Archive May 2018

Fidelity, and an Important Announcement

Fidelity, and an Important Announcement

The truth. Reality. Realism. Simulationists, educators and scientists are constantly looking to model products to reflect realistic environments and systems. There are no shortage of options on the market and depending on what the focus is the competition increases.

From DIY spreadsheet EMRs, patient simulators to augmented reality, everyone is looking the next level of realism in training. This is actually a good thing though because the entire premise of simulation is to accurately model reality. In previous posts, we have talked about why realism matters and how technology changes, which brings the medical and healthcare simulation education and training communities to that next level.

With the increasing need to increase the level of realism, I’m excited to announce the release of our ultra-realistic task trainers. The most noticeable features are the feel, textured skin, subcutaneous fat layer and did I mention that the trainers are custom-made according to your organization’s needs? If you need a product that has 4-inch deep wounds and 5 inches long, we can build it. If you need a task trainer for wound packing and need it to respond to treatment therapies, we can help. Each model is robust, durable, made with medical grade products and is skin-safe. Here’s what hospital-based wound care committees are saying after using our products:
Looking for products that take your education and training to the next level? That’s what Amoveo Training Inc. does every day. If your organization is looking for customizable task trainers that models and responds like human tissue, learn more through www.amoveotraining.com

Cheers,

Matthew

About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.

 

Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.com for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.

 

#healthcare #safety #simulation #education

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How Simulation Builds Organizational Culture

How Simulation Builds Organizational Culture

Let’s face it, simulation is a very powerful tool for learning. With foundations in aviation and military applications, more evidence is growing in its many medical benefits. Healthcare educators plan for the development and integration into curriculum and simulation-based education is picking up momentum. While many instructors are comfortable being behind the scenes and observing student performance when was the last time an instructor took part in a simulation experience as a learner? This key question can advance your SIM program by leaps and bounds, or delay it. Why? Organizational culture.

Workplace culture affects us all. It shows us what behaviours are generally accepted and culture reflects where we work. For example, in some academic settings, people stick to their own groups and we refer to this as being in a silo. Doctors train with doctors, nurses with nurses, paramedics with paramedics and so on. For some organizations, this is the norm. It’s a very old school way of learning, but it’s true. It exists.

Let’s introduce simulation-based education into the picture. The silo-based organizational culture shouts from the rooftops “Simulation is the best!”, “We need to train more [insert whichever healthcare profession you like] with the simulators” and other evangelical statements. Depending on how entrenched the organizational culture is, watch what happens when another faculty wants to take part in simulation. All of a sudden, statements like “this is OURS”, “We get priority over faculty XYZ” and all sorts of unproductive comments come out. Suddenly, it becomes impossible to collaborate due to budget restrictions, faculty release time and other administrative excuses. These are red flags about organizational culture.

Wait a second? Isn’t this whole education thing about helping learners? It sure is. If you want to advance your program, it starts with the instructor champions. Want to incorporate interdisciplinary simulations in your organization? Involve your champions. Lead by example and have students watch the instructors is a simulation experience. I bet that you will have a ton of people who see the value of breaking down those educational silos.

Want to develop organizational culture through simulation? Let’s connect through www.amoveotraining.com

Cheers,

Matthew

About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.

Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.com for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.

#simulation #safety #education #qualityimprovement

Quick Update: New Website Design

Quick Update: New Website Design

Happy Wednesday!

Listening to the feedback from our awesome community, we’ve moved to a new website design. If you haven’t had the opportunity, check it out.

The site has a few noticeable features: More about who we are and the services that we offer. Also, the online shop and media photos are worth checking out. Heads up, the simulated wounds are graphic, but realistic for simulation.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new site. If you have any topics that you’d like to learn more about or have interesting news to share, let me know.

Have an awesome week!

Matthew

Congratulations! You Have Robots, Now What?

Congratulations! You Have Robots, Now What?

You’ve made the business case for purchasing (including the extended maintenance agreement), celebrated the approval from your supervisor and have been waiting patiently for your new simulator to show up. And then, it finally happened.

You unbox the high fidelity patient simulator and laptop(s), assemble the fluid ports, cables, cords and so on.  You stand back and admire the pristine look of the simulator and perhaps dream of how you’ll impact the world of teaching and learning. Someone calls you and says “let’s do a simulation this afternoon”. Excitedly, you say “YES!”…but here’s why you should say “I love your enthusiasm, but let’s reschedule for a later date.”

New technology is pretty appealing, but without understanding how your simulator functions on-site could mean some unnecessary technological and professional relationship hiccups.

If you’re running a wireless connection, how does it perform? What’s the actual distance that your connection can really perform at? Is the software lagging? What about wireless interference? Do cell phones cause connection issues? If you’re using wireless cameras for recording and debriefing, do they cause any issues? I encourage you to be very curious at this stage and test, test, TEST your simulator and environment before running scenarios!

You’ve read the instructions, filled the fluid ports and feel like you are ready to start running scenarios. Have you considered failure and contingency planning? Discussing this with your teams will definitely help you and your program. Dealing with a massive technological failure mid-scenario can be embarrassing and frustrating to you, learners and instructors. Not knowing how to deal with failures can add even more stress to the situation. Do some risk analysis and draft up a plan of “if XYZ happens, the next steps are…”

It’s always exciting to receive new technology, however, there’s a lot of planning that should be considered from the time that the simulator arrives and when actual simulations are being performed. By planning, testing and refining actual performance and processes, your simulation teams can alleviate many potential headaches.

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Have an awesome week,

Matthew

About the Author: Matthew Jubelius is a subject matter expert in healthcare simulation. He is a consultant, educator and wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government.

Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.com for simulation consulting, program development, employee training and speaking engagements.

#safety #simulation #education

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