Simulation Spotlight
Jun. 17, 2015

2016 board of directors — Call for Nominations
The SSH Nominations Committee is seeking nominations of individuals to serve in open leadership positions. We need thoughtful individuals to join our board of directors to lead and guide the Society. You may nominate yourself or any SSH member as long as the nominee meets the requirements for the position.More

CHSE Exam Prep Workshops
Gain the confidence and knowledge you need to become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator by attending the Society for Simulation in Healthcare's new CHSE Exam Preparation Workshop held in Sim Centers throughout the U.S. Led by well-known, experienced simulation experts, this one-day course provides essential information on pursuing certification.More

Computer brain surgery simulation is genuinely gelatinous
Popular Science
When you look at a diagram or model of the brain, everything looks to be in its place. Long-term memories are stored in the prefrontal cortex, the cerebellum takes care of balance, the parietal lobe integrates sensory information. But when neurosurgeons slice into the squishy mess that is your brain in order to do things like take out tumors, there are no such labels. The Toronto-based technology company Synaptive Medical has developed a synthetic brain on which surgeons can practice before trying the real thing, according to an article published on Motherboard.More

Simulation lab in Ohio to train VA health workers, others
The Associated Press via Washington Times
A new $3.3 million simulation laboratory will train thousands of VA health workers and others in the state at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in southwest Ohio. The Dayton VA Medical Center also has rolled out a $1 million mobile training laboratory that is a one-of-a-kind facility within the VA's nationwide hospital and clinic network, VA officials said June 12. More

High-tech monitors, cool gadgets help spark a healthcare revolution
USA Today
As the world becomes more digitized, the healthcare industry is racing to keep up, sparking an explosion of new digital technology geared to improving patient care. Most visible to patients is the move to electronic medical records by doctors and hospitals in an effort to streamline record-keeping and meet federal guidelines. But that's only one of dozens of new tech advances that are designed to make life better for the ill, elderly and disabled.More

Beyond games, Oculus virtual reality headset finds medical uses
To help treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, Jennifer Patterson turned to a gadget typically associated with video games: the virtual reality headset from Oculus, a company Facebook Inc. bought for $2 billion last year. Patterson, an engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, studied a software used on the prototype of the head-mounted display that creates virtual settings, such as a Middle Eastern-themed city or desert road, that soldiers would otherwise avoid, as a way to help them recover from their PTSD.More

Study describes simulation use, or lack thereof, in EMS education
Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Think back to the roots of your EMS education. No matter when it was, there were probably manikins. From a simple CPR trainer to today's high-fidelity manikins, the face of EMS education is evolving to include a focus on simulation because it provides consistency and creates clinical opportunities to assess and treat patients who students may not see during their clinical rotations. Despite this great potential, it's important to characterize the current use of simulation in EMS education before the profession can move forward in studying and developing best practices for the use of simulation. More

Military rescuers train with next-gen medical simulator
Military Times
Some of the simulated victims at June's combat search and rescue exercise Angel Thunder 2015 were students from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Other victims weren't human at all. They were medical simulators so advanced that rescuers can hear "breathing, heart beating, hear lung sounds, hear heart sounds; they can feel their pulses," said Benjamin Stobbe, who helped oversee the training. "If they have a head injury, we can make their pupils unequal."More

Human performance — 'Where's the beef?'
Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
Remember the Wendy's commercial "Where's the beef?" For those too young to remember (after all, its heyday was 30 years ago), check out the video above. Human performance can be compared to a sandwich with the "beef" being the heart of productivity — the employees. The top of the sandwich is senior management, and the bottom is the supervisors.More

Health officials tell US doctors to watch for MERS
The Associated Press via ABC News
Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 11 reminded doctors to ask patients with severe respiratory illness if they recently traveled.More

Nurses turning to smartphones for clinical advice
Healthcare IT News
"The hospital gets very busy and there isn't always someone available to bounce ideas off of," said one nurse, responding to a recent poll that found that a whopping 88 percent of RNs consult with their mobile devices at work. "It's often easier to get the information needed using my smartphone." A "microsurvey" from Boston-based market research firm InCrowd found that 95 percent of nurses responding to its poll owned a smartphone – and 88 percent used smartphone apps in their daily nursing work.More