newsletter - june 29, 2017

I received a nice email Michelle Castleberry, who is part of a small team responsible for ALEX: the first patient communication simulator.

ALEX is comparatively quite unique to other simulators. He's 100% cloud connected, he has an HD camera in his right eye, he uses bluetooth tech for crystal clear sounds (anterior & posterior lungs, heart, and bowel), and he's integrated with Google Cloud Speech API for speech recognition (and then some of our engineering magic for speech response!).

Lifecast's website is now live:

Introducing a step change in realism for the medical training industry.
Lifecast Body Simulation is developing a range of high accurate and life like “bodies” which will transform the way medical training is both delivered and absorbed. Designed and produced in Great Britain to the highest quality, the range currently includes a newborn baby, toddler/child and adult male with a geriatric to follow later in 2017, all available in a wide range of ethnicity options.
Wow! Looks so real...

Wow! Looks so real...

Gaumard's Victoria Patient Simulator now comes with interactive eyes...

From their website:

Victoria’s new eye movement and automatic tracking features can illustrate signs of stress, stroke, head trauma, drug use, nerve impairment, and many other diseases and conditions.

  • Accommodation test: automatic horizontal tracking and manual vertical tracking
  • Strabismus: exotropia and esotropia
  • Nystagmus: eyeball twitching
  • Blepharospasm: eyelid twitching
  • Ptosis: eyelid droop
  • Realistic idle eye movement
  • Independent pupillary light reflex
  • Mydriasis: blown pupil
  • Anisocoria: unequal pupil sizes
  • Programmable blinking rate
  • Consensual pupillary light reflex
  • Real-time eye movement control via software joystick

I've mentioned Figure1 before, but wanted to remind people its a great place to get images and case ideas...



I just came across this useful site:

Welcome to the HomeGrown Simulation Solution area of the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) website. Created by education professionals to address tricky issues in simulation, HomeGrown Simulation Solutions comprises self-made items, creative adaptations to existing items, simulation recipes, and ideas that add to the suspension of disbelief in simulation. Each item includes objectives for use, ideas to integrate it into the curriculum, and step-by-step instructions that provide a roadmap for replication.

Saw this on the SUN forum - fill it out to win a chance at a prize!

Interested in influencing product development in the healthcare simulation industry? We are looking to gain insight into how the current market of simulation equipment is meeting your needs. If you can, please take this 20 min. or less International Simulation Survey to share your experience and influence the future of healthcare simulation product development. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple Watch, iPad Mini, or Echo Dot!
Make your voice heard and perhaps win a prize -- We sincerely appreciate your participation:

And last but not least, I will plug this article on sim and funding we just received to build a small high fidelity pod with control room, debrief room, sim room, skills/cadaver room. Exciting news for us.... with more to come.

Fourth-year resident, Dr. Samantha Jang-Stewart (left), participates in a simulation training exercise at the Simulation Bay at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. (RPM Productions)

Fourth-year resident, Dr. Samantha Jang-Stewart (left), participates in a simulation training exercise at the Simulation Bay at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. (RPM Productions)