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Simulating the structure of soft human tissue with advanced engineering materials for surgical training
Medical Xpress
Virtual experiments could soon be helping new surgeons hone their skills before they start work with live patients. This is the exciting research objective of European Research Council fellow Stéphane Bordas, a professor of computational mechanics who joined the University of Luxembourg at the end of 2013.
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Robotic patients help train first responders, students
Suburban Life
Elmhurst College nursing students routinely practice simulations with robotic patients, but this week the Elmhurst Fire Department joined the students for an emergency rescue situation.
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Surgical Theater receives FDA approval for surgical navigation advanced platform
Crain's Cleveland Business
Surgical Theater, a Mayfield Village, Ohio-based startup, has received FDA approval for its latest product — the surgical navigation advanced platform, or SNAP, which provides surgeons with a 3-D road map during medical procedures.
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The history of virtual reality
Today, virtual reality technology is big business in many areas of the tech, medical and military community. However, the technology is not a new one, as the term can trace its roots back more than a century. In fact, the first mention of virtual reality can be traced back to the 1860s, when 360-degree art via panoramic murals began to appear. While this may be a very archaic description of the term virtual reality, the future of the technology only gets better.
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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. Call for SSH Member Discount

Better care through simulation
The StarPhoenix
While working with healthcare students at SIAST, Shelly Luhning and Jan Hiebert saw firsthand how beneficial simulation training was to the students. "We saw the value in simulation with the students," said Luhning, a nurse and educator with many years of experience in the emergency room. "I saw such a difference in the students."
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6 simple strategies for building a physician leadership program
MedCity News
Lisa Goren writes, "With all the hype about the importance of cultivating physician leadership, more organizations are engaging outside experts to help them build physician leadership development programs. Like many of the necessities brought on by health reform, this is a proposition that takes a significant investment on many levels. Building a leadership program internally is the best way for organizations to minimize costs."
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  Pulse Oximeter Simulator

Designed for use with standardised patients or simple manikins, this simulator provides all the functions of a hand held pulse oximeter. When the probe is placed on the finger, the oximeter displays saturations and pulse rates consistent with designed scenarios, variable pitch audible beeping is also generated to add realism. The trainer can change values in keeping with the success or otherwise of administered treatments.

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Volunteers arrived in Rwanda to participate in teaching program
The Medical News
American Society of Anesthesiologists Global Humanitarian Outreach volunteers arrived in Rwanda today to participate in a teaching program at the two teaching hospitals of the National University of Rwanda in the cities of Kigali and Butare. The volunteers will teach Rwandan physician anesthesiologists, residents and staff about perioperative anesthesia (before, during and after a procedure), including critical care medicine, procedural skills in a new simulation center, and pediatric anesthesia.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Medical simulation centers teach doctors how to cope with a crisis (South China Morning Post)
Lifelike mannequins help train future doctors, nurses (McClatchy Newspapers via The Gainesville Times)
Director: Simulation technology key in education (Valley Morning Star)
Simulation certification could help patient safety, reduce medical errors (Claims Journal)
Medical simulation center opens in Saskatoon, Canada (CJME-Radio)

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