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. 

#Competence #Confidence #ReaLifeSim #HealthySimulation  #Standardizedpatient #healthcare #training #emt #medic

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. 

 #nursing #maintainability #ReaLifeSuperHero

July 4th Be Considerate. Be Thankful.


As we celebrate our nation's independence on July 4th, we share a request and a message of thanks.


Our Request

If you know #combatveterans and #veterans with #PTSD live in your neighborhood, recognize that fireworks can sound like gunfire - #beconsiderate.



Our #thanks 

Many people are working so others can safely enjoy their time at a BBQ or the beach with friends and family, so a BIG SHOUT OUT of thanks to all #police #firefighters#emergencyservices #firstresponders #military #medical #nursing

Leading the Way With Measurable Skills Competency - ReaLifeSim IV Trainers

Competency-Based Training and Assessment 

"Competency-based medical education (CBME) incorporates hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies that ensure learners develop the skills required to fulfill patients’ needs." 

We often think of clinical competence in relation to demonstrated skills and confidence is achieved with the attainment of skill. This is an essential combination 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. 

As educators, we always strive to provide the latest and best for our students. So, it comes as no surprise, a new paradigm in simulation education is shaping up with a focus on measurable competency measures. 


1st and Only Task-trainer to Objectively Measure Skills Performance

ReaLifeSim is a leader in competency based training and assessment. Patented embedded sensors in #ReaLifeSim products with #RLSimApp record, save, & store individual skills performance for hands-on IV catheter insertion, plus interpersonal communication.

ReaLifeSim IV trainers with App provide the opportunity for self and peer assessment promoting active involvement, as well as traditional instructor guidance and evaluation. 

How does ReaLifeSim help with competency based training and assessment?

  • Provides immediate, objective, clinical hands-on skills assessment 
  • Provides immediate, objective, interpersonal communication skills assessment 
  • Improves both practical and interpersonal training methodologies
  • Improves healthcare student practice and skill set development
  • Provides tracking and monitoring of measurable competency outcomes
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The Shift to Competency-Based Medical Education

"As a simulation professional, you’re probably already aware of the major changes occurring in clinical education. Traditional classroom learning has migrated to hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies—skills that enable a learner to successfully and efficiently complete a task.


Medical schools have been quick to begin deploying this competency-based educational model, and the pharmacy, nursing, and allied health fields are developing similar curriculum approaches. But what is competency-based medical education? What challenges does it create for educators? What tools are available to help manage and monitor the associated data? 

A paradigm shift in medical education has emerged to educate the next generation of physicians. Traditional structure/process education has transitioned to a competency-based medical education (CBME) approach that is focused on outcomes and learner achievement.

Key to this are entrustment decisions based on continuous, longitudinal performance assessments from multiple assessors. CBME also incorporates hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies that ensure learners develop the skills required to fulfill patients’ needs."  The above CBME content is courtesy of Gwen Wille, Content Marketing Manager at EMS and Lance Baily, HealthySimulation.com


PTSD Recovery - June is PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD recovery - Get moving

If you have PTSD you should know immediately: You are not alone.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Every day first responders encounter stressful and potentially traumatic events such as shootings, fires, accidents, disasters, and death. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

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People who suffer from PTSD look like everyone else, but often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

PTSD is when your nervous system gets “stuck.” 

Your nervous system has two automatic or reflexive ways of responding to stressful events:

  1. Mobilization, or fight-or-flight, occurs when you need to defend yourself or survive the danger of a combat situation. Your heart pounds faster, your blood pressure rises, and your muscles tighten, increasing your strength and reaction speed. Once the danger has passed, your nervous system calms your body, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, and winding back down to its normal balance.
  2. Immobilization occurs when you’ve experienced too much stress in a situation and even though the danger has passed, you find yourself “stuck.” Your nervous system is unable to return to its normal state of balance and you’re unable to move on from the event. This is PTSD.

Recovering from PTSD involves transitioning out of the mental and emotional trauma zone you’re still living in and helping your nervous system become "unstuck."

As well as helping to burn off adrenaline, exercise can release endorphins and improve your mood. By really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can even help your nervous system become “unstuck.”


Exercise that is rhythmic and engages both your arms and legs—such as running, swimming, basketball, or even dancing—works well if, instead of continuing to focus on your thoughts as you move, you focus on how your body feels.



Try to exercise for 30 minutes or more each day—or if it’s easier, three 10-minute spurts of exercise are just as good. Notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, for example, or the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of wind on your skin.

Capt. Ronnelle Armstrong, a chaplain of 1st Special Operations Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. John Bainter)



The benefits of the great outdoors

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Rock climbing, boxing, weight training, or martial arts can make it easier to focus on your body movements—after all, if you don’t, you could get injured.

Pursuing outdoor activities in nature like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and skiing can help challenge your sense of vulnerability and help you transition back into civilian life.

Suicide prevention in veterans with PTSD

It’s common for veterans with PTSD to experience suicidal thoughts. Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn't mean that you are crazy, weak, or flawed.

If you are thinking about taking your own life, seek help immediately. Please read Suicide Help, talk to someone you trust, or call a suicide helpline:

In the U.S., call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

In the UK, call 08457 90 90 90.

In Australia, call 13 11 14.

Or visit IASP to find a helpline in your country.

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Patient Safety - The Human Factor & ReaLifeSim IV Trainer

"Humans are an asset because of their ability to anticipate risk before errors occur and to create innovative solutions when needed."


We don’t live life in a controlled lab setting - it’s all about real people doing real things for those in vulnerable, potentially dangerous conditions.

Our wearable IV trainers are designed for use in any environment and focus on the human factor in hands-on and interaction communication skills development and assessment. Help reduce preventable medical errors and minimize human factor mishaps by improving the realism in clinical skills practice.

Now YOU can provide more opportunities to safely experience the influence of human factors during simulation training with ReaLifeSim & VetReaLifeSim. Wearable ReaLifeSim & VetReaLifeSim IV trainers & blood draw trainers provide high-quality, smart, and efficient experiences for learners to "train the way you treat."

"In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published “To Err Is Human.” This landmark report turned a spotlight on medical errors and the resulting harm to patients. Before the report, most physicians and hospitals assumed that errors were rare, didn’t harm patients, or were unavoidable. Once physicians and safety experts realized that these three assumptions were wrong, they began to develop ways to identify when errors occur, discover their causes, and redesign processes so the same errors didn’t occur again. This approach, called Safety I, focuses on learning from things that go wrong. It has helped hospitals become much safer. 

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Safety II recognizes that health care delivery is an astoundingly complex and variable process. Even so, the vast majority of the time errors are avoided and things go well. Instead of focusing on the increasingly rare times when things go wrong, learning from how errors are avoided can be used to further improve safety." https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/20/new-approach-patient-safety/



#humanfactors #simulations #realpeople #realifesim #patientsafety #emt #emtp #nursing #emergencyservices #nursingeducation

5th annual World Congress on Vascular Access


WoCoVA 2018

The fifth WoCoVA is a great opportunity to network with professionals from around the world.
This unique multidisciplinary and multi-professional event with attendees from more than 50 countries, will cover all aspects of vascular access: indications for the choice of the device, insertion techniques, tip location methods and prevention and management of all vascular access device (VAD) related complications, such as infection, thrombosis and occlusion. 

#WoCoVA Attendees - Make time to check our friends at VeinTrain Ltd!

At UK based Vein Train, they know that continued practice is key to achieving the perfect technique and improved procedures for patients, but there’s not always the time to complete courses or attending extra training. They’ve developed our own very simple, VeinTrain Vein - calling it the Naked Vein.  A simple training aid to practice needle insertion technique.


Wearable Hybrid Simulation IV Trainers

Looking for wearable IV trainers so your learners can safely experience the influence of human factors during simulation training? ReaLifeSim high physical fidelity IV trainers are realistic, durable, portable, and surprisingly affordable! Find ReaLifeSim on our website. It's our unmatched physical realism and versatility for use in any environment that can add “real life” to your training options. Do your IV Trainers work like this - and can they be used on real people and manikins?


Add realism to your veterinary IV and blood extraction training with VetReaLifeSim.

VetReaLifeSim provides repeated opportunities for safe live animal training and can also be used on animal simulators to enhance function (ability to start multiple IVs) and to extend sustainability of expensive equipment (protecting the investment by starting the IVs' in our products). 


Wearable Training Technology with ReaLifeSim IV Trainers

ReaLifeSim wearable clinical training tools are designed by clinicians. Worn by real people to add the human factor and encourage provider-patient and team communication, they can also be used as an "add-on" to manikins for enhanced function and extended sustainability. ReaLifeSim products provide smarter, more efficient experiences for students to "train the way you treat."


ReaLifeSim provides a high level of physical fidelity, while providing the opportunity to relate to a “patient” on a human level - exactly what’s needed for developing health care professions learners.

The importance of including the human dimension in 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.

This is great! Our devices 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 this is fantastic!
— Nurse and standardized patient educator when visiting the ReaLifeSim booth at the ASPE2018 conference

It won’t come as a surprise to learn educators and clinicians consistently provide positive and affirming feedback. 

We’re looking for anything [simulation devices] that can incorporate the human factor. This device does that beautifully. I love it.
— SP educator and conference attendee
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Others had observed the same need we had, and now our solution, ReaLifeSim, is available to everyone. The enthusiastic encouragement and support for the IV trainer has been very gratifying, We’re providing an affordable product that improves clinical training creating competent, confident clinicians and leading to better patient outcomes.

BOOTH 18 at #ASPE2018 - ReaLifeSim Wearable Hybrid IV Trainers

We're here having fun with standardized patient educators in Kansas City!

Stop by Booth 18 for you opportunity to take home the most realistic wearable IV trainer on the market!

Today we'll be giving away a free starter set valued over $200 USD.

Does YOUR IV Trainer do this? #ReaLifeSim