Simulation Spotlight
Jun. 3, 2015

Robotic anesthesia pushes surgery into a new era
Joan Spitrey
A new automated anesthesia delivery machine is challenging the way we look at anesthesia delivery. The Sedasys Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System administers a propofol infusion to patients undergoing colonoscopy and espophagogastroduodenoscopy procedures without the direct oversight of an anesthesia provider. The use of propofol for such procedures has been gaining momentum and has become a frequently preferred medication. The effects are quick, and the time for the medication to wear off is also quick, making it highly desired in procedure areas.More

Job-sharing with nursing robots
Toyohashi University of Technology via ScienceDaily
Given the aging of the population and the low birthrate both in Japan and elsewhere, healthcare professionals are in short supply and unevenly distributed, giving rise to a need for alternatives to humans for performing simple tasks. Although increasing numbers of medical institutions have introduced electronic medical records, a variety of issues remain unresolved, such as the inconvenience of data recording and the high costs associated with data input.More

Formula 1 technology is being used to make better surgeons
McLaren, based in Woking, U.K., is one of the biggest names in F1 but is now using their know-how in real-time data to help surgeons. Dr. Caroline Hargrove came to McLaren 18 years ago and is now Technical Director of McLaren Applied Technologies, a subsidiary of the McLaren Technology Group. Hargrove explains that hundreds of sensors go into F1 race cars and stream torrents of live data to engineers far away in Woking, helping them make real-time decisions to optimize race strategy. But MAT is now applying this expertise to surgery – a profession where seconds also matter.More

Looking to get published this year?
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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Meet improbable, the startup building the world's most powerful simulations
Every Friday just after lunch, the video game developers at Bossa Studios in London's East End take a break from all the coding to try out their own work. This spring they were putting the finishing touches on Worlds Adrift, a so-called massively multiplayer online role-playing game in which thousands of people floated across a virtual sky on ships, attacking one another. They were hoping to build the next World of Warcraft, an MMORPG that grossed more than $1 billion last year.More

3 exciting innovations that impact the EMS community
Mark Huber
There has been lots of news on the technology front in the last few weeks. Here is a look at three innovative ideas that will aid those who work in emergency medical services.More

Can video games solve public health problems?
The objective of the Internet-based "Re-Mission 2" games is simple: kill cancer. The games – six in all – arm players with weapons like "chemo bombs" and antibiotics to fight the leukemia monster, destroy bacteria, rescue healthy cells and annihilate tumors, all while collecting points and conquering levels. And for players who are battling cancer themselves, winning in the virtual world could have profound implications for their health in the real one. More

New Hampshire helicopter crash simulation helps prepare for catastrophe
The Union Leader
The recent simulated helicopter crash in Nashua, New Hampshire, provided emergency responders, hospital staff and firefighters an opportunity to test their limits under pressure. Dozens of people participated in the drill atop Southern New Hampshire Medical Center's parking garage, where a Boston Med Flight crew acted out an attempt to transfer a patient where they experienced engine trouble and then pretended to crash on the helipad. More

Exploding myths about learning through gaming
If you had to pick the most promising — and possibly most overhyped — education trends of the last few years, right up there with the online college courses known as MOOCs would almost certainly rank this one: Game-based learning shall deliver us to the Promised Land! But between hype and hating lies the nuanced discoveries of veteran education reporter — and former teacher — Greg Toppo. "What looks like a 21st-century, flashy, high-tech way to keep kids entertained is in fact a tool that taps into an ancient way to process, explore and understand the world," he writes in his new book "The Game Believes In You."More