"Perfect Practice makes Perfect"

Most of us will recognize the old adage, “practice makes perfect.” I’ve seen that modified, appropriately I believe, to “perfect practice makes perfect.” True skill is the result of repeated practice, followed by expert feedback to move each subsequent attempt closer to perfection until the mental focus and physical performance move as a unit into the realm of muscle memory and become “automatically” perfect every time. That level of competence feeds the sense of confidence necessary to permit one to employ that skill whenever needed, under any circumstance.

Exploring every option to enhance the realism presented in training our future doctors, nurses and clinicians is at the heart of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s mission. ReaLifeSim, LLC supports their efforts and shares in their advocacy.

It’s Healthcare Simulation Week 2018! Watch for local stories on advances in healthcare simulation in your area.  

Author - James Benson, CCO, B&G Educational Innovations, LLC

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#competencybasedtraining #competencybasedassessment

Healthcare Simulation Week Kicks off TODAY!

Today is the beginning of Healthcare Simulation Week 2018. This week celebrates all those who design, build, test, sell and use the ever-widening variety of simulation products to educate, train, practice and ultimately deliver safe, high quality healthcare with competence, confidence, efficiency and effectiveness to those who need it.

While simulation is a “hot topic” in healthcare today, it has been around in some form for many years, even with such rudimentary efforts as practicing injections using an orange or a semi-rigid block of material that mimicked skin density.

Today, the confluence of advances in materials science, miniature wireless electronics, robotics, computer-driven software programs, virtual and augmented reality devices have produced an incredible array of hardware and software products bringing clinical students and practitioners alike very life-like experiences in their training scenarios.

The end goal of all this effort - improved patient outcomes – is very much worth celebrating. ReaLifeSim, LLC salutes the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and all those working in the healthcare simulation field.

Author- James Benson, CCO, B&G Educational Innovations

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#competencybasedtraining #competencybasedassessment

Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2001. It is a day to never forget. It’s a day to pause during any one of our many routine activities and never forget the thousands of victims and the tens of thousands more family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who suddenly and tragically had huge holes torn in the fabric of their lives. Never forget the first responders who worked tirelessly and heroically to find and save our fellow citizens.

Never forget where you were when you heard the news or, like me, watched with horror and disbelief as the second aircraft flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Never forget the scenes of the smoke billowing from the Pentagon. Never forget the reports of the heroic calls from Flight 93 just before passengers rushed the cockpit and took the plane down rather than allow it to reach its intended target – an incredible sacrifice.

Never forget all those born since that day who know 9/11 only as a historical event, not as the many-layered experience it is for those of us who lived it. Never forget to tell them the story. Tell them the big story and the impact on your personal life.

Never forget to be watchful, observant. If you see something – say something. Vigilance is our best defense.

Never forget, how we came together as a country that day and celebrated our shared gift of being Americans – a gift we still share today.


-Written By Jim Benson, CCO BGEI

-Published on 9/11/18

September - The Middle of Hurricane Season!


September, Emergency Preparedness Month, marks the halfway point of hurricane season. Probably not a coincidence. You may also have noticed there is, in fact, a hurricane, Florence, heading toward the southeastern coastline of the U.S. as I write this (9/10/18).

Current predictions are for Florence to slam into the Carolinas with a Category 4 level storm Thursday evening or Friday morning. If the predictions hold true, it will be the strongest hurricane to make landfall this far north along the Eastern seaboard.


If you live along the east coast from Northern Florida (predicted storm tracks have been known to shift) to southern Virginia and inland as well, you would do well to consider this your ‘late stage” preparation time.

The comprehensive list making I suggested in the first part of this series will have to wait. Your more immediate concerns are for extra water, food, fuel, and protective measure for your family, home and property.

Remember, as you go about securing the added supplies you’ll need, this is the type of emergency that affects your whole community. Try to reasonably estimate what it will take to get you and yours through the next 4-5 days once the storm hits your area and wherever possible, leave some for your neighbor, as well.

Thankfully, this is not the 50’s or 60’s when we were building bomb shelters and storing enough food to survive a “nuclear winter.” In addition, power companies are getting pretty good and pre-positioning equipment and crews (from all over) ready to begin restoring power as soon as the storm passes.

If you own or rent a house, a portable generator can provide some helpful comforts until power is restored. It can really save your bacon (and the other perishables in your refrigerator) as well as power a fan, light or radio. If you do not have a generator available, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries and remember to charge up cell phones and power storage devices.

Food choices should be nutritious, filling and require little or no cooking. Medications should be stored in a clean dry location with enough for a week if possible.

When you’re getting extra water, you may want to get a few gallon jugs for minor cleaning up in the sink and fill your tub with water before the storm arrives. You can use this water for flushing toilets (If you are without power, the pump to refill your toilet tank will not operate).

Secure your house or apartment as best you can; clear or bring inside outdoor furniture, toys, or equipment that could easily take flight. Flying debris is another level of threat. While you’re out there, check to see if any neighbors need help getting ready, especially the elderly and those who may have medical or mobility challenges.

As I mentioned in part one, information is essential, so check with federal Websites such as www.ready.gov and listen for local updates about the location and timing of storm movement and evacuation instructions. Fill up your escape vehicle in case you’re directed to leave the area.

Regardless of where you are, take time to assess your specific weather-related emergency risks and prepare. Your individual circumstances will dictate what you need to do, but the important thing is, do it, NOW. Good luck.


September - A time to Focus on YOUR Emergency Preparedness


Okay, the government has declared September to be “Emergency Preparedness Month.” But, we all know being prepared for emergencies is, and should be, a 24/7, 365 days a year activity.

Now, this doesn’t mean every day you need to be stocking up on supplies, running family fire drills or practicing putting on a life vest. It does mean taking time to think through what you would do in the event of a variety of emergency situations, whether they are events which effect the public at large, your community in particular or you and your family personally and taking appropriate steps to prepare for them.

When I say “prepare,” I mean in advance, before the emergency arrives.

While different types of emergency situations may require different types of preparation, there is one step that takes precedence – information gathering.

The first type of information is personal:

  • Include the identification of yourself and every member of your immediate family including full name, age, birthdate, home address, phone number(s), email address(es), relationship and work address for starters.
  • Include family members who live away from you whether across town or across the country. You should also include identifying information for any pets, including description, ID tags and if they have an embedded chip with digital contact numbers. A photo of each could be very helpful as well.
  • You can make a hard copy for storage in your personal record file and keep it on a thumb drive or other digital media including your smartphone.

Additional critical Information:

  • The location and non-emergency phone numbers for the closest police station, fire department, hospital or emergency care clinic and ambulance service as well as the nearest shelter or Red Cross facility.
  • Your bank account numbers, insurance policies and company contact numbers for auto, home, property along with credit card numbers and contact information.
  • Lastly, consider making a list of basic health information for yourself and family members including chronic medical conditions, mobility challenges, medications and allergies.

Visit federal, state and local emergency management websites for information templates to help you gather and organize your information. www.ready.gov

Having this information gathered, organized and available can make a big difference in managing most any type of emergency situation you might face. In addition, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having taken this important step in preparation.

We’ll have other preparation tips and resources throughout the month, so check back soon.

Emphasizing standardized patients and additional realism with ReaLifeSim

Andrew Spain wrote "Standardized patients are defined as “a person who has been carefully coached to simulate an actual patient so accurately that the simulation cannot be detected by a skilled clinician."

Why wouldn't we want to emphasize realism during our scenarios?

How can this be achieved with a real person next to a manikin arm to start an IV?

What if there was a device that was not over engineered - portable - lightweight - adaptable to almost every scenario?

Wearable ReaLifeSim IV trainers & blood draw trainers attach to the SP's arm and provide high-quality, smart, and efficient experiences for learners to "train the way you treat."

Enhancing the training scenario by adding ReaLifeSim IV trainers to a standardized patient will give students the confidence and competence that is needed to properly treat future patients.


"Real Practice with Real People Equals Real Confidence"

In a SIMTALKBLOG from PocketNurse, Jim Benson shows the importance of adding the human factor to training scenarios. 

Nurses like Elizabeth Benson and Linda Goodman saw the need for a device that brought back communication in their simulations. They knew that having such a device will provide the students the confidence to successfully carry out the scenario. 

Thus ReaLifeSim was born. Wearable training technology that provides "the opportunity for self- and peer- assessment, and traditional instructor guidance and evaluation."

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We can do that too!

The simulation world grows immensely everyday in every direction. From SP's to lab equipment and scenarios, the possibilities are truly endless. 

What if along comes a product that can throw a curve ball for a "typical clinical training scenario"?

ReaLifeSim IV trainers are the products that have been M.I.A.! 

The amount of time that is put into the planning, scheduling, scripting and gathering of equipment and personnel to "act the parts" can be all for nothing if the scenario is executed well but lacks realism. 

Having a manikin is not a bad thing, they really are helpful in tons of scenarios, but face it, you don't have very interesting conversations with them. The ReaLifeSim IV trainer simply attaches to the arm (whether human or manikin) and its versatility opens vast opportunities of scenarios where there is a real interaction with the patient and the health care provider. 

Introducing a two way interaction provides that human communication that we are missing in so much of what we do. In addition to the communication, the student is learning critical IV training practices that gives them the much needed confidence when preforming on an actual patient. 

EMS, Medics, Nurses, Fire & Rescue, Veterinarian, K9, TCCC, Telemedicine and so many more can benefit from using ReaLifeSim and VetReaLifeSim IV trainers in their scenarios. A little realism is not a bad thing and is one of those things that desperately needs to make a "come-back" in training scenarios today. 

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ReaLifeSim IV Simulator Blends Task Trainer with Standardized Patients

"The importance of including the human dimension obviously existent within clinical simulation training while providing as much realism as current technology will permit, is critical to advancing both the hands-on and communication skills of our future healthcare providers."

Lance Baily did a great job on stressing the importance of real practice on real people and why ReaLifeSim products were created to do so. 

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Class and Composure!

Nurses face daily challenges that most people would classify as a catastrophe, yet they maintain composure and class without skipping a beat.

This little facebook post is just a glimpse to show the comparison of how amazing and what a blessing our nurses are. 

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