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KARL STORZ and VirtaMed release laparoscopic simulator

  Endoscopy manufacturers KARL STORZ and VirtaMed, the medical training simulation firm, have collaborated on a mixed reality simulator to enhance laparoscopic skills training. The LapTrainer simulator enables medical professionals to acquire key skills with increased efficiency by repetition of short simulation sequences. The simulator features an anatomically correct abdomen model. Medical professionals can practice patient positioning, trocar placement and correct OR team setup in true-to-life conditions. This endoscopic training boasts the latest research in computer graphics, including the ability to visualize and manipulate the entire abdomen. LapTrainer includes KARL STORZ flagship products such as the EndoCAMeleon, a multifunctional endoscope with a versatile viewing angle. It also has the CLICKline and RoBi instrument series and near infrared fluorescence imaging applications for the clear differentiation of key anatomical structures from surrounding organs using an ICG fluorescence agent. “Overtaking existing laparoscopy simulators, LapTrainer with an abdominal model and real and high-quality endoscopic equipment provides excellent training and education in laparoscopy," said Dr. Peter Solleder, Executive Director New Applications at KARL STORZ. "Education and training of surgeons is an important part when cooperating with the medical community and following this we have expanded our Virtual Reality Simulator family. For the surgeon’s safety and [...]

By | 2020-02-17T09:40:39+00:00 February 17th, 2020|

Emerson’s New VR Simulation To Improve Workforce Safety

Emerson releases Mimic Field 3D, an immersive training experience designed to help new and incoming workers gain a deep understanding of how changes in the field impact industrial plant processes. This virtual reality-based (VR) solution gives personnel simulated hands-on experience to prepare for any plant event, helping them make better decisions regarding operating changes and practice proper procedures before entering potentially hazardous plant areas. Image credit: Emerson In the coming decade, experts estimate there will be more than 2.5 million skilled jobs that go unfilled in the United States. There’s a clear need for organizations to seek innovative technology solutions to address this talent shortage quickly through innovative augmented reality and VR solutions like Mimic Field 3D. In fact, a recent survey found that 66% of companies plan to adopt these technologies by 2022. Field operators typically train on physical equipment, which adds risks and costs, particularly during some of the plant’s most critical phases—startups, shutdowns, turnarounds and outages. Many organizations are seeking technology solutions to rapidly upskill new workers for high performance in the shortest amount of time. “Emerson’s digital twin portfolio is changing how we prepare the future workforce. Our industry will become increasingly reliant on [...]

By | 2020-02-14T18:02:16+00:00 February 14th, 2020|

MemorialCare Earns Top Honor from Patient Safety Movement Foundation

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has presented MemorialCare with its highest honor, the 5-Star Hospital Award, in recognition of MemorialCare’s steadfast commitment to patient safety and quality of care. The award was presented by PSMF founder Joe Kiani to MemorialCare President and CEO Barry Arbuckle during a ceremony at MemorialCare headquarters. “We are incredibly proud of the leadership that MemorialCare has taken in the area of patient safety,” Kiani said, “and hope that other hospitals will be inspired by MemorialCare’s bold commitment to action.” PSMF’s 5-Star hospital program began in 2018 and MemorialCare is one of only six health systems across the United States to receive the award. “Patient safety and quality of care are always top of mind and top of heart at MemorialCare,” said Barry Arbuckle, Ph.D., president and CEO, MemorialCare. “I commend the incredible work PSMF is doing to bring together health systems, healthcare technology companies, patient advocates and others to dramatically improve patient safety.” PSMF has established evidence-based Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) that provide specific, proven processes to help hospitals prevent medical harm. Written by teams of experts in their respective fields, APSS include creating a culture of safety, patient blood management, early detection [...]

By | 2020-02-14T17:21:17+00:00 February 14th, 2020|

 PSMF Pre-Summit Symposium Coming Soon

Image credit: Patient Safety Movement Foundation The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Pre-Summit Symposium is taking place on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Healthcare leaders from across the globe will present their experiences implementing the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solutions and will share their outcomes and lessons learned. Two sessions are scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Participants will choose from several 2-hour moderated presentations during each session, each featuring 4-5 healthcare organizations and an interactive Q&A discussion. Each session has been awarded two Continuing Education (CE) credits for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists by MedStar Health.    

By | 2020-02-14T16:50:35+00:00 February 14th, 2020|

Metaari Predicts Simulation-based Tech To Transform Training Market

The global market for AR, VR and Simulation-based learning products is in the midst of profound transformation – not growing traditionally via small incremental changes to existing products annually –but driven by fundamentally new types of learning products. Metaari, the firm analyzing change in the learning technologies market, forecasts global revenues will surge to $15.6 billion by 2025. Catalysts currently driving this growth. Image credit: Metaari The one common characteristic of these new learning technologies is that they enable real-time performance improvement. "These next-generation AR, VR, and Simulation-based products accomplish both knowledge transfer and learning transfer, each a phase of the learning process, simultaneously," Sam Adkins, chief analyst, Metaari explains. Early-to-market suppliers have primed market growth by giving away entry-level products to schools. Children exposed to VR go home asking parents to buy them home use products. Manufacturers have also made a concentrated effort to implement AR and VR instructional programs in the global high education segment. Development engine companies Unity and Epic's Unreal Engine offer free academic licensing models. The large spend is coming, with corporate training leading the forecast. Metaari's 281 page report is designed to provide insight to investors and sales leads to solution providers, [...]

By | 2020-02-14T16:22:14+00:00 February 14th, 2020|

Antycip deliver immersive room to University of Corsica

Antycip Simulation have designed and installed 'VIRTUAL CORSICA', a new immersive room that will allow the University of Corsica to study society’s relationship with nature. The two-sided L-shaped CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) type room has two Christie Mirage WU14K-M projectors connected to an angled lens with high-tech direct projection. This device will also allow students to view complex concepts and immerse themselves in various visual and audio environments. The room will be the launch pad for new projects between the university’s different teams and departments. This will be extended to local community, schools and even organisations. "This work allows the University of Corsica to benefit from the unique and high-performing 3D and virtual-reality modelling and simulation equipment," said Marie Antoinette Maupertuis, university professor and VIRTUAL CORSICA science project lead. "On top of the new research and innovative educational activities, this equipment represents an attractive feature for the recruitment of new researchers and students." Antycip worked with Dushow Group and Euphonia on the project. Dushow was responsible for the conference and room management (mainly speakers and lighting). Euphonia supplied its CATT-acoustic software for the spatial-sound. As the environment did not cater for back-projection technology resources, the teams had to avoid [...]

By | 2020-02-14T09:48:10+00:00 February 14th, 2020|

SonoSim Releases Nurse Ultrasound Curriculum

    SonoSim, Inc., has launched a comprehensive nurse ultrasound training curriculum designed to support artificial intelligence (AI)-guided ultrasound training needs. The curriculum is designed to assist nurse training programs, integrate recent, remarkable advances in AI-guided ultrasound applications into nurse education and, subsequently, patient care. Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Venous Cannulation. Image Credit: SonoSim, Inc. This announcement comes in the wake of multiple advances in AI-guided ultrasound applications focused on commonly performed procedures by nurses. Recent AI advances have made nurse-performed ultrasound – specifically bladder ultrasound, ultrasound-guided peripheral venous cannulation, and, most recently, cardiac ultrasound – a progressively widespread practice across hospitals. SonoSim’s nurse ultrasound training curriculum will help hospitals and nursing programs provide the foundational ultrasound knowledge and skills necessary to successfully integrate AI-guided ultrasound applications into clinical practice. SonoSim’s nurse ultrasound training curriculum will deliver 12 modules with 95 simulation-based training cases across a variety of essential topics. Each SonoSim Module consists of online peer-reviewed courses, knowledge assessments, and real-patient scanning cases in the SonoSimulator. Topics will include: Fundamentals of Ultrasound, Upper Extremity Venous Ultrasound, Upper Extremity Arterial Ultrasound, Soft Tissue Ultrasound, Bladder Ultrasound, Heart Ultrasound, Lung Ultrasound, Introduction to Ultrasound-Guided Procedures, and Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Venous Cannulation.  

By | 2020-02-13T16:23:56+00:00 February 13th, 2020|

Kongsberg to deliver Firefighting Simulator to NSRS

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) has won its first K-Sim Safety simulator contract with the Norwegian Sea Rescue Society (NSRS). KDI will deliver a K-Sim Safety Advanced Fire Fighting Simulator (AFFS) to the NSRS training centre in Horten, Norway. The full-mission K-Sim Safety AFFS is a new simulator which addresses regulation VI/3, section A-VI/3, table A-VI/3-1. This covers methods of organizing and training fire teams, inspecting and servicing fire detection and extinguishing systems and equipment. It also comprises controlling onboard firefighting operations. As a realistic representation of the layout on a real crude oil carrier, the simulator’s interactive 3D ‘WalkThrough’ software engine combines precise object and equipment models with immersive visuals. This exposes trainees to all conceivable scenarios and situations related to preventing and dealing with onboard fires. The AFFS accommodates an instructor station, debrief area, bridge/safety command center, two fire team muster stations and smoke diver areas. Up to three separate teams – usually, a management team and two firefighting teams – can train at the same time. In exercises designed to replicate onboard emergencies, the management team can assemble at the bridge/safety command centre. They are able to manage firefighting operations by communicating with the other internal teams and conducting [...]

By | 2020-02-13T13:19:18+00:00 February 13th, 2020|

US Air Force Partners for Infectious Disease Proficiency

The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is developing a training program with the University of Nebraska Medical Center through the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills Omaha program to best prepare medical airmen to respond to infectious disease threats that could impact military personnel and operations. The program launched in 2018 and airmen are set to begin taking classes in October. “This partnership is vital to the readiness of our medical airmen,” said Lt. Col. Elizabeth Schnaubelt, C-STARS Omaha medical director. “As military personnel deploy to diverse geographic areas, they may encounter infectious disease threats. These hazardous and communicable threats can be naturally occurring or deliberate and have a significant impact to our operations. Military personnel that work with such patients must know the proper procedures to protect patients, themselves and the mission.” The need for specialized infectious disease treatment and management training became clear after the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. U.S. service members deployed to the region to support the crisis. Although U.S. forces did not directly treat Ebola patients, the risks to U.S. service members was evident. “The DoD identified a knowledge and training gap in our capability to safely care for [...]

By | 2020-02-11T22:10:18+00:00 February 11th, 2020|

Imperial radiology trainees using AR and holograms

  Radiology trainees at Imperial College, London, are learning news skills with interactive holograms and augmented reality headsets. A team of experts from Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine and Digital Learning Hub developed the simulation. It is an example of using the Microsoft HoloLens2 for medical training and addresses the challenges in medical teaching and learning developed the simulation. Across the world, we teach using computed tomography (CT) guided interventions mostly using a traditional mentored approach on real patients. However, as the number of procedures grows and complexity increases, there is a need for new training approaches. "The field of interventional radiology is expanding in terms of the number of procedures and complexity, yet at the same time there is a significant shortage of skilled practitioners," said Professor Mohamad Hamady, who is part of the team that developed the simulation. "This technology will provide trainees with the required highly technical skills in a safe and realistic environment. This digital learning technology can also shorten the training time and this will help trainees to perform medical procedures later on in life with much higher technical ability and safety." The pioneering radiology training session involved junior trainees from multiple centres in London. During [...]

By | 2020-02-11T16:27:19+00:00 February 11th, 2020|