#RealPeople

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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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.

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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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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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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

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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.  

www.realifesim.net

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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?