February 2019


EMS - THE ANGELS AMONG US

We, at #ReaLifeSim, salute these “angels among us” for their commitment and dedication to helping us, their neighbors, near or far, when they need help most.

Most days when we hear or see a fire truck or rescue vehicle our first concern is where is it, which way is it going and am I in the way? Okay, our first three concerns. We might say a small prayer for those in need of their help and a thank you that it’s not us.

But how often do we think about the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, who make a career out of providing 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 often perform their life-saving efforts in the dark; blistering heat; bone-chilling cold; torrential rain; or a noisy and dangerous intersection. 

We are proud that EMS providers choose wearable ReaLifeSim hybrid IV trainers that go everywhere they go to practice their skills. #yougowego The added realism of ReaLifeSim trainers helps ensure their skills and confidence are at the highest level when you need them. #trainthewayyoutreat


Recognition Earned Across Healthcare Simulation Industry

We’re proud of this triple-crown Industry recognition and the work we’ve done to increase realism in clinical simulation. We design tools to provide safe practice opportunities that more closely replicate those experienced in real life to improve patient safety. 

Patient Safety Advocate 2018-2019
by Medical Training Magazine

We’re pleased and proud to share ReaLifeSim was 1 of 12 companies worldwide recognized, as a Patient Safety Advocate 2018-2019 by Medical Training Magazine in their Patient Safety Advocacy issue. The magazine made their selection from solicited subscriber nominations.

Top 10 Healthcare Simulation Solution Providers of 2018
by HealthcareTech Magazine

ReaLifeSim, LLC (RLS), the leading wearable vascular access trainer provider, has been named one of the “Top 10 Healthcare Simulation Solution Providers of 2018.” Our small, nurse-owned business was recognized for innovative clinical simulation products used to “train the way you treat” by the experts at Healthcare Tech Outlook, a respected resource for decision-makers regarding the dynamic changes technology is having on the healthcare industry.


Mixed Reality Teaching Tools in Showcase IMSH 2019

We pushed the boundaries of traditional clinical simulation education, again, with our new, unique Mixed Reality IV Training system, which was selected for inclusion in the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 9th Annual Serious Games & Virtual Environments Arcade & Showcase 2019 that took place January 26-29 in San Antonio, TX.


JANUARY 2019

AR Visualization Combined with Human-Centered Wearable Design

The DISRUPTIVELY INNOVATIVE Team at ReaLifeSim is pushing the boundaries of traditional clinical simulation education, AGAIN, with their NEW unique Mixed Reality IV Training.

Their new Augmented Reality ReaLifeSim IV Training system (AR-RLS) uses the wearable ReaLifeSim hybrid simulation IV Trainer, real-time digital information integrated into the individual’s visual environment, and a tablet or smart phone.

Realistic. Interactive. Immersive. Augmented Reality. Mixed Reality.

AR-RLS provides a realistic platform to work under the pressure of practicing while experiencing the influence human factors on hands-on and interaction communication skills.

AR-RLS software runs as an app for easy updates. The AR component helps students to better comprehend spatial relationships, deepen knowledge, and strengthen patient care in a highly interactive virtual and physical environment.

AR and safe hands-on skills practice on a SP (or manikin) with authentic haptic, visual, and interactive feedback are combined in this mixed reality learning environment.

How does this benefit learners and enhance the quality of care?

Augmented reality (AR) is no longer a tool used only in the gaming world or entertainment sector. It’s an innovative tool with the capacity to mitigate safety risks and help save lives in the healthcare industry. Numerous studies indicate AR is useful because it helps the healthcare learner to understand spatial relationships and concepts, to acquire skills and knowledge, to strengthen cognitive-psychomotor abilities, and to shorten their learning curve and prolong learning retention.

This mixed reality experience, integrating and overlays virtual elements over the real world. On our new IV Trainer, AR takes the form of 3D images visible to the user on the tablet or smartphone. The wearable AR-RLS helps educators effectively provide multi-modal strategies in clinical simulation skills training and “real life” scenario-based, inter-professional education during which learners safely experience the influence of human factors. It increases subjective attractiveness by providing students with authentic simulated experiences.


Advocating for Patient Safety is Job 1 at ReaLifeSim

We’re pleased and proud to share ReaLifeSim was one of 33 companies nominated worldwide as a Patient Safety Advocate and acknowledged by the staff at Medical Training Magazine in their Patient Safety Advocacy issue. The issue was released today and will be distributed during the International Meeting on Healthcare Simulation 2019 conference in San Antonio, TX. Click HERE to link directly to the feature.

Patient safety experts agree communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality care. “When all clinical and non-clinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors, improve efficiency and increase patient satisfaction. Health care teams that communicate effectively and work collaboratively reduce the potential for error, resulting in enhanced patient safe- ty and improved clinical performance.” (https://bit.ly/2CTCwaD).

In the world of healthcare, more emphasis is being placed on training in human factors routinely provided to staff, similar to other safety-critical industries. Case studies, role plays and realistic simulated practice, for example, are used to improve emotion regulation, reflective ability, emotional intelligence and empathy.

With ReaLifeSim and VetReaLifeSim, learners safely practice hands-on clinical skills working with a live person or a live animal (veterinary care), relating to them as they would in a real-life situation, promoting a heightened sense of “presence” and emotional connection. Clinical students safely practice their hands-on skills to a level of competence, while simultaneously relating to the “patient” as a real person in a way that communicates confidence and inspires trust from the patient. The improved communication skills benefit and improve clinical team communication.

We designed ReaLifeSim because it was needed in our clinical education environments. We needed a better way to "train the way you treat". ReaLifeSim is continuously redefining clinical simulation training using state of the art IoT and cloud technology to provide the opportunity for learners to safely experience the influence of human factors. After working with ReaLifeSim or VetReaLifeSim, learners and providers report they are more competent and confident, helping them to feel more comfortable communicating with their patients - which can contribute to reduced preventable medical errors, reduced time to treatment, and increased patient satisfaction.


Combined Efforts Add to Realism in Healthcare Simulation Education

B & G Educational Innovations, LLC, (BGEI), parent company of ReaLifeSim, LLC, announced today - a collaboration to produce a new product with Amoveo Training, Inc., a Canadian firm with national healthcare simulation training expertise, based in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

“We’ve got you…. under our skin.” Well, more precisely ReaLifeSim’s got a new sub-dermal layer add-on!

The first product of this joint effort, released today, is a simulated sub-dermal (skin) layer, which can be inserted into the wearable ReaLifeSim IV simulator, adding another level of realism for those developing and maintaining skills to successfully start an IV.

“We’re pleased to be working with Amoveo. We share the same perspective on the growing importance of simulation and immersive training scenarios to raise the level of learner competence and confidence, improving patient care and safety,” explained Elizabeth Benson, co-founder and CEO of BGEI and its ReaLifeSim. “ReaLifeSim & VetReaLifeSim IV trainers provide high physical fidelity and versatility to teach proper hand positioning, IV catheter manipulation, provider-patient interaction, and situational awareness in a variety of environments.” Benson added.

“ReaLifeSim's focus to replicate real life in clinical training using wearable products works well with our commitment to help organizations use simulation and immersion to enhance quality improvement and safety,” said Matthew Jubelius, Amoveo’s founder. “We’re happy to be working with ReaLifeSim to add another layer. Realistic training helps medical and veterinary professionals provide the highest standards of patient care”, added Jubelius.

The two companies are working together to develop realistic products for improved learner experiences.

Amoveo’s expertise in designing customized simulation solutions complements ReaLifeSim's commitment to improve patient outcomes by enhancing the skills training available to students and existing care providers. This new addition is available directly from Amoveo Training, Inc.

Check out our Websites for more information: https://amoveotraining.ca www.realifesim.net


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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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


December 2018

One of the most commonly performed procedures during a hospital admission is placing a peripheral IV.

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



November 2018

ReaLifeSim Named “Top 10” Healthcare Simulation Solution Provider Wearable Clinical Simulation Products to Enhance “Train the Way You Treat”

ReaLifeSim, LLC (RLS), the leading wearable vascular access trainer provider, has been named one of the “Top 10 Healthcare Simulation Solution Providers of 2018.” This small, women-owned business was recognized for innovative clinical simulation products used to “train the way you treat” by the experts at Healthcare Tech Outlook, a respected resource for decision-makers regarding the dynamic changes technology is having on the healthcare industry.

“Their (ReaLifeSim) unique products provide safe, repeated skills practice on a live person, allowing the learner to interact as they would in a real-life situation, creating a “train the way you treat” learning experience. They also promote a heightened sense of “presence” and emotional connection by engaging learners’ senses and emotions in a “real-life” simulation,” cited Healthcare Tech Outlook in their December issue.

After being informed of her company’s selection, Elizabeth Benson, RN, co-founder and CEO of B &G Educational Innovations, LLC (BGEI) - parent company of ReaLifeSim, LLC, reported “We are honored to be included in this select group of fellow businesses and organizations working to bring ever greater realism to clinical simulation education.”

BGEI is known as a disruptively innovative leader in hybrid clinical simulation education, designing, manufacturing, and distributing wearable peripheral vascular access training products for healthcare under the ReaLifeSim brand. “We’re providing an affordable product that improves clinical training, creating competent and confident clinicians, which leads to better patient outcomes,” explained Benson. 

Benson created disruption of her own during a “shark tank”-like competition, at the One Spark innovation conference, when she gave a calculated “cold shoulder” to two of the judges about to evaluate her “pitch.”  The resulting head turning and almost audible gasp from those in attendance was the feedback she expected. She had their attention. Instead of explaining the impact poor communication could have on patient trust, Benson made them feel it. Improved provider/patient communication is one of the benefits of her ReaLifeSim wearable trainers.

Benson and co-founder Linda Goodman, RN, CHSE, received their own disruptive news later that day when it was announced they placed second, but the pitch was so compelling they were awarded the first place prize. The fact that BGEI did not yet have a minimally viable product (MVP) was very much in the “non-traditional” category for new start-up ventures.

Less than 90 days later, Benson and her husband, half of the core business team at the time, relocated from their home in Maryland to Jacksonville and went to work.

Since then, Benson and the BGEI team:

  • contracted with a Florida manufacturer,

  • conducted lab and field testing,

  • refined the design and developed an App to record and track the skill performance and record the student’s interaction with the “patient,”

  • debuted the device at a world simulation conference,

  • contracted with several well-known distributors covering sales in 18 countries,

  • was selected to participate in an Enterprise Florida-US Department of Commerce-sponsored trade mission to Costa Rica,

  • and their ReaLifeSim IV task trainer was selected for use in several EMS/First Responder competitions and FEMA-approved Urban Search and Rescue courses for its added realism.

 ReaLifeSim is used in classrooms and labs, hospitals and clinics, fields and farms, and in scenarios/training events including disaster, close-space and austere rescue environments. Experts in national and international venues routinely choose ReaLifeSim because their clinically challenging scenarios require IV realism.

“The closer we can get the students to a ‘real call’, the better we can transition them from students to practitioners. ReaLifeSim IV trainer added another level of realism to our scenarios. This tool really helps achieve that goal,” shared TSC EMS Faculty, Hector Martinez.

Dr. Ryan Jacobson, Johnson County, KS, EMS Medical Director participant, Disaster Medical Solutions US&R course using ReaLifeSim reported, “Real world training with Real patients wearing ReaLifeSim in Night Training was the best, high fidelity out-of-hospital training I’ve had!”

"ReaLifeSim is great! Our current simulation arms 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 ReaLifeSim is fantastic," shared a RN standardized patient educator at #ASPE2018.

"My students really loved working with and wearing ReaLifeSim. I was pleased to see the blood return was more realistic than a simulation arm and I like that we can use it to practice giving medications," reported Judy Comeaux, DNP, ARNP, BSN Program Director, UNF.

“Being named among the top 10 healthcare simulation solution providers is a noteworthy achievement for ReaLifeSim,” said Benson, “This is a significant validation of our focus on the human element of patient-centric care and clinical training, and my team’s efforts to date.”

For further information on ReaLifeSim, visit: bgei-educational.com.


We are a small business and proud to be a contributing member of the business community.

As one of America’s 30 million small businesses, ReaLifeSim reminds you to Shop Small® this Saturday, November 24, and support your local business community.

Small businesses account for nearly 50% of our nation’s goods and services contributing $8.5 billion to the U.S. economy. And, 2 out of every 3 new jobs comes from small business.

Small businesses are also good at problem solving and innovating new solutions to challenges new and old. ReaLifeSim & VetReaLifeSim provide a solution offering more realistic clinical simulation skills training solutions.

Remember, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “there’s nothing small about small business.”


October 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.  

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.

#YouGoWeGo


Women Entrepreneurs Organizes Community Support

When too much water arrives too quickly in one place, you have a flood. That’s exactly what happened at 7:15 Friday morning, September 14, when Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, a waterfront community adjacent to Wilmington, NC.

But that was weeks ago, and those flood stories moved to the back burner on our evening news reports. What hasn’t moved as quickly is the water. There are still areas that are impassable. Most importantly, there are still thousands of people who have lost everything and are still struggling with day-to-day survival. And, Hurricane Michael hit the already water-saturated area as a tropical storm this week.

One woman who didn’t forget is Shannon Miles, a wife, mother of four, business owner, and community advocate.

When friends who live in Wilmington gave her an update on the difficult conditions many families were still dealing with, Miles decided to act. Using the social media network, she’s developed through her social media & e-marketing business (SMiles Media), Miles put out a “call for action” to her family, friends, neighbors, her children’s schools, and community businesses requesting donations of the basic necessities. 

Miles was hoping she would collect enough donations to fill her family’s van for the drive down to Wilmington. She wasn’t prepared for the outpouring of offers, large and small, from across southern Maryland. The boxes kept coming and by the time Miles piled her four girls, who helped pack and mark boxes, into the van for the trip south, they had added a trailer to the truck.

Working with her friend and former Southern Maryland neighbor, Jacqueline Bass, vice-president of communications for the Junior League of Wilmington, Miles was put in touch with Pender Pediatric Therapy (speech and language pathology) in Burgaw, NC. The facility serves as a collection point for donations destined for Pender County. This area, with children still out of school, had not benefited as much from the first round of recovery efforts. Miles delivered her collected donations over the Columbus Day holiday.

When asked what she thought of all the support being offered, Miles said, “I am truly grateful to live in such an amazing community.” 

“While we can’t help everyone with one donation, at least the folks in NC will know they have not been forgotten and there are people who still care enough to help their neighbors, even if they’re a few states away,” Miles added.

Shannon Miles not only helped victims of the hurricane, she set a good example for her children and, through her actions, reminded the rest of us to ask “What can I do to help?”

Note: Shannon Miles and Jacqueline Bass are members of the B&G Educational Innovations, LLC & ReaLifeSim, LLC teams.


September 2018

Adding "Real Life" realism to your training and scenarios

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.

Courtesy of #ENA18

Increasing the use of standardized participants in clinical simulations can provide high-fidelity clinical simulations and human interaction. They allow participants (student and providers) to try to work together in an environment that is as close to the real thing as possible.  This allows people to identify and correct the challenges that can occur as multiple people and perhaps multiple agencies try to coordinate responses in training scenarios/events - large and small.

Clinical simulation scenarios with standardized participants provide some of the most realistic opportunities possible: the ability to look at the patient, speak to the patient, hear the patient, observe the patient’s non-verbal responses, to be heard and seen by the patient.

We believe the skills necessary for clinical competence and effective interpersonal communication can be learned through experience in a clinical simulation with standardized participants. But, the clinical realism of standardized participants needed to be enhanced, providing us with a new frontier in simulation advancement.

We designed these products because we saw the need for them in our own education environments. We believe enhancing the realism of standardized participants with our cost effective wearable clinical simulation devices, healthcare students and clinicians can be provided the opportunity to interact with a human in the most realistic clinical simulation possible.  

Thanks Pocket Nurse® for bringing #ReaLifeSim to the Advanced Procedure Skills Lab. #ENA18 #simulation #education