It's NOT "Just an IV" - Just Ask A Patient!

One of the most commonly performed procedures during a hospital admission is placing a peripheral IV.


A delay in establishing vascular access can result in a delay in the administration of a fluids and/or medications. Patients frequently experience delays in diagnosis and initiation of treatment. No one wants to delay treatment. No one wants to hurt patients.

Providers need more realistic clinical skills practice.

“Even though it is a prevalent, technically difficult, and invasive procedure, most health care practitioners, who have not been trained as vascular access experts, receive little substantive peripheral vascular access education, training, or opportunities to practice skills until competent.” Simulation in Health. 2016 Dec; 11(6): 376–384.

Traditional students are not getting the practice needed during training, to be skills competent when they begin their jobs. Working nurses report they don’t feel confident with just one annual IV training.

ReaLifeSim can help you by providing more realistic "train the way you treat" opportunities with ReaLifeSim wearable IV trainers. Wearable ReaLifeSim products provide realistic, safe skills practice on real people (or manikins) teaching proper hand positioning, IV catheter manipulation, patient interaction, and situational awareness in a variety of environments.

The ReaLifeSim IV Trainer has added a seamless piece into the assessment and treatment of standardized patients. We are incorporating this into all of our Health Professions courses.” Scott Nelson, B.S., NRP, LP, Acting Dean, Division of Health Professions, Texas Southmost College

“My nurses are more competent and feel more confident as a result of training with ReaLifeSim.” Faina Kaganov RN, MBA-HCA, CLNC, Chief Clinical Officer, The Allure Group Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers



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We are still proudly participating in Pledge 1%, a global movement to create a new normal in which giving back is part of the company’s foundation. This pledge is not limited to tangible items, but encourages companies to donate 1% of “equity, profit, product, and/or employee time for their communities.”


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And, our team members give back to a variety of philanthropic and faith-based organizations throughout the year. Check out our website to see a list of some of the organizations where our team members volunteer.

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BIG NEWS - TOP 10 of 2018

ReaLifeSim Named a “Top 10” Simulation Solution Provider


Wearable Clinical Simulation Products to Enhance “Train the Way You Treat”

ReaLifeSim, LLC (RLS), the leading wearable vascular access trainer provider, has been named one of the “Top 10 Healthcare Simulation Solution Providers of 2018.” This small, women-owned business was recognized for innovative clinical simulation products used to “train the way you treat” by the experts at Healthcare Tech Outlook, a respected resource for decision-makers regarding the dynamic changes technology is having on the healthcare industry.

“Their (ReaLifeSim) unique products provide safe, repeated skills practice on a live person, allowing the learner to interact as they would in a real-life situation, creating a “train the way you treat” learning experience. They also promote a heightened sense of “presence” and emotional connection by engaging learners’ senses and emotions in a “real-life” simulation,” cited Healthcare Tech Outlook in their December issue.

After being informed of her company’s selection, Elizabeth Benson, RN, co-founder and CEO of B &G Educational Innovations, LLC (BGEI) - parent company of ReaLifeSim, LLC, reported “We are honored to be included in this select group of fellow businesses and organizations working to bring ever greater realism to clinical simulation education.”

BGEI is known as a disruptively innovative leader in hybrid clinical simulation education, designing, manufacturing, and distributing wearable peripheral vascular access training products for healthcare under the ReaLifeSim brand. “We’re providing an affordable product that improves clinical training, creating competent and confident clinicians, which leads to better patient outcomes,” explained Benson. 

Benson created disruption of her own during a “shark tank”-like competition, at the One Spark innovation conference, when she gave a calculated “cold shoulder” to two of the judges about to evaluate her “pitch.”  The resulting head turning and almost audible gasp from those in attendance was the feedback she expected. She had their attention. Instead of explaining the impact poor communication could have on patient trust, Benson made them feel it. Improved provider/patient communication is one of the benefits of her ReaLifeSim wearable trainers.


Benson and co-founder Linda Goodman, RN, CHSE, received their own disruptive news later that day when it was announced they placed second, but the pitch was so compelling they were awarded the first place prize. The fact that BGEI did not yet have a minimally viable product (MVP) was very much in the “non-traditional” category for new start-up ventures.

Less than 90 days later, Benson and her husband, half of the core business team at the time, relocated from their home in Maryland to Jacksonville and went to work.

Since then, Benson and the BGEI team:

  • contracted with a Florida manufacturer,

  • conducted lab and field testing,

  • refined the design and developed an App to record and track the skill performance and record the student’s interaction with the “patient,”

  • debuted the device at a world simulation conference,

  • contracted with several well-known distributors covering sales in 18 countries,

  • was selected to participate in an Enterprise Florida-US Department of Commerce-sponsored trade mission to Costa Rica,

  • and their ReaLifeSim IV task trainer was selected for use in several EMS/First Responder competitions and FEMA-approved Urban Search and Rescue courses for its added realism.

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 ReaLifeSim is used in classrooms and labs, hospitals and clinics, fields and farms, and in scenarios/training events including disaster, close-space and austere rescue environments. Experts in national and international venues routinely choose ReaLifeSim because their clinically challenging scenarios require IV realism.


“The closer we can get the students to a ‘real call’, the better we can transition them from students to practitioners. ReaLifeSim IV trainer added another level of realism to our scenarios. This tool really helps achieve that goal,” shared TSC EMS Faculty, Hector Martinez.

Dr. Ryan Jacobson, Johnson County, KS, EMS Medical Director participant, Disaster Medical Solutions US&R course using ReaLifeSim reported, “Real world training with Real patients wearing ReaLifeSim in Night Training was the best, high fidelity out-of-hospital training I’ve had!”


"ReaLifeSim is great! Our current simulation arms are so bulky…not really practical to put on an SP. The arms and manikins we use don’t really simulate an actual patient, so ReaLifeSim is fantastic," shared a RN standardized patient educator at #ASPE2018.

"My students really loved working with and wearing ReaLifeSim. I was pleased to see the blood return was more realistic than a simulation arm and I like that we can use it to practice giving medications," reported Judy Comeaux, DNP, ARNP, BSN Program Director, UNF.

“Being named among the top 10 healthcare simulation solution providers is a noteworthy achievement for ReaLifeSim,” said Benson, “This is a significant validation of our focus on the human element of patient-centric care and clinical training, and my team’s efforts to date.”

For further information on ReaLifeSim, visit:

ReaLifeSim Supports Small Business Saturday

As one of America’s 30 million small businesses, ReaLifeSim reminds you to Shop Small® this Saturday, November 24, and support your local business community.

We are a small business and proud to be a contributing member of the business community.

Small businesses account for nearly 50% of our nation’s goods and services contributing $8.5 billion to the U.S. economy. And, 2 out of every 3 new jobs comes from small business.


Small businesses are also good at problem solving and innovating new solutions to challenges new and old. ReaLifeSim & VetReaLifeSim provide a solution offering more realistic clinical simulation skills training solutions.

Remember, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “there’s nothing small about small business.”


ReaLifeSim is Back Again - EMSWorld Expo 2018

ReaLifeSim Wearable IV Trainers are the Vascular Access Trainer of choice for EMS World Expo 2018 Clinical Challenge and the EMS Patient Safety Boot Camp.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provide our communities with incredible life-saving medical care any time of day, every day and in every possible environment and circumstance you can imagine. Whether it’s illness, injury, accident, natural or man-made disaster, these men and women, many of them serving in volunteer positions, make our health, safety and well-being their #1 priority. And, they may perform their, often heroic, efforts in the light of day or dark of night, blistering heat or bone-chilling cold, desert dry or torrential rain, in a quiet room or a noisy intersection.  

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We, at ReaLifeSim, salute these “angels among us” for their commitment and dedication to helping their neighbors, near or far, when they need help most. Just like the EMS teams they serve, ReaLifeSim IV trainers work in any environment. We are proud to provide wearable, durable IV trainers that go everywhere they go to practice their skills.


PALTC Set to boost your IV Insertion Skills


Like you, we're thankful for the development and reach of Telemedicine - assistance from a distance is a great option to have. Fewer high acuity patients are being transferred to the emergency room and local healthcare professionals are expected to provide care under the guidance of the telemedicine team.

We help nurses develop and maintain competence and confidence in essential IV skills with wearable ReaLifeSim IV trainers.  ReaLifeSim IV trainers were created by nurses - for nurses, to develop and maintain IV skills competency. They provide safe IV insertion skills practice on a live person while interacting with them as they would in a real-life situation.

Practicing with ReaLifeSim (for even just a few sticks) can help polish those skills and regain the confidence needed before going into the room with a client. ReaLifeSim trainers are durable, portable, and have an easy 5 minute setup, so they are being used on all shifts, any day, any time.

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  PALTC Starter Set    A Standard Adult IV Trainer    Two Long 10" Prefilled Simulated Blood Vessels    Three Narrow 5" Prefilled Simulated Blood Vessels

PALTC Starter Set

A Standard Adult IV Trainer

Two Long 10" Prefilled Simulated Blood Vessels

Three Narrow 5" Prefilled Simulated Blood Vessels

“My nurses are more competent and feel more confident as a result of training with ReaLifeSim."

— Faina Kaganov RN, MBA-HCA, CLNC, Chief Clinical Officer, The Allure Group and Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers

Fall into Safe, Realistic IV Skills Practice

Members of EMS teams, whether EMTs at the basic, intermediate or advanced level and paramedics - all learn, enhance and maintain their skills and confidence through training and repeated practice. The more realistic the training, whether in terms of equipment, process, roles, team communication, scenario or environment, the better the experience and the more engrained the lessons learned. 

ReaLifeSim wearable, hybrid IV Trainer is designed to be worn by a live person, whether a fellow learner or standardized patient, to enhance the realism of this essential clinical intervention skill. It can also be used with a manikin.


The protective layer under the simulated skin ensures the "patients's" safety, while successful IV catheter insertions permit the learner to experience the "pop" of the catheter penetrating the skin and entering the vessel producing a blood flashback. This is done working on a live person, as it would be in real live, providing opportunities to interact with the patient and team. The added realism of ReaLifeSim trainers helps ensure skills and confidence are at the highest level when they are needed. 

When clinically challenging scenarios require IV realism, experts use ReaLifeSim. 



Flood Victims Receive Help from Far-Away “Neighbors”

Woman Entrepreneur Organizes Community Support

When too much water arrives too quickly in one place, you have a flood. That’s exactly what happened at 7:15 Friday morning, September 14, when Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, a waterfront community adjacent to Wilmington, NC.


But that was weeks ago, and those flood stories moved to the back burner on our evening news reports. What hasn’t moved as quickly is the water. There are still areas that are impassable. Most importantly, there are still thousands of people who have lost everything and are still struggling with day-to-day survival. And, Hurricane Michael hit the already water-saturated area as a tropical storm this week.

One woman who didn’t forget is Shannon Miles, a wife, mother of four, business owner, and community advocate.


When friends who live in Wilmington gave her an update on the difficult conditions many families were still dealing with, Miles decided to act. Using the social media network, she’s developed through her social media & e-marketing business (SMiles Media), Miles put out a “call for action” to her family, friends, neighbors, her children’s schools, and community businesses requesting donations of the basic necessities. 


Miles was hoping she would collect enough donations to fill her family’s van for the drive down to Wilmington. She wasn’t prepared for the outpouring of offers, large and small, from across southern Maryland. The boxes kept coming and by the time Miles piled her four girls, who helped pack and mark boxes, into the van for the trip south, they had added a trailer to the truck.

Working with her friend and former Southern Maryland neighbor, Jacqueline Bass, vice-president of communications for the Junior League of Wilmington, Miles was put in touch with Pender Pediatric Therapy (speech and language pathology) in Burgaw, NC. The facility serves as a collection point for donations destined for Pender County. This area, with children still out of school, had not benefited as much from the first round of recovery efforts. Miles delivered her collected donations over the Columbus Day holiday.


When asked what she thought of all the support being offered, Miles said, “I am truly grateful to live in such an amazing community.” 

“While we can’t help everyone with one donation, at least the folks in NC will know they have not been forgotten and there are people who still care enough to help their neighbors, even if they’re a few states away,” Miles added.

Shannon Miles not only helped victims of the hurricane, she set a good example for her children and, through her actions, reminded the rest of us to ask “What can I do to help?”

Note: Shannon Miles and Jacqueline Bass are members of the B&G Educational Innovations, LLC & ReaLifeSim, LLC teams.

Amoveo and ReaLifeSim Collaboration

#ReaLifeSim is excited to announce our collaboration with #Amoveo Training, working together to develop realistic products for improved learner experiences. Lab testing of our first collaborative effort was successful and we're moving forward with field tests.

Amoveo’s expertise in designing customized #simulation solutions complements ReaLifeSim's commitment to improve outcomes by improving the skills training available to students and existing care providers.

For updated news on this collaboration, be sure to follow us at: 

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