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New report looks into medical simulation market
MarketsandMarkets via WhaTech
Healthcare/medical simulation improves patient outcomes, facilitates increased task proficiency and patient safety, reduces medical errors, and enhances professional communication and team management skills, which reduces the overall healthcare costs. Therefore, an increased number of medical schools, training centers and military organizations are adopting simulation technologies. In addition, there is an increasing adoption of technologically advanced simulation systems to create clinical condition situations so that the actual operations on patients can be done with minimized errors.
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Hundreds of hospitals struggle to improve patient satisfaction
PBS Newshour
In April, the government will begin boiling down the patient feedback into a five-star rating for hospitals. Federal officials say they hope that will make it easier for consumers to digest the information now available on Medicare's Hospital Compare website. Hospitals say judging them on a one-to-five scale is too simplistic. Some hospitals have made great gains. The University of Missouri Health System, for example, created a live simulation center at its medical school in Columbia to help doctors learn to communicate better with patients.
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Survey: HHS regulations are squeezing health IT professionals
By Scott E. Rupp
New research suggests that the regulatory demands imposed by the Department of Health & Human Services are likely having a negative impact on health IT professionals. As many as 60 percent of polled healthcare IT professionals feel that government regulations are leading to the decline of their industry. According to the study, cost-cutting and containment also are cause for concern for healthcare organizations and are "exacerbated by the fact that many IT departments are already understaffed and underfunded."
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'Simulation man' brings latest technology to training rooms at the VA hospital
For medical professionals, dealing with aches and pains, surgeries and breathing tubes can be just another day at work. Now, these very symptoms that they typically see in patients can all be carried out through training with some of the latest technology. "I'm going to incubate this patient," a physician says, quickly glancing over at the monitor. It's a glimpse into what happens inside the operating room. "He has a history of COPD, emphysema," a team member says of their patient.
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9 industries using virtual reality
Virtual reality has been tied to gaming for a while, but as the technology progresses, more and more uses are surfacing. It's being used in many industries in various capacities, very often involving job training or new ways of introducing an audience to a concept or experience. In this article are 10 different industries that are using virtual reality and how they're incorporating it into everyday life.
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Simulations show how tech devices put stress on joints and muscles
Saarland University via News-Medical.Net
Spending hours on a computer or sending lots of text messages on a mobile phone can result in a stiff neck and sometimes even a strained thumb. Computer scientists in Saarbrücken, Germany, have developed a procedure that simulates in a lifelike manner which muscles and joints are put under particular strain when using IT devices. It also demonstrates the speed and accuracy with which a user can operate a device.
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  Teach Clinical Breast Exam Standards

Clinical Breast Exam skills are now learned with computer-guided technology. The MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer teaches the palpation skills required to detect small breast lesions and to reduce false positives. Universities and colleges use the MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer to validate breast exam competencies. Call MammaCare for a demonstration unit: 352.375.0607 MORE

New EMS sleep study to examine the effect of shift work
Mark Huber
Those of us who have ever worked rotating, overnight or long shift schedules know all too well the inherent difficulties in feeling consistently well-rested and the potential for compromised performance due to fatigue. Now a new study funded by the MedEvac Foundation International will attempt to match some hard data to the problem by observing air medical EMS clinicians and investigating their sleep/wake patterns. It also will examine the relationship between shift duration, sleep/wake cycles and behavioral alertness.
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Florida naval hospital's Room of Errors improves care
Pensacoloa News Journal
As a colonoscopy patient was being prepped at Pensacola Naval Hospital recently, three things were terribly wrong: the operating table wasn't secured, there was a used needle on the floor, and the corpsman on duty was on his cellphone during the patient check. The colonoscopy simulation mannequin activities were part of Naval Hospital's Room of Errors in recognition of annual Patient Safety Awareness Week.
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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.

Optional Extras include:
• Wireless Force Monitoring
• Cervical Dilation/Effacement Module
• C-Section Module
• PPH Module
• Lower Legs with Knee Joint Interface
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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What does the future hold for Nina Pham?
Joan Spitrey
On March 2, nurse Nina Pham filed a lawsuit against her employer, Texas Health Resources, for negligent training and a violation of privacy in the wake of the Ebola incident in Dallas. Pham helped take care of Thomas Eric Duncan, who walked into a Dallas community hospital infected with the Ebola virus he contracted in Liberia, and she became the first person to contract Ebola in the United States.
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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 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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    Pham Ebola lawsuit could be landmark for patient safety (Forbes)
Simulation learning boosts workplace safety training (Occupational Health & Safety)
Computer simulator will improve radiation therapy for cancer patients (University of Arkansas)
US doctor shortage could hit 90,000 by 2025 (Forbes)
A paralyzed woman flew an F-35 fighter jet in a simulator — using only her mind (The Washington Post)

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