SMOTS UK is an audiovisual healthcare simulation recording system with hardware and software that uses A/V recording systems and the vital sign readings to simulate medical procedures. The SMOTS UK system is manufactured by Scotia UK plc in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Founded in 2005, the company launched with a 24-bed installation at Oxford Brookes School of Health and Social Care. As technology is at the heart of effective communication, the SMOTS UK system was designed to provide full-service offering so the system suits the best needs of all clients.

The system records all material all the time. According to Scotia UK, this ensures that both the review and simulation debriefing are straightforward. Using the video recording system, when a particular clip arises that is worthy of retention for future training, the clip can be exported as an MPEG4 video.

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SMOTS UK software can allow surgical simulation procedures to be demonstrated to large numbers of consultants in a live operating/lecture theater connection with no hiring of expensive and often cumbersome video conferencing facilities. The software can be used on an ad-hoc basis as required and is not specifically linked to particular theaters.

Using SMOTS UK, surgeons can operate and comment while fielding questions from their peers in the lecture theater. These types of events not only provide modern teaching facilities but facilitate the development of education solutions for local and distance learning situations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The latest simulation technology has already demonstrated a value across healthcare simulation education and clinical research and is now recognized as a valuable tool for training medical professionals. This training helps guarantee the highest levels of patient safety.

In the area of clinical simulation technology, SMOTS UK has proven to be a vital complementary system. The SMOTS systems are widely used by dental and medical simulation training establishments. To date, they have seen considerable success in the United Kingdom, across Europe, Asia and the United States.

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To spread awareness of the SMOTS UK hardware and software, the AV recording system has been presented at a variety of medical simulation conferences, exhibitions and shows, such as those hosted by SimGHOSTS, INACSL, ASPiH, SESAM, and the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH).

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Scotia UK provides turnkey solutions encompassing system design, equipment sales, installation and integration, training and after-sales support. This healthcare environment and simulation center (simulation centre) innovation was developed by professionals who possess knowledge and expertise in the field of healthcare simulation and support.

According to Scotia UK, the advent of technology in recent years into the office, retail and educational space has meant that increasingly the audiovisual component has to be considered and integrated from the very beginning of each project. The company stresses that AV simulation components can no longer be forced together retroactively.

With over 50 years of experience, Scotia UK is able to ensure customers have access to their own audiovisual specialist on call, knowledge at their disposal and a team of engineers with a wide variety of skills and experience within the team. The company’s mission is to ensure a seamless delivery of technology from inception to completion that will make a real difference to every client’s business.

Scotia UK has associations with Laerdal, Gaumard, Meti and most medical simulation-related manufacturers.

SMOTS UK AV Simulation Products

SMOTS UK’s mobile solution, the SMOTS Mobile Trolley, was developed in consultation with clinicians to provide a highly flexible healthcare simulation solution to be used when fixed cameras were inappropriate and ultimate mobility was required. With a solid, robust design, the Mobile Trolley has been engineered to perform in a wide variety of clinical simulation situations and environments. The product is even capable of being safely transported across a hospital car park.

Typically two or three SMOTS UK Mobile Trolley units will supplement the fixed installation in most facilities, but some healthcare simulation cameras can extend to 60 or more units. To use the units, users simply plug the Mobile Trolley into a power source, connect the unit to a network point (with the battery/wireless version there is no need to do this) and instantly they are connected to the main control center. This center is where video and two-way audio communication can be controlled by the user while they record. All images are displayed in real time.

With a number of innovative features, the SMOTS UK Mobile Trolley can be fitted with wireless radio microphones and optional vital signs/auxiliary inputs. Additionally, the camera is automatically height-adjustable and can pan, tilt and zoom remotely.

Another SMOTS UK product, the Fixed Solution, was developed to allow for the recording and instant playback during medical simulations. This solution is ideal for healthcare environments where an unobtrusive overview is required.

The Fixed Solution’s high-quality camera can be controlled remotely, allowing for a full and uninterrupted view of the events with two-way audio for real-time interaction and communication. The instant playback means lessons can be learned and progress can be made instantly.

The unobtrusive nature of the Fixed Solution camera allows for a more natural, less self-conscious interaction. This helps to create a more immersive role-playing simulation scenario while ensuring the highest levels of patient safety. Simulation technology has allowed the SMOTS UK Fixed Solution to serve as a vital complementary system.

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Lastly, the SMOTS UK In Situ Solution is a full-installation ready to fulfill all the functionality, flexibility and ease of use that is associated with the SMOTS brand. The SMOTS UK InSitu carry-on roller case is the ideal way to take SMOTS products to any environment the simulation technology is needed.

The roller case contains all the elements of a full SMOTS UK MobileTrolley, so all users need is somewhere to locate the camera, loudspeaker and microphone within their temporary setup. Further, safe storage makes the whole kit ready to use at a moment’s notice. Users can simply open the lid, plug in the camera, mic and speaker, and switch on the PC.

This new SMOTS UK solution provides users with three completely wireless cameras (full 1080p HD) and a patient monitor feed for connecting to a healthcare simulation manikin. The cameras have built-in high-fidelity simulation microphones and infrared illumination to allow use in complete darkness.

The 110-degree wide-angle lenses pick up every detail, which is then recorded in the SMOTS UK control center software (with the version 14 software). The cameras use 802.11 Wi-Fi protocols, which means that if the single access point is insufficient for some scenarios, the access point can be easy and inexpensive to extend. Learn more on the SMOTS UK website or read these articles below.

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