Simulation Spotlight
Dec. 18, 2013

USF, Florida Aquarium give sea turtle high-tech treatment
The Tampa Tribune
A struggling sea turtle's medical odyssey moved to downtown Tampa recently with a trip to a state-of-the-art University of South Florida training center for some serious diagnostic testing. Freud, a 22-pound endangered green sea turtle, was found lethargic, bloated and covered in algae on Navarre Beach in the Panhandle in November 2012. He was treated at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, but veterinarians there sent him to the Florida Aquarium in January for more advanced care.More

SimWARS! Build your team today
IMSH 2014
Start making connections at IMSH 2014 with SimWARS. In 2014, we encourage you to build a multi-center team, an international team or work with members of SSH interest groups. The possibilities are endless. You can post information about your team on the SSH Facebook page to build your team.More

Volunteer at IMSH
Are you looking to volunteer at IMSH 2014 this year? We have some opportunities for those who would like to jump in and spend a few hours helping out. Thank you, in advance for your time and help!More

Patient safety goal aims to end clinical alarm fatigue
In an effort to make clinical alarm systems safer, the Joint Commission issued a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG), which requires accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to improve their systems. The Joint Commission announced that it will implement the alarm NPSG in two phases. The first phase, set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, aims to heighten awareness of the potential risks associated with clinical alarms, such as cardiac monitors, IV machines and ventilators. The second phase, which will begin Jan. 1, 2016, introduces requirements to mitigate those risks, according to the Joint Commission's R3 report.More

Nursing methods seek rural healthcare improvements
Medical Press
With 1,247 registered nurses per 100,000 people, South Dakota has one of the nation's highest ratios of registered nurses, according to the 2013 U.S. Nursing Workforce Report. "One would assume with South Dakota's larger population ratio of nurses that our state would have our needs met. However, some rural areas have difficulty finding nurses, while some areas, such as Minnehaha and Pennington counties, may have more than an adequate supply," explains Linda Young, nursing specialist at the South Dakota Board of Nursing.More

Miracle cure: Driving patient satisfaction for hospital and healthcare industry customers
Patient satisfaction — customer service, really — in hospitals and healthcare: It's time for the industry to raise the bar — and it needs to get a move on. Even though the goal of customer satisfaction in healthcare service is easily lost in the shuffle of partisan healthcare-related news headlines. More

Mobile technology helps prepare paramedics for in-the-field care
Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Motion Computing, a mobile technology provider for vertical markets such as healthcare, announced that McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, is now using Motion tablets to control Gaumard® simulation mannequins to help prepare medical field students for a variety of field and in-facility treatment scenarios. Approximately 3,100 students a year pass through the simulation training areas, including nursing, paramedic and surgical students.More

Physicians lower high blood pressure goals for ages 60 and older
Chicago Tribune
People 60 and older don't need to be treated as aggressively for high blood pressure, according to new physician guidelines that may help lower the number of medicines taken by baby boomers. The recommendations, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest treatment goals for older people should be set at 150-over-90 mm Hg, based on studies showing these patients fare just as well over time at this higher level. The goal for other groups is 140 over 90, according to the new guidelines by a panel convened by the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.More