November 23, 2020By Lance Baily

Healthcare Simulation Experts Share How to Overcome COVID-19 Training Challenges With New Technologies

HealthySimulation.com‘s new Webinar subscription platform has already recorded over 45 presentations from some of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts on a plethora of topics helpful to building, sustaining, and expanding a clinical simulation program. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about its own set of unique challenges, and so many of the recent presentations have focused on overcoming simulation center restrictions, especially with the rapid installation of new digital technologies, like virtual reality, perfect for remote and distance-based learning, that is as effective or more effective! Here we highlight the recent recorded webinars now instantly available to new subscribers of HealthySimulation.com’s new platform.

The Promise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare, By Todd Maddox Ph.D. – Learning Scientist IKONA Health: In this webinar Dr. Todd Maddox, PhD will discuss the promise of virtual reality (VR) as an effective education and training tool in healthcare. He will review 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 argues 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, Dr. Maddox discusses how virtual reality can serve as a complement to healthcare simulation training.

Using Distance Simulation to Supplement Clinical Hours, By Molly Schleicher MSN, RN, CHSE – Education Specialist Oxford Medical Simulation: “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 us as we walk 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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Creative Ways to Implement Virtual Simulation During a Pandemic, By Kellie Bryant DNP, WHNP,CHSE – Executive Director of Simulation and Assistant Professor Columbia University School Of Nursing: 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 covid-19 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.

Telemedicine of the Future – A New Way, Marc Lazarovici MD – Head of simulation centre INM/KUM: The presentation 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.

Using AI and Augmented & Mixed Reality to Enhance Training Experiences, By Amar Patel DHSc, MS, NRP, CHSE, FSSH –  Chief Learning Officer CAE Healthcare: Artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality (MR), and augmented mixed reality (AMR), have become a hot topic across multiple industries worldwide. Yet, educational programs are still grappling with how to integrate and utilize it, and educators are faced with creating and distributing content in a unique and relational format. We are now beginning to see how AI is reshaping the development and outcomes of the education process. While MR and AMR are reshaping the delivery methods and experiences of high impact content. Today, AI, MR, and AMR are perfectly positioned to enhance training experiences that drive competency forward. Complete this short survey to watch the recorded webinar now!

Beyond the Simulation Lab: Designing Immersive Virtual Reality Simulations, By Maria D’Errico DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE – Nurse Educator UbiSim: The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of providing simulation-based experiences in a virtual environment. By utilizing immersive VR, simulation operations specialists and educators can extend experiential learning beyond the simulation lab. This workshop will discuss how the operations specialist and educator can collaborate in designing immersive VR simulations. Using the innovative UbiSim Editor, participants will learn the process of designing an engaging experience for the immersive virtual environment.


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Immerse Everything: Best Practices for VR in Nursing Education, By Bradley Chesham RN – Founder / Director of Bundle of Rays: Nurses and nursing students have reported difficulty translating concept-based scientific knowledge into practice. This can have a significant impact on their development as a professional and on their ability to provide safe care. A literature search has helped identify that VR technology requires a framework for best practice in understanding, implementing, and evaluating its utility when used as a teaching strategy within Nursing education. This fundamental gap in knowledge will be the basis for this authors future PhD. Despite virtual reality’s increasing popularity and documented benefits when implemented as an educational tool, there is paucity of research to depict current trends, acceptance level, use cases and benefits and challenges of implementation of VR within nursing education. VR is known to augment traditional education through simulations and virtual experiences. It is therefore the objective of the author through an upcoming PhD to investigate how the nursing industry can best extract this innovative process and leverage the technology and aligned data, to enhance the value of nursing care. The aim of this presentation is to present data, generate discussion and feedback on the perceptions, barriers, understand capacity building and adoption processes for VR that can support learning across the nursing profession. By working towards outlining a framework and thus developing innovative principles and strategies to engage patients, staff and collective communities as holistic partners to improve quality, safety and outcomes.

Safety in Healthcare: Moving Beyond COVID-19, By Stefan Monk MD – Chief Medical Officer at CAE Healthcare: It is safe to assume that healthcare will be different past the acute pandemic phase. The new normal will be a reaction to the safety threats we have seen and lived through: Patients suffered, and providers suffered. Societies suffered, which underlines again: Safety in healthcare has to be safety for all. Many of the things that can be made better have to do with how we prepare before and how we act during a crisis. Improvement can be expected to come through education and training, which will be delivered differently. Ideally, it will touch more caregivers, and more lives. Heroes are great but we should not have needed so many of them. We will explore potential new modalities and principles of education and training and, subsequently, delivery of care. The new meaning of simulation in a world after COVID-19 will be discussed. Also, new content, and the new target audiences that became visible in 2020.

Remote EMS Training: Navigating Continuing Education Requirements in a COVID-19 World,  ByTom Cox EMT-P (ret.) Director of EMS Sales at VRpatients: EMS agencies are facing increasing difficulties carrying out hands-on simulation training for continuing education in the absence of classrooms and with limited person-to-person contact. When you consider the additional pressure of budget cuts and shortfalls, EMS leaders are scrambling to do more with less. Industry trainer and retired EMT-P Tom Cox discusses how advancements in technology have allowed agencies to pivot from standard simulation training to virtual, immersive training with the help of applications like VRpatients. In this webinar, Tom will demonstrate how EMS leaders can easily create clinical case scenarios to reinforce new skills or recreate a rare occurrence and objectively assess a user’s performance. Lastly, he will address how immersive technologies are helping agencies get around budget shortfalls and available funding options you may not know about.



Overcoming EMS Staffing Challenges Through Virtual Training, By Christina Keatley MHS, NRP – EMS Consultant at VRpatients: As if staffing wasn’t already difficult, COVID-19 has made training, certifying and hiring qualified providers an even greater challenge. Research shows more than half of employers report hiring employees that don’t meet entry-level competency. It’s the “meat in seats” mentality to just hire anybody that applies, even if they lack the critical thinking skills for the job. Online, immersive training platforms like VRpatients are assisting agencies with administrative tasks involving entry-level competency testing or evaluation of critical thinking skills of new and experienced providers. In this webinar, Christina Keatley, NRP and co-founder of MedUltra Learning, discusses how online training simulation applications like VRpatients are helping agencies overcome administrative hiring challenges such as: – Pre-employment screening for entry-level competency – Orientation to immerse new employees into medical and trauma treatment protocols, policies, and procedures. – Assist with formative and summative assessments within a Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP) – Supplemental case studies for in-house continuing education – Release-to-Practice Evaluations with the Medical Director – Competency testing to evaluate progress in Performance Improvement Plans (PIPS), Medical Review Board cases, Corrective Actions, etc.

Virtual Patients During COVID-19: Facing A New Clinical Learning Environment and Competency Assessment Methodology, By Maria Oliveira MSc, RN, BSc – Clinical Education Advisor at Body Interact Inc: Body Interact is a dynamic virtual patient simulator with a physiological algorithm that enables users to observe and understand how their decisions have an impact on the patient’s health condition, in real-time. It is easy to use and very intuitive, offering a range of difficulty levels and complexity. Therefore, Body Interact serves different schools of healthcare professions – Medical, Nursing, EMS, High Schools. But how can you engage your students if they are locked at home? If the clinical rotations have been suspended? In this session, the Body Interact team will present ways to explore the virtual patient simulator with your students in class and remotely.

Objective Based Design & Narrative for Virtual Clinical Simulation: Pearls and Perils, By Eric B. Bauman PhD, FSSH, RN Founder & Managing Member Clinical Playground LLC: This webinar will be presented by experts in simulation, distance education and virtual reality. The presenters will challenge learners conceptualization of what best-practices in virtual learning should look like in the context of the health professions simulation experience. The webinar will include a presentation focusing on contemporary pedagogy specific to digital educational solutions and proceed with a panel discussion by award winning distance learning and digital educational designers. Participants will be encouraged to engage the webinar presenters during a concluding question and answer session.

Evaluating Healthcare Simulation in the Days of COVID-19 and Beyond, By Kim Leighton PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, ANEF, FSSH, FAAN Executive Director, Itqan – Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center Hamad Medical Corporation: Healthcare simulation education as we know it underwent dramatic changes during the COVID-19 pandemic as many simulationists were challenged to quickly move medical simulation activities entirely online, while others needed to create physically safe learning environments to prevent spread of the virus. Many simulationists ask “How do we evaluate simulation when it’s online? How do we evaluate in-person clinical simulation with all the restrictions we have? How do we know if the learners are actually learning? And, “Are there tools to evaluate online simulation?” This presentation will focus on evaluation of simulation outcomes during the time of COVID-19 and looking forward.

Virtual Debriefing in the Age of COVID-19, By Adam Cheng MD, FRCPC – Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Calgary: Many simulation programs have recently shifted towards providing remote simulations with virtual debriefings. Virtual debriefings require simulation educators to facilitate discussions through web-based videoconferencing platforms. Facilitating debriefings through a computer interface introduces a unique set of challenges. Simulation educators require practical guidance to support meaningful virtual learning in the transition from in-person to virtual debriefings. In this webinar, we discuss how the Communities of Inquiry conceptual framework can be used as a useful structure to organize practical guidance for conducting virtual debriefings, and highlight practical strategies to promote effective virtual debriefings.

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