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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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Surgeon suggests combo approach when training for robotic bariatric surgery
General Surgery News
Performing a hybrid approach to bariatric surgery, which combines robotic and laparoscopic surgeries, is an effective way to introduce robotic procedures to surgeons new to the modality, according to a surgeon who spoke recently at the 2014 annual meeting of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders.
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Video visits blocked despite doctor shortage
USA Today
Videoconferencing doctors from other areas could help solve the problem of hospital closings and doctor shortages that hit heavily rural states, but proponents say states move too slowly in allowing it. This practice of telemedicine has been caught in a conflict between insurers, doctors and officials reluctant to allow physicians who haven't seen a patient in person — and may never follow up — prescribe drugs or treatment.
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Ebola outbreak: How safe do US healthcare professionals feel?
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Healthcare workers who take care of Ebola patients are required to wear special equipment to help keep them from getting sick. Unfortunately, some healthcare workers in the United States were diagnosed with Ebola after caring for patients – despite following the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the infected healthcare workers have recovered, concerns over identifying the correct personal protective equipment and how to properly put it on and take it off is essential in preventing the spread of disease.
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Simulation, training industry executives optimistic about future
National Defense
Despite tighter budgets and fewer upcoming program awards in the military pipeline, training and simulation industry executives said they see a rosy future. Over the course of the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, military leaders have continually said that training is necessary to maintain troop readiness.
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Simulation is the real thing for Air Force training
Federal Times
The defense sector's interest in simulation capabilities is surging, with the confluence of improved technologies and shrinking defense budgets creating a perfect storm of interest from the Pentagon, in particular, the U.S. Air Force. That is also creating a variety of new opportunities for simulation firms that traditionally focused on creating top-line simulators for multimillion-dollar aircraft.
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Study: Care experience does not make students better nurses
Medical News Today
Nursing students with previous caring experience are less likely to perform better academically and clinically than those who have none, research shows. A study assessing the criteria for selecting nursing students found that high emotional intelligence did not mean students performed better on their courses. Researchers also found that of the students who have withdrawn from their studies, nearly 60 percent had previous caring experience.
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Congenital heart disease: 3-D printed hearts could lower surgeries in children
Medical News Today
Heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease could be reduced if 3-D printed models of patients' hearts could be used to plan their treatment in advance, according to a presentation at the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging's EuroEcho-Imaging 2014 conference. "3-D imaging is a main theme of EuroEcho-Imaging this year and 3-D printing of the heart is particularly exciting," said president of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, professor Patrizio Lancellotti.
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National Patient Safety Board necessary to prevent patient deaths
FierceHealthcare
Preventing hospital deaths involves improving the accessibility of medical records, increasing accountability for clinicians and creating a National Patient Safety Board, patient safety advocate Dr. John T. James told West Health in a recent interview.
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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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