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As 2014 comes to a close, SSH would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Simulation Spotlight, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


Pressure ulcer prevention with simulation program
Amanda Morrow and James Hay
From Aug. 13: The Veterans Health Administration places a large focus on establishing local pressure ulcer prevention programs. At the VA Roseburg Healthcare System in Roseburg, Oregon, both high- and low-fidelity manikins are complemented with detailed moulage to simulate challenges with the nursing management of pressure ulcers. Nursing educators and the clinical nurse leader worked together to create a "hands-on" adult learning model for training the nursing staff.
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Simulation showing benefits for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Russell Metcalfe-Smith and Alistair Phillips
From Nov. 5: The Women's Guild Simulation Center based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using simulation to deliver more than education. The approach to simulation is crossing many organizational barriers, ensuring its impact is felt across the entire organization. The 10,000-square-foot simulation center has been built to reflect the actual clinical environment at Cedars-Sinai, benefiting from two fully functional operating rooms, along with ICU, OBGYN, trauma and NICU/PICU environments.
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How 3-D printing improves surgical outcomes
Renee Eaton
From Sept. 24: In August, an acquaintance underwent what was expected to be a routine ablation procedure — nearly 10 hours later, the surgery finally finished. Despite CT scans, X-rays and EKGs, the surgeons encountered "structural issues" that complicated the operation. If they'd had a 3-D print of his heart, they might have anticipated and planned contingencies based on what they saw. For this reason, more surgeons have begun using patient-specific models to plan surgeries.
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The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors
Joan Spitrey
From Nov. 26: 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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The surge in US healthcare jobs: Looking ahead to 2022
Dorothy L. Tengler
From Oct. 1: On Monday, Oct. 6, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 800 points, closing below 10,000 for the first time since 2004. America was in recession. Since then, the nation's labor market has at least partially recovered. So far in 2014, the United States has added nearly 1.6 million jobs. And through 2022, employment is expected to grow by more than 15 million jobs, or by 11 percent.
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What exactly is the job outlook for nurses?
Keith Carlson
From Jan. 29: As 2014 begins, there is a great deal of discussion regarding the job prospects for nurses, especially those just entering the profession. With confusing opinions and projections about the reality of a nursing shortage in the United States, nursing students and recent graduates are understandably concerned. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in jobs for nurses is expected to increase 19 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate of growth that apparently outpaces all other occupations. But several other factors must be taken into account as well.
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New app helping medical students diagnose quickly in ER
Stephanie McKenzie
From Oct. 15: There is a new app that is making emergency medicine a lot easier for residents and interns on the floor. The Basics of Emergency Medicine app by the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association is currently only available on iPhones, but it is already proving to be an invaluable tool to emergency medicine interns and residents across the country. The Basics of EM app is meant to give residents and interns access to a quick, easy clinical guide to dealing with up to 20 of the most common complaints seen in the ER. Young medical students are already finding it to be their "go-to" tool for nearly everything they do at work.
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Food for thought: Resilience in the face of adversity
Karen Childress
From Feb. 5: To be human is to be occasionally faced with adversity, hardships and challenges. One day, you're happily minding your own business, and then out of the blue you're given a diagnosis you never expected, or you're named in a malpractice case, or your trusted practice manager or spouse suddenly announces his/her departure. Adversity doesn't have to be as dramatic as those examples to have a significant emotional impact. Smaller setbacks like getting into a fender-bender or having a real estate deal fall through at the last minute can wreak havoc, at least temporarily, on the psyche.
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Medical school education challenges
Rosemary Sparacio
From Jan. 8: It is no secret that the cost of medical school education has skyrocketed, and enrolling in a medical school in the U.S. is difficult. Along with that, or perhaps as a reaction to that, students turn to schools out of the country and look for other ways to pay for this education. In August, the U.S. government proposed tying students' financial aid to its ratings of colleges using graduation rates, postgraduation employment and income, and affordability as parameters for the ratings. This has proven disastrous for medical schools in the past.
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The calculus of nursing education and patient outcomes
Keith Carlson
From March 19: With the publication of a new study in The Lancet, it appears that the call for more baccalaureate-prepared nurses just became louder, and the results of said study appear to carry a great deal of weight in both the academic and clinical worlds. Using discharge data from more than 400,000 hospitalized European patients, this well-received study demonstrates that increasing a hospital nurse's workload by only one patient leads to a 7 percent increase in the chances that a patient will die within 30 days of admission.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors (By Joan Spitrey)
Study: Care experience does not make students better nurses (Medical News Today)
Simulation is the real thing for Air Force training (Federal Times)
Ebola outbreak: How safe do US healthcare professionals feel? (Decoded Science)
Simulation, training industry executives optimistic about future (National Defense)

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