ReaLifeSim is Back Again - EMSWorld Expo 2018

ReaLifeSim Wearable IV Trainers are the Vascular Access Trainer of choice for EMS World Expo 2018 Clinical Challenge and the EMS Patient Safety Boot Camp.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provide our communities with incredible life-saving medical care any time of day, every day and in every possible environment and circumstance you can imagine. Whether it’s illness, injury, accident, natural or man-made disaster, these men and women, many of them serving in volunteer positions, make our health, safety and well-being their #1 priority. And, they may perform their, often heroic, efforts in the light of day or dark of night, blistering heat or bone-chilling cold, desert dry or torrential rain, in a quiet room or a noisy intersection.  

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We, at ReaLifeSim, salute these “angels among us” for their commitment and dedication to helping their neighbors, near or far, when they need help most. Just like the EMS teams they serve, ReaLifeSim IV trainers work in any environment. We are proud to provide wearable, durable IV trainers that go everywhere they go to practice their skills.


September - A time to Focus on YOUR Emergency Preparedness


Okay, the government has declared September to be “Emergency Preparedness Month.” But, we all know being prepared for emergencies is, and should be, a 24/7, 365 days a year activity.

Now, this doesn’t mean every day you need to be stocking up on supplies, running family fire drills or practicing putting on a life vest. It does mean taking time to think through what you would do in the event of a variety of emergency situations, whether they are events which effect the public at large, your community in particular or you and your family personally and taking appropriate steps to prepare for them.

When I say “prepare,” I mean in advance, before the emergency arrives.

While different types of emergency situations may require different types of preparation, there is one step that takes precedence – information gathering.

The first type of information is personal:

  • Include the identification of yourself and every member of your immediate family including full name, age, birthdate, home address, phone number(s), email address(es), relationship and work address for starters.
  • Include family members who live away from you whether across town or across the country. You should also include identifying information for any pets, including description, ID tags and if they have an embedded chip with digital contact numbers. A photo of each could be very helpful as well.
  • You can make a hard copy for storage in your personal record file and keep it on a thumb drive or other digital media including your smartphone.

Additional critical Information:

  • The location and non-emergency phone numbers for the closest police station, fire department, hospital or emergency care clinic and ambulance service as well as the nearest shelter or Red Cross facility.
  • Your bank account numbers, insurance policies and company contact numbers for auto, home, property along with credit card numbers and contact information.
  • Lastly, consider making a list of basic health information for yourself and family members including chronic medical conditions, mobility challenges, medications and allergies.

Visit federal, state and local emergency management websites for information templates to help you gather and organize your information. www.ready.gov

Having this information gathered, organized and available can make a big difference in managing most any type of emergency situation you might face. In addition, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having taken this important step in preparation.

We’ll have other preparation tips and resources throughout the month, so check back soon.

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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