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  1. 1. Importance of Simulation Technology for Medical IndustryThe right course of treatment in medical science depends on decisions made duringemergency cases. A right decision can save a patients life, while a wrong one can provefatal. Medical students undergo rigorous training to improve decision making skills,though this gives rise to the risk that they may understand theory better than real-lifescenarios. Thats where hands-on experience through simulation technology comes in.Medical simulation training can help doctors to virtually experience those situations,leading to confidence and positive thinking during testing times and the ability to makelife saving decisions at a moments notice.The importance and need for simulation training is exemplified by the aviation industry.Aviation is considered one of the safest modes of travel, but only because the pilots andcabin crew receive rigorous simulation training. This enables them to remain calm andfocused during real emergencies and successfully avoid what may have in earlier timesbecome a tragedy.Over 40% of errors made by medical practitioners occur due to a lack of knowledge orinsufficient training. There is no doubt that robust technology has helped increaseaccuracy in clinical skills assessment. A team that is well equipped for right diagnosismust also be equipped with skills developed through medical simulation.Web-based clinical simulation training allows medical practitioners to train in a realisticenvironment, but because there isnt a patients life on the line, they can make mistakes– and learn from mistakes through skill repetition – without dire consequence. Cliniciansthen avoid making the same mistakes in a live setting because theyve learned throughexperience. Tips To Improve Your Clinical Skills AssessmentIt is very important for a nurse to assess the critical conditions of their patients.Generally, this skill comes with years of nursing experience, but new nurses, too, canhelp themselves with the requisite knowledge by continuously enhancing their clinicalskills assessment training.The first step is to acquaint yourself with the particular department to which you havebeen assigned. It is said that observation is the best teacher in medical science and as
  2. 2. such, you must develop a knack for thorough observation of the signs, symptoms,immediate help procedures, and subsequent treatment of any critical conditionsexperienced by the patients under observation. As a matter of fact, many nurses thinkthat they have sufficient training and knowledge to handle anything but they can betaken by surprise when they encounter real life situations. So, however much you havebeen trained you must never be complacent and must keep a watchful eye on yourpatients. Many hospitals are providing skills assessment training in-house so that initiallyyou can observe and then learn to react appropriately, which in the long term will notonly help your career, but make you a better care giver.You can also keep on enriching your knowledge by surfing the Internet. There are manyknowledge-rich websites that can be very helpful in giving you information aboutvarious circumstances that might come up in the future. You can also purchase relevantbooks for preparing yourself adequately. While at work, it would be in your best interestto be mentored by an experienced nurse who is good at assessing and handling criticalsituations. Talk to her regarding different cases. Their experience can be priceless foryour nursing career and if you keep those experiences in mind, you will be able to assessand manage any critical problem. Try to follow her when she is doing her rounds so thatyou observe the way she communicates and engages with patients.It is not unusual to forget more than half of what you have learned, so it would beworthwhile to keep a notebook with you. Take notes if you see anything that is worthlearning. Once you are home, review your notes and try to recall the events thathappened on that day at the hospital. Remember to review your notes often so thatthey are fresh in your mind ensuring that you ready to handle any situation that maypresent itself. Clinical simulation: transforming the healthcare industry!Web-based clinical simulation training is freely available today and assists in the learningand preparation of clinicians. It has the capacity to change the profile of medicine as weknow it, delivering superior education and unmatched experience for medicalprofessionals. There are several reasons for why this educational tool can reduce humanmedical errors in general. But, it is critical to pay attention to three key benefits ofmedical simulation and how it can change the practice and knowledge of medicinetoday.
  3. 3. When diagnosing and making recommendations using a virtual/web-based simulator,clinicians feel comfortable about making decisions because they are in an environmentthat is consequence-free. If a clinician makes a serious mistake which resulting in patientharm or death during a simulation, the prospect of making a similar error in clinicalpractice is significantly reduced. Since virtual patient simulators are freely available,quality training is no longer controlled by access to classrooms, teachers, and experts.Medical and nursing students or trained doctors with access to a computer with anInternet connection are able to continue training at any time.When training on advanced web-based simulators, a clinicians performance is likenedto best practices and, when available, medical guiding principle and medical error isquickly recognized in a specific patient context. Recent studies revealed tra ordinarycompetence in pre and post assessment for simulation-based clinical learning. Theability to document events on video and then play them back continuously isfundamental function of this medical simulation software. Debriefing sessions allowtrainers to evaluate recorded events and find the essential elements of learning, anddiscuss how similar situations could be conducted more effectively. The most importantaspect of simulation is the ability to efficiently manage the skills assessment process.Simulation training has the ability to transform the medical education by expandingtraining and ultimately improving clinical care standards. Its capability to train cliniciansin a risk-free environment and the ability to identify and help clinicians improve theircommunication and technical skills, suggests that simulation technology is wellpositioned to have a deep impact on the quality of healthcare training. Clinical simulation: revolutionizing the medical industry!Today, web-based clinical simulation training is freely available and it providesassistance in the education and practice of medical professionals. It has the potential toalter the landscape of todays medicine, providing quality education and unparalleledexperience to physicians, nurses, and medical professionals. There are manyexplanations how and why this educational tool can reduce human medical blunders ingeneral. However, it is important to focus on three of the most important benefits ofmedical simulation and how it can alter the practice and understanding of todaysmedicine.
  4. 4. When classifying, diagnosing, and recommending in a virtual/web-based simulator,clinicians can feel more contented making decisions because they are in a consequence-free environment. If a clinician makes a serious fault which results in patient harm ordeath in simulation, the probability of making the same mistake in clinical practice isconsiderably decreased. Virtual patient simulators are available everywhere. Theavailability of great quality training is no longer controlled by access to classrooms,teachers, and experts. The medical student, nurse, or trained physician with access to acomputer with an Internet connection is able to continue training at any time, day ornight.When training on advanced web-based simulators, which utilize a "Quality ImprovementCycle", a clinicians conduct path is compared to best practices and, when available,medical guiding principle and medical error is quickly recognized in a specific patientcontext. Recent studies exhibit surprising efficiency in pre/post testing for simulation-based clinical learning. The capability to record events and then play them back overand over is an essential function of this medical simulation software. Probing sessionsallow scholars and clinical mentors to review past events on monitors, separate them tofind the key seed of learning, and discuss how alike situations could be handled moreeffectively. The most effective and key part of the simulations system is its efficiency inmanaging the skills assessment. The main method of providing new information tophysicians is still verbal and written. Medicine is well placed to experience the welfaresof simulation training.Simulation training has the latent to transform the medical industry by expandingtraining competences and ultimately improving clinical care standards. Its capability totrain clinicians in a content environment, easy user-friendliness, and ability to identifyand fill skill gaps suggests that simulation technology is well positioned to have a deepimpact on the quality of healthcare training. Virtual Education and Simulation Training CenterChristiana Hospitals Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center, anelectronically advanced, high-fidelity medical simulation center, houses seven rooms,including an operating room, an intensive care room, a trauma/emergency room, anda standard medical-operating surgical room. At the hub of this mini-hospital runs asuite of medical simulation software to deliver a complete solution for meeting themultifaceted needs of the Centers advanced simulation training.
  5. 5. The ability to record events and then play them back over and over is a core functionof this medical simulation software. Debriefing sessions allow students and clinicalmentors to review past events on monitors, dissect them to find the key kernels oflearning, and discuss how similar situations could be handled more effectively.For instance, in crisis situations, nurses physicians, and other clinicians may use vagueor uncertain language. Statements like "Maybe we should go to the OR" or "It mightbe PEA arrest" signal uncertainty in decisions making. "As we run through traumaresuscitation," says Glen Tank off, MD, Medical Director of the Center, "we can look atsome of the real nuances of this communication. Theres not a better way to improvecommunication than to watch oneself in a simulated code environment, trying todirect others.A particularly fun use of this medical software involves what Tank off calls Sim Wars.Two clinical teams perform the same scenario and are then graded by faculty andother clinical "judges." This medical simulation software also allows Tink off and hisstaff to aggregate team and individual scores and then produce statistical analyses ofthat scoring. "Ultimately this will be where maintenance of competency will betested," says Tink off.The medical simulation software and videotaped simulations allow the Centers teamto look closely at workflow issues. It provides rapid search and retrieval of indexedvideo, for example, making it easy for trainers and students to discover exactly whatthey struggled with and what they need to do to improve.Tinkoff realized that to take medical simulation education to the next level, thismedical simulation software is the best solution to opera tea high-visibility, high-fidelity environment. "By integrating this medical simulation software into theoperations of the Center, weve been able to more effectively meet the education andoperation needs of the hospital. This innovative approach to medical care has beeninstrumental in Christiana Care achieving Magnet certification, in mitigating ourliability risk, and potentially in reducing malpractice cost. The Center for AdvancingProfessional Excellence (CAPE) used a time-consuming, manual skills assessmentprocess, which led to unacceptable delays when providing exam results to studentsand diminished the educational impact.