Simulation Spotlight
Sep. 10, 2014

Doctor turns to 3-D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind
The Verge
Erin Mandeville was at a CVS buying medicine for her 5-month-old baby, Gabriel, last summer. Close to 4 p.m., she noticed her infant's eyes roll back in quick succession. It was the first of Gabriel's many episodes of infantile spasms that would follow. While Gabriel suffered from terrible seizures, known as mind erasers, doctors used a 3-D printed brain to pioneer a medical breakthrough and give him a normal life.More

Chicago Fire Department expands simulation training center goals
JEMS Mobile
Since it's inception in 2009, the Chicago Fire Department's simulation training center has provided countless hours of clinical experience and training to EMS and first responder providers throughout the city of Chicago. The STC is dedicated to a five-part mission: simulation, education, research, peer sharing and performance improvement.More

ER comes to life in ultrareal varsity lab
Times LIVE
Students at the University of Johannesburg say their new medical simulation laboratory has reignited their passion for their future professions in healthcare. "The lab is so lifelike. We will now look like we know what we are doing when we get into the real world," said third-year nursing student Nomzamo Caluza.More

Mayo Clinic turns to IBM's Watson to fill clinical trials
Mayo clinicians will leverage Watson's natural language processing and data analytics capabilities to quickly sift through millions of pages of clinical trial and patient data to match patients with appropriate clinical trials. More

Become a contributing writer
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 expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More

Surgeons won't use 3-D printing for 'lack of insurance'
Despite the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of a 3-D printed facial implant that can be used on patients needing facial reconstruction, many craniomaxillofacial surgeons still do not want to consider using 3-D printed devices due to lack of insurance, says an analyst at research and consulting firm GlobalData. More

What is the future of limb transplant surgery?
By Alan Kelsky
The ethics of transplanting life-saving organs such as the heart, lungs and liver from people who died in a trauma accident is well established. So are the life-saving gifts of a kidney or part of a liver from live donors. Without these extraordinary medical advances people die. But how do you feel about the harvesting of limbs, hands and feet for those who lost theirs in war, from accidents or illness? Is there a controversy about limb transplantation? More

Evolving EMS: Preventative care a focus in the field
The Sentinel
The tones go off in the station and a paramedic, emergency medical technician and chaplain jump into the ambulance, slamming the doors as the driver starts the truck and flips on the lights and sirens. Pulling carefully out into traffic, the ambulance and its passengers start the emergency trip to the scene of a call, navigating traffic as efficiently as possible.More

TEDMED Hive companies push limits of digital health innovation
MedCity News
Converting smartphones into cancer diagnostic tools, shrinking the size of vital-sign monitoring devices and helping people with impaired speech find their voice are a few examples of the innovative technology on show at TEDMED. With 78 companies pitching digital health innovation technologies between San Francisco and Washington as part of the Hive collection of startups, it's tough to capture the full scope of their goals and approaches to overcoming challenges in care delivery.More

Simulation helps medical trainees better understand poor patients
UB Reporter
For one eye-opening afternoon, University at Buffalo resident physicians and medical students got a small taste of the challenges and frustrations patients living in poverty or on a low income face every day. Forty family medicine residents and 15 medical students recently took part in a simulation exercise designed to give them a realistic idea of what it takes to make ends meet when financial resources are scarce.More