thesimtech.com newsletter - march 14, 2017


Dan Raemer, who I met a few months ago while he was in Halifax teaching a CMS course, has started a great side project with healthcaresimulationsafety.org.

Go buy some stickers like I did! (and no... I don't make any money from them)

From his site:
The spread of simulation throughout the healthcare world has been a wonderful technique to improve education, teamwork, and patient safety.  Thousands of programs around the world are actively innovating every day to deliver high quality simulation sessions in a variety of settings with a wide array of educational goals.  Promoting this evolution must not stop, as the aspirations and achievements are truly remarkable.

However, there are dangers lurking.  As with anything new, unanticipated and subtle hazards exist and can be difficult to manage.  In healthcare simulation we are introducing programs with its array of real and simulated equipment, supplies, and medications.  We also bring a certain degree of deception, asking people to act as if things that are not real are true and things that are real are not.  All of these introductions are into a healthcare world that has its own difficulties maintaining a safe and error free environment.  The chance that this new world of simulation will lead to an accidental misuse of some simulated entity on a real patient or healthcare worker is real and worrisome.

On this website, we will try to present accidents and “near misses” from healthcare simulation that come to our attention.  We will try to use the collective wisdom of the field to present best practices and mitigation strategies to help the simulation community reduce the potential for harm.  Working together we hope to make the chance of a simulation related injury vanishing small.


I just heard about this company - Operative Experience.
Looks neat - anyone have any experiences with any of these?

Operative Experience Inc is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and medical team training. Using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm, OEI will reduce training costs while increasing training effectiveness and retention. OEI is dedicated to applying this technology throughout the continuum of care, from tactical operations in the field to emergency procedures in the OR.

Intelligent Video Solutions has a video debriefing solution -
http://ipivs.com/solutions/simulation/video-recording-for-simulation-labs/

Here at IVS we’ve approached the simulation video observation, recording and debriefing challenge from a different perspective. We’re a video company that truly listens to our clinical education customers.  We’ve taken their feedback and developed a new tool to address an old challenge.

At it’s core the VALT solution is an incredibly simple but powerful tool.  The interface can be learned in minutes and the basic observation and recording tasks are often picked up intuitively without any extensive training or tech support.  We aim to minimize complexity and points of failure so that your recording system is always there when you need it for critical educational tasks.

That simplicity does not come at the cost of enterprise level features though. With VALT you can scale to any number of cameras and users all while incurring no per client, confusing ‘pay per feature’ license structures or budget crushing annual maintenance contracts.  We have built in critical data security measures and integrate into your existing user management and authentication systems to efficiently manage multiple departments, programs and ever changing groups of users.