Simulation Spotlight
Dec. 4, 2013

Grant opportunity for simulation research
Wilkes University
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is interested in funding a diverse set of projects that develop, test and evaluate various simulation approaches for the purpose of improving the safe delivery of healthcare. As a training technique, simulation exposes individuals and teams to realistic clinical challenges through the use of mannequins, task trainers, virtual reality, standardized patients or other forms and allows participants to experience in real-time the consequences of their decisions and actions. More

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The Society for Simulation in Healthcare
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How dummies, drills aid medical training
CBS News
Technology is behind any number of advances in medicine. Now it's helping to improve something essential to good medicine but often overlooked: A doctor's bedside manner. Can an imaginary stress test make all the difference? More

Medical device market trends and the headwinds of change
By Don Rosato
The term "medical device" can be applied to a wide range of products. The global market is in the $140 billion-plus range and is comprised of about 8,000 types of medical devices, ranging from simple bandages and spectacles to the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgery equipment. More than half of the leading global medical device companies are based in the U.S., and the U.S. medical plastics market is expected to reach 4.4 billion pounds by 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate of about 5 percent. So what is driving this continued growth?More

Could 3-D printed kidneys be part of medicine's future?
It was nearly two years ago when Anthony Atala, a surgeon with Wake Forest, took to a TED stage to fire up a 3-D printer and create, live on stage, a working human kidney. Since then—and even somewhat before then—the 3-D printer has distinguished itself in terms of making everything from keychains to handguns to even prosthetic devices. A Chinese university, meanwhile, has provided a bit more insight on just how these little dynamos might work with a new set of 3-D printed kidneys that are showing some impressive promise.More

Breakthrough virtual training helps doctors save lives during the holidays by curbing alcohol abuse and alcoholism
Officials warn that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is "especially dangerous" because of drunk drivers. This year, a powerful virtual training simulation by SIMmersion, developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will help doctors reach out to patients before their risky drinking makes the holidays tragic.More

Poor prescription documentation in EHR jeopardizes patient safety at VA hospital
Electronic health record use continues to plague the Veterans' Administration, with incomplete EHR documentation of opioid prescriptions leading to patient misuse and hospitalizations at San Francisco VA Medical Center, according to a recently published report by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG, which conducted its inspection of the facility's clinic after receiving a complaint regarding improper opioid prescription renewal practices, found that providers were not routinely documenting patients' opioid prescription renewal problems in the EHR, despite the fact that they're supposed to assess patients' adherence of proper use of opioids and monitor for misuse, abuse or addiction.More