Simulation Spotlight
Apr. 2, 2014

2 graduates of National League for Nursing gain advanced certification from Society for Simulation in Healthcare
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Dr. Susan Gross Forneris and Dr. Lorrie Wong, both of whom completed the National League for Nursing's Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators in 2010, were among the 16 international simulation educators awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in San Francisco last month. Also among the award recipients were three distinguished simulation nurse educators who have had leadership roles in NLN initiatives related to the League's support of simulation in nursing education: Dr. Mindi Anderson, Maureen Tremel and Dr. Linda Wilson.More

ATEC game wins first place at medical simulation conference
The University of Texas at Dallas
A collaborative game-based simulation project between University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington and Baylor Scott & White Health that seeks to improve physician-nurse communication received first place at a serious games competition at the 14th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). A panel of judges selected GLIMPSE (A Game to Learn Important Communications Methods for Patient Safety Enhancement) for top honors in the Faculty Category of the IMSH Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase and Arcade, the world's largest conference on simulation in healthcare.More

London healthcare students try 'age simulation suit'
Healthcare students at a London university are being given a new insight in an aim to make them better at their future jobs. They have been using what is called an "age simulation suit" — which simulates many of the conditions older people have to contend with every day. More

Good news and bad news for proponents of ICD-10 delay
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
It's déjà vu all over again for the healthcare field. Except this time it's a twofer. With the passing of H.R. 4302, known as the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, on March 31, Congress delayed a permanent fix to the sustainable growth rate payment formula for a 17th time. And ICD-10 was delayed for a fourth time. The only step needed to make both delays a reality is a signature from President Barack Obama. The ICD-10 delay was especially surprising, and disappointing, to many industry leaders.More

Medical training becomes more realistic
Maj. Gen David Puster, commanding general of the 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Kent., told his subordinate training division leaders at the command's Senior Leaders Workshop at Fort Knox Feb. 7-9, that the 84th TC or "railsplitters" should take the training of units to the "gold standard and beyond." The railsplitters are the gold standard for training because units training at their exercises undergo very realistic training as if they were deployed. Coincidentally, at the command's second exercise of Fiscal Year 2014, Army Reserve Medical Command Soldiers, U.S. Navy Assets and Canadian forces trained on something for the first time. It was the Human-Worn Partial-Task Surgical Simulator dubbed the "cut suit."More

US Army examining next-gen augmented reality 'live synthetic' simulations
Modern warfare is sometimes compared to a video game, but within ten years combat training may become the most realistic video game imaginable. The US Army’s Future Holistic Training Environment Live Synthetic program is a new approach to combat training that integrates various simulations into a single, remotely accessible system. Used on bases across the country, its goal is to provide the Pentagon with a cheaper, more effective way of training soldiers for future military operations.More

Web-based simulation software extends reach of TEEX emergency management training
Texas A&M Engineering
The unique computer simulation training tool, designed for classes held on-site at the Emergency Operations Training Center in College Station, Texas, is going mobile. A new web-based version of the Emergency Management*Exercise System (EM*ES) proprietary simulation software will allow the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to take some advanced incident command and Emergency Operations Center classes on the road. More

As health system complexities rise, a new industry emerges
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
If you want to learn about the complexities of the modern healthcare delivery system, there's no better person to ask than a physician. Their familiarity with the bureaucracy and tough patient choices associated with medical care is driving many out of clinical practice. And now it's causing some to look into a developing industry that has emerged. As patients now face more choices and assume more financial responsibility for their care than ever before, the navigator concept is emerging as a mainstream industry that is spreading across almost every medical discipline.More

Patient safety still at risk with surgical residents' exhausting 80-hour workweeks
Medical Daily
A new study suggests the 80-hour-per-week cap still deprives residents of valuable sleep, putting patient safety in jeopardy. Working 80 hours a week — or 16-hour days — may sound like torture to those not donning a white coat, but it's actually a reduction from standards of the past.More

Interprofessional healthcare takes center stage at universities, academic institutions
Interprofessional healthcare is more than a buzzword or a trend. The team-based approach is now a guiding principle at academic and healthcare training organizations and patient-centered medical home models, and what's more, it's the way of the future, according to Dr. Bruce Gould, associate dean for primary care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center. More