June 21, 2021By Lance Baily

Top 7 HealthySimulation.com Articles of 2021 (So Far)

HealthySimulation.com has been contributing clinical simulation articles to the greater healthcare simulation community for over a decade. The mission has been to keep simulationists up to date on the latest industry news and information, while providing insight to learners and educators to bring medical simulation to the next level of utilization. To achieve this, articles focus on an array of topics, ranging from nursing simulation to virtual reality to serious games, and more. Addressing these topics and more, here are the top-7 HealthySimulation.com articles so far in 2021:

7. WISER Launches Simulation Center Management System, SIMS 3.0

The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) began using Simulation Information Management Systems (SIMS) to assist with day-to-day operations management in 2002. Four years later, SIMS 2.0 was revealed, expanding the scope of support provided by this web-based system to include scheduling, curricula delivery and reporting to clinical simulation programs throughout the world. Following 15 years of user feedback from healthcare simulation centers across the country, including MD Anderson, Sentara, UCLA, Simtiki, Kaiser Permanente, Johns Hopkins, the Gordon Center and Medisys, WISER has launched SIMS 3.0 – a thorough rewrite of the existing management system.

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6. NCLEX Changes Require Human Component During Clinical Simulation

Hospital administrators and staff have found that many novice nurses lack the skills necessary for treating patients. To address this gap, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing has developed the Clinical Judgement Measurement Model, part of the Next Generation NCLEX. This model was designed based on nursing literature, pedagogy, psychology, decision science and investigated data from more than 200,000 NCLEX candidates. Proving the need for such advances in healthcare education, according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Nursing, only 20% of employers were satisfied with the decision-making abilities of new nurses. Even among experienced nurses, a 2004 study in Quality and Safety in Healthcare found that up to 65% of adverse patient events are not only preventable but are the result of poor clinical decision-making.

5. What is Fidelity in Simulation?

As fidelity is an important concept in healthcare education, those new to the field often ask, “What is fidelity in simulation?” While fidelity in healthcare simulation can be defined as the degree of exactness with which a manikin or simulator represents a live patient or scenario, levels of fidelity vary depending on usage. Learners must come to understand the various elements of clinical simulation fidelity, being able to explain why each is important. Learners should also consider how they might use fidelity in simulation to move their medical simulation program forward, increasing both realism and patient safety outcomes.

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4. Clinical Simulation Escape Rooms: Puzzle & Clue Ideas

As the 2021 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare virtual conference continues, a recent presentation explored escape room ideas for puzzles and clues as they relate to clinical simulation. The presentation was given by Traci Ashworth, MSN, BSN, RN, and simulation nurse educator; and Kateri Gabriele, BSN, MS, healthcare simulation consultant, both of the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. Titled “Escape Room Toolkit: Build Adaptable Resources Through Innovation,” the discussion centered around the benefits of using escape rooms to meet healthcare simulation learning objectives.

3. Healthcare Simulation Funding Available in U.S. Through HEERF II Grants Until April 15

Is your healthcare simulation team searching for additional funding opportunities? The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II is a federal bill designed to provide nearly $81.9 billion in an Education Stabilization Fund to support the educational needs of learners, states, school districts and higher education institutions, including simulation centers. The funding has become especially pertinent to the simulation community due to simulation center closures and restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, this funding was known as the CARES Act.

2. Escape Rooms in Medical Simulation: Downloadable Sepsis Scenario and More

Have you ever tried an escape room? How about an escape room for medical simulation? Human factors such as effects of teamwork, tasks, equipment, workspace, culture and organization are increasingly being shown to affect patient outcomes. Escape rooms are perfect opportunities for teams that have never met before (or even better if they have) to quickly attempt to solve under time pressure uniquely random problems sets — albeit strictly for fun! Imagine if we could combine a healthcare simulation learning scenario with the framework of an escape room! Today, Dr. Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, previous simulation coordinator for Los Angeles Harbor College and director of nursing for El Camino College helps us do just that.

1. Why Healthcare Simulation is About to Become One of the World’s Most Important Industries

Healthcare simulation is about to change the world. While societies are just beginning to turn a corner on COVID-19, the devastation caused by the most recent pandemic will continue to affect us for years to come. With over 142 million cases and 3 million deaths, the estimated combined COVID-19 costs of $28 trillion dollars will no doubt force governments, corporations, militaries, healthcare institutions and the general public to carefully reassess their pandemic readiness. In their 2021 annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates share several innovative strategies for overcoming future pandemics, including the creation of a specialized group of about 3,000 “Infectious Disease Responders” who will be ready at a moment’s notice to travel and contain outbreaks around the world. How will top scientists, healthcare teams, biohazard specialists, security personnel and logistics operators plan and train for one of the world’s most important and most dangerous jobs? Through the emerging industry that is primed for a transition to mass adoption: medical simulation.

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