Simulation Spotlight
Dec. 25, 2013

Why the future of innovation is simulation
From Oct. 16: When the Thomas Edison was asked about success amidst failure, he said that "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." It also becomes clear why he regarded success as "1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." Failing 10,000 times is a physical and mental undertaking that far exceeds most people's endurance. Today, however, a new breed of innovators are outsourcing failure to computer simulations and it's changing everything we thought we knew about business strategy.More

A review of computer-based simulators for ultrasound training
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
From May 22: Computer-based simulators for ultrasound training are a topic of recent interest. During the last 15 years, many different systems and methods have been proposed. This article provides an overview and classification of systems in this domain and a discussion of their advantages. Qualitative evaluations have mainly shown positive learning effects. However, few quantitative evaluations have been performed and long-term effects have to be examined.More

Google glass as a training tool
Healthcare Technology Online
MedCity News revisits Dr. Rafael Grossman's use of Google Glass to record an endoscopic procedure in the operating room. Much was written at the time about Grossman's Glass-aided trial procedure, as well as similar procedures from Phoenix to Spain. Now the focus shifts from "can Glass be used in the operating room" to "what are the benefits of using Glass in the operating room."More

The 6 biggest innovations in healthcare technology in 2013
MedCity News
From Nov. 20: Without a doubt the pace at which new technology is impacting our everyday lives is increasing at lightning speeds. As of today, 29 percent of Americans say their phone is the first thing and last thing they look at everyday which is a telling sign of how connected we are becoming to technology. These technologies are starting to allow healthcare practitioners to offer cheaper, faster and more efficient patient care than ever before, which is certainly a step in the right direction. The healthcare industry has long been overburdened by a slow moving innovation due to the complexity of the medical ecosystem, but due to this technology the industry has finally seen some far reaching changes. More

The effect of an olfactory and visual cue on realism and engagement in a healthcare simulation experience
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
June 5: Fidelity has been identified as an important element in a subject's perception of realism and engagement in learning during a simulation experience. The purpose of this study was to determine whether an isolated visual and olfactory sensory change to the simulation environment affects the subjects' perceptions of realism during simulation cases.More

Sims promise 'revolution' in medical training
From May 30: Future medical training needs for military and civilian doctors are similar; the list includes virtual patients and cadavers, haptic technology, advanced simulators for high-fidelity operations and patient-specific sims. This was the view presented by retired Col. Richard Satava, senior science advisor for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, during a panel about the dual use of technology in military and civilian arenas at the ITEC 2013 simulation and training conference here. Technologies for medical simulation are useful in both fields and could be programmed to teach doctors to treat the victim of a car crash or someone injured in combat.More

It is time to consider cultural differences in debriefing
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
From June 26: Debriefing plays a critical role in facilitated reflection of simulation after the experiential component of simulation-based learning. The concept of framing and reflective learning in a debriefing session has emanated primarily from Western cultures. However, non-Western cultures have significant characteristics that manifest themselves in teaching and learning practices substantially different from Western cultures.More

Practice makes perfect at Boston Medical Center's simulation center
Healthcare Design
From Aug. 7: Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 496-bed academic medical center, serves as the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Both entities needed a collaborative space that could serve the medical school and hospital by offering simulation practices—the use of computerized mannequins that simulate real-life medical scenarios—in anesthesia, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, surgery, orthopedic surgery and nursing education.More

New comprehensive textbook on simulation (and our debriefing chapter)
Simulating Healthcare
From Sept. 4: Levine et al have knocked it out of the park with their recently released book entitled "The Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation." This book is a must-have for anyone serious about simulation. It covers a lot of ground ranging from historical views of simulation to that which represents the cutting edge at present. There are many, many topics ranging from simulation operations to very highly specialized simulations that occur in subspecialties of the healthcare environment and everything in between.More

Honor Society of Nursing publishes simulation program handbook for educators
Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses
From Oct. 23: Evidence suggests using simulation to train healthcare providers improves outcomes not only for providers, but ultimately for patients as well. 

Now, two nursing leaders have written a handbook for designing and implementing successful simulation environments.More