Simulation Spotlight
Jul. 18, 2013

Health Robotics' i.v.Station Robots help facilitate patient safety while reducing costs
While loosely resembling new-age vending machines, Health Robotics' i.v.Station Robots have helped to facilitate patient safety, reliability and reduced costs in hospitals across Florida. In an industry where attention to detail is vital, human error continues to be erased as these new machines prove the immense benefits and reduced risk they provide in the development of mixed pharmaceuticals and intravenous solutions.More

SSH Interest Groups are growing!
The Emergency Medical Services Affinity Group is the latest addition. To get involved in an interest group visit

Simulation center gives nurses an edge
In a quiet room, five nursing students examine a 60-year-old man in a hospital gown. After they have taken his history, one listens to his lungs and heart with a stethoscope. The students, in the University of Minnesota's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, are learning to become family nurse practitioners. The simulation with the actor is just one of many that give nursing students hands-on, worry-free practice in the School of Nursing's new Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center. More

Is there a role for EHR simulation in medical training?
Healthcare Informatics
OHSU pilot study with simulated EHR finds error recognition rate of only 41 percent, suggesting clinicians could use more training On July 1, the Department of Health & Human Services unveiled a patient safety plan in response to calls for health IT to play a greater role in reducing medical errors. Central to the effort is the push to establish mechanisms that facilitate incident reporting among users and developers of health IT.More

Mobile Medical Unit comes north
Prince George Free Press
When British Columbia's Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) makes its first trip to northern B.C., paramedic and nursing students from two post-secondary institutes will come together to practice their skills in a joint medical simulation. Student volunteers from the Primary Care Paramedic program from Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and third and fourth year B.Sc. nursing students from the University of Northern BC (UNBC) will utilize the MMU, (a unique 12-bed mini hospital on wheels), to participate in medical simulations taking place Thursday, July 18.More

Medical training goes holographic
First day at medical school? No problem. Just pull that guy's heart out of his chest. Don't do it with a live person – that's typically frowned upon by the courts. And don't even bother with a cadaver — those can cost $5,000 to $10,000, each. Instead, advances in technology mean you can now turn to the virtual human and pull the heart out in a 3-D, holographic environment.More

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Simulation-based training for thoracoscopy
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
An increasing proportion of thoracic procedures are performed using video-assisted thoracic surgery. This minimally invasive technique places special demands on the surgeons. Using simulation-based training on artificial models or animals has been proposed to overcome the initial part of the learning curve. This study aimed to investigate the effect of simulation-based training and to compare self-guided and educator-guided training.More

Bacteria, burden and bundles: How copper metal surfaces enhance patient safety
Infection Control Today
With increasing frequency the use of bundled interventions have been found to be effective for the control of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) in hospital. However, lower CLABSIs infections rates were only seen when compliance with the bundle was high. Evidence continues to mount demonstrating the effectiveness of copper surfaces to continuously limit the concentration of bacteria responsible for these infections within the built environment. Recently it was shown that risk mitigation of the environmental burden resulted in a concomitant mitigation of the HAI rates for patients treated in rooms with strategically placed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.More

Welcome to the newest member of the SSH Board of Directors
Director at Large, Hyun Soo Chung, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Chung is from Seoul Korea where he is in charge of the simulation training curriculum at Yonsei University Clinical Simulation CenterMore

3 ways to help your healthcare clients get over the fear of new IT
Around the globe, hospitals, clinics and medical practices are scrambling to adopt increasingly complex health information technology systems. While medical chief information officers evaluate a lush offering of sophisticated technological advances, they still face the challenge of dealing with old-fashioned human resistance to change.More

Electronic medical records may boost patient safety
Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology who leads the federal government's efforts to have doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records. The goal is to make sure the medical practices are using those systems well, and that those IT systems talk to each other to make medicine more efficient.More

Academia at SGH campus to open its doors on July 20
Channel NewsAsia
A mini-hospital in The Academia - designed to give medical, nursing and allied health staff hands-on training - has been set up at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) campus. The facility, which houses SGH's pathology services as well as research laboratories and education facilities, will open its doors on July 20.More