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Making a Difference with the December Give-Away

Giving isn’t just about a donation - it’s about making a difference.

Helping others and making a difference in the world is what makes the world a better place.

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In healthcare, ordinary people are called to do extraordinary things every day - first responders, EMS, US&R, nurses, doctors, corpsmen, medics….helping others.

Books, instruction in classrooms, and activities during lab time provide essential knowledge and good practice. But, practicing in a realistic environment is different. That’s why we created the human-centered wearable design of ReaLifeSim product lines - to help emphasize the influence human factors have on people performing skills under pressure, by replicating real-life.

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During the “season of giving”, we decided the best way to help those that are always helping others was by giving away ReaLifeSim “Starter Sets”.

Winners of the ReaLifeSim December 2018 Giveaway Promotion

We’re happy to share these stories of the winners! Individual responses were edited for space.

WEEK 1

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Congratulations went to Kristi Cox Burns, MEd, BSN, an alumnus of the East Texas Baptist University School of Nursing, and Assistant Professor and Simulation Coordinator at her alma mater. Located in Marshall, TX, #ETBU offers a pre-licensure BSN degree, as well as an RN-BSN degree. 

“This would be great for our students to get to see what it’s really like to start an IV on a patient.” 

Given her current doctoral research interests in interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and nursing and the use of simulation in nursing education, it’s no surprise why Professor Burns is enthusiastic about using the wearable ReaLifeSim hybrid simulation IV trainer with her students.

WEEK 2

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Congratulations went to Thomas Fitts, AAS, BSN, Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Services and EMS Program Coordinator, at East Central College in Union, Missouri. East Central College, a three-campus institution, offers a program of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree and Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic Technology.

“This would be a great opportunity for our Paramedic students! Being able to start IV's in "real life" situations such as in a car or with a moving patient, will be a huge advantage.”

At #eastcentralcollege, Paramedic students complete classroom and laboratory activities with clinical experiences in an acute care setting. The portability and adaptability and versatility of the wearable ReaLifeSim hybrid simulation IV trainer are features and benefits of value to Professor Fitts.

WEEK 3

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Congratulations went to Kimberly Cooper, MSN, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor at Carr College of Nursing, Harding University, a private, Christian university in Searcy, Arkansas. Carr offers a variety of pathways resulting in baccalaureate and graduate level nursing degree programs boasting a 100% pass rate for seven consecutive semesters

“Our Sim Lab will be so much more "real" with ReaLifeSim. I had been emailing with a representative of ReaLifeSim for a few months and our resources committee wanted to see a demo, before we asked for the money. So now, I have a set!”

#Harding students pursue various programs of study at one of five in-state and seven international campuses and are well prepared to enter the work world when they graduate. Prof. Cooper is eager to use the ReaLifeSim IV trainer in their skills/sim lab.

WEEK 4

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Congratulations went to Ed Rovera, MSEd, CHSE, CHSOS, Dir. Operations for the Nursing Simulation Complex and Simulation Educator at San Francisco State University School of Nursing. #SFSU has a well-defined, stepped skills training program with basic skills taught the first semester, followed by mental and reproductive health the second and adult medical and pediatrics in the third.

“With this starter set, I will be able to demonstrate how students benefit from more practice to then be competent when they are doing the skills in a clinical setting. The ReaLifeSim Starter Set will get used, I assure you!”

Rovera plans to set up “Refresher Stations” in the Experiential Learning Suite (ELS) and Standardized Patient Area (SPA) prior to scheduled simulation sessions to allow students to come in early and practice with the wearable ReaLifeSim hybrid IV simulation IV trainer for 10 to 15 minutes before their simulation session begins.  

Special Mention

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Congratulations also went to Kim Richlak Kelly-Maden, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of The Vocational Nursing Institute, Inc. in Houston, TX. Kim Kelly-Maden is a current ReaLifeSim customer and enthusiastic advocate for our “train the way you treat” approach to healthcare simulation education – also winning a Starter Set.

“This is such a great way to learn compared to when I went to school 32 years ago. Adding this realistic venipuncture practice is a great benefit for my students.”

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As clinicians, we’re committed to promote a revitalized focus on the human element of patient-centric care and clinical training, including the influence of human factors. As educators, we’re committed to provide competency based training & competency based assessment. 

ReaLifeSim products provide realistic, risk-free, safe practice to improve clinical competency and communication skills and develop confidence, deeper empathy, and increased situational awareness – improving patient safety, outcomes, and satisfaction. ReaLifeSim products are realistic, durable, portable, and have an easy 5 to 10-minute setup and cleanup. 

Plus, there’s an option to work with expert guidance from a professional that may be in a different physical/geographic location, similar to telemedicine, with four language localisations (English, French, German, Spanish). RLSimApp software runs on mobile devices as an app for easy updates. Our patented  embedded sensors track skill performance over time with BLE technology and provide multiple sources of objective data. Working with RLSimApp, skills and communication performance are recorded, saved, and stored with remote access for review and feedback. 

Commercially available around the globe, our products are enhancing training capabilities at minimal cost.

Let us help you train ordinary people called to do extraordinary things.

For more information: www.bgei-educational.com

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ReaLifeSim Wearable Hybrid IV Trainers BOOTH 18 #ASPE2018

Stop by to test your IV skills
on a real person with rolling veins!
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Our unmatched realism and versatility for use in any environment can add “real life” to your training options.

ReaLifeSim IV Trainer is great! Our devices are so bulky....not really practical to put on SPs. The arms and manikins we use don’t really simulate an actual patient, so this is fantastic!
— ASPE Attendee - Nurse and Standardized Patient Educator

Do your IV Trainers work like this?

Can they be used on real people and manikins? 

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Do your IV Trainers have embedded sensors and an App to track IV catheter insertion "misses" that go deeper than the vessel?

Do they also record provider-patient and team interactions? 

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Stock up now for next semester! 

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Are YOU attending #INACSL2018? 

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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. 

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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.  

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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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EMS Week - Thank you from ReaLifeSim & VetReaLifeSim IV Trainer Teams

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EMS professionals are trained, certified and registered by the state to help those in need with expert emergency medical care.

Not only are they the people you never want to see, they are also the people that you are the most happy to see - during emergency situations.

Thank you to all EMS during this week to recognize just how important you are. 

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ReaLifeSim IV Trainer Team THANKS Faith Community Nurses

Faith Community Nursing is a
specialty practice and professional
model of health ministry.

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Faith Community Nurses (FCN) (also know as Parish Nurses) are registered nurses prepared to assess the needs of the whole person - psychological, physical, sociological, and spiritual.

Their philosophy is to promote the health of a community by working with the religious leaders and staff to integrate the theological, sociological, physiological, and psychological components of health and healing into the lives of their congregations. Their healthcare focus is on screening & prevention programs and chronic disease management programs that could save millions of dollars.

An FCN facilitates positive lifestyle changes through health assessment, counseling, self-help groups, health education, and referrals to other health care providers and community resources. An FCN is a practitioner who works with people to resolve concerns such as interpersonal relationships, grief, guilt, stress, lifestyle, life changes, spiritual resources, and outlook on life, all of which affect the health status of individuals and families.

Many communities are realizing Faith Community Nurses are valuable, yet underused resources for providing services in clinics and  community care centers, especially in under-served areas.

Faith Community Nurses can:

  • Help increase access to the medical treatment, prescriptions, and social services people need to stay healthy by providing information about and collaborating with existing community agencies.
  • Help decrease the number of uninsured residents going to the emergency room for treatment – unnecessarily taxing that critical work force and pushing healthcare costs higher by collaboration with community resources to improve access to existing non-emergency healthcare.
  • Help decrease some of the nearly 80 percent of health care costs spent treating the complications of chronic diseases, many of which are preventable by collaboration with community resources to encourage compliance with existing medical treatment plans.

Faith Community Nursing is a specialty practice and professional model of health ministry distinguished by the following beliefs (IPNRC, 2005, used with permission):

  • The Faith Community Nurse (FCN) reclaims the historical roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions focusing on the application of health promotion concepts specific to adults and families.
  • Faith Community Nurses do not perform home health care or invasive procedures. Their focus of practice is to collaborate with other community resources to foster new and creative responses to health and wellness concerns. All nursing actions, policies, and procedures must follow Scope and Standards for Parish Nursing, American Nurses Association 2005.
  • The FCN understands health to be a dynamic process, which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social dimension of the person. A sense of well-being can exist in the presence of disease, and healing can exist in the absence of cure.
  • The spiritual dimension is central to faith community nursing practice holding that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity.

Screening, prevention, and chronic disease management programs utilizing existing community services can save millions of dollars.

Ultimately, through Health Ministries, the health of our neighbors and our communities will be improved as we become more active in the stewardship of personal and community health resources.

ReaLifeSim IV Trainer Team Recognizes National Student Nurse Day

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As part of #NurseWeek, we recognize Student Nurses  May 8.

Nurse Day proposed in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health and while a proclamation never came National Nurse Week was observed the following year.

Student Nurses are at the cutting edge of technology, learning the latest life-saving techniques while at the same time practicing skills in programs that have been built upon medical science.

On National Student Nurses Day, BGEI & ReaLifeSim celebrate students and their achievements.