Simulation Spotlight
Dec. 17, 2014

Simulation exercises help healthcare workers to prepare to confront Ebola
Infection Control Today
Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical training, for immediate emergency response and communication. Mamo Jatta is a regional public health and surveillance officer in The Gambia and, like many people living near Ebola-affected countries, he is concerned the disease will enter his own country, "I recently visited the town where I grew up and wondered what would happen if Ebola were to hit us here, would we be ready for it?"More

Reducing the need to suspend reality through innovation
By Roya Yumul and Russell Metcalfe-Smith
Medical simulation participants often struggle to connect with human patient simulators, which may in part detract participants from achieving learning objectives. Significant effort is placed into setting the scene for participants, allowing them to explore the simulators and environments, and emphasizing the use of good practices associated with simulation education. Comments, however, often still arise about inadequacies in the reality associated with their learning experience, and this impacts the learning experience for some. More

How medical students assess the career ahead of them
Health Data Management
For the ninth year, the Epocrates unit of athenahealth Inc. has published survey results on the opinions and expectations of medical students soon to enter the profession. In an era when physicians in small practices increasingly are transitioning to larger organizations, the students appear ready to follow suit. More

Twitter joins fight against Ebola
Healthcare IT News
As Time magazine named those fighting the Ebola epidemic its collective "Person Of The Year," a recent keynote and panel discussion at the mHealth Summit sought to shine the spotlight on another Ebola fighter – technology. From companies using social media channels to track Ebola outbreaks in western Africa, to international collaborations targeting mobile platforms and devices as a means of arming frontline workers with information they need, mHealth has taken the lead in combatting this deadly epidemic. More

Teaching hospitals left out in the push to cut insurance premiums
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For Steve Smith, a 62-year-old with prostate cancer, the ability to keep his urologist was the decisive factor when he bought health insurance for this year. But when it came time to purchase his own insurance, he had only one choice on if he wanted to keep the urologist he has seen since his diagnosis about six years ago. More

Community paramedic programs expanding in Texas
Houston Chronicle via
William Jones sat on a brown sofa in his small, cluttered living room, as a paramedic rolled up his jean leg and pulled down his sock, revealing a limb swollen with fluid. The 77-year-old's faulty kidneys concerned paramedic Nivea Wheat. More

Florida opens $18 million health sciences center
Sun Sentinel
Future healthcare providers are getting hands-on experience at Broward College's new Health Sciences Simulation Center in Florida. Officials recently hosted an opening ceremony for the $18 million, 66,000-square-foot, three-story building at the Davie campus. Almost half the space is dedicated to replicating what's seen in a working medical facility.More

The right way to maintain expertise in healthcare
Hospitals & Health Networks
Modern healthcare is the epitome of expertise-driven work and healthcare workers draw on their experience every day to solve problems. The healthcare industry faces enormous risk as its workers retire and this expertise departs. While workforce development initiatives such as those suggested in this 2001 AHA-sponsored report are underway, in some critical fields such as perioperative nursing, the pipeline for staff nurses and leaders remains a concern. Moreover, hiring alone won't solve the problem of expertise loss.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