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'Mission-critical' teams, simulations help MD Anderson improve patient safety
In their search for innovative solutions to healthcare problems, hospital leaders have taken inspiration from several unlikely sources, from Disney to car manufacturers. Now Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center, seeking to improve patient safety and standardize care, is looking to two more sources: the racing and aviation industries.
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Researchers working on new technology to save lives on battlefield
Researchers at Purdue University are collaborating on a project to develop a new kind of technology aimed at saving lives. It's called a System for Telementoring with Augmented Reality, or STAR. Computer science student Dan Andersen said it could help surgeons on the battlefield. "A lot of combat medics have a good amount of training. But maybe they haven't been refreshed recently on how to do a particular kind of operation, or they haven't been trained hands-on for certain kinds of trauma injuries," said Andersen.
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Removing the barriers that prohibit using simulation in EMS
As EMS evolves, it's becoming more complex. EMS professionals are being tasked with performing comprehensive physical assessments in addition to high-risk and low-yield procedures. Together we must be ready for these changes that will help us improve how we provide care. We can do that through simulation. As EMS educators, simulation should be at the core of how we teach the fundamentals. Theories should be integrated into the educational methodologies we use, and as we attempt to perfect our care delivery practices, we should always consider how much value the educational methodology can have in changing behaviors.
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How physicians can identify, manage their own racial biases
Becker's Hospital Review
Physicians are trained to make quick, confident decisions. However, many medical schools and healthcare organizations are now training physicians to slow down this decision-making process, according to CNN. These organizations are slowing down the physicians in the hopes it will make them more aware of their own unconscious biases that can influence decisions.
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Firearms training simulator puts Ohio town's residents in officers' shoes
Fox News
Residents of a small Ohio town are learning how difficult it is to make split-second shoot or don't-shoot decisions when they put themselves in the shoes of a police officer. The police department in Jeffersonville, a community of some 45,000 people on the Ohio River, uses a firearms training simulator to teach people like Kari McGilvra what it's like to be a cop in a use of deadly force situation, the Jeffersonville Evening and Tribune reported.
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Simulation-based learning enhances healthcare professional education
Association for Talent Development
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a long history of creating guidelines and policies to protect and enhance the health and wellness of the American public. With a wide reach, the office has produced initiatives as important as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Adverse Drug Event National Action Plan, playing a central role in helping to keep America healthy. To ensure health professionals are able to meet the goals ODPHP has helped create, one of ODPHP’s many initiatives is to provide free interactive training to health professionals.
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What went wrong in 1st US Ebola case — and how to fix it
A Texas hospital must make several changes and improvements to avoid the mistakes that led to a patient with Ebola infecting two nurses prior to his death, according to an independent report released by Texas Health Resources, the hospital's parent company. More than a year ago, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, dying in Texas Health Presbyterian shortly thereafter.
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Healthcare adds 41,000 jobs in August in huge hiring bump; ambulatory centers surge
Healthcare Finance News
Healthcare businesses added 41,000 jobs in August, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics said, a huge jump compared to the previous month as hospitals, ambulatory centers and physicians offices hired thousands in the last full month of the summer. The sector added 28,000 jobs in July.
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