July 27, 2023By Teresa Gore

Global Clinical Simulation News Update July 2023

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 learning opportunities, funding updates, acquisition information, innovation progress, 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 July 2023.

Wolters Kluwer and Laerdal Medical launch vrClinicals for Nursing | Wolters Kluwer: Supporting a new generation of practice-ready nurses, vrClinicals for Nursing challenges students with realistic multi-patient scenarios. Following months of collaboration with some of the United States’ leading university nursing programs, Wolters Kluwer Health and Laerdal Medical have officially launched vrClinicals for Nursing. The virtual reality (VR) based learning solution helps address today’s gaps in nursing education and the nursing workforce, allowing students to go from the classroom to a busy hospital ward where they encounter true-to-life challenges such as prioritizing care among multiple patients and the demands of practice.

News release: Limbs & Things announces acquisition of surgical trainer & software specialist: Bristol-based medical task trainer specialist Limbs & Things has announced the acquisition of laparoscopic surgical trainer and software specialist eoSurgical. eoSurgical leads the field in the inclusion of technology and self-directed learning in laparoscopic surgery. The deal will enable Limbs & Things to incorporate eoSurgical’s products into its own existing portfolio of laparoscopic trainers, significantly broadening its offering in the marketplace.

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Simulations, telementoring drive successful training efforts: Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures in ophthalmology, and learning surgical skills for cataract removal is a major focus of the training for ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents. Physicians at Orbis International are shifting the paradigm when it comes to training for cataract surgery with simulation and telementoring. Maria Montero, associate director of Clinical Services for Orbis International, detailed current training opportunities and trends here and in developing nations served by the Flying Eye Hospital.

Simulating Success: High School Students Explore Health Care Careers with UM-Flint: Emergency personnel gathered around two crashed cars in a University of Michigan-Flint parking lot recently while dozens of people looked on. But, there was no cause for concern. The scene was merely an accident simulation that was part of “Exploring Health Care Careers,” a two-day summer camp for high schoolers, now in its second year, hosted by UM-Flint’s College of Health Sciences. The camp welcomed 45 high school students, June 21 and 22, from around Michigan for hands-on sessions led by faculty and students that highlighted CHS programs and related careers.

For This Medical Clinic, An Onymous Uses Simulation Tech to Predict Human Movement: In a given project, architects can steward human behavior and interaction, designing plans with the intention of influencing occupant activities. With the advent of simulation technologies—which have been integrated into various design processes, such as energy modeling—designers can predict how users will interact with completed projects and systems, offering a glimpse into possible outcomes. At the 24,000-square-foot Northstar Medical Campus, located in the Dallas suburb of North Richland Hills, Texas, Iman Ansari, Assoc. AIA, and Marta Nowak, AIA, founding principals of the Los Angeles– and Columbus, Ohio–based firm An.Onymous, are using simulation to predict human movement in a clinic for Northstar Dermatology. In doing so, An.Onymous has situated the individual occupant, and the multitudes of individuals surrounding them, as central to the strategy of the floor plan and formal language of the 9,000-square-foot project.

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Firefighters Get Better Training for Real-World Dangers Through VR: A VIVE VR headset with eye-tracking and a breathing apparatus, a hose-line system with jet reaction force, and protective clothing with heat generation elements provide realistic scenarios producing more effective training resulting in better outcomes in the field.

Microsoft will deliver improved HoloLens combat goggles to Army testers this month: Microsoft is taking another turn at testing its HoloLens-based combat goggles with the US military. The company has confirmed to Engadget that it’s delivering improved IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System) 1.2 devices to the Army before the end of July. These updated augmented reality models are “slimmer, lighter and more balanced” than before, Microsoft says. That, in turn, should make them more comfortable and improve soldiers’ performance.

Infologouips from The Debriefing Academy: The Debriefing Academy have Infoquips that provide practical tips for healthcare educators looking to build their debriefing skillset. Download and use this open access resource to support faculty development efforts within your own simulation and debriefing programs. New and innovative content uploaded every 1-2 weeks.

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