Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | June 2022
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 clinical simulation collaborations, newly released devices, innovative solutions, healthcare simulation center updates, and more. Together, these industry updates help paint a picture of where the healthcare simulation industry is presently, and where the industry is headed as the scope of clinical simulation practice expands. Below are some of the world’s latest clinical simulation updates as of June 2022.
Presented by Laura Hollenbacher, MSHS, CMA (AAMA), MA, this one-hour, intermediate webinar shares how simulation has the potential to play a role at many levels throughout the medical field, not just in clinical training. The webinar will also explore additional ways groups can utilize the methodology of simulation to improve processes that are not necessarily tied directly to increased patient outcomes. Learning objectives include being able to categorize areas of their organization that would benefit from using simulation and demonstrating knowledge of simulation modeling for non-clinical simulation events. Another objective is to understand how using desired outcomes would benefit the use of simulation.
Urgent Call to Improve Patient Safety
In May 2022, the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety (NSC) issued the Declaration to Advance Patient Safety to urge health care leaders across the continuum of care to recommit to advancing patient and workforce safety. The NSC called for immediate action to address safety from a total systems approach, as presented in the National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety, and implored leaders to adopt safety as a core value and foster collective action to uphold this value.
More and more nurses wish to provide a comfortable environment for all their patients, including those who are transgender or GNC. However, this can feel challenging for nurses without a great deal of experience caring for this community, especially because they have not had adequate or appropriate educational resources. In honor of Pride Month, NurseJournal.org created a resource that provides guidance to help nurses better understand the transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) community, the hurdles they might face in healthcare, and helpful tips for working with patients.
Syminar Provides 360 Video Live Streaming
Syminar is a 360 Video Live Streaming System used by schools and hospitals. Syminar makes capturing and sharing immersive virtual experiences with audiences, live or asynchronously, simple for educators. This technology has become incredibly important as 360 video viewers remain more engaged and attentive — especially powerful for remote education, like telesimulation, during COVID-19.
According to the Medical Device Network, a new simulator developed by medical simulation training company VirtaMed has been introduced by Medical Microinstruments (MMI). The Symani Surgical System Simulator is designed to help surgeons hone their skills in a safe, simulated environment. The goal is that this new simulator will support the training of surgeons who will use MMI’s Symani Surgical System to perform robotic microsurgeries. (The Symani Surgical System is a robotic platform with wristed instruments for microsurgeries.)
In a recent article from Axon Park, author Elena Said shares how tuition rates and educational expenses can impact a learner’s ability to attend college or partake in advanced academics. However, the past two years have helped demonstrate just how effective online learning can be. Additionally, this article suggests that studying in the metaverse is a new use of technology that can replace video calls and offer even more advantages.
In the fight against cataract blindness, HelpMeSee has launched a new eBook, as well as a fund that commits 100% of the proceeds to provide surgeries for the cataract blind. The eBook content is designed for residents, ophthalmologists, fellows, medical students, and other professionals performing or supporting cataract surgery. Saro Jahani, president and CEO explained that, rather than adapting content from an existing textbook, this HelpMeSee MSICS eBook has been distinctly designed to bring learning to life through live surgical demonstrations and rich multimedia. The innovation of the eBook lies in a powerful, interactive experience, which allows learners at all levels to master the material and gain expertise in cataract surgery, Jahani says.
According to the University of Sydney, jaw reconstruction surgery involves replacing damaged or diseased bone tissue with an implant and is a complicated procedure. As such, Ben Ferguson, a Ph.D. student in the University of Sydney’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, has been working to develop a surgical planning tool to assist surgeons in planning complex jawbone reconstruction procedures. This tool uses new-generation devices including a 3D-printed tissue scaffold-fixation system. The article adds that “Using advanced computational technology and decision-making algorithms, the tool works by generating a ‘digital twin’ of the patient using CT scan data.”
PrecisionOS has developed immersive training and preoperative planning modules for surgeons to practice new or complicated procedures. The programs are accessed through Oculus virtual reality headsets. The new modules will allow surgeons and other OR technicians to practice using Siemens’ Cios Spin, a mobile C-arm machine that generates both 2D and 3D X-ray images throughout a surgical procedure. This article explains that “Using PrecisionOS’ technology surgeons and technicians will be able to complete practice sessions using the Cios Spin machine together, giving them the chance to share their expertise with one another and improve their collaboration in the operating room.”
Mississippi College has added a new state-of-the-art simulation center. The healthcare simulation center includes a 3G Plus advanced patient simulator, nicknamed “Billy Ruben” as part of the college’s new state-of-the-art Physician Assistant Program Medical Simulation Center. According to WBLT, the goal is to use this new center to train dozens of learners each semester to become effective on the job and help provide quality health care, and save lives.
PixelMax, an immersive communication platform, created a “hospital metaverse” designed to comfort younger patients prior to their visits. The company partnered with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to develop a digital twin of the health center’s radiology department that patients can visit remotely using a VR headset. According to VRScout, the hope is that by allowing children to familiarize themselves with the sights and sounds they’re likely to experience, they’ll feel more comfortable during their actual visit.
Additional Healthcare Simulation News:
- The future is hybrid: How mobile software can help train healthcare professionals more effectively and efficiently
- Training for the worst day: Emergency preparedness simulations
- NUS taps on VR to train medical and nursing students in handling agitated patients | Video
- New App Simulates OR Decision Making, Measures Outcomes in Dollars
- Training future medical professionals in new Gurnick Academy simulation lab
- Paramedic Training VR Nearly Doubles Students’ Understanding of Teamwork in Medicine.
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