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.

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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. 

#TrainTheWayYouTreat

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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:

https://amoveotraining.ca/

www.realifesim.net 

#training #simulations #announcements #productivityimprovement

#yougowego 


Created by nurses for nurses - wearable ReaLifeSim IV trainers

Add "Real Life" realism to your training and scenarios

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.

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Courtesy of #ENA18

Increasing the use of standardized participants in clinical simulations can provide high-fidelity clinical simulations and human interaction. They allow participants (student and providers) to try to work together in an environment that is as close to the real thing as possible.  This allows people to identify and correct the challenges that can occur as multiple people and perhaps multiple agencies try to coordinate responses in training scenarios/events - large and small.

Clinical simulation scenarios with standardized participants provide some of the most realistic opportunities possible: the ability to look at the patient, speak to the patient, hear the patient, observe the patient’s non-verbal responses, to be heard and seen by the patient.

We believe the skills necessary for clinical competence and effective interpersonal communication can be learned through experience in a clinical simulation with standardized participants. 

But, the clinical realism of standardized participants needed to be enhanced, providing us with a new frontier in simulation advancement.

We designed these products because we saw the need for them in our own education environments.

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We believe enhancing the realism of standardized participants with our cost effective wearable clinical simulation devices, healthcare students and clinicians can be provided the opportunity to interact with a human in the most realistic clinical simulation possible.  

Thanks Pocket Nurse® for bringing #ReaLifeSim to the Advanced Procedure Skills Lab. #ENA18 #simulation #education

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Wrapping up #HcSimWeek 2018

Some final thoughts as we wrap up an exciting Simulation in Healthcare Week 2018. We trust excitement was generated not only by what you saw others doing, but also by what you and your organization have accomplished, as well. In the effort to keep moving forward we can, occasionally, lose sight of just how far we’ve come.

One of the healthcare buzzwords of the past, but always pertinent, is “holistic”. The holistic philosophy considers the mind, body, spirit and emotions of the individual. What the holistic approach has taught us is fixing the broken part is not enough. Delivering quality healthcare must address the mind, spirit and emotions, as well.

As members of the simulation community, we are proud of our collective efforts in advancing the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of healthcare delivery. Through the expanding use of standardized patients, interprofessional training scenarios and the burgeoning application of virtual and augmented reality platforms, simulation in healthcare is continually widening its holistic approach.

At ReaLifeSim and VetReaLifeSim makers of wearable IV and blood draw trainers, for human and veterinary medicine, we believe the “train the way you treat” philosophy, underscores the holistic approach consistent with the many efforts highlighted this week. We salute you all.

Communication – Key to Holistic Approach in Healthcare Simulation

Some final thoughts as we wrap up an exciting Simulation in Healthcare Week 2018. We trust excitement was generated not only by what you saw others doing, but also by what you and your organization have accomplished, as well.  In the effort to keep moving forward we can, occasionally, lose sight of just how far we’ve come.

One of the healthcare buzzwords of the past, but always pertinent, is “holistic.” The holistic philosophy considers the mind, body, spirit and emotions of the individual. What the holistic approach has taught us is fixing the broken part is not enough. Delivering quality healthcare must address the mind, spirit and emotions, as well.

As members of the simulation community, we are proud of our collective efforts in advancing the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of healthcare delivery. Through the expanding use of standardized patients, interprofessional training scenarios and the burgeoning application of virtual and augmented reality platforms, simulation in healthcare is continually widening its holistic approach.

At ReaLifeSim and VetReaLifeSim, makers of wearable IV and blood draw trainers, for human and veterinary medicine, we believe the “train the way you treat” philosophy, underscores the holistic approach consistent with the many efforts highlighted this week. We salute you all.


VetReaLifeSim gives a round of a-paws to veterinarian training!

When it comes to enhancing the realism of healthcare simulation experiences for future care providers, let’s not forget those who provide care to patients who are not human. I’m referring to the 110K+ veterinarians providing care to the more than 393 million pets in the U.S. alone. In 2017, American pet owners spent nearly $70 billion (est.) on their pets, ranging from fresh water fish to horses not to mention plenty of cats and dogs.

    Have you ever thought about the challenges of explaining to a dog how your efforts to draw blood or start an IV will only “feel like a pinch” or “remember not to flinch or jump or turn quickly to see what just went by the door or what other dog is barking? If you ever needed to have excellent hands-on skills and the ability to communicate your confidence and caring through your voice and touch, it’s now. Research, innovation and creativity are combining to bring evermore realism to the veterinary medicine simulation field.

    It’s Healthcare Simulation Week 2018 and VetReaLifeSim, LLC offers a high fin, claw, hoof or paw to all those working hard to make veterinarian training less painful to current and future patients.

Hats off to those moving the clinical simulation experience ever closer to the "real thing"

While text books, time in the classroom and labs provide essential knowledge and good initial practice, practicing in a realistic environment is different. Clinical learners, after experiencing a high-quality clinical simulation, self-report increased knowledge and improved performance (competence), leading to increased confidence.

This is essential in the field of healthcare where competence in hands-on skills and the confidence to perform necessary procedures or interventions may have life or death consequences. Providers should also possess commensurate skill and confidence when communicating. Competence in communication is essential to establish trust between a provider and patient, which contributes to improved patient outcomes, but also with other care providers on their team to ensure high standards are maintained throughout the continuum of care.

It’s Healthcare Simulation Week 2018 and ReaLifeSim, LLC says “Hats off” to all those moving the clinical simulation experience ever closer to the “real thing.” -James Benson, CCO, ReaLifeSim

#ReaLifeSim #SPEducator #realism #IVskills #simulations #HcSimWeek18

"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

#HcSimWeek18 #healthcare #simulations #ReaLifeSim  #patientsafety 

#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

#HcSimWeek18 #healthcare #simulations #ReaLifeSim  #patientsafety 

#competencybasedtraining #competencybasedassessment