April 28, 2023By Wesley Lockhart

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | April 2023

As the field of healthcare continues to evolve, so too does the use of medical simulation technology to train and educate healthcare professionals. This HealthySimulation.com article will highlight the most recent developments in clinical simulation from around the world. 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 April 2023.

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Nasco Healthcare Takes Medical Training with VR Technologies To The Next Level:Nasco Healthcare is excited to announce our new agreement with MVR Technologies Inc. for medical simulation training based on virtual reality technologies. Nasco Healthcare will now sell and distribute MVR products exclusively around the globe. MVR Technologies is a fast-growing company in the simulation market within VR medical training solutions providing products for students and practicing doctors with outpatient appointments. They sell two main products which are XR-Clinic Mobile and XR-Clinic Desktop with more in development. These products provide an immersive learning experience with 200+ medical scenarios available in multiple languages, using the most realistic graphics in the industry.

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SIM Expo – Simulation Canada: December 11-12 in Ottawa, Ontario. The SIM Expo is Canada’s interprofessional, cross-sector simulation conference! Our focus is healthcare, but the principles of simulation are applicable across all sectors. Theme: The Rise of Simulation. Marking the 10th anniversary of SIM Expo, the conference will take a look back at the past progress and ahead to the importance of simulation to build a sustainable, equitable healthcare ecosystem.

Simulation in Motion Midwest: SIM-Midwest will hold its annual conference, “Stronger Together – Improving Healthcare Outcomes with Simulation”, June 9th & 10th 2023, hosted by SIM-SD in Sioux Falls, SD.

Cardionics Unveils Hybrid Simulator: The Bionic Hybrid Simulator is a wearable simulation system for Standardized Patients that offers instructors a realistic and accurate solution for scenario simulations. The innovative approach of wearable simulation in patient care enables instructors to test their students’ skills without giving away any signs or symptoms. The redesigned BHS allows educators to take advantage of the new, expanded library! With new sounds such as COVID-19, Pulmonary Edema, Coarctation of the Aorta, or Acute Pericarditis, as well as new ECG waveforms such as Ventricular Tachycardia, Atrial Flutter, and Sinus Arrhythmia, educators can create even more scenarios for their simulation training.

National University Launches Virtual Reality Campus on Axon Park to Boost Student Engagement: National University’s virtual campus will launch in 2023 and will initially be available to students in select programs via VR learning platform Axon Park. It vividly recreates elements of a traditional, physical college campus, created using advanced VR and 3D modeling technologies. In this digital environment, students can explore a lifelike simulation of a campus student center and academic building, creating a fully immersive environment for digital instruction and virtual field trips. Students can also explore virtual recreational spaces, such as an open walkway where students can connect and interact with each other using digital avatars, and an event space portal, through which students can attend virtual speaker and lecture series. The expansion of National University’s immersive learning initiatives follows a successful pilot program within its School of Health Professions, which in 2020 received a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant to build a new virtual reality-based curriculum for the university’s nursing education programs. The pilot program has been led by Dr. Gloria McNeal, a nurse educator and former Navy Nurse Corps Officer who serves as associate vice president for community affairs in health at National University.

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Virtual reality tech to help pediatric patients manage pain at Montreal hospital: Children undergoing medical procedures at a Montreal hospital have a new tool to help them manage pain and anxiety. Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada says its new virtual reality (VR) headsets offer patients an escape to another world. The initiative follows four years of research by a team of nurses who looked at how the interactive technology could be used in hospitals. It showed 84% of patients who used VR reported having a positive medical experience, according to a release from the hospital.

Eisenhower Health opens simulation lab for advanced training, education opportunities: The Rancho Mirage hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the new John Stauffer Center for Innovation in Learning. The $3.5 million high-tech simulation laboratory — a philanthropic gift from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust and the Thomas and Elizabeth Grainger family — will allow for advanced training and education opportunities for graduate students, physicians, nurses, respiratory technicians and other health care professionals. The training center includes ICU, obstetrics and gynecology/neonatal intensive care unit, medical/surgical and emergency rooms, each fully equipped with simulator manikins by Gaumard. The models can be programmed to do a number of actions, such as simulate heart tones, lung and bowel sounds, cry and talk. Those utilizing the models can practice intubation and ventilation, chest tube insertion, peripheral IVs, medication administration, urinary catheter insertion and several other emergency scenarios.

Navy Medicine Dedicates Simulation Lab to Fallen Corpsman: Maxton Soviak made that ultimate sacrifice while on Operation Allies Refuge during the Kabul Airport bombing. Soviak was one of 13 U.S. service members that lost their lives that day in Kabul, Afghanistan and was the last U.S. casualty of the war. On Friday March 3, 2023, in recognition of HM3 Soviak’s sacrifice, the Navy dedicated its newest simulation lab in his honor. The simulation lab, housed at University Hospitals (UH) Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will be used to advance the knowledge and trauma training of corpsmen preparing to deploy and will be a fitting memorial since Soviak was a local Ohioan.

Unreal Editor for Fortnite is Now Available: Epic Games is excited to announce the Public Beta launch of Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN)—a new PC application for creators and developers that brings the power of Unreal Engine to the scale of the Fortnite audience!

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