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Complex surgery to separate conjoined twins aided by 3-D printed models
Sarah Anderson, contributor, writes: "I've always been fairly close with my family — including three older sisters — but I'd never say that we were attached at the hip. For some, though, that is more than a sweet hyperbole denoting a strong bond; some siblings are literally attached at the hip. Conjoined twins, though fortunately not headlining anymore in circus sideshows, are still relatively rare to see, especially as they get older."
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Simulation technology shows the US Navy how to HIT
Armed With Science
The Navy soon will begin using an Office of Naval Research technology to predict injuries and improve medical responses in any kind of attack on ships. The Human Injury and Treatment model provides a comprehensive capability to forecast casualties potentially encountered during combat operations aboard ships-a crucial piece of information that assessments of Navy vessels historically have lacked.
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Yale Simulation Center provides hands-on training
Yale Daily News
The Yale Center for Medical Simulation, which opened Jan. 26, will provide Yale School of Medicine students and Yale-New Haven Hospital residents with the opportunity to practice surgery and emergency medicine scenarios. Administrators and students interviewed said the center would help students translate their theoretical training into practical skills. Once a week, over a 12-week period, every third-year student at the medical school visits the center to participate in 15- to 20-minute training exercises followed by discussion and evaluation by medical faculty.
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Florida hospital adds 'cleaning robots'
It may look like R2-D2 of Star Wars fame. In fact, it's a tool revolutionizing hospitals across the nation. "It's about 25,000 times more intense than sunlight," says Rachael Sparks with Xenex Disinfection Services. Their new robotic cleansing tool uses ultraviolet rays to rapidly destroy more than 22 pathogens in a room. It only takes five minutes to work.
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Disrespectful healthcare cultures and risks to patient care
Christina Thielst
A recent PSQH article listed a dozen persistent medication safety gaffes that need to be resolved. Not surprisingly, No. 8 was "disrespectful behavior: a history of tolerance in healthcare." Disrespectful behavior includes bullying, threats, aggressiveness and even more passive forms such as ignoring and exclusion. These behaviors don't belong in any workplace, and certainly not in healthcare because of the risks created and the definite threat to patient safety.
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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.

Study: Florida facing critical shortage of physician specialists through 2025
As the population continues to grow, change and age, Florida will face a critical shortage of physicians over the next 10 years unless more medical residency training positions are created, the state's top teaching hospitals announced. While Florida has known for some time about its shortage of doctors, a study of physician supply and demand commissioned by the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida found the shortage will grow to 7,000 physician specialists by 2025.
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See which states got the most Ebola funding
Healthcare Finance News
U.S. municipalities healthcare providers will split nearly $340 million in cash to strengthen programs fight the spread of Ebola in America, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. The latest grants, totaling nearly $195 million, will support the new Hospital Preparedness Program, which will support fixes to healthcare systems that them more ready to handle an outbreak of the deadly disease.
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NIH director: Opportunities from technology in medical science
Jessica Taylor
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health director, spoke at SLAS2015 on Feb. 11 about the exceptional opportunities currently facing the medical science community. The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening welcomed nearly 5,000 participants from 34 countries for its fourth-annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
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Limbs & Things PROMPT Flex

Coming in 2015! PROMPT Flex has been developed in collaboration with leading clinicians to offer an accurate learning platform on which to teach a range of childbirth scenarios and emergencies.

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Realistic OB Simulation From Model-med

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UW research shows sensor technology may help improve accuracy of clinical breast exams
Medical News Today
Sensor technology has the potential to significantly improve the teaching of proper technique for clinical breast exams, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The results of the study were published in a correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine. Carla Pugh, director of patient safety and education at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and principal investigator of the study, says the use of sensors allows a level of critical analysis unavailable to clinicians until recently.
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Looking to get published this year?
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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. 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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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Can visualization enhance a surgeon's skills? (Outpatient Surgery)
Off the 3-D printer, practice parts for the surgeon (The New York Times)
Study: Virtual simulation training can reduce costs, improve readiness (National Defense)
San Francisco hospital has self-directed robots to free up caretakers (PSFK)
New model proposed to replace U.S. News & World Report rankings system for medical schools (Medical News Today)

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