC, CSAP, CHSE-A, CHSOS, FAANP, Executive Director and Clinical Professor and Amelia S. Lanz, EdD, RN, CNE Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs Clinical Assistant Professor, both from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The ideas below present just some of the chapter’s numerous ways to help Clinical Simulation Champions develop and integration curriculum into their program operations.

Healthcare Simulation Center Design: Lessons From Leading Technical Experts: Here we take a closer look at the chapter on “Infrastructure and Center Design” from leading experts Ferooz Sekandarpoor, Simulation Technology Specialist from the University of British Columba and Present of the SimGHOSTS Organization, Eduardo R. Luevano Associate Director at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Dr. Scott B. Crawford, Associate Professor and Director of the Training and Educational Center for Healthcare Simulation at TTUHSC El Paso. The excerpts presented below are just some of the chapter’s numerous ways to help Clinical Simulation Champions design and build simulation lab spaces!

Should Educators Allow Nursing Simulation Students to Practice with Needles At Home? While some nursing simulation centers and sim labs are working on reopening their facilities, many still remain closed. With the California State School system recently announcing that campus-based classes would not be returning in the Fall, the hard realities of the COVID-19 pandemic are still becoming clear this summer. In this article, Dr. Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, considers whether nursing simulation students should be able to practice needle sticks at home outside of the simulation labs.

Using Healthcare Simulation to Evaluate Checklists: Part 1 Although checklists are widely used in high reliability organizations such as aircraft carriers and electrical power grids, they are not so frequently used in medicine, despite evidence that they can reduce medical errors and mortality. Here Dr. Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, explores how medical simulation can be used to evaluate the potential of patient safety and procedure checklists.

Creating a Safe Remote Learning Healthcare Simulation Environment: Guest author Candace “Candy” A Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, CEP, LNC, FNAP, Healthcare Consultant, Leadership Coach, Academic at Peripatetic Productions and Candy Campbell & Co. shows us how to decrease student performance anxiety by creating a safe remote learning environment. Combining her experiences with clinical education, acting, aviation flight attendant simulation training and innovative spirit, Candy shares with us how to better prepare students in distance-based classrooms with the practice of applied improvisational exercises in pre- sim lab and in-situ Clinical Simulation debriefing.

SimGHOSTS 2020 Virtual Conference Launches to Support Simulation Technical Operators Around the World: SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, launched its 2020 event this morning in a live-streamed online conference supporting medical simulation champions from around the world. Sim Techs, administrators, clinical educators and simulation coordinators from countries as far away as Hong Kong, Qatar and Australia joined the live stream this morning for the four days of presentations, interactive networking events, and vendor demonstrations all under the specific focus of technology integrations, staff development, and sim lab designed operations. Here we take a closer look with recapping just a few of the power learning opportunities taking place on the newly relaunched SimGHOSTS.org website this week!

Listen Up: Medical Simulation Podcasts Are Moving Healthcare Education Forward: Healthcare Simulation Podcasts are providing unique and fascinating content that directly supports the evolution of the methodology across the entire healthcare industry. Here today we share about four of the most prominent podcasts created by expert clinical simulation champions from around the world, with topics that focus on the technical to the administrative and everything in between. These useful medical simulation podcasts are perfect listening material for those on the go — so bookmark them on your favorite audio medium today!

INACSL Nursing Simulation Online CNE Sessions Are Accessible Through August 31st! There is still time! Though the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, or INACSL, has completed its annual event which was moved to a virtual event in 2020 due to COVID-19, all of the nursing simulation conference sessions are available on demand until August 31, for a total of 30+ CNE Credits! In addition, until then, the group is hosting multiple live events per week, including Q&A sessions with speakers and exhibitors as well as Twitter watch parties. Here we take a closer look at some of the content that is immediately available now just as the Fall Nursing School semesters start!

Simulating Medical Imaging: MRI Simulators, X-Ray Simulators, and CT Simulators: While we have previously covered Ultrasound Simulators, in this article we focus on other Medical Imaging Simulators like MRI Simulators, X-Ray Simulators, and CT Simulators. These unique patient simulators enable healthcare simulation programs to simulate medical imaging procedures with standardized and repeatable learning objectives that provide both accuracy and quality. Some of them are even already available in VR! Allied health programs educating and training for the use of medical imaging devices will appreciate the insights gathered here.

UbiSim’s Customizable Authoring Tool Creates Meaningful Virtual Reality Simulations for Nursing Students: Nursing Simulation Clinical Educators looking for a customizable authoring tool to create meaningful virtual reality simulations for nursing students will appreciate learning more about the UbiSim platform. As COVID-19 continues to wreck havoc on nursing education around the world, more and more nursing faculty are turning to digital learning solutions to help nursing students stay on schedule. Here, Maria D’Errico, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Nurse Educator for UbiSim, helps demonstrate how VR systems from the company can help healthcare simulation champions with innovative solutions now, and for the indefinite future!

Sim Programs at TTUHSC El Paso & UTEP’s Keck Center Develop 3D-Printed Ventilator for Only $1K: Dubbed the “Texas Breather”, SimGHOSTS Past President Dr. Scott Crawford and the medical simulation programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at The University of Texas at El Paso have created a 3D printable Ventilator which only costs $1,000! Currently under review for emergency use authorization by the FDA for use in Texas, the innovative design shows the power of clinical simulation champions at work during COVID-19 to maximize outcomes with the limitations of what we have.

13 More Simulation in Healthcare Companies to That You Need to Know About: Although we at HealthySimulation.com always suggest clinical educators first consider their training goals, and then find the person simulator for the job, it is important to understand all of the potential companies, products, and services available in our ever growing medical simulation industry. New technologies from the companies we have been sharing about previously and here today, are revolutionizing training paradigms with the latest in clinical simulation tools for a dynamic range of educational outcomes. Check out the latest in our ongoing series covering all the of the companies within healthcare simulation.

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