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Patient simulation is a powerful teaching tool
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This month’s cover story looks at how simulation is evolving in healthcare. There’s something about simulation that appeals to my English major roots. It’s not the technology that fascinates me, although high-fidelity, interactive mannequins are pretty amazing; it’s the idea of imitating real life. At its heart, simulation is about storytelling and play-acting, which are powerful teaching tools. We memorize facts and figures for tests, but often forget them later.
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Forsyth Tech unveils new simulation lab for Health Technologies students
News & Record
With a wound on his leg, an IV in his arm, fluid in his lungs and a collapsed lung, Gregory Porter wasn’t feeling very well. Although Porter appeared to be breathing, he was not alive. That’s because Porter is a new, high-fidelity mannequin that will soon be taken care of by students using Forsyth Technical Community College’s new simulation lab. "Our goal was to provide a safe learning environment for our Health Technologies students to learn advanced skills in a realistic healthcare setting," Bonnie Pope, dean of Health Technologies at Forsyth Tech, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the lab.
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Automatic crash notification: A promising resource for fire EMS
Fire Engineering
Considering the anticipated rise in vehicle crashes, fire EMS will need every resource to get crash victims, especially those with critical injuries, to the hospital quickly. To do that, we must first be able to locate the accident. Fire departments rely on witnesses or victims to call 911 for help and to convey their locations. Of the 30,000 calls made daily to 911 for EMS in the United States, 5,000 are for vehicle crashes. But sometimes, the victims are unable to call for help and there are no witnesses when the crash occurs.
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  Process solutions Using Healthcare Simulation

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Schizophrenic simulator gives glimpse into disturbing disorder
Hearing voices calling you a "worthless loser" or seeing people on TV address you directly, being unable to distinguish what's real and what isn't, are among the most disturbing aspects of severe schizophrenia. Doctors and nurses at Fresno Community Regional Medical Center see patients with symptoms like this every day. Now, thanks to a simulator, they are getting an idea of what their patients are going through.
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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.

Annual disaster exercise focuses on schools, hospital response
The Richmond Register
Madison, Ky., and surrounding counties kicked into action as nearly 15,000 people and 200 evaluators participated in the annual drill simulating a chemical weapons leak at the Blue Grass Army Depot. The scenario this year involved the nerve agent sarin, also known as GB. The fictional leak occurred when an equipment failure at the depot caused a forklift that was carrying a chemical weapon to crash.
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Texas EMS unveils new training simulator
It’s a valuable tool for those wanting to become paramedics! Austin-Travis County EMS introduced its new ambulance simulator at its training facility in Southeast Austin. Inside this simulator, EMS cadets can practice working on mannequins — just as if they were transporting a real-life victim to the hospital.
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Learning from dummies
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A patient with a cocaine overdose lies in the emergency room. His blood pressure is sky high, his heart racing. As nurses assess his condition and try to stabilize him, he begins vomiting, which leads to pulmonary aspiration. He develops heart arrhythmia requiring emergency CPR and defibrillation measures. Despite these interventions, the patient dies — until the next time.
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