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SSH members have you voted?
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As a member of SSH you have the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Board of Directors. You may vote for the president-elect, the treasurer and an at-large director. You must login to vote. Each candidate has submitted a CV, statement of interest in the position and disclosure of interest information to help you make an informed decision. Please review each candidate carefully. The deadline for voting is Nov. 6, 11:59 p.m. CDT.
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ACCP first-ever medical association to receive Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation for Its clinical simulation program
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) announced that its clinical simulation program received accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) after meeting the society's core standards for accreditation. Accreditation approval from SSH positions ACCP as a leader in clinical simulation education. After initiating a handful of simulation-based education courses in 2005, ACCP now offers nearly 80 different simulation-enhanced educational opportunities each year, attracting clinicians who specialize in chest medicine from across the United States and abroad.
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Free webinar: A review of provisional standards and application process
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
The free accreditation webinar series is designed to provide information on the SSH accreditation standards, application processes and in-depth focused area review. The webinar series is a valuable opportunity for simulation programs at any level. New and emerging programs, developed programs and accredited programs will benefit from the education provided by one of our experts.
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Other duties as assigned... addressing challenges in simulation operations
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is assembling a comprehensive educational program dedicated to professionals working in simulation operations. Join us in beautiful San Francisco immediately before IMSH to learn from the experts and build your professional networks in this rapidly growing specialty area within healthcare simulation.
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Study: Identifying gaps in infection prevention practices may help improve patient safety
Identifying gaps in infection prevention practices may yield opportunities for improved patient safety, according to a survey published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. According the survey, the majority of hospitals had infection prevention policies in place for the use of devices, surgery, hand hygiene, and multidrug-resistant organisms. However, only 28 out of 71 (or 39.4 percent) reported having policies relating to antimicrobial stewardship, such as antimicrobial restrictions. Appropriate use of antibiotics is necessary to prevent antibiotic resistance.
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  Process solutions Using Healthcare Simulation

FlexSim Healthcare simulation software will help you solve problems in room scheduling, staff utilization, resource allocation and patient flows. FlexSim’s 3D animation will help others visualize your solutions and validate improvements. Let FlexSim Healthcare model and validate your process improvement ideas before you implement them. Problem Solved. Download a Free Trial today.

Changing healthcare dynamics and the surge of urgent care centers
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The Affordable Care Act is poised to dramatically change the way we view and experience healthcare. The implementation of this law has paved the way for less costly outpatient care, which has in turn led to a boom in affordable urgent care centers and retail clinics across the country. There are now more than 8,000 urgent and immediate care centers all over the nation, a figure that is set to grow at 8-10 percent per year, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
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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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    Honor Society of Nursing publishes simulation program handbook for educators (Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses)
A review of assessment and research standards (Society for Simulation in Healthcare)
Medical simulation market to reach $1.9 billion by 2017 (FierceHealth IT)
SCAI paper calls for expanded use of, and research on, medical simulation (The Journal of Invasive Cardiology)
ICD-10-CM from an optimistic coder's perspective (By Elizabeth Morgenroth)

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Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the SSH 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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