November 5, 2021By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | November 2021

Helping healthcare simulation educators, administrators, and learners to stay up-to-date on industry topics, finds and shares relevant news and information from around the world. This news includes virtual simulation advances, military simulation training efforts, the adoption of new clinical simulation equipment, a new serious game, and more. Together, these industry updates help paint a picture of where the healthcare simulation industry is at present 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.

VR Headsets Reconstruct Facial Expressions

In this article on, the author shares how ​​a group in Texas is developing a system that allows users of virtual reality (VR) headsets to see the facial expressions of those they interact with. The technology is being developed by a group of researchers at the University of Texas. The goal of the technology is to allow users of virtual reality glasses to see the real facial expressions of those they interact with. The group that developed the VR headset hopes the device will have applications and usefulness in speech therapy. For example, clinicians and therapists can use them to work with distant patients who have speech problems, to indicate exactly where muscles are affected, and to design treatment according to that information.

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Using Virtual Simulations to Enhance Healthcare Education

The Virtu-WIL​ initiative helps address the challenges posed by in-person placements during COVID-19 by creating new and innovative virtual ways for healthcare students in nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and paramedicine to acquire competencies and make valuable connections with employers. As part of this project, CICan announced the institution is collaborating with Simulation Canada, and with colleges, institutes, and universities from across the country, to offer students innovative work-integrated learning opportunities using virtual simulation. This initiative creates sustainable, collaborative partnerships between post-secondary institutions, employers, learners, and suppliers to develop, implement and distribute virtual WIL simulation opportunities. The Virtu-WIL program also recognizes students for participating in a combination of virtual simulations and structured interactions with employers and helps them develop practical, job-ready competencies.

Birthing Simulator Training Nursing Students in Reno

According to KVVU-TV, the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno has obtained the Lucinda birthing simulator. Lucinda can give birth several times a day, and the simulator is built to have different complications that happen during labor. Shannon Richard, assistant professor at the Orvis School of Nursing shared in the report that she has seen students able “to create and build communication skills and sometimes they get to explore these even more than they would in the clinical experience in the hospital, because they may feel more comfortable adding in certain phrases and they get to trial things out, bounce things off of their peers”

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Simulated Solutions in Response to the Pandemic

This article produced by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland shares how the state-of-the-art simulation facilities at RCSI enable learners and postgraduate surgical trainees to undertake the deliberate practice of clinical skills in a safe learning environment, to achieve the highest standards before they work directly with patients. According to the university, the pandemic caused serious disruption for learners limiting the access that many had to essential training in clinical settings. The team at RCSI SIM developed novel ways of teaching and used simulation to deliver the learning outcomes that undergraduate and postgraduate students would typically achieve from real-life situations. This article notes some examples of the innovative solutions the team developed.

Preparing for War, Virtually

Defense Connect, a media and market intelligence platform focused on increasing the connectivity of Australia’s defence industry, shared the news that AUKUS has joined a growing list of nations that Australia’s military is interacting with across the Indo-Pacific: from other Five Eyes partners New Zealand and Canada to the Quad members of India and Japan, and regional partners such as South Korea. These are all nations that Australia will increasingly work with to maintain stability in a region that is becoming more unstable and where the country will need innovative approaches to military preparedness across a range of sensitive scenarios, according to the report.

Simulation to Help Orthopedic Surgical Patients at Baptist Health Hardin

A new resource has been helping orthopedic surgery patients at Baptist Health Hardin. The TRAN-SIT Car Transfer Simulator was recently donated to Baptist Health Hardin Physical Therapy. The simulator will help patients recovering from hip or joint surgery get ready to go home by letting them practice getting in and out of a car. The simulator is also designed to provide a safe and convenient alternative to ‘parking lot’ car transfer training. The Baptist Health Foundation worked with the Swope family to provide funding for the TRAN-SIT car.

VR-based Training for Tricky Surgeries

This article from The Hindu Businessline explains how virtual reality can help physicians train for lifesaving procedures, assist in hardware maintenance, make classrooms livelier for schoolchildren, and more. The article explains how haptic feedback, mixed reality, augmented reality, and virtual reality are now all being used across healthcare simulation training in India. Nasscom, India’s tech industry association, has said that the country’s immersive media industry would be as big as $6.5 billion by 2022. A more recent report, by, in September, pegged the Indian AR and VR market at $1.83 billion, and projected a CAGR of 38.29 per cent by 2026-27.

Sheba Medical Center To Create ‘Hospital Of The Future’ Simulation Space

This article published by KWCH12 shares how a cutting-edge high-tech hospital simulation space designed to showcase the future of digital health and home healthcare is coming to Jersey City from Israel. The 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” innovation campus that Liberty Science Center is being developed to launch and grow world-changing science and technology companies and reimagine public school science education. Through this partnership, cutting-edge technologies in health tech out of Israel, “The Start-Up Nation,” will be showcased in a state-of-the-art simulation facility in N.J. as Sheba transforms a floor of the eight-story Edge Works “business optimizer” at SciTech Scity into Liberty ARC HealthSpace2030.

SimAv Recruiting Bioengineering and Robotics Ph.D. Student to Use New Technologies for Improving Medical Simulation

Bioengineer and postdoctoral fellow at the Joint Lab for Emerging Technologies in Simulation – SimAv at the University of Genova, Italy, Serena Ricci, shared on Twitter that SimAv is recruiting a Ph.D. student in bioengineering and robotics to use new technologies for improving medical simulation! The application deadline is November 11.

Beast of Gévaudan: The New Boardgame of Influence, Mystery, and Terror

In the new serious game, Beast of Gévaudan, players take on the role of hunters, competing to become the most famous, and ultimately hold the greatest influence over Gévaudan. There are many dangers in the wilds of Gévaudan and players will find themselves facing a variety of different threats, whilst attempting to win through:

  • Serving the interests of one of the Four Estates and Secret Patrons
  • Battling to sway the public opinion of what the Beast is
  • Inflicting and avoiding intrigues
  • Acquiring special weapons, hounds, and horses before their rivals do
  • Exploring the dangers and wonders of the land
  • Investigating the nature of the Beast to face it at the climax of the game
  • The true nature of the Beast is not known until the Final Confrontation unless players seek out its identity

The player with the most Influence Tokens (IT) at the end of the game is the winner. Influence Tokens are earned, acquired, lost, and spent throughout the game. Influence is the currency of the realm, and one must ensure it is not squandered. The Nature of the Beast is randomly set at the start of the game and revealed at the climax. Discovering the Beast’s identity allows changes in strategy crucial to winning. Players are also assigned a secret Loyalty; promoting the interests of that party may reap huge rewards at the end of the game.

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