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Developing Interdepartmental Communication Skills Using ER Simulation

When it comes to an emergency at a hospital each type of clinician needs to understand their role. Doctors, nurses, and specialists are flooding patients rooms ensuring they receive the proper care. This is an extremely stressful situation and, unfortunately, even the most veteran hospital employees can get overwhelmed and start making mistakes. Hospitals encourage departments to constantly work to improve their skills through simulation. However, as explained by Michelle Stearns from Vermont Technical College “training happens within specific departments ‘silos’ and prevents collaboration between different departments”. Encouraging this level of collaboration early on in the healthcare education process sets a realistic foundation for our future healthcare professionals.

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Life-Like to Synthetic Model Simulation

Healthcare education initially started with life-like simulation and transformed in the late 1960’s to synthetic model simulation. Though patient simulations were very realistic, they were not the most efficient and effective ways to test students. Life-like simulation was a risk, more expensive, less flexible, and not worthwhile for teaching institutions. Once manikins and models were introduced to the world of simulation, students were able to practice certain skills and techniques as frequently as they needed in order to correct mistakes and did not run the risk of putting their simulated patients in danger.

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Simulation Labs Should Have Home Care Rooms - Here's 5 Reasons Why

Years ago, patients who required advanced medical therapies like feeding tubes, IV infusions, and mechanical ventilation were cared for in the hospital or a long term care facility. Today, these patients can stay at home with the support of an interdisciplinary home care team. Not only is their care cost effective, but they enjoy a higher quality of life than their hospitalized peers. The demand for home health care services has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic as inpatient hospital beds have become scarce. Of course, there is a corresponding need for home care clinicians who can provide the advanced care that these patients require. As a result, training programs are adding home care rooms to their sim labs to help students practice outside acute care settings. Continue reading to learn more about why this is important and how to create a home care sim lab of your own.

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8 Preventative Maintenance Measures that your Simulation Lab Equipment Needs – SimLabSolutions

Summertime is here and students are enjoying a break from their studies. Summer is also the ideal time for sim lab coordinators to get their medical equipment ready for the next school year. The common misconception is that maintenance is only required when the issue strikes, but this run-to-fail strategy can present safety risks and increase long-term costs. Preventative maintenance is one of the most important tasks that facilitators should consider, as it keeps equipment safe and ready to use for students and instructors throughout the upcoming school year. There are eight examples of medical equipment that require professional preventative maintenance measures before a years long worth of use, most of which are already in simulation labs.

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Top 5 Features of Medication Dispensing Cabinets - SimServeRx

SimServeRx is an automated medication management system that was designed specifically for healthcare education and training. It provides medication dispensing and administration experiences that are very similar to those used by students in clinical settings. SimServeRx is also designed for instructor convenience with 10 pre-loaded Patient Profiles so the system is ready to use as soon as it arrives on campus. Continue reading to learn more about how these profiles create realistic medication administration experiences for nursing education.

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Skills Trainers for Annual Competencies

Continuing education for healthcare professionals is often done online because it is convenient for both instructors and staff members. However, psychomotor competencies are best assessed through hands-on demonstrations. This article will describe how clinical educators can use skills trainers to develop annual competencies for nurses and respiratory therapists in healthcare facilities.

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The SimVS Virtual Diagnostic System Reimagined

Simulation training is a learner-centered approach that provides an engaging alternative to the traditional classroom model. However, integrating simulation into an existing healthcare training can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned educators. DiaMedical USA has partnered with Hudson Simulation to help improve the quality of healthcare by providing innovative tools like the SimVS Virtual Diagnostic Platform to educate the next generation of medical professionals. In addition, the SimVS Virtual Diagnostic Platform allows all types of healthcare training programs to increase their simulation capacity without breaking their budgets. Continue reading to learn more about the SimVS system and why instructors love using it with their students.

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Top 5 Training Headwall Features

Training Headwalls are a critical element of any hospital patient room as they help turn any simulation lab into a realistic patient care area. Headwalls are integral for many patient care activities including oxygen therapy, suctioning, and mechanical ventilation. For that exact reason, it is important that students are utilizing headwall features and learning the capabilities so that students are better prepared for clinical settings. This article provides five important considerations to help educators choose the best headwalls for their simulation lab.

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How to Create a Post Cardiac Arrest Simulation for Training

High quality CPR and adherence to ACLS guidelines lead to improved patient survival rates following cardiac arrest. For this reason, immediate post cardiac arrest care is now included in the American Heart Association ACLS guidelines. To maintain perfusion to vital organs and prevent brain injury a comprehensive, multidisciplinary system of care is needed. This article will describe five components to include when creating a realistic post cardiac arrest simulation for a nursing and respiratory critical care courses.

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How to Create a Post Cardiac Arrest Simulation for Training

High quality CPR and adherence to ACLS guidelines lead to improved patient survival rates following cardiac arrest. For this reason, immediate post cardiac arrest care is now included in the American Heart Association ACLS guidelines. To maintain perfusion to vital organs and prevent brain injury a comprehensive, multidisciplinary system of care is needed. This article will describe five components to include when creating a realistic post cardiac arrest simulation for a nursing and respiratory critical care courses.

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Simulation Hospital Bed

A hospital bed is a major investment for any simulation lab. That being said, instructors need to know that they can count on their beds to deliver many years of reliable service. This article describes five important considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right hospital bed for your training program.

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Simulation Code Medication

Every second counts during medical emergencies and patient resuscitations, which is why school training is so critical. Students must be able to quickly identify medications and administer them correctly before entering real life situations. Loaded Emergency Crash Carts with SimRx simulated code meds are essential for both pediatric and adult resuscitation training. Here is a quick overview of the code meds that are used to treat irregular heart rhythms and cardiopulmonary arrest:

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Preparing to Run Mock Codes With Nursing Students

Resuscitation of a patient in cardiac arrest is one of the most complex and stressful situations that healthcare providers experience. Early exposure to patient resuscitation procedures with mock code simulations increase student confidence and minimize hesitation when immediate action is needed. This article will provide tips for instructors as they set up simulations labs to prepare students for real code blue situations.

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Best Practices for Debriefing After Mock Codes

Debriefing is largely considered to be the most important part of simulation training. Because resuscitation is complex and emotionally stressful, debriefing allows participants to process and reflect upon the experience. They also identify opportunities for improvement in order to perform more effectively during real patient resuscitations. In order for this to happen, however, the debriefing session must support confidentiality, trust, self-analysis, and open communication. This article will describe some of the techniques that educators can use to promote the best possible learning outcomes for participants.

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How Do Barcode Scanners Increase Patient Safety?

How does barcode technology promote patient safety?

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Preventing Medication Errors in IV Therapy

Finding solutions to prevent infusion therapy errors represents a pressing patient safety priority. Educators have routinely used infusion pumps with simulated IV fluids to teach students best practices for medication administration. In this blog, we will look at how simulation can be used to help students identify potential medication errors prior to administration.

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Preparing for Guardrails with DiaMedical USA's Educational Drug Library

While smart infusion pumps have greatly improved patient safety, IV therapy is still associated with a high frequency of adverse effects. Medication errors are more likely to occur when nurses are inexperienced or unfamiliar with smart pump safety features. Hands-on training is the best way for students to learn how to safely use the Guardrails software in clinical settings. In this blog, we will go more in depth with the DiaMedical USA Educational Drug Library.

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Ventilation Simulation

The COVID-19 crisis has greatly increased the need for healthcare professionals who can manage mechanical ventilation. Utilizing ventilator simulation is a great way to prepare students in pre-hospital, med-surg and long-term care courses. This blog post will explore how educators can use ventilators, tablet-based simulators and manikins to teach these important skills.

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BiPAP Ventilation for Healthcare Programs

The COVID-19 crisis has created a huge need for nurses and respiratory therapists with ventilator management skills to care for patients with respiratory failure. BiPAP is a form of non-invasive ventilation that can be used to prevent intubation for patients with COVID pneumonia. Instructors can use refurbished ventilators and simulation scenarios to help students quickly gain the skills needed to provide BiPAP therapy to patients. In this blog, we will look at how BiPAP machines are used to treat COVID patients and how instructors can include BiPAP management skills in their nursing and respiratory therapy programs.

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Epinephrine Training: Simulated Epinephrine for Mock Codes

Epinephrine for Cardiac Arrest

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