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Video game-makers create simulation to help fight Ebola
Video game-makers are now joining doctors and nurses in the fight against Ebola. Dozens of game developers came together to create a germ of an idea to fight the deadly virus during a "hackathon" at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle's SODO district. Typically, a hackathon pits teams against each other to build a software tool. This time, there was no competition.
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Steps for doctors and patients to make anesthesia safer
The Wall Street Journal
Looking to reduce and prevent dangerous complications from anesthesia and sedation during surgery, hospitals and surgical centers are ramping up emergency training for medical staff and keeping a closer eye on patients on the operating table. Anesthesia is the part of surgery many patients may understand the least, yet it can result in a wide range of complications, from cardiac arrest to damaged vocal chords.
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Is surgery safer at a teaching hospital?
U.S. News & World Report
Like anything, it takes time and practice to become a qualified surgeon. But what is the appropriate balance of allowing residents to gain experience and giving patients the best care possible? U.S. News explored the risks and benefits to surgery at teaching hospitals: Do the benefits of surgery at a major academic institution outweigh the costs of patients being used as a teaching tool? Is care from a surgical resident of lesser quality than care from an attending surgeon?
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US prepares Ebola military medical response team
Tech Times
With Ebola still a growing threat in West Africa and the virus finding its way into the country, the United States steps up to the challenge by preparing a medical response team for its own. Made up of 10 critical care nurses, 10 noncritical care nurses, five doctors adept in infectious diseases, critical care and internal medicine, and five individuals specially trained in infection control, the medical response team will be called upon should new Ebola cases be identified in the country.
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Scientists consider repurposing robots for Ebola
The New York Times
Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic? A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of a human, such as waste removal or the burial of bodies, would have significant lifesaving potential. So, with the assistance of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, scientists are planning a series of brainstorming meetings.
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Innovative simulation lab at University of Houston trains students for better eye care
Houston Chronicle
The patient doesn't have a name or, for that matter, hair. For the moment, he is a 61-year-old caucasian, but that could change. This is the Simulation Lab at the University of Houston's College of Optometry, where students learn diagnostic techniques on a state-of-the-art, first-in-the-nation set of networked computers that mimic, as closely as possible, the experience of examining real patients' eyes. The patient even blinks, and when the light is too strong, the avatar blinks more.
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Florida facility aimed at eliminating medical mistakes by use of simulation
Medical mistakes kill 98,000 people each year in the United States. One woman in Tampa, Florida, is trying to change the way doctors and nurses are trained, so errors are less likely. In one room there's a newborn baby being resuscitated. Down the hall a new nurse learning the ropes. And downstairs, there is an injured soldier in the hybrid operating room, but none of these scenarios are real. You're getting a peek inside of a pretend hospital with a big purpose.
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A 4-step approach to expand graduate medical education
It is possible to obtain a consensus on how to expand graduate medical education, according to a new Health Affairs post. The article, written by a team of authors led by Richard Rieselbach, professor emeritus of medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, identifies a four-step proposal that they believe can be implemented immediately.
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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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CDC issues new rules for protecting workers from Ebola (USA Today)
Making it Count: Using Simulation for Ebola Readiness (SSH)
Free surgery simulation app sets the standard for learning on mobile devices (iMedicalApps)
Simulation-based training improves endoscopy execution (HealthDay News via HCPLive)

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