March 10, 2023By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | March 2023

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 new partnerships, upcoming events, research, books, 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 March 2023.

Healthcare Simulation Job: North America Sales Director Southwest at Nasco Healthcare

The Sales Director Southwest will work closely with the VP of Sales, customer service team, distributors, and end customers to meet and exceed company objectives for sales. The role includes an input for new product development and improvement of existing product lines and will require both a person who can travel extensively to meet/support distributors as well as someone who is well organized with great administration & planning skills. The job will additionally require traveling with products which sometimes can be heavy, around 20kg.

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One Million Lives – A Laerdal Podcast

Laerdal Medical has introduced a podcast that shares inspiring interviews in the advancement of helping save lives. Topics discussed on this podcast include the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), patient simulation, neonatal simulation training, and more. The podcast also expands upon topics such as how simulation can lead to system-wide gains and how to make time for clinical simulation training.

Laerdal Integrated Defibrillation, Patient Monitoring, and Ventilator Management Training​

Users can deliver more realistic ALS and BLS training with Monitor by Laerdal. This is a dynamic, portable learning tool that provides learners the opportunity to measure real-time QCPR feedback, react to changes in vital signs, interpret ECG’s, perform defibrillation and pacing, and practice basic skills needed to operate a ventilator.

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Limbs & Things Launch New Partnership With TruCorp

Limbs & Things has signed a multi-million-pound contract with Northern Ireland-based medical simulator company TruCorp. The contract makes Limbs & Things the exclusive supplier of TruCorp products in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia. The new partnership builds on a decade-long successful partnership between the two companies. Utilizing Limbs & Things’ established network will enhance TruCorp’s ability to supply their much-in-demand innovations across these markets.

Operational Medicine Symposium & Technology Showcase

The 5th Annual Operational Medicine Symposium (OpMed) & Technology Showcase will take place from March 28-29, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. This event is one of the largest and most influential military medical events in North America for senior medical officials, clinicians, government leaders, and solution providers. OpMed offers the unique opportunity to learn, network, and engage with military medical professionals in an information-driven, networking-focused environment.

Students Train with Virtual Reality at UMMC’s Simulation Lab

New Sim Series Video on Arthroscopic Training Simulator Available at CIME

Bodyswaps and Royal Society of Medicine to Design Healthcare Training Powered by AI and VR

Bodyswaps announces that the company has partnered with the Royal Society of Medicine to create exclusive healthcare training simulations powered by artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The innovative modules developed through the partnership will allow doctors and other healthcare professionals to learn and practice essential, patient-centered soft skills. The training takes place in a virtual environment and can be experienced with a VR headset or in front of a display screen. This offers an innovative way of enhancing soft skill development in a safe digital space.

Launch of the Medical AI Research Center (MedARC)

The Medical AI Research Center (MedARC), a novel, open, and collaborative approach to research dedicated to advancing the field of AI applied to healthcare was recently launched. MedARC was created to develop large AI models, often termed foundation models, for medicine and build interdisciplinary teams to address clinical needs. An important principle of MedARC is doing science in the open. Models and datasets will be open-sourced whenever possible, in accordance with any privacy and legal concerns. We aim to publish all our results as preprints and in reputed peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

TRU’s Mobile Healthcare Unit Receives $200K Donation

According to KamloopsNow, Thompson Rivers University has received a $200,000 donation to support their mobile healthcare training unit from TD Bank Group for the healthcare simulation lab. According to the report, the mobile unit gives TRU healthcare students living in rural communities access to in-person training. In addition to virtual classes, the unit provides learners living in rural areas with more opportunities to complete their practicum in healthcare.

Innov2Learn Launches Simulated Forehead Thermometer

Innov2Learn is thrilled to announce the official launch of our simulated forehead thermometer! This state-of-the-art tangible device is inspired by widely available forehead thermometers and features advanced scenarios to simulate temperature measurements. Innov2Learn’s forehead thermometer simulator facilitates training with a beep on measurement, works on manikins or standardized patients, and is powered by rechargeable batteries able to hold a full day of simulations. The simulated thermometer also includes a powerful Bluetooth module that can go through the thickest walls (over 15 meters) and is configurable to work in °C or °F. Don’t miss out on Innov2Learn’s limited early bird rate for the new Innov2Learn Simulated Thermometer, and revolutionize your healthcare training with their realistic and practical simulated devices. Use discount code “HEALTHYSIM” as a promo code to get a $100 discount at checkout.

Research: In Situ Simulation as a Tool to Longitudinally Identify and Track Latent Safety Threats For SARS-CoV-2 Airway Management

Published in Simulation in Healthcare, this research shares how in situ simulation has emerged as a powerful tool for identifying latent safety threats (LSTs). After the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the report shares that an urban community emergency department (ED) identified opportunities for improvement surrounding acute airway management and particularly focused on infection control precautions, equipment availability, and interprofessional communication during acute resuscitation. Using the Model for Improvement, “a hybrid in situ/quality improvement initiative was implemented using Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles to enhance systems for intubating patients with SARS-CoV-2.”

Dr. David Mayer Releases Book Chronicling His Cross-Country Trek to Raise Awareness about Medical Error

According to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, David Mayer, MD, recently published the book “How to Stay Safe When Entering the Healthcare System: A Physician Walks Across the Country to Raise Awareness of the Need to Improve Patient Safety.” The book is an urgent call to action centering on Dr. Mayer’s 35-year mission to raise awareness of the 250,000 lives lost each year to preventable medical harm and the harm faced by healthcare professionals in the form of workplace violence, depression, and burnout resulting in suicide rates higher than almost every other industry.

Research: Virtual Reality Simulation in Nursing and Midwifery Education

Published in Computer Informatics Nursing, this research describes the usability of virtual reality simulation among undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. During the study, participants were recruited using convenience and snowball sampling and engaged in a 20-minute virtual reality simulation scenario of their choice. They were next asked to complete a 21-item survey comprising “a sociodemographic questionnaire, the System Usability Scale, a satisfaction questionnaire, and open-ended questions.” Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and qualitative data were analyzed using deductive content analysis. Forty-three students participated in this study.

Book: ‘How to Stay Safe When Entering the Healthcare System: A Physician Walks across the Country to Raise Awareness of the Need to Improve Healthcare Safety’

This book is an urgent call to action centering on the author’s thirty-five-year mission to raise awareness of the 250,000 lives that are lost each year to preventable medical harm and the harm faced by healthcare professionals in the form of workplace violence, depression, and burnout resulting in suicide rates higher than almost every other industry. The book’s narrative-driven timeline follows the author’s 2,452-mile walk to thirty-seven Major League Ballparks using his love of baseball as a way to garner media attention for his mission and indulge in the welcome relief of baseball nostalgia.

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