July 29, 2022By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | July 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 awards, training events, technology updates, 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.

David H. Wilks Memorial Award for Excellence in Simulation

Nominations are being accepted for the second annual David H. Wilks Memorial Award for Excellence in Simulation. This award is given in honor of the late Dr. Wilks, who led the foundation of STEPS — Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety — at WVU Health Sciences. Nominations must be submitted by September 1, and the recipient will be announced during Healthcare Simulation Week (Sept. 12 to Sept. 16). Eligibility criteria include the following:


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  • Candidate must have provided instruction at STEPS within the past five years.
  • Candidate must have demonstrated the best practice of teaching with simulation.
  • Candidate must have commensurate peer and/or learner evaluations.

GigXR and University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Announce Availability of Holographic Patient Simulation

GigXR, Inc., a global provider of holographic healthcare training, announced the release of a new mixed reality application called HoloScenarios. The first module, created in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust, will provide hyper-realistic holographic scenarios for common respiratory conditions and emergencies.

HoloScenarios simulates the entire patient care journey with lifelike realism, from assessment and diagnosis to appropriate intervention and escalation of care. Instructors can place holographic patients and medical equipment into any training environment for users.

This is so that they can see both their real-world physical space and the digital overlay of the holograms at the same time, whether in a simulation lab, classroom, at-home study, or office space for distributed learning. This provides true-to-life and safe-to-fail immersive learning that can be accessed, delivered, and shared with learners anywhere in the world.


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Simulation in Healthcare: A Revolutionary Approach to Train Medical Professionals

This Infopro Learning article explains how healthcare simulation is being used across medical training. The article also discusses the benefits of healthcare simulation, such as hands-on training without risk, confidence in real-life experiences, freedom to make mistakes, more opportunities for evaluation and feedback, and customization to accommodate several learners. Altogether, the article expresses how the “optimum goal of simulations is to enhance the learning experience, engagement, and outcomes using simulated scenarios followed by good feedback and debriefing.”

UCF Nursing’s Simulation Center Awarded New International Endorsement

The Simulation, Technology, Innovation & Modeling (STIM) Center at UCF’s College of Nursing is among an elite group of nine simulation programs worldwide — and the only one in Florida — to earn the new Healthcare Simulation Standards Endorsement from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). The international endorsement recognizes the STIM Center for demonstrating excellence in applying the Core Four Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice, which are Prebriefing: Preparation & Briefing, Facilitation, Debriefing, and Professional Integrity.

Library of Instructional Design Videos from 2022 Serious Play Conference Available

The complete library of more than 100 recordings from 2022, which covers how to create, evaluate and implement game-based simulations for training or education, is now available from Serious Play Conference for $300. The collection covers applications for corporate, healthcare nonprofit, and military markets as well as courses and training for higher ed faculty and K12 teachers. Experts discuss the challenges of creating programs in-house, how best to use games for live and virtual training programs, and techniques for measuring the effectiveness of learning programs. Individual recordings can also be rented or purchased.

Quest 2 Will No Longer Require A Facebook Account From Next Month

In August Meta will “begin rolling out” Meta accounts, which can be used to set up Meta headsets. You’ll still be able to link your Facebook account to your Meta account to message and call Facebook friends from inside VR, but this is no longer required. Facebook will no longer be linked to Quest, and users can choose to unlink it when they set up their Meta account. These changes come less than two years after the company imposed the requirement of a Facebook account in good standing for its headsets, starting with the release of Quest 2 in October 2020.

Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base’s Capstone FTX

Each spring, the month before graduation, the Andersen Simulation Center presents a week-long event known as Capstone. This year, the 124th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment treated the residents to a demonstration of advanced resuscitation capability such as resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) which serves to hold critically ill patients over until they can receive life-saving surgery. These demonstrations took place in the FRSD’s advanced trauma life support section in their new chemical biological protective shelter.

The goal of the GME [Graduate Medical Education division] Capstone field exercise is to expose all graduating interns, residents, and fellows to the continuum of casualty care from point of injury through strategic evacuation,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Benjamin Baker, emergency medicine physician, and director of the Andersen Simulation Center. “Capstone provides didactics and hands-on experience to help prepare them for the roles they will fulfill in both garrison and deployed environments and highlights the operational expertise of enlisted medical personnel.”

Immerse Introduces First Wave of Marketplace Partners and VR Modules

Enterprise VR software provider Immerse has unveiled their initial content partners for their newly launched storefront, The Marketplace. The partners include Bodyswaps, Immersive Factory, VirtualSpeech, Hard Hat VR, FreeRangeXR, Virsat, Boiler Room, Proximity, Inside Technology, Solas, Real Serious Games, and Giant Lazer.

The learning modules provided by these partners cover everything from soft skills, leadership training, and dangerous job simulations. The Marketplace was created to provide an efficient, cost-effective way for companies to access off-the-shelf content from third-party creators while scaling their VR training efforts as the need arises without having to source developers and customize content.

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