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How virtual reality may change medical education and save lives
The old adage applies to many aspects of our life in a variety of ways. Practicing your backhand, learning a dance move or rehearsing your speech. But where it may matter the most is for medical professionals who perform lifesaving interventions or procedures for patients in emergency departments or in the operating room.
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Your heart in 3-D: Surgeons can now practice on a simulation
How can you distinguish between a good surgeon and an exceptional surgeon? According to some medical experts, it's that all-too-rare ability to visualize a human organ in three dimensions from little more than a scan. "The handful of the top surgeons in the world are like sculptors," said Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a director at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco.
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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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The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh endorses Touch Surgery, a mobile cognitive simulation and rehearsal platform for surgeons
Touch Surgery via News-Medical.Net
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has teamed up with Touch Surgery, the mobile cognitive simulation and rehearsal app, to deliver better training and improve global surgical practice through Touch Surgery's library of surgical simulations. Touch Surgery is officially the largest community of surgeons practising and rehearsing virtual surgery, and is accessible via any smart device on both iOS and Android platforms.
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What we've learned from the epidemiology of Ebola
Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Ebola viruses are highly virulent zoonoses affecting both humans and nonhuman primates. The virus contains a single-strand linear RNA of 18-19 kb encoding seven genes (NP, VP35, VP40, VP30, VO24 and GP). Furthermore, five genetically distinct species are known for it, including: Zaire Ebola virus (ZEBOV), Sudan Ebola virus (SEBOV), Cote d'Ivoire Ebola virus, Bundibugyo Ebola virus (BEBOV) and Reston Ebola virus (REBOV) with different genomic sequence, genomic overlap number and location, and virulence. REBOV can only affect nonhuman primates, while the other four versions are responsible for Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) breakouts.
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The family-run company that's making super sophisticated 'robot' patients
At a factory on the south side of Miami, teams of engineers are building critical tools for training new doctors and nurses on how to deliver breech babies, the first things to check for in a newborn and the best methods for treating trauma patients. The tools, made by Gaumard Scientific, are essentially robotic patients – officially known as patient simulators.
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To prevent burnout, hospitals must care for caregivers
Hospital staff spend long hours maintaining a professional demeanor amid death, suffering, grief and anger from patients and their families, and those clinicians need support as well. To take care of their staff and prevent burnout, hospital leaders increasingly look for ways to treat stress and prevent the job from overwhelming clinicians, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
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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

Virtual case simulations may improve foot care in diabetes
Endocrinology Advisor
Simulation education may be able to fill a significant gap in education concerning foot examinations in diabetes care, according to new data presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 24th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress. In the study, researchers from the University of Arkansas reported simulation education can be a useful tool in training healthcare teams, noting that new evidence indicates that clinical skills acquired in simulation sessions could translate into improved patient care practices and outcomes.
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Hospitals find new ways to monitor patients 24/7
The Wall Street Journal
Hospitals are trying new early-warning systems to monitor patients for subtle but dangerous signs of a worsening condition. After surgery or during hospitalization for illness, patients are at risk for complications that can quickly turn fatal, such as a depressed breathing rate that can lead to cardiac arrest caused by oversedation or an adverse reaction to narcotic pain medications. Patients can show signs of deterioration — known in medical terms as "decompensation" — as many as six to eight hours ahead of a cardiac or respiratory arrest, studies show.
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Simulation gives a feel of what dementia is like
Portsmouth News
It's a feeling of disorientation and frustration at being unable to do the simplest tasks. And now a training program gives people an insight into what it might be like to live with dementia. Portsmouth City Council in the U.K. has been using a simulation exercise called the virtual dementia tour for frontline workers in adult social care.
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Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education
Clincial Advisor
Clinical simulation is widely used to teach and assess clinical skills in physician assistant education, according to findings presented at the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2015 meeting. Karen Beer, PA-C, and Dr. James Stoehr, from the Midwestern University PA Program in Glendale, Arizona sought to examine the extent of clinical simulation use during the didactic and clinical phases of PA education and determine the various forms of simulation used to teach and assess clinical skills.
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More health insurers invest in mobile apps
Healthcare Finance News
Americans aren't rushing to use smartphone apps from their insurance companies. But in the age of high deductibles and chronic disease management, Web and mobile apps may help with consumer empowerment and wellness. There are a range of mobile app options insurers are offering, with everything from provider directories to personalized cost-sharing information and rewards for health activities.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The human body as a new frontier of cyberphysical systems (National Science Foundation via
Virtual 'hospital' part of new Central Michigan University medical school (MLive)
Texas high school adds ambulance simulator (The Brownsville Herald)
Work-life balance in healthcare: The fundamentals (Catherine Iste)
Octopus-inspired robotic arms can multitask during surgery (Live Science)

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