Simulation Spotlight
Oct. 15, 2014

Research grant opportunity
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare is offering up to two $5,000 grants to support health-related simulation-based pilot studies carried out by Principal Investigators who have fewer than five years of experience in simulation-based research endeavors. Research representing appropriate quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method approaches are equally welcome. We seek novel studies that have strong potential for a positive impact on healthcare delivery processes and outcomes through, for example, education, assessment, usability testing or system integrationMore

5th Annual Serious Games & Virtual Environments Arcade & Showcase
The SG/VE Arcade and Showcase provides an environment where users of virtual and game-based technology can collaborate and network with students, clinicians, educators and startups, as well as small and large established companies.More

CDC will offer more Ebola training to healthcare workers
The New York Times
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the agency would take new steps to help hospital workers protect themselves, providing more training and urging hospitals to run drills to practice dealing with potential Ebola patients. In response to the news that a health care worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola, a spokeswoman said the agency would also issue more specific instructions and explanations for putting on and removing protective equipment and would urge nurses and doctors to enlist a co-worker or "buddy" to watch them do so.More

New app helping medical students diagnose quickly in ER
By Stephanie McKenzie
There is a new app that is making emergency medicine a lot easier for residents and interns on the floor. The Basics of Emergency Medicine app by the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association is currently only available on iPhones, but it is already proving to be an invaluable tool to emergency medicine interns and residents across the country. The Basics of EM app is meant to give residents and interns access to a quick, easy clinical guide to dealing with up to 20 of the most common complaints seen in the ER. Young medical students are already finding it to be their "go-to" tool for nearly everything they do at work.More

Rethinking robotic surgery
Healthcare Finance News
Among a variety of high-risk, high-reward investments for health systems, robotic surgery is emerging as a technology with lots of promise as well as conflicting evidence. Now that the Great Recession is behind and fears of the Affordable Care Act have eased, some clinical and finance leaders are ready to make big investments, including in robotic surgery, which since its inception with prostate cancer treatment has been expanded to other areas of oncology, as well as gynecology and cardiology.More

Meet the virtual patients training real doctors
Like a flight simulator for doctors, i-Human presents cases as complicated, hands-on puzzles that require real medical skills to figure out. There is minimal guidance or hand-holding, leaving students to make hundreds of little decisions and conduct tests as they would when diagnosing a real sick person. "A patient shows up in your office, and that's it. That's real life. You need to start asking questions," said Norm Wu, CEO of i-Human.More

Fake Ebola patients help hospitals prepare for next case
Bloomberg Businessweek
Don't let what happened in Dallas happen here. That's the watchword at U.S. hospitals after Ebola-infected Thomas Eric Duncan was sent home from a Dallas emergency room for two days, only to return in an ambulance and then, 10 days later, die in an intensive care isolation unit. "This is my entire job now," said Michelle Peninger, system director of infection control at Inova Health System, which has five hospitals in northern Virginia, referring to Ebola preparation. "It's all I do every day."More

Medical professionals take part in C-section mobile simulation labs
The number of C-sections doctors are performing on pregnant women is on the rise across the country. Recently, South Carolina doctors and nurses at Grand Strand Medical Center received a hands-on lesson on how to minimize the growing number of procedures. Professionals from Palmetto Health in Columbia were on site with a mobile simulation lab to provide very realistic training. More

Nurses need adequate training on new devices, healthcare tech
Modern Healthcare
Nurses must be given adequate training on new products and devices as the work they do becomes more integrated with health information technology, nursing leaders and technology experts say. Also, care must be taken to make sure technology doesn't take too much attention away from the patient, they noted. "Nurses probably enter and see the largest amount of data that's put into the electronic health record," Pam Cipriano, American Nurses Association president, said in an interview with Modern Healthcare.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