PTSD and You #3


Like many health conditions, physical and mental, how they manifest themselves can often be different with each individual. The signs, symptoms, severity and timing of occurrence can all vary from person to person.

Likewise, the best course of treatment may vary, as well. Treatments for PTSD may include medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, immersion therapy or combinations of those and others. It is often a case of trial and error to determine which therapy or therapies will work best with each individual.

One therapy, however, has just been identified as having scientific proof of its effectiveness, especially as it pertains to military veterans – the use of service dogs.

A recent study, the second to come from a partnership among the National Institutes of Health, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and K9s for Warriors demonstrated measurable benefits for veterans with PTSD.

The study compared cortisol levels in veterans who had service dogs and those who did not. Most people, who don’t have PTSD, have a slow increase of cortisol in the morning. The study showed veterans, who had service dogs for at least six months, were recording near-normal morning cortisol levels, as well.

While the subjective measures of improved quality of life and social behaviors have been reported by friends, family and the veterans themselves, this appears to be the first time a quantifiable difference within the individual has been detected.

Here is the link to the story as broadcast on First Coast News, NBC, WTLV, Jacksonville, Florida:
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For more information on PTSD check out these resources:

  1. National Institute of Mental Health -
  2. National Center for PTSD -
  3. American Psychiatric Association -

Ramping up for ASPE 2018

As time is coming close to the ASPE conference in Kansas City, ReaLifeSim is making a list and checking it twice! 

 Shannon Miles, Social Media/E Mktg Specialist, gathering supplies and checking our list twice!

Shannon Miles, Social Media/E Mktg Specialist, gathering supplies and checking our list twice!

Do we have all the supplies? Oh my, don't forget the wearable IV Trainers!

Are the flights and hotels properly booked? 

Did we reach out to our contacts to let them know where we'll be?

The anticipation of showing the ReaLifeSim IV Training sleeves to attendees is coursing through our veins, no pun intended (well maybe :) 

On a serious note, we are truly looking forward to being exhibitors at a conference where the focus is on the human interaction that is necessary in clinical situations. This is a component critical to scenario's we practice. And, I'm sure you'll agree-everything is data driven. We've connected human communication and data collection, with the RLSimApp.

No over engineering.... No huge mechanical device.... No need for giant storage space...

The only thing needed is the ReaLifeSim IV Training Sleeve with the RLSimApp. The communication and sessions are stored in the cloud (with 24/7/365 access) and the device itself takes up less space that a shoe box!

The excitement is building, and the anticipation of helping ASPE participants put their hands-on these realistic IV trainers, makes it FUN to be a part of the Team. 

Looking forward to the ASPE Conference and all that it has to offer! 

Are YOU attending #INACSL2018? 


Stop by
DiaMedical USA Booth 210 and Pocket Nurse® Booth 207
to test your IV skills on a real person with rolling veins using wearable #ReaLifeSim IV Trainers. 


ReaLifeSim IV Trainers are worn by real people to encourage realistic hands-on and interpersonal communication. Can be an "add-on" to manikins for enhanced function and extended sustainability.


PTSD and You - Installment #2

If you have PTSD, you are not alone.

If you do not have PTSD, you are not unaffected.

When it comes to PTSD, you may think it affects a relatively small population. You may believe if you don’t have a friend or family member who has served or is serving in the military, you’re not likely to come in contact with anyone who suffers from PTSD.

The truth is, PTSD is more common than you might think and more groups of people are susceptible than you would imagine. Here are some general facts to help put its prevalence in perspective:

  • 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That’s 223.4 million people.
  • Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD. As of today, that’s 31.3 million people who struggled or are struggling with PTSD.
  • An estimated 8% of Americans – that’s 24.4 million people – have PTSD at any given time.
  • An estimated 1 out of 10 women develops PTSD; women are about twice as likely as men.
  • Among people who are victims of a severe traumatic experience 60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
  • Almost 50% of all outpatient mental health patients have PTSD.
  • In the U.S., somewhat higher rates of PTSD have been found to occur in African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans compared to Caucasians.
  • In addition to military members, more susceptible groups include: first responders, fire fighters, police, emergency medical service providers, hospital staff, educators, students, females,


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PTSD and You


June is PTSD Awareness Month. In recognition of its prevalence and potentially debilitating effects on individuals who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we want to help ensure more people know what it is, how to recognize symptoms in ourselves or others and what steps we can take to help minimize or alleviate the effects. To that end, we will use this site to share information, other resources and where to get help.

Since gaining recognition as a legitimate mental health diagnosis, following its occurrence in many combat veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the increase in global terrorism, natural disasters and the like, there has been considerable discussion, debate, confusion and controversy about the nature of the condition and how to best treat it.

We don’t intend to rehash those discussions here, but rather highlight what has been learned from the ongoing research and treatment efforts and help extend the awareness of all about its signs, symptoms, treatment options and the many ways it may have an impact on you.

PTSD is a mental health problem that effects some people after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or other terrifying event such as combat, natural disaster, car accident or sexual assault.

Why should you care? Beyond the negative impact to the individual with PTSD, there is the relationship costs to family, friends, co-workers and community. There is also an economic cost.

According to Sidran Institute the economic burden of PTSD is large. The annual cost to society of anxiety disorders is estimated to be significantly over $42.3 billion, often due to misdiagnosis and undertreatment. This includes psychiatric and non-psychiatric medical treatment costs, indirect workplace costs, mortality costs, and prescription drug costs.

If you found this information helpful, please “Like,” “Share” and check back for more throughout the month.


PTSD - it's personal.


June is PTSD Awareness month.

This is very personal to me.  I'm a military spouse, Blue Star mom x4, and Blue Star grandmother, with other loved ones serving our communities as first responders. My family, my friends - no one is untouched. 

Somethings cannot be unseen, unheard, unfelt. PTSD is not something we can see, like a broken leg or bruise, but it's as much a part of that person as bones and skin.

The people that need help often do not LOOK like they need help.

Here are a few emergency resources:

  • In US & Canada Call 911. PTSD Helpline (888) 457-4838.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to the Crisis Test Line.
  • Young people call Kids Help 1-800-668-6868.
  • If you are in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116123 

#crisis #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #PTSDAwareness


Summer Safety

June is National Safety Month and we want to remind everyone to keep safety at the top of your summer checklist of activities!

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Do you have enough sunscreen protection on the kids (and ourselves) before heading out to play or do house and yard chores? Do you have a well-stocked “bug-out bag” in case of natural or man-made disasters or emergency situations? It’s important to plan and prepare for the unexpected.

Safety is always a top priority in healthcare. We salute those who ensure all who work in the healthcare field have a safe environment in which to deliver care to patients. And, safe patient care includes training clinical staff to perform the various interventions with skill, competence and care to avoid unnecessary pain or injury.

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Competence and confidence in hands-on skills and interpersonal communication are the twin goals of our ReaLifeSim and VetReaLifeSim IV Training products. By providing the opportunity for repeated safe practice, on a live person or animal, future doctors, nurses, EMTs, veterinarians, techs and other clinical staff develop the competence and confidence they need to deliver the safe, quality care we all expect and deserve.

While June is National Safety Month, we should keep safety at the forefront all year long.

Have a SAFE and Enjoyable Summer!

The BGEI and ReaLifeSim/VetReaLifeSim Team

Poor Communication Kills - Are You Doing Enough To Prevent It?


A CRICO Strategies study published last year indicated communication failures were linked to just under 2000 patient deaths in a five year span and $1.7 billion in malpractice costs. And, a study from the University of California, San Francisco, found more than a quarter of hospital re-admissions could be avoided with better communication among healthcare teams and between providers and patients. 

In training, as well as in practice, effective interpersonal and team communication should be equal partners with the latest technologies to provide the best treatment and care. 

Realistic team interaction practice helps prevent panic, promote appropriate behaviors and coordinated responses among stakeholders, and prioritize mobilizing resources. A look, a tone of voice, a facial expression, a touch - all can communicate competence and caring. Interpersonal communication is critical to establishing the trust necessary between the provider and recipient of care in the healthcare environment.


Clinical simulation scenarios with standardized participants provide some of the most realistic opportunities possible.  

Participants (student and providers) can work together in an environment that is as close to the real thing as possible. They can identify and correct their own actions as they experience the challenges that occur as multiple people and perhaps multiple departments and agencies try to coordinate care in training scenarios/events.

This is why we do what we do.


At ReaLifeSim, we focus on human factor realism to promote clear communication, competency, and compassion. Our contribution to increased provider competence and confidence leading to increased patient safety goes back at the beginning - in the education and training. 

We're committed to ensure the human aspect of healthcare delivery endures in an increasingly virtual world.

Increasing the use of standardized participants in clinical simulations can provide high-fidelity clinical simulations and human interaction.

But, the clinical realism of standardized participants is often lacking. There are impressive advances in moulage, and with wearable products like ReaLifeSim and a few others. Would your learners benefit from more "Real Life" realism in the simulation experiences you offer?

ReaLifeSim IV Trainers Work Where You Work

We're dedicated to improving the delivery of healthcare worldwide by going back to the beginning - high quality skills training accessible to any student, any time, any where. #YouGoWeGo

EMS & disaster drills, close-space & austere environment training - we're there. 


Skilled Nursing Facility IV training to provide higher acuity care - we're there.


Universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics for basic and advanced IV skills - we're there, too.