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Simulation study: Mobile videoconferencing for enhanced emergency medical communication
Videoconferencing on mobile phones may enhance communication, but knowledge on its quality in various situations is needed before it can be used in medical emergencies. Mobile phones automatically activate loudspeaker functionality during videoconferencing, making calls particularly vulnerable to background noise. The aim of this study was to investigate if videoconferencing can be used between lay bystanders and emergency medical dispatch operators for initial emergency calls during medical emergencies, under suboptimal sound and light conditions.
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Simulation lab, war room help prevent medical errors, improve doc-nurse communication
Despite new technology and evidence-based guidelines, medical mistakes happen too frequently and may lead to as many as 400,000 preventable deaths each year. But two new programs, launched at the University of Virginia Medical Center, offer a new approach to patient safety that may prevent medical errors, WVTF Public Radio reports.
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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. Call for SSH Member Discount

Dead patient? New tech gives students another try
Fox News
"[The mannequin] actually looks and feels like a real person," said Vanessa Gepielago, who recently graduated from the nursing program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Over 700 students studying in various fields practice at UNLV's Clinical Simulation Center, a 32,000-square-foot lab that has been set up like a real hospital. It offers standardized patient rooms, medical labs and surgery units, and students from three colleges pay lab fees to use the facility.
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East Carolina University hosts simulation technology conference
The Daily Reflector
Approximately 150 healthcare professionals from across the North Carolina visited East Carolina University for WakeMed Health & Hospitals Go SIMple Conference, which featured lectures and training on the use of simulation technology in education. Attendees included nurses, paramedics, doctors and physician assistants.
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Killing a patient to save his life
The New York Times
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have begun a clinical trial that pushes the boundaries of conventional surgery — and, some say, medical ethics. In a simulation, doctors in Pittsburgh practice a procedure that involves draining the blood and replacing it with cold salt water. By inducing hypothermia and slowing metabolism in dying patients, doctors hope to buy valuable time in which to mend the victims' wounds.
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East Tennessee State University invites Hispanic students to 'Simulated Medicine' summer camp
ETSU opens its door for local Hispanic students to participate in its "Simulated Medicine in Action" summer camp program. The unique program invites students who are rising high school juniors, seniors or college freshman. The event is scheduled to take place in the simulation lab at ETSU's James H. Quillen College of Medicine.
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How virtual reality could save your life during a disaster
The Verge
In 2011, a Virginia-based IT company called Intelligent Decisions developed a simulation system for the U.S. military that would help prepare soldiers for combat. The system, called the "Dismounted Soldier Training System," used a head-mounted display and a laptop worn inside a military backpack to immerse soldiers in a virtual learning environment similar to a military video game. Now that same company is turning its attention to the civilian world with a system it simply calls "Medical Simulation." And the company says it might soon help train healthcare professionals for difficult surgeries, disaster response, and could even be used to treat people who suffer from PTSD.
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SuperAnnie 1 is a training manikin with cheap replaceable pads that lets you practice chest tube insertion. The SuperAnnie 3 model has, in addition, a drain function simulator producing realistic swinging and bubbling of your drainage system during spontaneous breathing or IPPV. Compatible with wide range of manikin simulators.

How a UCLA program is training foreign, immigrant doctors to work in the US
Los Angeles Daily news via Press Telegram
As a resident physician in Havana, Hamlet Garcia Peña was trained to heal and even perform delicate eye surgery if needed. But after he came to the United States, Garcia Peña worked with his hands to remove lead and asbestos from old rooftops and pack boxes into trucks, as well as assisting nurses in a home for people with mental illness. At one point, he even sold cars in the San Gabriel Valley of California.
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A second chance at practicing medicine
UC Newsroom via New America Media
Thousands of well-educated foreign-trained physicians in California face daunting barriers to becoming doctors here, and UC San Diego School of Medicine physicians are trying to help — out of altruism and to improve patient care in San Diego County.
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