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Surgical Theater: Flight simulation technology helps surgeons prep for surgery
Before fighter pilots go into battle, they always do one thing first: practice.
Fortunately, flight simulators have long allowed pilots to train and rehearse their complex missions in advance, so as to limit the amount of surprises they might encounter along the way.
Never hurts to ask
The New York Times
Regarding the pain of others requires more than just a pair of eyes. It necessitates an act of the imagination: a willingness to think or feel oneself into the interior of another’s experience, to cross between what Susan Sontag once designated as the kingdoms of the sick and of the well. This kind of empathetic border crossing can be both difficult and dangerous, the sort of journey of which one might say: “I get across quickly because I’m headed in the right direction, by which I mean the wrong direction. I’m going where no one wants to stay.”
Online role playing tool helps pediatricians navigate the 'your child is overweight' talk
Uh oh. You started a reasonably pleasant conversation about a child’s health, but things went downhill fast has after the child’s mother reacted angrily to your advice about weight management. Now she’s leaving. This is just one scenario in a simulation platform health IT company Kognito developed to help physicians initiate challenging conversations. It’s the product of a two year collaboration it and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.
RN educators gain certification from Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Two distinguished simulation nurse educators from the South region were among the 16 international simulation educators awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in February, according to a news release. Both have had leadership roles in National League for Nursing initiatives related to the League’s support of simulation in nursing education.
Paralyzed men move legs following spinal shock treatment
Medical News Today
All four men were completely unable to move their legs before being implanted with the device, which sends the lower spinal cord a continuous electrical current similar to signals transmitted by the brain.
The treatment, called epidural stimulation, delivers an electrical current of varying frequency and intensity to specific parts of the lumbosacral spinal cord, which is connected to dense bundles of nerve fibers that control movement in the hips, knees, ankles and toes.
Hi-tech manikin provides training for medical emergencies
New Britain Herald
A demonstration of a computerized simulation manikin recently gave staff at Jefferson Housein Newington, a skilled nursing facility, a first look at the innovative technology that will give them hands-on training in potentially life-saving procedures.
The intensive education on the highly advanced model will provide staff with the experience to evaluate lifelike vital signs, including dilated pupils, pulse, breath rate, body temperature, oxygen saturation and other symptoms that could signal a medical emergency.
Overworked junior doctors missing out on CMT training
The Information Daily
Junior doctors find that the demands of the job leave no time for training, a survey jointly supported by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board and the Royal College of Physicianshas shown.
With responses from around a third of all junior doctors in the U.K., the study confirms that NHS funding pressures are directly affecting the quality and frequency of a new doctor’s training opportunities.
90 percent of respondents said that providing a service took up the vast majority of their time, leaving precious little time for training.
The clinic had sufficient capacity and staffing on September 1st, 2013, yet patients had unusually high waiting times. Multiple simulation scenarios show that a few small changes could have made a big difference for the clinic on that day. Download the white paper and see how.
How Google Glass is changing healthcare
Indiana Public Media
While looking for normal prescription eyeglasses online, Dr. Paul Szotek stumbled across Google Glass, a new wearable technology that displays information similar to a smartphone.
Szotek applied to be a beta tester for the new device. Then he waited for 6 months.
“I figured my story wasn’t good enough,” he says. “We told them what we would like to do with it in trauma surgery, we told them what we would like to do with it in general surgery and then ultimately last November I got an email from them and was asked to participate and I of course said yes.”
Delft training system for keyhole surgery provides greater insight into forces
Keyhole surgery is particularly difficult, so good training for surgeons is essential. Tim Horeman has improved several aspects of this training. He has demonstrated that force and motion measurements give an objective assessment of a surgeon's skills, and that direct feedback on the force applied enhances the learning effect. Keyhole surgery has a major advantage over 'normal' surgery, namely that it is less invasive for the patient.
South Dakota training program seeks to improve rural nursing
The South Dakota State University (SDSU) College of Nursing seeks to improve nursing care in rural settings through a three-year, $1.09 million grant from the Department of Health & Human Services, News-Medical reports.
SDSU researchers, including associate professor Lois Tschetter; Nancy Fahrenwald, dean and former associate dean for research; and instructor Paula Lubeck, have built a simulation lab to teach students nursing skills specific to rural settings.
Some EMTs could drop rank without training by July
The Associated Press via WMYO-TV
Time is running out for some of Indiana's emergency medical technicians to switch to an advanced certification level or risk dropping to a lower rank under new state rules.
Some EMTs and state lawmakers believe the change could make it easier for Indiana's EMTs to find work in other states and better equip them to treat patients. But they say challenges in transitioning to the advanced rank will mean some technicians won't be able to use all of the skills they've been practicing for decades.
Realistic simulation showcases dangers of distracted driving
Though the scenario was a simulation, students at a Utah school were shown firsthand how serious and even grisly the scene of an accident caused by distracted driving can be.
The Wasatch County Safe Kids Coalition teamed up with a variety of emergency response agencies and visited Wasatch High School to put on a very realistic looking representation of the consequences of distracted driving.
Brownback job-training initiative draws praise
Kansas Health Institute
Ashley Gaeddert is a senior at Newton High School who, like hundreds of others across the state, is getting a head start on a career in medicine thanks to a new state training program.
Gaeddert has participated in six, five-hour clinical sessions while training for her Certified Nurse’s Aide certification at local long-term care centers. With that experience under her belt, she said, she plans to attend nursing school after graduation with a leg up in the field thanks to the training she received through Hutchinson Community College while still a student at Newton High.
Award winning action training systems releases emergency medical technician training series
As our emergency responders put their lives on the line, a high degree of training is crucial — not only for the patients they serve, but for their own safety as well. Action Training Systems (ATS) is releasing a series of competency-based EMT courses to prepare our responders for real-life emergencies where seconds count.
The new EMS series provides up-to date, skill- based training that demonstrates assessment and care for a variety of medical and trauma related emergencies.
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Massachusetts awards healthcare training grants
The Associated Press via WWLP-TV
Massachusetts has awarded almost $2 million in grants to help train healthcare workers to improve service and cut costs.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grants to 51 organizations across the state to help them assess how to prepare workers for careers in the 21st century economy.
The recipients may work with hospitals, community centers, and educational institutions to create new ways to deliver healthcare and train workers to meet new demands on the industry.
Nursing students act out real scenarios
Shannon Galgay looked small and scared in her hospital gown.
Huddled in a wheelchair and flanked by a pair of nurses wearing red-and-black scrubs, Galgay contemplated her bleak future. She had been re-diagnosed with leukemia at age 17, and likely had only months to live. She shared her fears, anxieties and frustrations with the nurses.
College students getting medical training at Donovan state prison
Mission Times Courier
Three times a week, for eight hours a day, San Diego Mesa College student Misty Herrera works with patients providing blood-pressure checks, vaccinations and electrocardiograms at a local clinic as she puts in the hours needed before she can become a registered medical assistant. But unlike thousands of other future medical assistants, Herrera is getting her training on prisoners at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa, Calif., through a groundbreaking partnership between the prison and the college.
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