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The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors
By Joan Spitrey
If you have taken a CPR class in the last few decades, you are familiar with Resusci Anne, the manikin used for learning CPR. The first Anne was invented to provide life-like training in the 1960s, and her soft helpless face was to inspire the rescuer to want to help the "dead" person. Today, the use of simulation has evolved way beyond the initial revolutionary thoughts of the first creators of Anne. The use of simulations is now an integral part of most healthcare providers' curricula.
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Using simulation technology to identify gaps between education and practice among new graduate nurses
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing via Healio
Applied knowledge was observed among nurse groups from a medical–surgical residency program to measure clinical performance during simulation training. Twenty groups of new graduate nurses were observed during five simulated clinical scenarios, and their performances were scored on a 24-item checklist. Nurse groups showed significant improvement in applied knowledge in four clinical domains from week one to week five, and the results provided valuable information of the groups' overall performances.
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NASA simulation shows a year in the life of Earth's CO2
Yahoo News
NASA scientists have created an ultrahigh-resolution computer model that gives staggering views of how carbon dioxide swirls around Mother Earth — and the heavy toll it takes on her. The space agency released a new simulation created with this model, called GEOS-5, that shows clouds of carbon dioxide, a key driver of global warming, drifting far from their original sources — turning local greenhouse gases into global problems.
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Florida Hospital East opens simulation center
Orlando Sentinel
On Nov. 21, a group of medical students at Florida Hospital East Orlando had managed to bring a mannequin back to life several times. With a few taps on an iPad, chief resident Dr. Paul Zipper had prompted this sophisticated machine simulating a real patient to go into cardiac arrest.
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Google's brain-inspired software describes what it sees in complex images
MIT Technology Review
Researchers at Google have created software that can use complete sentences to accurately describe scenes shown in photos — a significant advance in the field of computer vision. When shown a photo of a game of ultimate Frisbee, for example, the software responded with the description "A group of young people playing a game of frisbee." The software can even count, giving answers such as "Two pizzas sitting on top of a stove top oven."
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Polhemus pioneered motion tracking over 40 years ago. Our innovative 6-Degree-Of-Freedom (6DOF) electromagnetic tracking technology is at the core of today’s most successful, high fidelity healthcare training simulators. For over 15 years, healthcare simulator manufacturers have had the confidence of being “Powered by Polhemus.”
 


Using video games to prepare for the culture shock of war
PC Magazine
The shelves at your local GameStop are filled with war-themed games, from "Call of Duty" to "Assassin's Creed." Of course, picking up a console controller hardly prepares you for a real war, but what if it could? That's what the team at Alelo is doing, but rather than teaching our military personnel about combat, their games focus on cultural sensitivity.
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Successful Ebola simulation exercise organized in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
World Health Organization
The Ministry of Health in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia recently organized a simulation exercise as part of preparation efforts to prevent, as well as manage suspected cases of Ebola. The exercise, to test the International Health Regulations protocols for the designated point of entry Skopje Airport, took place Nov. 18, based upon the scenario of a suspected case of Ebola virus disease.
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Simulation encourages students to think about hardships of poverty
The Lantern
Combating poverty might not be a battle beyond the reach of college students. Ohio State students can help fight against the war on poverty in Columbus, said Patricia Cunningham, OSU director of social change. "This is the 50th year of our war on poverty," Cunningham said.
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A virtual revolution: The changing landscape of medical technologies
Today's Medical Developments
Virtual reality and immersive environments are dramatically evolving today's medical training and device testing. "At a given instant, everything the surgeon knows suddenly becomes important to the solution of the problem. You can't do it an hour later, or tomorrow. Nor can you go to the library and look it up," John W. Kirklin once said. Kirklin, who was awarded the Lister medal for his contributions to surgical science, and is especially known for his refinement of the heart-lung machine, knew the importance of marrying two fundamental ideas: technology and medical training.
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Have faith, early adopters: Telehealth's time is finally here
By Karen R. Thomas
In the tech world, the early-adoption phase of new software and devices is always filled with the anticipation and excitement of users wondering what the new technology will be like, how it will make life easier and how it might change the industry. People stand in lines for days waiting for the release of updated technology products. But, as with most new things, the early stages of new technology can be tricky for a number of reasons — especially when the technology is tied to operating an old business model like healthcare in a new way.
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  Realistic OB Simulation From Model-med

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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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