December 24, 2021By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | December 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 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 as of December 2021, including a few festive holiday posts from members of the greater healthcare simulation community!

UAMS Centers for Simulation Education shares a medical simulation manikin dressed for the season!

Inova Health’s ASTEC Simulation Center’s elves couldn’t wait for the holidays! Check out those ornaments!

Simulation Canada wished all Canadian simulationists a happy holidays!

The North Devon Clinical Simulation Group’s Lifecast manikins are dressed to impress this holiday season!

The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills had agingerbread house competition, including an entry from Special Pathogens.

Ohio State Urogynecology shared how ugly holiday sweaters can enhance the clinical simulation experience!

Pocket Nurse Looks Ahead to 2022

In January 2022, Pocket Nurse will celebrate its 30th anniversary. As the company reflects on humble beginnings and dynamic growth through the years, Pocket Nurse looks forward to an even brighter future. Pocket Nurse is laser-focused on continuing to raise the bar for serving the healthcare simulation community. The company has many exciting plans in store, including adding a wide range of ground-breaking new products, enhancing and expanding our team, and providing customers with new levels of world-class customer service.

Cardionics Announces Updated SimScope

Cardionics announced a new upgrade and a lower price for the SimScope training stethoscope. Powered by the comprehensive auscultation library developed by Cardionics, users now get 12 additional sounds! That’s 21 hearts, 14 lungs, 7 bowels, and 2 bruit sounds to train auscultation at a lower price. With #Cardionics, your trainees can hear sounds for Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Bronchitis, COVID-19, or Aortic Aneurysm.

SimScope: Practice early recognition of heart diseases and more. The SimScope stethoscope allows for auscultation of Standardized Patients as well as manikins by placing RFID tag sensors on corresponding anatomical locations. It can be also used with Objective Structured Clinical Examination training (OSCE) or any other examination standard. Learn to diagnose cardiac conditions by recognizing Aortic Regurgitation, Pericardial Rub, or Third Heart Sound.

Clinical Simulation Book: ‘Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives’

In 2020, virtual reality (VR) in the healthcare sector was valued at over $2 billion and is projected to reach over $42 billion by 2028. These technologies will revolutionize how medicine is delivered over the coming decade. To demonstrate this technology, the book “Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives” was designed for healthcare professionals, academics, technologists, designers, research scientists, students, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of VR applications in clinical settings.

The editors showcase the latest, cutting-edge applications through a broad selection of companies and healthcare organizations across the globe shaping patient-centric digital healthcare. Sixty-six contributing authors who use VR to improve clinical skill training and enhance patient outcomes offer this comprehensive exploration of the most current research, methodology, and best practices for health systems leveraging VR technology in several key health sectors. In addition to being an educational tool, this book may also influence policymakers to guide legislation that helps support its growth and address healthcare data privacy concerns.

Call for Abstracts: 5th Annual Simulation-based Quality Improvement and Research Forum

The UT Southwestern Simulation Center announced a Call for Abstracts for the 5th Annual Simulation-based Quality Improvement and Research Forum on May 11, 2022. This year’s Keynote Speaker Dr. Teodor Grantcharov will give the address, “Competency-based medical education: is there hope in the land of unfulfilled promises?” This virtual forum is intended to bring together individuals from a broad array of backgrounds, all with a common interest in healthcare simulation quality improvement and research.

Abstracts may be submitted for any project investigating simulation-based activities related to healthcare, healthcare science, healthcare education, and patient safety. There will be poster and oral presentations and work that has been previously presented or published are welcome. Additionally, new ideas under development can seek mentorship via UT Southwestern Simulation Center’s emerging ideas section.

Submissions will be accepted until January, 15th 2022. Please complete the abstract template available online or our emerging ideas template and click here to submit your form. Those who need additional information or assistance should email Kyairae McCray at

FDA Approves InVisionOS as a VR Preoperative Planning Tool

PrecisionOS received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin marketing InVisionOS a patient-specific planning tool using Virtual Reality (VR). The patented software, to be available in early 2022, lets surgeons use an Oculus Quest 2 device to do preoperative planning.

InVisionOS is a next-generation patient-specific planning tool. Currently, surgeons view a simulated 3D image of the patient on a computer screen and then carry that mental model to the operating room. InVisionOS software automatically converts the patient’s computed tomography (CT) scan from any PACS system into a 3D reconstruction within seconds. Surgeons can then use the Oculus Quest 2 to view, manipulate and isolate relevant anatomical areas prior to performing the actual surgical procedure.

Simulation Australasia Awards 2021

The annual Simulation Australasia Awards Dinner was held on the 9th of November this year as part of the 2021 Australasian Simulation Congress. Simulation Australasia presents awards to celebrate the work of the simulation community and the contributions made by both teams and individuals. These awards include the prestigious Ray Page Award, named after the founder of SIAA (founding organization of Simulation Australasia).

Texas Southmost College Nursing Simulation Lab Opens

Texas Southmost College recently celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Associate Degree in Nursing program’s brand-new, state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab. The new simulation lab is located at the TSC International Technology, Education and Commerce Center (ITECC) and was designed and created to resemble a hospital floor, complete with mid to high-fidelity simulation mannequins. Able to practice everything from basic to advanced and critical life-saving skills, students will have the opportunity to run mock scenarios using mannequins that range from infant to adult. TSC Director of Nursing Beth Kasprisin said this lab has been a long time in the making and goal for the college and the department.

2022 Sim Expo Dates Announced

Canada’s interprofessional and multidisciplinary simulation conference, the 2022 SIM Expo will be held on October 17-18 in Toronto, Ontario, at the Delta Hotel, located in the heart of the downtown core. The SIM Expo brings together healthcare leaders in university, college, hospital, emergency services, and community care sectors. Our participants are deans, administrators, educators, clinicians, SIM center managers and directors, and researchers from all health professions. Most participants are Canadian but it is an open conference and each year we are honored to host some international participants.

FDA Clears PrecisionOS Patented VR Tool for Surgeon Preoperative Planning

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared PrecisionOS to market a patented VR tool for surgeon preoperative planning. Used with the Oculus Quest 2, InVisionOS is the first client-specific planning tool allowing surgeons to study and analyze in the 3D reconstruction of a patient’s bone scans in the operating room. Through this release, the company is moving into the operating room, enabling surgeons with devices that give surgeons more information about their patients and better visualization tools to ensure patient safety and the best surgery results. InVisionOS is just the beginning.

Hemodynamics after TAVR! Webinar

ViVitro Labs and The Cardiovascular Translational Lab at St. Paul’s Vancouver Canada bring the latest in translational cardiovascular research in a quarterly interactive webinar format. The first session will take place on January 17, 2022, at 13:30 PST/16:30 EST, and it will feature Hemodynamics after TAVR! featuring Dee Dee Wang MD and Amr Abbas MD. Presentations will be followed by a Discussion Panel with moderators Janar Sathananthan and Stephanie Sellers. Presentations will be recorded and available afterward to watch anytime. Post-presentation discussion sessions will not be recorded and will only be available to those attending live.

Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 678 6053 2693
Passcode: 923636

Ultra-Compact Camera Is The Size of a Grain of Salt

Cameras keep on getting smaller and smaller. According to, the latest is not only incredibly tiny – the same size as a grain of salt – but the technology is also able to produce images of much better quality than a lot of other ultra-compact cameras. The website reports that using a technology known as a metasurface, which is covered with 1.6 million cylindrical posts, the camera is able to capture full-color photos that are as good as images snapped by conventional lenses.

The glass-like silicon nitride that the metasurface is made from is a material that fits in with conventional electronics manufacturing processes, which means that it shouldn’t be too difficult to scale up production of these super-tiny cameras using procedures and equipment that’s already in place.

Chipola College Opens Patient Simulation Center

According to an article published by the Jackson County Floridian, Chipola College officials hosted a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House for the newly-renovated Simulation Center in the Health Sciences Division on Nov. 3. The article shares that the event included demonstrations of the patient simulators which are life-like mannequins used to simulate human medical conditions for education. Within this center, students can perform CPR on the simulators and see the compressions they’re providing with depth and rate. They can also listen to heart, lung, and bowel sounds. Further, simulators can be programmed to speak and to simulate various symptoms.

Congreso TALK 9,10 Dic

Es un honor poder presentarle el programa definitivo de la Conferencia Virtual TALK, que se celebrará los días 9 y 10 de diciembre en horario de 15.30-20.00 Barcelona. Esta es la conferencia final de la beca Marie Curie en la que ha colaborado nuestra universidad sobre debriefing en el ámbito asistencial (debriefing clínico). La conferencia está financiada por fondos de la Comisión Europea por lo que su acceso es gratuito; debido al alto impacto que hemos tenido en España y Latinoamerica tendrá traducción simultanea al castellano.

Comentarle que los invitados internacionales están confirmados y hemos conseguido reunir a los referentes mundiales sobre el debriefing, lo cual supone una oportunidad para nuestro entorno de poder adentrarse en el tema de la mano de reconocidos expertos.

  • Peter Dieckman
  • Michaela Kolbe
  • Demian Szyld
  • Stuart Rose
  • Jean-Christophe Servotte
  • Paul Mullan
  • Victoria Brazil

Le agradezco si puede difundir estar información entre los miembros de su institución, e invito a toda la comunidad a que se registre al evento. Debido al éxito del mismo (ya somos 400) hemos decidido ampliar las plazas hasta 1000.

Threedy Offers All-In-One Solution for Creating 3D & AR Content

Threedy provides an infrastructure component to enable large-scale 3D models and is able to mesh these with any kind of business data so that our customers can develop their own custom 3 D apps. With this technology, achieving no data preparation pipelines to fit a specific use case and a zero-footprint of applications on the client-side as the technology is web-based is possible. There is also no data Up- and Downloads to the technology, as data is not moved around, but rather virtualized. Therefore, the use-cases are nearly infinite as the platform enables something similar to Google Maps for 3D data.

Surgeons Cautiously Embrace Medical Metaverse

This Venture Beat article shares how, in many ways, the surgical industry has been a leader in embracing cutting-edge technologies like surgical robots, augmented reality, and improved patient modeling. However, the article stresses that it has been equally clear that these pieces are still growing in siloed pockets that are just starting to come together. Yet today, established medical device leaders like Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic are introducing serious competition to early pioneers like Intuitive Surgical, who demonstrated the first Da Vinci robot in 1997. Further, Medtronic recently secured European Approval for its Hugo line of robots, and Johnson and Johnson have been promoting its new Ottava system.

UNMC Training Model Developed to Aid Accurate COVID-19 Testing

The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s iEXCEL team has created an advanced model to help improve the skills of those performing the swabs. Five Oral Nasal Pharyngeal Anatomy Clinical Education trainers- called ONPACE – are now available at the Davis Global Center. UNMC faculty began training health professionals early on when COVID-19 infections began and have trained Nebraska Medicine staff, Nebraska National Guard personnel, and staff at the Douglas County youth detention center. The iEXCEL team also conducted Facebook Live training for health professionals in rural Nebraska.

“When we were faced with this pandemic, we realized that millions of frontline workers were having to learn a procedure that they had never done before or were not as familiar with,” Christie Barnes, MD, assistant professor and rhinologist in the UNMC Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, said in the article. “The key to a proper nasopharyngeal swab involves the direction and depth of the swab being inserted and the ONPACE trainer helps to solidify those key aspects.

DEftXR Extends Immersive Solution for Medical Education

DeftXR is a virtual reality-based Immersive solution for today’s medical education. As DEftXR is evolving, so are the modes of learning and education that are changing and getting advanced. The company provides ease of learning and hands-on training to medical students, with a 24/7 available virtual environment. DeftXR is built by a highly qualified and enthusiastic team focused on improving medical education. DeftXR is the product of the parent company Sattvarise Technologies, which is working in the field of 3D, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality for the last 6+ years. Over these years, the company has built strong experience and expertise in developing Medical and Healthcare-related solutions.

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