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: newsletter - november 24, 2013

I'm currently looking for sim work in Canada, so if you have any leads please let me know!

Smooth-On is having a workshop in Toronto on December 3rd:

Medical Simulation Training with Silicone Hands-On Workshop -
A full-day hands-on workshop which will focus on material knowledge and medical simulation training using Smooth-On silicones. These materials allow you to make your own hyper realistic suture pads, injection pads, wound effects and more. Course instruction will be provided by a Smooth-On medical simulation specialist. Smooth-On has supplied material knowledge and training to centers such as UCLA, Drexel University, Boston Children's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Shands Hospital amongst others across the USA. This course will reveal the significant savings that can be realized by making your own low-cost, long-lasting reusable simulation devices vs. buying commercially available products.

You can find out more / register for the workshop here.
Below are some videos on what you can expect to be learning...

Making Your Own Silicone Suture Training Pads.

Make Your Own Needle Insertion Training Pads.

Making Your Own Suturable Vessels.

Here is a great product overview of Simulab's CentraLineMan by Lance at newsletter - november 12, 2013 #simulation

- I've made a change to the site. I got rid of the equipment section and replaced it with a dedicated moulage section. I think it will be easier to maintain and from what I hear a new review site of equipment is in the works... it should do a better job then I ever could. More on that when it is launched.

- Part 4, the final installment of Theatrical Blood Effects for Realistic Casualty Simulation by Military Moulage is up!

- Got this the other day, thought I would pass it along

The Board Members  of the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare have launched the CNSH website and are inviting you to join this Canadian community of simulation enthusiasts and experts. Please visit the website at and become a member and complete the survey which has been developed to provide us with information that will better serve the simulation community in Canada.

- Have you made any modifications in your lab? Maybe share it at The Tech Mod Showcase that will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2013 at IMSH.
Find out more here:

- I snagged this from Michael Young's Google+ page:

Do you use multiple keyboards for each of your simulation control stations?  Even if you have two or more laptops, would you like consolidate to one physical keyboard and mouse?  This video demonstrates one way you resolve this problem.

- This is neat...  from SynDaver Labs newsletter - march 24, 2013


Hi everyone... keeps growing, slowly but surely. There are some new Scenarios, XRAYs, ECGs, and moulage instruction downloads so check them out if they can be of use.

Also wanted to give a big thank you to Lance at for the mention. Check out his great site!

simSTAFF Survey

Jason Irving of simSTAFF is collating a "Pulse of the Simulation Industry" Survey to help their clients attract and retain the best quality candidates. If you are passionate about the Simulation Industry please complete the confidential survey here...

The SSH has started a program to certify Simulation Technicians/Specialists.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) announces the initial stage of the program to certify Simulation Technicians/Specialists has begun. Following the successful launch of the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) in 2012, work has begun to develop this new healthcare simulation certification program. Read more…


The International Pediatric Simulation Society

International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops (IPSSW)

April 23-25, 2013

New York City, NY

The meeting will cover a broad set of topics related to the art and the science of simulation-based education and training applied to pediatric/perinatal medicine. More here...

Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine

19th Annual International Meeting of the SESAM

June 12-15, 2013

Paris, France

This meeting will be an outstanding occasion for the SESAM to gather simulation users from all over Europe, but also to a larger extent from other continents, and exchange about scientific, educational, and many others aspects of Simulation in Healthcare. More here...

uman Patient Simulation Network (HPSN)

HPSN World 2013

June 30-July 2, 2013

Our largest and most comprehensive event, HPSN World brings together healthcare simulation experts and novices from around the globe to share best practices and see new simulation technologies.  HPSN World 2013 will be in San Francisco, and it's a must  for everyone who wants to optimize their simulation learning environment and see the latest in healthcare simulation technology. More here...

Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (simGHOSTS)

August 6-9, 2013

San Antonio, Texas

An annual meeting and online resource website to provide the growing number of Sim Techs from around the world with the hands-on training and knowledge they need to successfully operate and maintain medical simulation labs. More here...

SimTecT 2013

September 16-20, 2013

Queensland, Australia

Simulation Australia, the national body for those working in simulation in Australia, will bring together the SimTecT 2013 and SimHealth 2013 conferences for the first time in 9 years. This exciting joint conference will explore the concept of "Crossing Boundaries". More here...

Asia-Pacific Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare

Shanghai, China

October 24-27, 2013

We are excited to present 3 key content tracks: faculty development, curriculum integration, and research and development. Within each of these tracks you will find both general as well as specifically focused content. More here...

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

Simulation Summit

November 8-9, 2013

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Royal College invites all health care professionals to experience the latest innovations in simulation-focused learning, research and practice at the 2013 Simulation Summit. More here...


Some great Sim at Southeast Arkansas College...
The Secretion-based Nasal Obstruction Trainer (SNOT)...
I love these CPR ads...
Here is a good new one...
A cool vintage moulage kit...

That's it for now... but please get in touch if you have any comments, suggestions, or content that I could add.
Happy Sims...