June 25, 2021By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | June 2021

Helping healthcare simulation educators, administrators and learners to stay up-to-date on industry topics, HealthySimulation.com finds and shares relevant news and information from around the world. This news includes medical simulation innovations, products, vendors, research and more. Together, these industry updates help paint pictures of where the healthcare simulation industry is presently, and where the industry is headed as the scope of clinical simulation practice expands across the field. Below are some of the world’s latest clinical simulation updates.

CAE Vaximo: Vaccination Management Application for Patients & Providers

CAE’s Vaximo is a HIPAA-compliant, powerfully simple, end-to-end vaccination management system that includes an application for patients, and another for providers. This solution is designed to rapidly scale vaccine delivery with frictionless workflow across healthcare management. In addition to being easy to use, this resource offers patient-friendly registration and booking opportunities, included with real-time analytics.

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To complete Vaximo’s patient app registration, individuals must provide basic contact information, health status and work status to create a secure account. The Vaximo system automatically prioritizes patients based on demographics and responses to additional questions about work and health status. Then, to book appointments, the system displays available appointments nearby. Booking and modifying appointments is also easy and secure. Lastly, to help better ensure vaccination, the Vaximo mobile app sends calendar reminders and alerts to individuals as well as follow-up wellness checks.

Realize Medical Lands $1M in Seed Funding

Ottawa biotech startup Realize Medical has officially landed $1 million in angel funding. The company’s VR platform is currently used by medical researchers around the world to develop 3D images of hearts, knees and other body parts. Realize Medical plans to use this additional equity to expand the sales and marketing team, and to hire additional software developers and engineers. A rollout of company products is expected later in 2021.

NASA to Send Mannequin to Moon

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In November, NASA plans to send a manikin outfitted with two radiation sensors and a first-generation Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit to the moon. This is slated to be part of the Orion spacecraft’s uncrewed Artemis I moon mission. The goal of having the mannequin on board is to ride along to provide data on what human crew members might experience during the Artemis II spaceflight in 2023.

Pocket Nurse Healthcare Simulation Catalog

Pocket Nurse has released a new Healthcare Simulation Catalog. The catalog provides access to the company’s most comprehensive guide to medical simulation supplies and educational products for students in the healthcare fields. Those interested can also request a printed simulation catalog be mailed to them.

IPSS Newly Published Pediatric Simulation Articles

The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) has published a list of 42 articles specifically related to pediatric simulation. Article topics range from training with human factor components in obstetrics, to improving patient outcome to simulation-based discharge education programs for caregivers of children with tracheostomies. The organization’s goal in providing such resources is to promote and support multidisciplinary simulation-based education in caring for infants and children.

HaptX Inc. Wins SBIR Contract

HaptX Inc. announced that the company has won a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from AFWERX and the United States Air Force, thanks in part to the TRON team and Aloha Spark. The HaptX team shared that they are thrilled to be able to help the Air Force aim high soon after the successful briefing for the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess AFB. Founded in 2012, HaptX builds technology that simulates touch, such as the HaptX Gloves. These enable natural interaction and realistic haptic feedback in virtual reality and robotics.

‘Cultural Considerations in Debriefing: A Systematic Review of the Literature’

A new study published in BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning explores cultural considerations in healthcare simulation debriefing. The authors sought to explore findings that could help debriefers create culturally responsive and inclusive debriefings. To meet research goals, studies were included if they were peer-reviewed articles in any language, and focused on healthcare simulation debriefing and global cultural considerations. The research studies included qualitative, quantitative or both methods. The review included any health-related professions and level of learners.

New Limbs and Things Products

The latest product releases from Limbs and Things includes a Clean Bleed Mat and a Venipuncture Arm, as well as new ranges. The Clean Bleed Mat offers realistic blood representation without the mess, while the Venipuncture Arm is easy to re-skin with lifelike palpability and haptics. New ranges are the metacarpal 1 (base), snuffbox tendons, radial styloid, ulnar styloid and Lister’s tubercle.

WorldVix Creates VR Solutions for Organizations & Universities

WorldViz is a company that creates interactive 3D visualization and simulation solutions for Fortune 500 industry and government clients, including NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Nissan, Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Disney, Turner Construction, NIH National Institutes of Health, Stanford University and MIT. Applications of WorldViz solutions include Product & Design Visualization, Safety & Industrial Training, Defense & Military, Consumer Research & Insight, Interactive Education, Social Interaction Research, Vision Science and Spatial Cognition Research. The company’s virtual reality solutions come with the industry’s favored 3D multipurpose software platform VIZARD, custom application programming, 3D graphics design, real-time optical motion tracking, and expert on-site installation and training.

University of Illinois’s SAIL ‘Beyond Simulation’ Simulcast

Each day, all over the world, thousand​s of healthcare learners experience the power of simulation. The University of Illinois’ Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute (SAIL) “Beyond Simulation” high-fidelity podcast explores the stories of the people behind these master​fully implemented simulations. This includes the real story of how these experts got into healthcare simulation and why they stayed. The University of Illinois considers this to be the “behind the music” podcast for the world of clinical simulation.

WISER SIMS Marks 20th Anniversary

According to The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER), this year marks the 20th anniversary of the initial launch of Simulation Information Management (SIMS). By streamlining the process into a one-stop simulation support system, SIMS has been able to help centers reduce costs and ease the administrative burden of running a healthcare simulation center. Today, SIMS 3.0 is mobile-friendly — creating an easy-to-operate and aesthetically-appealing experience, regardless of whether you are viewing it on your phone or on a tablet.

Carolinas College, Carolinas Simulation Center to Launch Healthcare Simulation Degree Program

On Sept. 7, 2021, Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Carolinas Simulation Center, both part of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, will launch a first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree program in healthcare simulation to help train the next generation of simulation experts. Seeing an increase in demand for realistic, hands-on educational experiences, facilitators have designed the program to incorporate education, technology, operations, research, assessment and leadership skills. Program participants will learn to manage everything about healthcare simulation, from creating a curriculum to running a state-of-the-art center using human patient simulators, procedural trainers, standardized participants and virtual reality.

NIST-Funded Study Looks at Virtual Reality Pediatric Emergency Training for EMS

Health Scholars has launched a study to assess the value of VR training among emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in three Colorado fire districts. The study is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), and will analyze whether VR-based training improves learning gains compared to traditional training on the assessment of pediatric emergencies. Pediatric preparedness is especially important since children account for only a small percentage of pre-hospital emergencies, but pose a special challenge to EMS providers. Compared to adults, children have anatomical and physiological differences that mask early indicators of severe illness and make resuscitation difficult to manage.

SEAL Offers Surgical Skills Training Models

SEAL was founded by Adam Hager to support the ongoing initiatives for maternal and newborn health and survival. The company designs and makes educational tools for American medical students, teaching hospitals and multinational medical device manufacturers. Included in the list of SEAL surgical skills training models is a surgical skills trainer, tie-the-knot board, mobile surgical skills lab, superback (endoscopic and open surgery), pag course pack, moodlander module, steeplechase module, and more.

Laparo Medical Simulators Launches Next-Gen Solution

As training procedures require a whole other approach method, LAPARO has launched a next-generation solution to overcome these challenges by implementing APEX – mixed reality laparoscopic simulator (VR and Real).

The latest hybrid solution from LAPARO was created by combining the knowledge and experience of professionals and engineers with the use of the state-of-the art technologies. The hybrid simulator is an innovative solution on a global scale. It combines virtual reality with physical skills training. Despite its complexity, the trainer offers extremely simple and intuitive manual skills and procedures training, a wide selection of training modules, scenarios for conducting training in virtual reality and a number of tutorials that guide the user step by step like a personal trainer. This is immersive training in a virtual environment with a real-world feel.

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