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Novel simulation model improves training experience for cardiothoracic surgeons
Medical News Today
A new surgical training model that simulates patient bleeding is providing cardiothoracic surgery residents with "real-life" experience without compromising patient safety, according to an abstract released at the 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
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Study: Doctors make fewer diagnostic mistakes in teams
Modern Healthcare
Teamwork may be one way to help reduce the incidence of diagnostic mistakes, in which patients' conditions are missed, delayed or diagnosed incorrectly, a study suggests. When two doctors worked together, their confidence in a diagnosis was boosted and their determination was more accurate. German researchers, who published their findings in a research letter in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, recruited 88 fourth-year medical students as volunteers and presented them with video showing simulated patient cases.
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Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs.
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Mental visualization helps surgical residents hone skills for tricky operation
The Canadian Press via The StarPhoenix
It's said that practice makes perfect, whether serving an ace in tennis, nailing a three-pointer in basketball or being able to rocket a puck past a particularly agile goalie. But practice doesn't have to be physical: mental training using visualization can also up one's game — and not only in the domain of sports.
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A simulation model to find out the effect of electromagnetic waves on the human body
Elhuyar Fundazioa via Phys.org
In his Ph.D. thesis, the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre researcher Erik Aguirre-Gallego has simulated the effect that electromagnetic fields have on people. He has developed a model that allows the various phenomena that take place in the propagation of specific electromagnetic waves to be correctly characterised; it also enables one to ascertain whether or not they exceed the levels that could exert harmful effects on health.
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Practicing nursing care in a virtual world
Medical News Today
Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. While Facebook wants to make the world's best online games using the Oculus Rift headset, researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology are using the same setup to help teach nurses how to communicate better.
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3-D printing outpaces the FDA
Alan Kelsky
The watchdog in the United States for medical devices is the esteemed government agency known as the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA, however, is flummoxed about how to handle 3-D printing of medical devices. It's not that the FDA has lost its smarts, it's just that the 3-D printing technology has spread so quickly, they are behind the curve.
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Top 10 trends shaping the health industry in 2015
Becker's Hospital Review
We know more patients than ever are covered by health insurance. We know emerging technologies, consumer demand and economic pressures are shifting healthcare into new models — models that will engage patients and put them back at the center of care. But how much will these forces noticeably change the healthcare landscape this year?
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Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view. In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
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Streamlining medic training for vets aim of Senate bill
EMS1.com
U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mike Enzi, R-Wy., renewed their efforts to help increase job opportunities for returning veterans. The senators reintroduced their bipartisan legislation — the Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act — that would streamline civilian paramedic training for returning veterans who already have emergency medical experience as a result of their military service, making it easier for them to secure jobs as paramedics. The bill would also help reduce the shortage of much-needed emergency medical personnel in rural communities across the country.
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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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