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Starting the New Year with Loaded Crash Carts

Each new year brings the promise of new purposes, hopes, opportunities, and goals. While many New Year’s resolutions focus on losing weight or exercising regularly, they can also include implementing new teaching strategies with your students. For healthcare training programs, this could include mock code simulations with Loaded Crash Carts from SimLabSolutions to improve recognition of cardiac arrest and adherence to AHA guidelines. Continue reading below to learn about the benefits of implementing these mock codes into your curriculum.

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Simulating Vehicle Extrication With SimRescue

A common challenge instructors face is delivering quality, hands-on exercises for students. By enabling students to demonstrate what they learned in a realistic way, practical experience is vital to applying the skills acquired in the classroom. Simulating these life-like situations has proven to be helpful to students not only as a way to perform skills more in-depth, but to instill confidence for when a real-life situation happens. SimRescue helps bridge the gap of realistic practice for vehicle extrication training by delivering a safe and effective solution. In this blog we will explore the SimRescue product features and the benefits of implementing it into training programs.

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Using Simulation to Teach Best Practices for Long-Term Care

Though simulation training is most commonly associated with acute care emergency scenarios, it is also ideally suited for many long-term care programs. In fact, simulation is becoming increasingly important as patient acuity in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities has surged over the past few years (1,2). Long-term care simulation labs are now essential components of RN, LPN and nursing assistant programs, as they enable students to safely practice skills in a controlled environment under the close supervision of instructors. There is no risk to patients and students have opportunities for clinical decision-making that are not possible in clinical settings. Continue reading below to learn more about how educators can use simulation to better prepare students to provide safe patient care in every type of extended care setting.

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How to Demonstrate Best Clinical Practice for Long-Term Care Using the Lynacare™ HC107 Hospital Bed

Hospital beds for long-term care have undergone a total transformation in the past 30 years. For instance, manual hand cranks at the foot of the bed have been replaced with convenient hand pendants and footboard-mounted master control panels and full-length side rails have been discontinued in favor of quarter-length. The new Lynacare™ HC107 Hi-Low Hospital Bed was designed with these best clinical practices in mind and many others as well. Continue reading to catch up on the latest research findings and how the HC107 promotes evidence-based best practice in long term care.

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Importance of Realistic Blood For Healthcare Simulation

Every day, life-saving blood transfusions are needed in healthcare facilities across the world. Annually in the United States, more than 14 million units of blood are transfused from nearly 11 million blood donors. Most patients do not experience any side effects from their transfusions, and this is due to the knowledge and skills of the clinicians caring for them. One of the best ways to teach aspiring doctors, nurses and lab technicians how to perform these procedures is simulation training. Participating in structured simulation scenarios not only improves clinical skill performance but enhances confidence in performing critical interventions. SimRx Signature Simulated Blood Bags are an essential component of this training because they look and feel just like real blood products.

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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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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?

Healthcare providers are constantly challenged to ensure that each patient receives the correct treatments and medications. QR and 2D Barcode scanning is now used routinely to confirm that practitioners are administering treatments to the correct patient. It is also used in other applications to make healthcare more accurate and prevent dangerous medical errors. In this blog, we will go more in depth with this technology and how it is used to 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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