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Evidence-based medicine: Art, science or both?
By Dr. Maureen Anderson
In this digital age, emergency department physicians have immediate access to reams of data, guidelines, algorithms, etc., to help us care for patients. This is great in our fast-paced ED environment — but we must not lose sight of the fact that we are caring for individuals, each with a unique profile, who may or may not benefit from a given intervention. This is where the "art" of medicine plays a role.
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Improving CHSE application process
Due to the overwhelming success of the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator program, we are launching a new application system. From Sept. 11 to Oct. 1, we will be unable to accept new applications or payments. If you have been approved for the CHSE examination, you can take the exam during this period. Applications that are in process will be able to be completed after Oct. 1 if payment is made before Sept. 11.
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Win a registration for SimOps 2014! Take our survey today!
The purpose of this survey is to create a blueprint for developing the Operations Specialist certification examination. The roles that service day to day tasks under operational leadership are made up of a diverse and talented workforce. While simulation is a technique, we cannot ignore that it is dependent on technologies and operational techniques to achieve many of the objectives that subject matter experts (the educator) have defined. Simulation in healthcare has matured greatly in this regard, and a new workforce is evolving to meet the day-to-day challenges of simulation operations.This survey seeks to validate the KSAs attributed to the certified professional.
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  Process solutions Using Healthcare Simulation

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Why the University of Washington wants its surgeons to play videogames
All Things D
In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study found that as many as 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical error in the U.S., incurring some $17 billion to $29 billion in hospital expenses. In 2009, the Safe Patient Project concluded that the situation may have gotten even worse in the decade that followed. That’s a tragedy, which Dr. Andy Wright — a surgeon and one of the core faculty members at the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS), a healthcare education program based at the University of Washington — thinks can be helped by playing videogames.
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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.

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    New comprehensive textbook on simulation (and our debriefing chapter) (Simulating Healthcare)
Emergency care education brought to life (Minot Daily News)
Hopkins nursing innovator Jeffries earns AACN Teaching Award (Newswise, Inc.)
3-D printed medical devices spark FDA evaluation (Fox)
Artificial intelligence framework for simulating clinical decision-making: a Markov decision process approach. (World Intelligence Network)

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What can healthcare learn from aviation, gaming industries?
MedCity News
Stephanie Baum writes, "Of all the phrases I've heard since I began covering the healthcare industry,the most common one is how much better healthcare would be if it simply adopted some of the practices of the [insert almost any other industry here]. That's a perspective shared by Robert Szczerba. He has formed a company called X Tech Ventures that's designed to solve some of the most challenging problems in healthcare using a simulation platform that can be adapted for several different needs."
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  Take Simulation Onsite

Overcome the challenges facing busy teams – bring the portable Mentice VIST®-C endovascular simulator to them. Target Cardiology, Neuro Surgery/IR, Radiology and Vascular Surgery teams all in their own environment. Practice new equipment and techniques, maintain and improve skills and communication while allowing team members to interact in different roles.

Electronic records tied to fewer hospitalizations
Switching from paper to electronic medical records at health clinics led to "modest reductions" in the number of people with diabetes that went to the emergency room or were hospitalized, in a new study. Researchers looking at before-and-after rates found both ER visits and hospital admissions dropped by between five and six percent once the computerized records were put in place, but that there was no change in the frequency of office visits.
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New training technology for first responders
PRWEB via Digital Journal
This week, the College of Western Idaho (CWI) will unveil the next generation in emergency medical services training; HAL®, a state of the art simulation mannequin that has been acquired for use by CWI's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs. Funding for the new industry leading manequin was made possible by a generous donation from Capital Matrix a local organization committed to the future of our communities through economic development and job creation.
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