newsletter - september 09, 2014

OK - back to updates after a few months off. Please send me an email if you have any information to share.

Arielle Glenn emailed me about a great new site she and David Escobar started called Sim360. From their about page:

We are founded on the belief that for every one person who shares medical knowledge and experiences, many will benefit. By providing the medical simulation community with the resources for technical, operational, and administrative support, Sim360 strives to spread that benefit as far as possible. The best part is, our support system is available completely free of charge. We seek to bridge the gap between simulation vendors, support providers and the users they service – we believe that the entire medical simulation world can be “do it yourself”. Sim360 targets simulation centers with minimal to no funding left to pay for new products, let alone maintain the products they currently own, and works collaboratively with professionals across the nation to support and troubleshoot the center’s issues. Sim360 values community above all, and seeks to inspire collaborative teamwork between medical simulation experts everywhere.

Go check them out here:

I'm not totally familiar with their line but looks like CAE has a new birthing simulator - Fedilis. She can be used as a birthing simulator, or as an adult female. Watch the video for more info, or check out their website here:

Also just noticed they have a nice document site:
"The Documentation section is designed to be your archive of learning materials for our products and patient simulation. Here you will find everything from the content of CAE Healthcare’s Learning Applications with sample SCEs to orientation guidelines, programming tips and other useful resources."
Check it out here:

Check this out: someone just introduced me to this great simulation link -
From the 'About' page:

"My name is Cyle Sprick. I am a paramedic, a biomedical engineer, and the director of the clinical simulation unit in the school of medicine at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. This blog is a public forum where I intend to share my thoughts about simulation in healthcare education, particularly technical musings. I sometimes tell people that when I’m working on one of our manikins that “this is true plastic surgery”, hence the name of this blog."

sonosim livescan

This looks cool... SonoSim LiveScan instantly transforms healthy volunteers or mannequins into ultrasound training cases with real pathologic conditions. Apply SonoSim LiveScan Tags to designated anatomic locations on either volunteers or mannequins. The Tags serve as ultrasound scanning windows. Read more about it here:

Jani Wallenius wrote me from Finland to introduce me to Nordic Simulators. They specialize in Sim Center design and debriefing video solutions. Check out more about them here:

Military Moulage has released part 4 of there blood series: Theatrical Blood Effects for Realistic Casualty Simulation: Part 4

Check out their great tutorials!

Some news from the Halldale group:

3D Systems has completed the acquisition of Simbionix for $120 million in cash.
3D Systems says the combination of Simbionix's 3D surgical simulation and training tools with 3D Systems' clinical capabilities in planning and instrumenting for complex personalized surgical procedures and 3D printed implants and patient-specific medical devices will accelerate the creation of a personalized healthcare platform that extends from the training room to the operating room.
Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3DS Systems says acquiring Simbionix extends the company’s “first mover advantage in the fast growing field of 3D printing enabled personalized medicine," complements its healthcare offerings and enhances its “seamless digital thread for patient-specific healthcare.” He said, “From the training room to the operating room, we are developing the digital thread for personalized medicine."

And more from them:

NCSBN Study:
A study by the National Council of State Boards’ (NCSBN) National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education found substituting high-quality simulation experiences for up to half of traditional clinical hours produces comparable educational outcomes to those students whose experiences are mostly just traditional clinical hours and produces new graduates that are ready for clinical practice.
The study found substituting high-quality simulation experiences for up to half of traditional clinical hours produces comparable educational outcomes to those students whose experiences are mostly just traditional clinical hours and produces new graduates that are ready for clinical practice.
The longitudinal study included incoming nursing students from 10 prelicensure programs across the U.S. who were randomly placed in one of three study groups:
 Control group (traditional clinical where up to 10 percent of clinical time was allowed in simulation)
 25 percent simulation in place of traditional clinical hours
 50 percent simulation in place of traditional clinical hours
The study began in the 2011 fall semester with the first clinical nursing course and continued throughout the core clinical courses to graduation in May 2013. Students were assessed on clinical competency and nursing knowledge and they provided ratings on how well they perceived their learning needs were met in both the clinical and simulation environments. A total of 666 students completed the study requirements at the time of graduation.
The study found that up to 50 percent simulation was effectively substituted for traditional clinical experience in all core courses across the prelicensure nursing curriculum, but did not affect NCLEX pass rates.
Participants were followed into their first six months of clinical practice – and the study found no meaningful differences between the groups in critical thinking, clinical competency and overall readiness for practice as rated by managers at six weeks, three months and six months after working in a clinical position.
The full report is available as a supplement to the Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR) and can be accessed from the NCSBN website.


I received an email saying the AliveCor IPhone 4/4s heart monitor is on sale for $59.99 down from $199.99. Check out more here if you are interested: