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

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"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

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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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. 

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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.

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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

 https://www.healthysimulation.com/15757/the-shift-to-competency-based-medical-education-what-you-need-to-know/

5th annual World Congress on Vascular Access

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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.

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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?

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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). 

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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

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