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Flight simulation technology adapted for surgery
You've seen how flight simulators can help pilots train. Now the same approach is being adapted for the operating room. It's something that could benefit surgeons and patients. Former Israeli air force officers worked with neurosurgeons to apply flight simulator technology to surgery, creating a sophisticated medical advancement.
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New simulation area lets patients, parents practice their new device
Penn State News
Patients and parents of Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital patients can now practice peripherally inserted central catheter home care in a new patient-education simulation area in the Children's Hospital Resource Center. A PICC is a tube usually inserted in the upper arm into a vein to allow extended intravenous access for medicine delivery, blood draws and other procedures. Home care is important to avoid complications like infection.
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CPR/AED training isn't enough: Experts must teach 'response'
Occupational Health & Safety
It's 6:30 a.m. and two Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are enjoying a cup of coffee prior to beginning their duties at the American Airlines Training Center in Dallas when inspector Ron Noe hears "someone snoring." He and inspector Ray Trevino head over to investigate. They find a 50-year-old American Airlines pilot, Capt. Matt Taylor, on the ground, struggling to breathe. There are many people in the area, but they slowly move backward, forming a crowd of onlookers.
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MIT scientists create new method of sorting cells using sound waves
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via Gizmag
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Pennsylvania State University have developed a novel technique of separating cells with the use of a gentle sound wave. The technique could potentially be used to screen a patient's blood, allowing medical practitioners to isolate rare tumor cells synonymous with diseases such as cancer.
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  Validate Breast Exam Skills and Competencies

MammaCare’s CBE Simulator-Trainer, is a self-administered, palpation training platform. 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 MammaCare at 352•375•0607.

Hospital promotes surgical safety
Killeen Daily Herald
At certain times of the year, one or two operating rooms at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Bell County, Texas, are taken out of circulation and become simulation sites. When personnel are being trained in new procedures, or competencies are being assessed, a couple of operating rooms are devoted to the tasks, said Dr. Harry Papaconstantinon, interim chairman of the department of surgery and a colorectal surgeon.
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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 expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and 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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Simulation-based assessment facilitates learning and enhances clinical judgment
Educational programs are designed to scaffold learning to ensure students have the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to prepare them for the workplace. In an under-resourced healthcare environment, graduates are more often expected to require minimal orientation and practice at a level in excess of beginning competence.
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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.

Society needs more of the touchy, feely technology
The New York Times via Gulf News
In factories and warehouses in Stanford, California, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision. Artificial intelligence software can drive cars, beat grandmasters at chess and leave "Jeopardy!" champions in the dust. But machines still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.
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3D Systems completes $120M deal and continues growth in medical 3-D printing
Following the announcement of its acquisition deal with Simbionix, 3D Systems recently announced that it has completed the deal and now officially owns the medical solutions company. 3D Systems bought Simbionix for $120 million in cash. Simbionix is an Israeli company that specializes in 3-D virtual-reality surgical simulation.
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Cancer researchers use supercomputer to gain insight into new treatment technology
University of Texas via Medical Xpress
Cancer radiation treatment is a tricky process. Medical researchers and physicians must walk the delicate line of delivering just enough radiation to kill tumors while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Current radiation treatment relies on imaging from computed tomography scans, which are taken prior to treatment to determine the tumor's location. This method works fairly well if the tumor lies in an easily detectable and immobile location.
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