Top HealthySimulation.com COVID-19 Medical Simulation Articles
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare simulation centers, educators, and learners had to adapt to new clinical norms. During this process, many protocols and procedures were either amended or put in place to help ensure the safety of all simulation center staff and learners. HealthySimulation.com has remained dedicated to providing the medical simulation community with both updates and resources on how the pandemic is impacting the industry as a whole. This article highlights the top HealthySimulation.com COVID-19 medical simulation articles to date.
As every healthcare institution in the world is dealing with the immediate effects of COVID-19 on their clinical education and training programs, the number of new articles focusing on the topic is staggering. This HealthySimulation.com article highlights helpful articles on overcoming COVID-19 disruptions to clinical training. From dealing with a massive change to the latest recommendations from medical school administrators, and from nursing education team building to the best distance learning practices, and more are covered.
This HealthySimulation.com article explains how, responding to COVID-19, a team of Healthcare Simulation Champions from around the world have crafted a manifesto for action, incorporating a more comprehensive understanding of healthcare simulation, beyond tool, technique, or experience, to understanding it now as a professional practice. Acknowledging that the global crisis has been “disruptive, even a threat, to healthcare simulation, affecting all aspects of operations from education to employment,” the group has created this “call to action for all simulationists is to adopt a commitment to comprehensive safety, to advocate collaboratively and to lead ethically.” This information is perfectly suited to share with administrators of your healthcare organization, and this article takes a dive deeper into the document and adds a unique perspective.
“Exactly how are we able to teach in the simulation center given the consequences of the recent COVID-19 pandemic invasion?” asks Dr. Jayne Smitten Ph.D., MEd, CHSE-A, FSSH, and SSH President-Elect Candidate 2021, Professor and Director of the Experiential Simulation Center (ESC) and her colleague Dr. Michelle Higgins-Mahe DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Vice-Chair Faculty Senate at Hawaii Pacific University’s College of Health and Society.
In this HealthySimulation.com submitted article, Dr. Smitten and Dr. Higgins-Mahe acknowledge that “pedagogical challenges and logistical restrictions from the coronavirus have prevailed,” and that “addressing the fundamentals, including sanitation, distancing, screening, and workplace scheduling, are essential for the safety and security of faculty, students, staff, and visitors participating in our medical simulation center.”
The latest medical simulation research covering COVID-19 is being shared to HealthySimulation.com by healthcare research professionals all around the world. This article shares some of the latest coronavirus healthcare simulation research covering reopening simulation centers, improving ED Airway preparedness, case studies. Do you have recommendations for additional COVID-19 research which utilizes or supports simulation in healthcare? Email us and let us know!
guest authored by Libby MacQuillan, Ph.D., RDN, CHSE, Program Director, Applied Food and Nutrition program at Grand Valley State University, this article shares how the COVID-19 global pandemic provided an opportunity to explore potential benefits and challenges of this methodology. MacQuillan explains that standardized patients have been used extensively in health professions training, both for learners and in continuing education experiences for working professionals.
She says that, although virtual SPs in the form of computer-generated patient avatars have been created to standardize experiences between learners, human SPs are most commonly utilized. According to the Healthcare simulation dictionary, an SP has been defined as “an individual trained to portray a patient with a specific condition in a realistic, standardized and repeatable way and where portrayal/presentation varies based only on learner performance.”
The coronavirus pandemic created a number of challenges for the field of simulation since the virus’s onset in March 2020. Simulation centers, institutions, and vendors across the world were forced to reevaluate their protocols and procedures, and many were forced to temporarily close their doors until such standards were finalized and approved. In this HealthySimulation.com article, a number of healthcare simulation experts are interviewed about the pandemic during the website’s new Simterviews series. Throughout this series, many of these experts described how their institutions have responded to COVID-19, and what obstacles and opportunities were presented as a result.
This article continued HealthySimulation.com’s coverage of the latest COVID-19 Healthcare Simulation Resources, the global industry and community have shared even more helpful links specific to education and training. These new links were specifically dedicated to supporting those on the educational and training front lines of healthcare providers around the world, covering temporary access to leading vendor tools, downloadable scenarios, organizational resource pages, upcoming webinars, board games, grants, and more.
EM SIM CASES, which provides peer-reviewed simulation cases for Emergency Medicine programs available in FOAMed spirit, has been consistently creating and sharing COVID-19 medical simulation scenarios from the global community. This article shares all of the COVID-19 Simulation Scenarios from the group, including ones on cardiac arrest, SEMI with VF arrest, ambulatory care, and respiratory failure.
Published at the beginning of the pandemic, this HealthySimulation.com article shares early industry insights into the early stages of response. For example, the article shares that “COVID-19 has spread across the globe and the nightmare of a modern-day pandemic is still at the beginning of the second act. So connected to the absolutely crucial ‘just in time’ training that is needed right now, the medical simulation industry has responded in masse to support its community and the global healthcare education and training community with the emergency resources they need to fight what is now the world’s greatest enemy.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.