Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | December 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 medical simulation innovations, simulation center development, products, technology, vendor information, research, 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 December 2022.
The Limbs & Things Infant Hip Exam Trainer has been designed to meet the specific requirements of healthcare professionals training to identify and diagnose Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH). Limbs & Things worked with leading American pediatrician, Dr. Joseph O. Lopreiato, a specialist in Simulation Education, and Elizabeth Weissbord, MA, CMI, to develop this infant hip simulation model. The trainer comes with two interchangeable lower leg modules that allow trainees to identify the differences between normal and abnormal hip pathologies.
Lifecast Body Simulation Global announced the release of the world’s first Child with Down Syndrome training manikin, a realistic manikin was formed from a real-life 3D body scan of a seven-year-old girl with Down syndrome named Gwen. The manikin will be available to healthcare education facilities around the world to facilitate specialty and inclusive training in managing Down syndrome. Gwen was created by Lifecast Body Simulation and the University of Greenwich in London and also received support from the Down Syndrome Association. Gwen and her family are truly supporting such a worthy cause in creating awareness of Down syndrome and giving healthcare providers an accurate means of training while continuing to support diversity and inclusion in simulation-based education and training.
IPSS is excited to bring together renowned global experts to the world’s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to pediatric simulation for IPSSW2023, which will take place from May 17-19, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. The 2023 theme “Improving Pediatric Outcomes with Simulation: Human Factors and Technology”, provides the opportunity for in-depth and innovative discussion on the role of simulation as we work to provide safe and effective care for children and infants across the globe. We look forward to seeing you in the enchanting city of Lisbon.
In 2022, Osso VR became the first surgical training platform that can assess surgeons’ knowledge, accuracy, and efficiency. The platform is also now directly available to clinicians (rather than just residency programs and via medical device partnerships), who can push toward proficiency aided by automated coaching. In addition to adding this capability within its platform, Osso’s platform has also launched in multiple new languages in addition to English, including Japanese, Spanish, German and French to broaden access in the 30+ countries in which it is currently utilized.
Echo Healthcare announced the release of the company’s newest software platform operating the company’s Immersive Interactive technology, Immersive Studio. With the release of this new software, Echo Healthcare continues to be at the forefront, providing the most realistic and limitless virtual spaces for all industries. The release of the Immersive Studio software allows both new and existing users of Immersive Interactive, the ability to create their own content within the system and share content amongst a wide variety of user groups. The system comes pre-loaded with thousands of backgrounds, exercises, and scenes available to all users. With Immersive Studio, users will now receive a 360-degree camera that they can use to easily record and upload their own local content in a cloud-based environment from anywhere.
GiGXR, a global provider of holographic healthcare training, announced that the company’s mixed reality patient training application, HoloScenarios, has been awarded TIME’S 2022 Best Inventions. The list highlights 200 extraordinary, life-changing innovations, honoring HoloScenarios for its use of hyper-realistic, holographic patients to simulate real-world diagnosis and treatment of severe illness and health emergencies. GigXR partnered with the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation to create the application’s Respiratory Module – the innovation earning HoloScenarios the award.
RespiSim eLearning is designed to strengthen learners’ understanding of key mechanical ventilation concepts while paving the way for more effective simulation outcomes, and ultimately better patient care. For example, the RespiSim Learning Management System (LMS) enables learners with self-guided, e-learning content concentrating on high-quality mechanical ventilation training. Additionally, the RespiSim Virtual Ventilator Software provides mechanical ventilation training in any environment! Demonstrate waveform analysis and the fundamentals of patient-ventilator interaction for a remote or in-person audience. Powered by the world-renowned ASL 5000 lung modeling technology, the Virtual Ventilator allows for true-to-life ventilation training without the hassle of hardware.
Innov2Learn presented six simulation scenarios designed by and for the simulation community. Designed and written by experts from France, Switzerland, and Canada, these scenarios can be used freely by all teachers and other specialists for the purposes of training healthcare professionals. Each of the scenarios focuses on the development of clinical judgment and interpersonal and technical skills that will be useful to learners in the field, and throughout their careers.
Wallcur announced an exclusive partnership with Remedy Simulation Group. This partnership was created to best equip customers’ labs and pave the way for learners to become the most successful healthcare professionals.
As the exclusive distributor, Wallcur now offers Remedy’s full line of products, including Armando, Remedy’s newest task trainer as seen on healthysimulation.com
Bodyswaps, in collaboration with Meta, is giving 100 institutions the opportunity to empower students with immersive soft skills training for free. This is because the company knows that immersive learning positively impacts engagement, memory, confidence, and performance. Bodyswaps is committed to improving learning performance and believe the best way to achieve this is to make the technology widely accessible. Through Meta Immersive Learning, Meta is helping to transform the way we learn and increase access to learning through technology. Once the application period closes, 100 tertiary education institutions will be selected to pilot the use of immersive learning to support soft skills training for their learners.
Healthcare Simulation Middle East and HealthySimulation.com announced that Youness Zidoun and Soheir Elbanna were the winners of an annual subscription worth $250 to the LEARN Platform on HealthySimulation.com, exclusively courtesy Healthcare Simulation Middle East. They receive a digital winner’s badge, winner’s certificate, and 365-day access to LEARN platform. Lance Baily, Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, said, “Congratulations to Youness Zidoun and Soheir Elbanna for winning an annual subscription to HealthySimulation.com LEARN platform. We laud their contribution to sim community initiatives in the Middle East, and for the work, they do to improve patient care.”
When errors occur in healthcare, the contemporary approach to patient safety involves the evaluation of the root causes of why the error happened, evaluating both system and person factors. Unfortunately, systems are not often designed in a way to set people up for success, to make it easy to do the right thing. According to James Reason (2000, p. 769) “…it is often the best people who make the worst mistakes.” Most don’t have bad intentions and don’t come to work aiming to make a mistake, and it is for this reason that a fair evaluation of the intentions driving the behaviors resulting in errors should be made. This article is the second in a 2-part series on human error management, focusing on breaking down human error and differentiating associated behaviors.
Several Gordon Center firefighter instructors from stations throughout South Florida were deployed to assist in managing critical search and rescue efforts after the impact of Hurricane Ian. In the following weeks, first responder heroes dedicated their time to helping all Floridians affected. EMS Battalion Chief with Davie Fire Rescue Department and long-time core instructor with the Gordon Center, Andrew Popick, served as a critical first responder as part of FL-Disaster Medical Assistance Team 5. Speaking about his experience on this emergency mission, Popick said “many of the Gordon Center courses have immensely improved my knowledge, skills, and abilities to deliver medical care in austere environments following a disaster where the medical infrastructure has been severely compromised, if not wiped out.” Chief Popick and his team, alongside the HHS Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, helped staff a field hospital to provide healthcare services to those affected by Hurricane Ian.
The ECMO Cannulation & Flow Simulator is a Hybrid ECMO simulator that can be used as a tabletop task trainer for rapid-cycle-deliberate-practice and skill acquisition, or in concert with a high-technology manikin for a truly immersive simulation experience. This product comes with two skin pads, one cannulation pad, and one sub-xiphoid pad for wire/cannula placement confirmation. For more from Simul8, watch the LEARN Platform webinar “How to Design a Healthcare Simulator: From Ideation to Market Commercialization.” This webinar will demonstrate the necessary steps to developing a new medical simulator, including company formation, patent application, legal consultation, product design, prototyping, evaluation, revisioning, manufacturing, and sales.
How has our fragmented approach to safety hindered real progress in preventing medical errors? Can we reshape the healthcare landscape through directed collaboration? In Episode 15: Proposing New Partnerships, join host Karen Wolk Feinstein and guests Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group; former NTSB chair Chris Hart, founder of Hart Solutions; Dr. Najmedin Meshkati, professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and International Relations at the University of Southern California; and healthcare executive and patient safety leader Julie Morath, member of the IHI Lucian Leape Institute and PCAST Patient Safety Work Group, for a deep dive into the potential to create meaningful partnerships among patient safety-related organizations and finally make substantial progress on preventing harms before they occur.
Medical VR company Realize Medical Reveals Elucis Mobile at RSNA 2022
Medical VR company, Realize Medical, unveiled Elucis Mobile – the latest innovation for multidisciplinary communication in healthcare – at this year’s Radiological Society of North America meeting. Realize Medical developed the Elucis 3D modeling platform to provide radiologists and other imaging experts with better tools to create 3D models from medical images, a time-consuming process typically hindered by the limited interactions afforded by traditional 2D software. The software is compatible with commercially available VR systems such as the Quest 2 and Meta’s newest mixed reality (or XR) headset, the Quest Pro.
SynDaver Education, a division of SynDaver Labs Inc., an advanced biotechnology company specializing in the creation of synthetic human and animal simulators for medical testing and training, announced that the company is kicking off a $250,000 Product Giveaway aimed to provide educators and administrators within K-12 schools, STEM programs, undergraduate and graduate-level anatomy, physiology, biology, nursing, veterinary technology, surgical technology, EMS and Fire Rescue, and simulation centers an opportunity to learn and train on the most realistic synthetic models on the market. The product giveaway comes as SynDaver launches its next generation of SynTissue, a proprietary library of materials used to create the company’s models and products.
Perspectus VR can render a patient’s actual DICOM images in a 3D environment, enabling the provider and patient to “walk through” the patient’s own body. The patient can much easier see and understand the site and extent of the disease, and even the side effects of treatment. With Perspectus VR, healthcare providers have an invaluable tool to drive patient volume and retention. The technology also enhances the quality of educational content used in planning and collaboration for diagnosis, surgery, and procedures.
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- Limbs & Things Helps Charity Train War Doctors With Birth Simulators
- USAF Taps SimX for Virtual Reality Medical Simulation Training
- This VR training platform has raised £2m to tackle medical staff shortages
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