About Medical Simulation – Resources, Jobs, Vendors & More…

Medical Simulation is the modern day methodology for training healthcare professionals through the use of advanced educational technology. Simply put, medical simulation is the experiential learning every healthcare professional will need, but cannot always engage in during real-life patient care. Medical simulation has also been called Healthcare Simulation, Simulation in Healthcare, Patient simulation, Nursing simulation, Surgical simulation and Clinical simulation. Those looking for careers in healthcare simulation should visit our Medical Simulation Jobs page.

HealthySimulation.com is dedicated to providing the latest #MedSim news and resources from around the world. To follow along, sign up for our free medical simulation email newsletter, follow @HealthySim on Twitter and @HealthySim on Facebook, or join our HealthySim LinkedIn Group!

Medical simulation derived from the aviation industry, which has utilized simulation-based learning practices to train pilots since just after the First World War. Simulation allows for the safe training of learners engaging in activities that would otherwise be too dangerous to practice. For example, it is far too risky (and expensive) to send a new 747 jumbo jet pilot 40,000 feet into the air and practice a 3-engine failure drill. Whereas with a hyper-realistic hydraulic-enabled simulator a new pilot could learn to perform such maneuvers while safely on the ground. In the same fashion, during a real-life emergency a patient’s life cannot be risked to learners without the proper certification to perform possible life-saving procedures. However, the need to train healthcare professionals in the team-based communication, cognitive thinking and skills-based action necessary during such a stressful situation is vital to successful patient outcomes.


Sponsored Content:


During a fully immersive medical simulation learners enter into a realistic healthcare setting where a high-fidelity patient manikin is being wirelessly operated by both educational and simulation technical staff. A manikin can also be called a patient simulator, medical simulator, nursing simulator, surgery simulator, or even a birthing simulator! The patient simulation is usually digitally streamed live to other learners and recorded for playback during the debriefing process. A facilitator, usually the educator, will provide the voice of the patient and also guide the technical control of the manikin for the duration of the experience. Usually that same individual then debriefs the learner and the rest of the class together utilizing video playback to recap performance outcomes. It has been said that the real learning takes place during the debriefing where the collected group can engage in a facilitated and safe conversation to identify errors and mark successes.

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (also commonly referred to as “Simulation Technicians”, or most simply “Sim Techs”) can be present to run the hardware and software of all of the technological components necessary to ensure a realistic medical simulation.  Manikins have been developed for a range of patient presentations by several companies including Laerdal, CAE Healthcare, and Gaumard to name a few. They also usually operate audiovisual recording devices for learners watching in the debriefing room, such as the systems available from EMS SimulationIQ, B-Line Medical, SIMStation, LearningSpace and more.

Medical simulation can occur in the field for military or first-responders like EMS and Fire Departments or in hospital settings for nursing, medical or other allied health professionals. The latest trend in medical simulation is virtual simulated patients, utilizing either desktop, Virtual Reality, or Augmented Reality training tools to provide learners the opportunity to train in any simulated environment.

As there are currently very few professional degrees in the field, Healthcare Simulation Conferences like INACSL, IMSH or SimGHOSTS are the best place to start to connect with peers and the emerging professional community.


Sponsored Content:


Click Here to Connect to Leading Medical Simulation Vendors

Due to medical error, it is estimated that as many as 440,000 patients die each year in the United States alone. Medical Simulation has been proven to reduce medical errors and the associated costs all while improving outcomes in patient care. While the use of simulation is mandated and regulated in aviation and many other high performance industries, the methodology has yet to be required in healthcare.

Latest Medical Simulation News

Clinical Simulation Terminology & Product Categories Demystified

Anyone involved in the technology, MedTech (medical technology), EdTech (education technology), and education sectors, are used to waves of new jargon and acronyms. Clinical Simulation (or just "Sim") is no ...
Read More

Understanding Research For Clinical Simulation, Part 3: Introduction to Statistics

Simulation staff need to understand research theory either to fully participate in their own department’s research or to review the current literature with a view to improving their own simulation ...
Read More
simman als 5000 ventilation simulator

3 New Products to Amplify Your Simulations Through Medical Devices

As we all know, teaching through simulation can help you improve your learners’ skills retention, acquisition, and confidence. To increase these benefits, some organizations are using in situ simulation, meaning ...
Read More

Writing Correct Medication Orders for Healthcare Simulation Scenarios, with Downloadable Excel Template

This exclusive HealthySim article provides key information about how to write correct physician orders for healthcare simulation scenarios. When details are missing from physician order sheets, learners may become confused ...
Read More
Sim Center Design Checklist

Simulation Center Audiovisual Design Priorities, A Checklist From B-Line Medical

B-Line Medical recently shared an article on Medium.com covering "Simulation Center Audiovisual Design Priorities" which provides a few helpful hints to consider when faced with the difficult task of designing ...
Read More
womens health simulation stats

The Continuum of Care: Sharing Women’s Health Statistics Can Help Simulation Learners

There are an estimated 11,667,000 single parent households in the U.S. 81.4% of those are headed by single women.  And, that’s just a view of women on the home front ...
Read More

Celebrating World Sepsis Day: Understanding Lab and Vital Sign Indicators for Simulated Sepsis Scenarios

As today is World Sepsis Day 2018, we are taking a look at ways to incorporate Sepsis into your simulation learning curriculum. According to the Journal of the American Medical ...
Read More
Healthcare Simulation Week Moulage Kit Contest

Healthcare Simulation Week 2018 – $599 Moulage Kit & Book Winners Announced!

Healthcare Simulation Week 2018 has almost finished Sim Champs! To celebrate this year and to help launch our new resource website Careers in Healthcare, HealthySim partnered with Moulage Concepts to ...
Read More
Find Healthcare Simulation Vendors

Looking for Quality Healthcare Simulation Vendors? Get Connected to Top Companies in Minutes Through One Simple Form

Finding the right healthcare simulation product or service can be tricky. There are a lot of different companies in the space which specialized in a multitude of simulator and service ...
Read More

Are Pediatrics Being Left Out of the Equation for Simulated Resuscitation Training?

Did you know that over 7,000 children experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in the United States each year? Sadly, only 9% of children survive, and many have poor neurological ...
Read More

Better Ways of Learning in Medical Training and Simulation, A Review From IVS

Mary Hoppe, RN, Director of Healthcare Simulation for Intelligent Video Solutions, wrote in to share better ways of learning through medical training and simulation. Here, Mary covers why experiential learning ...
Read More

CareersinHealthcare.com Showcases New Simulation Administrator Career Pathway

Careers in Healthcare, a new Healthcare Careers website supports those beginning or advancing their professional pathway. Recently the website shared a new interview with Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center Director ...
Read More

Sponsored Content: