Simulation Spotlight
Jan. 14, 2015

High-risk scenario simulation useful for surgical residents
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
An interprofessional simulation of high-risk clinical scenarios is useful for surgical residents, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. Dr. Grace A. Nicksa, from the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and colleagues used the SimMan 3GS to simulate high-risk clinical scenarios followed by debriefings with real-time feedback to educate surgical residents in leadership, teamwork and effective communication during emergency surgical procedures.More

WHO:E-learning equal to traditional training for healthcare workforce
Training through electronic media and devices could help prepare more healthcare professionals, addressing possible shortages of doctors and nurses around the globe, according to a new review from the World Health Organization. The research, carried out by Imperial College London, reviewed studies and found that undergraduate students acquired knowledge and skills through online and offline e-learning as well as, or better than they do, through traditional teaching, according to an announcement.More

Manikin at Colorado hospital recreates lifelike birthing scenarios
Steamboat Today
When the delivery of a newborn baby goes smoothly, there is no happier spot on earth than the Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Yet each mother’s labor and delivery is unique, and hospital care teams must anticipate and be ready to respond to a variety of potential complications.More

Venture capital dollars pouring into digital health industry
Scott E. Rupp
enture funding played a large part in advancing the work of digital health companies in 2014, accounting for a record-breaking $4.1 billion in investments, according to startup accelerator Rock Health. The level of investment surpassed the total of the three previous years combined and representing 125 percent year-over-year growth from 2013.More

10 big tech trends in healthcare
Technology is transforming every aspect of the way we live. Perhaps no area is more important or more profound than the innovations we are seeing in healthcare. As the industry looks to leverage technology to increase access to information, drive better patient outcomes and unlock mysteries hidden in plain sight, it is facing the enormous challenges of privacy and security that are perhaps more worrisome in healthcare than in any other industry.More

How doctors detect heart abnormalities through sound
When the doctor places that cold stethoscope on your chest, she's listening for two distinct sounds – lub-DUB. "You can almost set your clock to what you are hearing," said internist Mary Ann Kuzma. "They are clear. They are crisp, and they are regular." Kuzma teaches the science of hearing heart sounds at Drexel University College of Medicine. That skill is called auscultation. Students also practice their auscultation skills at Drexel's Simulation Center, where technician Diana Alberti operates the high-tech dummy called SimMan.More

Future physicians benefit from early education in professional setting
Weill Cornell
Early exposure to a medical setting helps confirm students' interest in medicine and enhances their understanding of the life of a professional physician, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. Their commentary, published in November in Perspectives on Medical Education, advocates well-rounded education that equips undergraduate students with essential patient-care skills, such as history taking and physical examination, coupled with learning that is experienced through direct observation of physician-patient interactions, a practice known as physician shadowing.More

Simulations assist students with learning to deliver diagnoses
Aaron Franco's journey on a road that eventually led to a bed at Women's and Children's Hospital began when he was on vacation last winter in Washington, D.C. He'd had pain in his groin for a few weeks and had noticed a lump. His mind leapt to cancer, and he did some Googling to search for more information. More

Texas university to lead study defining nursing competency standards
University of Texas at Arlington via
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to lead a multi-institution study of clinical experience requirements for nursing school graduates. The research will involve more than 1,700 students over 30 months. In the end, the results will lead to a better understanding of the amount and nature of clinical experiences, or "clinical hours," needed for competency upon graduation. More

Making medical dummies less 'dumb'
Transforming the Nation's Healthcare
A group of industrial designers are ready to revolutionize the simulation technology used to train future doctors and nurses. The designers from the University of South Australia have lodged patent applications for a novel diagnostic tool that uses spatial augmented reality to project the appearance of disease, disorder or trauma onto the moving surface of medical manikins.More

Become a contributing writer
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Simulation Spotlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More