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Reducing the need to suspend reality through innovation
Roya Yumul and Russell Metcalfe-Smith
Medical simulation participants often struggle to connect with human patient simulators, which may in part detract participants from achieving learning objectives. Significant effort is placed into setting the scene for participants, allowing them to explore the simulators and environments, and emphasizing the use of good practices associated with simulation education. Comments, however, often still arise about inadequacies in the reality associated with their learning experience, and this impacts the learning experience for some.
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FDA: Patients had problems after being given IVs intended for training
For more than 40 years, San Diego-based Wallcur has been making products to train healthcare providers, including vets, how to safely and effectively mix and administer injectable drugs and other products so they will know how it is done when they get to the real thing. But the FDA says some of Wallcur's IV training products have made it into the U.S. supply chain and been used on patients with "serious adverse results."
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Predictive analytics, a potent prescription for healthcare
Of all potential applications for big data and emerging 3-D simulation technology, those centered on speeding medical diagnostics or clinical trials could be the most life-altering. Just before the New Year, predictive analytics company Inovalon Holdings — which specializes in healthcare applications — filed plans to raise up to $500 million in an initial public stock offering.
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Nurse coaching on the rise
Keith Carlson
The profession of coaching has been in existence for a number of years. While life coaching is the form of coaching with which the public is most familiar, nurses are now entering this burgeoning field in large numbers, in various aspects of the profession. However, many nurses are still confused as to what nurse coaches actually do, and where they may pursue legitimate professional coach training.
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  Validate Breast Exam Skills and Competencies

MammaCare’s CBE Simulator-Trainer, is a self-administered, palpation training platform. The computer's program is based on published quality-standard examination protocols. It is used to train clinicians and students who perform or will be performing clinical breast exams. A digital “clinical instructor” assesses progress and provides corrective feedback. Call MammaCare at 352•375•0607.

Patterns of communication in high-fidelity simulation
High-fidelity simulation is commonplace in nursing education. However, critical thinking, decision-making and psychomotor skills scenarios are emphasized. Scenarios involving communication occur in interprofessional or intraprofessional settings. The importance of effective nurse–patient communication is reflected in statements from the American Nurses Association and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, and in the graduate outcomes of most nursing programs.
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CFD simulations are saving infants from deadly heart defects
Around the world, children are born with a heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The congenital heart defect allows only one ventricle to work. In the U.S., 960 newborns are affected by this condition every year. To correct this condition and survive, children need three surgeries before the age of three.
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Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt among most expensive nursing schools in the country
The five most expensive nursing schools in the United States include only one Ivy League name, according to a list compiled by Insider Monkey. Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, New York University, University of Washington and Columbia all make the cut, with multiple institutions boasting nursing programs that are among the oldest in the country.
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Major Simulation Advance at IMSH

OtoSim Inc. will be unveiling OtoSim 2™, a breakthrough in otoscopic training and simulation at IMSH on January 11-13, 2015 in New Orleans (booth #906). An instrumented otoscope, left and right ear forms, vivid full-screen view and over 380 otoscopy images represent key improvements to the powerful capability proven by the original OtoSim™ platform. Visit us at IMSH for a demonstration—register now.
Realistic OB Simulation From Model-med

Model-med International Mannequins are crafted with careful attention to external and internal maternal anatomy. Manufactured of durable flesh-like material the 'Sophie Set' allows incredibly realistic cephalic, breech, shoulder dystocia, and instrumental delivery training. Also PPH, manual removal of placenta, and more ... this is about as real as it gets. Model-med...
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App teaches doctors how to discuss sensitive issues like childhood obesity
Motivational interviewing is a practical skill to assist providers in discussing and implementing behavior modification. It is based on sound research and is becoming a more mainstream and available approach. Motivational interviewing is best learned with live examples so, with this in mind, Kognito has created a virtual motivational interviewing experience available in app format.
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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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