SIMULATION NEWS

SIMULATION NEWS

SIM-one’s Features & News is the go-to resource for information on healthcare simulation in Ontario and beyond, featuring news, events, academic articles and more. Much of the content is regularly submitted to SIM-one by the Ontario healthcare simulation community.

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Supporting transitions in medical career pathways: the role of simulation-based education
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Tue, August 02
Transitions, or periods of change, in medical career pathways can be challenging episodes, requiring the transitioning clinician to take on new roles and responsibilities, adapt to new cultural dynamics, change behaviour patterns, and successfully manage uncertainty. These intensive learning periods present risks to patient safety. Simulation-based education (SBE) is a pedagogic approach that allows clinicians to practise their technical and non-technical skills in a safe environment to... CONTINUE READING
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A joint leap into a future of high-quality simulation research - standardizing the reporting of simulation science
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Fri, July 29
Simulation has offered a practical means to train and rehearse clinical skills for many years. Simulated environments, patients, and related technologies have been used to develop, validate, and maintain a wide range of clinical skills across numerous clinical specialties. In the past 30 years, the field has truly thrived, as evidenced in rapidly evolving simulation technologies; the ever-increasing volume and quality of simulation-based scientific studies; the institution of numerous peer-... CONTINUE READING
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Reporting guidelines for health care simulation research: Extensions to the CONSORT and STROBE statements
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Fri, July 29
Simulation-based research (SBR) is rapidly expanding but the quality of reporting needs improvement. For a reader to critically assess a study, the elements of the study need to be clearly reported. Our objective was to develop reporting guidelines for SBR by creating extensions to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) Statements. (Source: Advances in Simulation) CONTINUE READING
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Medical trainees hone skills with simulation-based learning
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Mon, July 18
A lot of emphasis is placed on shaping the minds of future healthcare professionals at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Medical trainees use a technique called simulation-based learning, which provides a low-stress environment to develop skills before entering real life situations. (Source: CTV Atlantic News) CONTINUE READING
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Stanford University Neurosurgery embraces surgical theater’s virtual reality visualization platform as an innovative tool for patient engagement
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Mon, July 18
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Surgical Theater’s Virtual Reality (VR) medical visualization platform lands at Stanford University, Department of Neurosurgery, in the heart of Silicon Valley where medical innovation converges with technology to usher in the next-generation of patient engagement and health care. Stanford University leads the way in advancing medicine on multiple fronts from research to treatment. With Surgical Theater’s innovative VR medical visualization platform, the... CONTINUE READING
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Inauguration of the clinical-simulation laboratory
Mon, July 18
Simulation serving Medical Training Care teams have to deal with many different critical situations such as cardiac arrest, massive hemorrhaging, poisoning, amputation, and pediatric trauma. In order to create a safe environment for learners and patients, health-care professionals count on simulation to learn and acquire various techniques, improve the effectiveness of their interventions, and improve communication and interaction within the interprofessional team. Simulation is a core aspect... CONTINUE READING
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Simulation research, real-world honour
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Tue, July 12
Marian Luctkar-Flude introduced clinical simulation to Queen’s University students in 2005 and this pioneering work has culminated in her being the first Canadian to earn the Excellence in Research Award from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). (Source: queensu.ca) CONTINUE READING
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Study links simulation training with improved prehospital pediatric care
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Mon, June 13
Pediatric patients with high-acuity conditions, such as status-seizures, are as challenging as they are rare for EMS practitioners. This study measured the effects of a high-fidelity simulation training on pediatric seizure protocol compliance by paramedics. The secondary aim of the study was to develop a better understanding of the care EMS and EDs are providing to pediatric seizure patients. (Source: Journal of Emergency Medical Services) CONTINUE READING
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Standardized patient safety program changes culture of hospital
Mon, May 16
Ottawa Hospital’s Simulation Patient Safety Program a successful initiative across entire institution “One day, Dr. Viren Naik calls me and says, ‘Glenn, we’re going to create a hospital-wide in situ program.’ And I said, ‘Yes! That's brilliant! Why didn't I think of that!’” exclaims Dr. Glenn Posner as he speaks to SIM-one in his office on the first floor of the University of Ottawa Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC). In addition to the Simulation Patient Safety Program, the Ottawa... CONTINUE READING
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Harmonizing nurse education with U.S. hurts Canada's edge: association
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Fri, May 13
A push to “harmonize” nursing education in Canada and the United States may threaten Canada’s high standards in nurse training, according to a spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. (Source: Globe and Mail) CONTINUE READING
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Investigating the brain’s capacity for repair
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Wed, May 11
Dr. Adam Sachs uses virtual reality in the operating room to see if patients with Parkinson’s disease can learn to control their brains using conscious thought. "We are trying to use the virtual reality world to train people to control their brain in real time,” explains Dr. Sachs. (Source: University of Ottawa) CONTINUE READING
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Opinion: In simulation era, your doc’s first try at a procedure should not be on you
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Mon, May 09
Most doctors never forget the paralyzing terror of their first invasive procedure. Dr. Charles Pozner, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recalls the first time he placed a central line, which involves sticking an eight-inch-long needle into a patient’s jugular vein to place an intravenous line. He had never even seen it done before, but a chief resident offered him the opportunity after a long day working together. (Source: wbur's CommonHealth) CONTINUE READING
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Simulating simulation education
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Thu, May 05
There is no denying that simulation-based training has revolutionized medical education. At U of T Medicine and across our affiliated teaching hospitals, we’re fortunate to have a broad range of simulation centres. We also use simulation extensively in the training we deliver in our MD and post-MD programs. Our learners get the opportunity to practice delicate techniques or complex diagnoses on very highly credible and nuanced models. (Source: University of Toronto) CONTINUE READING
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Children's hospital expands simulation program in $12M project
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Tue, May 03
Boston Children's Hospital opened a $12 million pediatric Simulation Center this week, consisting of a 4,800-square foot space on the 18th floor of Boston’s Center for Life Sciences building and another 3,500-square feet of space for inventors and engineers at the corner of Longwood and Brookline avenues. (Source: bizjournals.com) CONTINUE READING
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Excitement and apprehension over shift to competency-based medical education
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Thu, April 28
For the first time in 100 years, Canada is significantly changing how it trains doctors. Following the lead of countries like the U.S., Australia and the Netherlands, Canada will be moving away from a time-based system and towards competency-based education. (Source: healthydebate.ca) CONTINUE READING
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Hospital receives C-Section training
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Wed, April 27
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has signed a $1.1 million agreement to provide simulation education to OBGYN physicians and perinatal nurses at each of its 45 birthing hospitals through SimCOACH, in effort to reduce the rate of C-sections in South Carolina. (Source: Jasper County Sun Times) CONTINUE READING
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Michigan nursing school uses mannequins for medical lessons
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Tue, April 26
The leadership at the University of Michigan's nursing school says there is value in students making mistakes while treating patients. And when the patients aren't real, that's even better. The Ann Arbor school's new state-of-the-art Clinical Learning Center building features six simulation rooms that house high-fidelity mannequins capable of bleeding, vomiting and even giving birth — just like real patients. (Source: Ottawa Citizen) CONTINUE READING
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Anaphylaxis training coming to simulation centre
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Tue, April 26
Researchers at St Michael’s have developed a first-of-its-kind simulation for allergy and immunology residents to practise treating anaphylaxis. Dr. Stephen Betschel, program director for clinical immunology and allergy, came up with the idea for the simulation and received $6,000 for the project from the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine Innovation Fund. Residents will do the simulation four times (twice a year) during their rotation at St. Michael’s. (Source: St. Michael's... CONTINUE READING
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A live‑in lab: Dal Occupational Therapy unveils renovated simulation suite
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Tue, April 19
It feels like home — yet it’s actually a teaching facility. On April 14, Dalhousie’s School of Occupational Therapy unveiled brand new renovations to its simulation suite. Located on the second floor of the Forrest Building, the suite assists students by allowing them to run simulations putting theory into practice, gaining skills in assisting persons with varying abilities in real-life situations. (Source: Dalhousie University) CONTINUE READING
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Bridging the gap between learning and career in simulation center design
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Thu, April 14
Experience is a wonderful teacher, especially when it comes to practicing medicine. After hitting the books and before leaping into real-world practice, simulation centers can act as a crucial intermediary between the two. And not only do they help to train the next generation of medical providers, but they also can give health care veterans an opportunity to catch up on new practices and technologies. (Source: hfmmagazine.com) CONTINUE READING

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