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Innovative gaming research gains national recognition
University of Texas at Arlington
Television shows have been using tension between hospital personnel as compelling drama for years. But, in the real world, misunderstandings and miscommunication in the healthcare environment can cause errors with long-lasting, even fatal consequences. With that in mind, researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, Baylor Scott & White Health and UT Dallas developed a video game simulation that they say can teach doctors and nurses to work more collaboratively by playing out tense situations in a virtual world.
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Preparing clinicians for managing adverse contrast reaction
Diagnostic Imaging
An educational module on contrast agent reaction management significantly improved clinician knowledge and comfort with managing adverse reactions to contrast media, according to the results of a single-center study. But concerns over contrast reaction still lingered, researchers found. After completing the online module, nearly 20 percent of the technologists, nurses, and physicians still reported feeling uncomfortable managing an adverse contrast reaction, study author Dr. Bethany Niell, Ph.D., director of Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, Massachusetts General Hospital told Diagnostic Imaging.
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Simulation mannequins keep it real for nursing students
Seton Hall University
A group of nursing students leans over a six-year-old child to listen for breath sounds. Nothing. They call a "code" and start chest compressions. Soon, the child's gurgling and crying assure the students that the child has revived. In another room, a group of nursing students is dealing with a man who is having a seizure. They assess his condition. His pupils are dilated. He is sweating and shaking, and his blood pressure is rising. They administer anti-seizure medication and the crisis is over. While these may sound like scenes from the latest emergency room drama on TV, they are being played out in Seton Hall lab rooms with nursing students. Thanks to a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the College of Nursing purchased two state-of-the-art simulation manikins, SimMan 3G and SimJunior by Laerdal.
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  What Happened at AGR Imaging?

The clinic had sufficient capacity and staffing on September 1st, 2013, yet patients had unusually high waiting times. Multiple simulation scenarios show that a few small changes could have made a big difference for the clinic on that day. Download the white paper and see how.

New mobile heavy equipment training lab is a win-win for students and employers
Market Wired
Great Plains College in Saskatchewan, Canada, will create a mobile simulation lab for its Heavy Equipment Operator training program to help meet increased demand for skilled graduates thanks to federal funding of $230,000 recently announced by David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
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Bioprinting of body parts inching closer to reality
By Donna Balancia
New 3-D printing technology is giving hope to medical patients who need to replace and repair body parts and organs. Creating organs through the use of a patient's own cells in many cases, this 3-D printing technology — known as "bioprinting" — is a promising new industry in the scientific community. The 3-D printing industry has been around for almost 20 years, but is coming to light now as many scientific companies compete for lucrative grants and awards to be among the first to replicate human organ, such as a liver, scientists say.
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Can Google Glass transform medical education?
HIT Consultant
Google Glass looks exciting for the medical world, and presents a particularly powerful opportunity for medical education. A white paper by the Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital says, "simulation-based training has opened up a new educational application in medicine. It can develop health professionals’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes, whilst protecting patients from unnecessary risks." Google Glass is taking simulation to the next level and making it more real, as the patients treated are real.
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The calculus of nursing education and patient outcomes
By Keith Carlson
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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  MammaCare's new CBE Simulator - Trainer

Is a self-administered, palpation training platform that produces and validates breast examination competencies. 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.

The new Republican healthcare plan with a twist
With the election around the corner, each party is digging their trenches and creating a plan for the long hard battle. Democrats are focusing on income inequality through a minimum wage increase. Republicans are focusing on, yet again, repealing Obamacare. Finally, instead of straight repeal, they are presenting a plan to replace Obamacare. As you’ll see shortly, this is the same old song they sang in the past and it is not enough. They could use fresh ideas.
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  Demo Dose®

Pocket Nurse®, which is the exclusive distributor of Demo Dose®, is the Market Share leader of Medication products for healthcare education and simulation.

University of Cincinatti training the next generation of war doctors
The soldier on the military cargo plane struggles to breathe. He developed pneumonia while serving in Afghanistan and needs medicine now, but the pump to deliver it won't work properly. "I can't believe I'm still messing around with this pump," the nurse says, speaking on a headset because the three-person crew is surrounded by the constant roar of the jet engines even as she struggles with the thin air at 30,000 feet. But those engines aren't real. The "plane" is a simulation center deep inside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the pump failure orchestrated from a control room next door. The patient is a mannequin.
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    Healthcare/medical simulation market is poised to reach $1.9 billion by 2017 (The International News Magazine)
Celebrate Simulation Technology in 2014 (SSH)
CAE to spend $250 million to develop and expand modelling and simulation technologies (Ottawa Citizens)
Need for medical simulation training highlighted (TradeArabia)
Wake Tech nursing professor recognized for achievements in simulation (Wake Tech Community College)

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  SimAction Seizes IMSH 2014

SimAction brings your patient simulators to life! Our effective Seizure and Defibrillation systems create that real world motion you’ve been looking for. SimAction adds that life-like realism you desire in your simulated environment. Simple, effective solutions for your simulation needs. Check us out here or at IMSH 2014.

CHEST and Simbionix co-develop a portable training solution for EBUS-TBNA
Medical Xpress
Simbionix, a world leader in medical simulation, and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), a leader in advanced simulation education, enter the second phase of their collaboration to promote bronchoscopy education. The BRONCH Express, a virtual reality simulator for endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) training that is being co-developed by the organizations, will be featured at CHEST World Congress 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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