Simulation Spotlight
Aug. 5, 2015

NICU simulation lab sees continuous improvement
Healthcare Design
The Institute for Patient-Centered Design's 2013 design competition set out to advance neonatal intensive care unit environments, and results of the effort are still going strong. It started with a challenge to the design community to develop a solution that would enable parents to remain in the NICU with their babies 24 hours a day.More

Research uses virtual reality technology to train dental surgery
Medical News Today
A University of Huddersfield researcher is harnessing the very latest virtual reality technology to train surgeons. The project aims to provide accurate graphical visualizations of human anatomy and surgical procedures via state-of-the-art headsets. Indian-born Yeshwanth Pulijala is a fully qualified dental surgeon. During his own training he was confronted by the problem of poor visualization in the operating room. More

The impact of health IT on workflow
Scott E. Rupp
A new report, "Examining the Relationship Between Health IT and Ambulatory Care Workflow Redesign," by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality examines the enhanced understanding of the causal relationship between health information technology implementation and ambulatory care workflow redesign; sociotechnical factors and the role they play in mitigating or augmenting health IT's impacts on workflow; and the workflow impacts of health IT magnified through frequently occurring disruptive events, such as interruptions and exceptions.More

Medical education funding faces physician shortage problems
Healthcare Finance
As the programs turn 50, Medicare and Medicaid's long role in funding medical education is finding itself stretched thin by looming nursing and physician shortages. In 2012, taxpayers contributed $15 billion to support residency training, with $9.7 billion coming from Medicare and $3.9 billion from Medicaid. But in the coming years, $15 billion may not be enough. More

1st 3-D printed drug gets FDA approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a drug that uses 3-D printing technology, paving the way for potential customization of drugs to suit patients' needs. The drug, made by privately held Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Co., was approved for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of epilepsy, the company said.More

3 rules to follow when buying a simulation weapons training system
Investing in a virtual weapons training system can be a complex process as there are countless options available depending on your agency's needs. A simulation system can range from $35,000 and up, and may be used for military, defense and security, federal and international law enforcement, SWAT, metropolitan training academies and other applications. Each system also has its own set of unique features.More

Doctors report patient safety often at risk in ER to inpatient hand-off
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Physicians report that patient safety is often at risk during the emergency department admission hand-off process due to ineffective communication. The findings were published online July 22 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Christopher J. Smith from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in Omaha, and colleagues surveyed resident, fellow and faculty physicians directly involved in admission hand-offs from emergency medicine and five medical admitting services at a 627-bed tertiary care academic medical center.More

The key to building cohesive nursing teams
Keith Carlson
Nursing teams have the potential to be dynamic and powerful entities, and creating and maintaining them is a process worthy of considerable attention. When we think of teams, our minds may quickly consider the notion of an athletic team as a prime example. A sports team trains together, travels together and competes as a coordinated unit whose mission is to act as a collective entity.More

Bedside manner: Why it's important and how you can improve
Locum Tenens Daily
Many would agree that etiquette is arguably one of the most vital factors in establishing a successful healthcare career. This field involves many personal interactions with a variety of people, and in a medical setting, healthcare professionals can easily set the tone for interactions with both patients and visitors alike. More

Seton Healthcare creates mannequins to test intrauterine surgery
Looking for a better way to train, doctors and nurses at Seton Healthcare asked members of its Innovation and Technology team five years ago to invent something that would help them simulate everything from sonography to intrauterine surgery. The team produced one lifelike device that now has a U.S. patent. What appears to be your typical sonogram setting is anything but, because the mom is a mannequin — but not just any mannequin.More

GP fatigue a 'risk' to patient safety, warns RCGP
Health Canal
Fatigue among overworked GPs is becoming so prevalent that it could jeopardize patient safety on a widespread scale unless urgent action is taken to address this, the Royal College of General Practitioners warns. The RCGP says that unlike professionals working in other "safety critical" sectors, such as aviation or the oil and gas industries, GPs cannot sound a "distress signal" when they are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with fatigue – and this could have a negative and potentially disastrous impact on their ability to deliver safe patient care.More