September 30, 2022By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | September 2022

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 robotic simulation innovations, medical simulation research, clinical simulation event updates, metaverse predictions, robotic healthcare simulation training examples, 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 September 2022.

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IPSSV2022, the “Human Factors in Pediatric Simulation: Creating Safer Care” Symposium will take place on November 8 and November 9, 2922. This symposium will provide a deeper understanding of human factors, reshape mindsets, and better support the safety and quality care of children. Held virtually on Zoom, participants will hear from our expert keynote speakers, have the chance to ask questions during the Q&A sessions, and participate in the panel discussion with our keynotes. All three keynotes are highly experienced in the field of Human Factors. (Participants can also access the recording on-demand for 2 weeks and still earn CE credits.)

Research: Surgery Training and Simulation Using Virtual and Augmented Reality for Knee Arthroplasty

Remote virtual rehabilitation has drawn increasing attention in recent years, and its significance has increased in light of the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic. New research published by Cureus explains how a range of extended reality technology integration, including immersive virtual reality (IVR), augmented reality (AR), as well as mixed reality, has lately acquired favor in orthopedics. This review study examines the utilization of extended reality machinery in knee arthroplasty. The use of this technology, its consequences for orthopedic surgeons and their patients, and its moral and practical issues are also covered.

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TacMed Robot Dog Prepares Medics

TacMed’s Advanced Canine Medical Trainer (K9 Diesel), used to simulate realistic care for military working dogs, assisted medical personnel within the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during a training exercise. The animatronic dog is lifelike in both its length and weight, has a working heartbeat, and responds to practice procedures with various levels of breathing, bleeding, and barking. According to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, the tactical care training consisted of proper hemorrhage and wound care, needle chest decompression insertion, clearing of airway obstructions, and general military dog handling procedures.

Extreme Simulations Develops Fully-Equipped Ruggedized Mobile Unit

Extreme Simulations developed a fully equipped ruggedized mobile unit created out of the need for portable, reliable immersive simulation training. Including two training arenas, an outdoor debriefing area, and an entry maze. The Extreme Mobile Training Unit (EMTU) is truly an all-encompassing solution to mobile training. The mobile unit boasts a full sensory experience including smoke, smell, sound, and light effects all available on demand to create a custom training experience.

Additionally, each training room has Interchangeable scenery for multi-scene training days, including two simulated “windows” to create tactical scenarios. Recorded by 8-point CCTV, live video feedback and debriefing are available for live viewing from the external debrief area or recorded for evaluation later. The unit is climate controlled, with extraction in both training arenas.

Research: Simulation-Based Outreach Program Improves Rural Hospitals’ Team Confidence in Neonatal Resuscitation

New research published by Cureus explains how simulation is an effective training modality for medical education, although resources for simulation are often limited in rural hospitals. Through this research, the authors sought to test the hypothesis that in situ neonatal resuscitation simulation training improves rural hospitals’ delivery room team confidence in performing key Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) skills. They also wanted to compare confidence to performance as measured by adherence to NRP guidelines. Ultimately, they found that an in situ-based neonatal resuscitation outreach simulation program improves self-confidence among rural delivery room teams.

7 Things EMS Podcast

7 Things EMS is the first podcast created exclusively for CE. Each episode gives listeners what they need in a fast-paced, 7-things format to match any attention span. In the “7 Things Simulation” episode, Limmer Education’s Richard Low and Dan Limmer talk about simulation in the EMS classroom. Whether someone is an experienced educator with a sim lab or someone looking to do more, these 7 Things will help tune up or start up their use of simulation.

Video Game Warm-Up May Suggest Improvement in Ophthalmic Surgical Simulator Performance in Surgically Naïve Students

Research published by Dovepress examines long-term video game play and the associated effects on the skills used in surgical simulators. This topic has been previously studied, but little information is available about short-term video game warm-ups and subsequent ophthalmic surgical simulation performance. In this study, the researchers hypothesize that a video game warm-up will improve performance on the Eyesi Ophthalmic Surgical Simulator. From their pilot study, there appears to be a positive trend between video game warm-up and Eyesi simulation performance; however, no statistically significant difference was observed due to lower power.

Interview: Artemis I Launch Sets Stage for Medical Treatment in the Final Frontier

Colorado University’s Anshutz Medical Campus shared that Artemis I sits on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, waiting to begin her 39-day mission to the moon and back. This critical mission, which was scheduled to launch on August 29 but due to engine issues has been postponed until late September, will test boosters and the Orion spacecraft that will eventually carry astronauts through space.

Laura Kelley, media relations professional in the CU Anschutz Office of Communications, discussed medical preparations and other Artemis-mission details with Benjamin Easter, MD, MBA, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and deputy element scientist for Exploration Medical Capability at NASA in this interview. Joining the discussion was Chris Haas, MD, MPH, a CU School of Medicine graduate and current flight surgeon for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

World-First Robotic Surgery Course for Surgeons by Surgeons

As reported by Mirage News, the Foundations of Robotic Surgery Course was developed by the International Medical Robotics Academy (IMRA), a leading provider of medical robotic surgical skills training in the health sector. Endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the course was developed by pioneering expert robotic surgeons across multiple surgical specialties, and is part of a linear robotic surgical training curriculum, using online education, virtual reality, 3D video, simulators, and advanced synthetic organ models. By enrolling in the course, participants are equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of how to set up a robot and console, the fundamentals of operating the robot, how to achieve robotic surgical competence, and much more.

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