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Nurse Mandi Day: Lighter and faster with simulation
By Amanda Morrow and Joshua P.M. Walters
The VA Roseburg Healthcare System's Nurse Mandi Day, or NMD, event has traditionally been the educational model for assuring nursing personnel's technical competency. In its design, NMD is an opportunity for nursing personnel to participate annually in activities involving sustainment of healthcare skills and development of critical thinking. NMD previously utilized poster board presentations, written tests of the nursing staff's knowledge of critical skills and informational videos — but little in the way of interactive learning.
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3-D printer helps doctors prep for complex surgeries
The Boston Globe
Dr. Joseph Madsen entered the operating room at Boston Children's Hospital on New Year's Eve and stood over Myalynn Ranson, a teenager with plans to become a marine biologist and travel the world — if only her violent seizures would stop. Madsen's challenge was to remove a chunk of abnormal tissue from the left side of Myalynn's brain, the likely culprit in the seizures, without damaging her memory or slicing a blood vessel.
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Telehealth, alarm fatigue, readmissions top ECRI watch list
EHRintelligence.com
Hospital quality and the health IT infrastructure that can support improvements to patient safety and patient care figure highly in the ECRI Institute Top Ten C-Suite Watch List for 2015. As the healthcare system moves deeper into technology-driven reforms intended to raise care quality and reduce costs, new trends and capabilities will capture the attention of busy executive leaders.
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Working collaboratively may help reduce medical errors
Journal of the American Medical Association via Medical Xpress
Medical students who worked in pairs were more accurate in diagnosing simulated patient cases compared to students who worked alone, according to a study in the Jan. 20 issue of JAMA. Diagnostic errors contribute substantially to preventable medical error. Cognitive error is among the leading causes of diagnostic errors and mostly results from faulty data synthesis, according to background information in the article.
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Imagining a future when the doctor's office is in your home
NPR
Extracting medical care from the healthcare system is all too often an expensive exercise in frustration. Dr. Eric Topol says your smartphone could make it cheaper, faster, better and safer.
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How a computer model may predict reaction to disease outbreaks
FierceHealthIT
When a disease outbreak occurs, often the panic that ensues is worse than the disease itself. To that end, a team of researchers have developed a computer model to forecast overreactions The researchers, from MIT, Draper Laboratory and Ascel Bio, wrote about their research in a paper published in the journal Interface. Big data was the main ingredient in the project, according to an article in MIT News.
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Healthcare job growth reflects aging population, newly insured
HealthLeaders Media
Data showing that 2014 had the best job growth since 2008 suggests that hospital leadership is becoming more comfortable with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, says a managing director at PwC Health Research Institute. The 311,000 new jobs created by the healthcare industry in 2014 represent the largest year of job growth in the sector in the past seven years, and it may suggest that providers are more comfortable with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while acknowledging the challenges of care access for an aging demographic.
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FDA: Simulated IV saline products distributed to healthcare facilities
Monthly Prescribing Reference
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to investigate multiple instances of Wallcur simulated intravenous (IV) saline products being administered to patients. These products are not sterile and are intended for training purposes only.
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Therapists are using neurofeedback to treat ADHD, PTSD and other conditions
The Washington Post
In September 2013, Chris Gardner went from kicking and spinning as a black belt in taekwondo to being locked in a world where he could not follow conversations — or even walk his dog. The 58-year-old Vienna, Virginia, resident had just had brain surgery to remove a large tumor, and the operation affected his mobility and cognition. After nine months of physical and occupational therapy, he'd made little progress. So he tried neurofeedback, hoping this controversial treatment would improve his balance and mental processes.
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Training and simulation industry optimistic about future opportunities
National Defense
Over the past several years, defense industry executives have lamented the downturn in military spending. Budget cuts have forced service leaders to cancel or pare back major contracts, in turn hitting industry. Despite this, modeling, simulation and training leaders are optimistic about the future.
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Become a contributing writer
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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.
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