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Cast-saw Injuries Drop ‘Dramatically’ at Boston Hospital Using Training Program

Posted on May 16, 2018, featured on WCVB Boston TV

Removing a cast is routine, but it still carries some small risks. Those risks start with the casting saw itself. To cut through a cast, the saw does not spin. Instead, it oscillates rapidly back and forth, which causes the fiberglass to crack open without scratching the skin. But the fast motion still generates friction. Friction creates heat. And as the heat builds, it can cause a burn. In one of the training rooms at Children’s, residents learn exactly how hot these saws can get.

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Influencer Interview: Dr. Sanjay Prabhu, Pediatric Neuroradiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School

Posted on March 13, 2018, featured on 3DHeals

As the Clinical Director of the SIMPeds3D print program, Dr. Sanjay Prabhu oversees the creation of bespoke patient-specific 3D printed models and virtual surgical procedures. He also provides support to the engineering teams in the areas of simulation using virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality and in rapid prototyping for pediatric surgical simulation and education.

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Psychiatry, Security, and SIMPeds – A Patient and Staff Safety Collaboration

Posted on February 28, 2018, Authored by Martha Butler, RN, PMHCNS
Behavioral emergencies are unique in that the patient’s emotional regulation and behavior constitute the emergency and the staff’s interpersonal therapeutic interventions are key to managing the crisis and keeping all in the environment safe. SIMPeds collaborates with BCH’s security leaders to create simulations of behavioral emergencies with symptom profiles that include dysregulated mood and disruptive behavior.
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Improving Pediatric Patient Experiences with Age-Appropriate Education

Posted on February 12, 2018, Featured In Boston Children’s Hospital’s Notes
Hosmer, Rogers-Vizena, her research fellow Francesca Saldanha, MBBChir, and SIMPeds senior engineering manager Stephen Wilson all came together to create the cleft lip trainer. The creation process took over 300 hours, with all sides bringing their unique points of view to the table. Rogers-Vizena and Saldanha started at the computer, where they poured over imaging data from multiple children with cleft lip.
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Improving Pediatric Patient Experiences with Age-Appropriate Education

Posted on February 9, 2018, Featured In PatientEngagementHIT
Psychologically, we know that the ability for kids to put their hands on equipment and have control over it causes desensitization,” O’Connell explained. “It also helps creates developmental mastery and control over those items and makes patients less likely to have high levels of anxiety and more likely to be successful when they come in for a procedure.
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Karen Conwell, RN, MSN, CPNP Uses Simulation to Increase Nurse Confidence and Knowledge for the Real World

Posted on January 19, 2018, Authored by Karen Conwell, MSN, RN, CPNP
Clinical Education and Informatics partnered with Shelly Pignataro, MSN, RN-BC and SIMPeds in 2016 to develop simulation scenarios focusing on the role of the nurse practitioner and nurse in managing the critical moments of critical events. The simulation allows participants to break down what would normally be a fast moving crisis in order to examine their performance. The pilot results were so positive the simulation became an official part of the APN orientation in August 2017.

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Integrating VR & AR Technology into our Digital Workflow

Posted on January 4, 2018, Authored by Mariah Geritano
In November, SIMPeds travelled to Chicago, Illinois for the Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Meeting. We presented a poster highlighting our exploration of integrating VR and AR technology into our digital modeling workflow. In addition, SIMPeds gave 2 talks during the conference. We had the opportunity to talk to other institutions about our facilities and team of diverse and skilled engineers, and highlight our device design and fabrication work with the Academic Research facilities at BCH.
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Our SIMEngineer, Gregory Loan, Using Clay, Saws, & Even Doughnuts to Create Life-like Patient Models

Posted on December 1, 2017, Authored by Sujin ParkSTAT
Our SIMEngineer, Gregory Loan, featured in a STAT video that shows the ins and outs of being a SIMPeds Engineer. Watch him talk about creating 3D prints, silicon body parts, fake blood, and much more. He uses every equipment you can think of, including a doughnut from Dunkin Donuts!
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SIMPeds Helps a Team of Physicians, Nurses, and Surgeons Simulate a High-Risk Procedure on a Critically Ill Child

Posted on December 1, 2017, Authored by STAT
“Watch a team of physicians, nurses, and surgeons simulate a high-risk procedure, called ECMO, on a critically ill child during a training session at Boston Children’s Hospital. ECMO is a machine that temporarily takes over a child’s weakened heart and lungs, giving him or her time to heal. To increase the child’s chances of survival, the team has to make every moment count.”

 


SIMDiscovery: Educating Patients & Families the Medical Procedures & Diagnosis through Simulation Play

Posted on October 2, 2017, Authored by Sujin Park
“The SIMDiscovery event has been such an incredible learning experience for our kids. It has been a launching pad for so many conversations easing fear or answering questions about hospitals and health issues for friends and family. It’s so incredible seeing how the dots are connected as our kids walk through each step with their bears: ‘Jones this is how they kept you calm in the ER! Remember when you got an X-ray?’ The team that puts on SIMDiscovery goes above and beyond: the attention to detail from start to finish is impeccable. We are so thankful for this amazing event. :)”
– Kacia Hosmer, parent of children who attended SIMDiscovery

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Simulation in Healthcare Celebration

Posted on September 21, 2017, Authored by Sujin Park

Peter Weinstock has been selected to receive the Mended Little Hearts Innovator Award for his work creating preparedness for surgeries and other procedures with tools and materials that simulate human tissue, blood vessels, and organs.
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Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD Awarded the Mended Little Hearts Innovator Award

Posted on September 21, 2017

Peter Weinstock has been selected to receive the Mended Little Hearts Innovator Award for his work creating preparedness for surgeries and other procedures with tools and materials that simulate human tissue, blood vessels, and organs.
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Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD Awarded by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation

Posted on September 19, 2017

Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, was honored with the Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Award by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation. He was chosen for his vision and leadership in embedding simulation within the medical fields of Boston Children’s Hospital, where he serves as the Anesthesia Chair in Pediatric Simulation, Director of the Simulator Program, and Senior Associate in critical care medicine.
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SIMPeds Training Visit to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarah, India (PGIMER)

Posted on September 19, 2017, Authored by Tess Forster

SIMPeds, in collaboration with Children’s Heartlink and the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, recently returned from a training visit to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India (PGIMER). During this weeklong visit, we focused on hands-on simulation training with the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery teams, both in the operating theatre and on the intensive care unit.
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Moulage Special Effects for Simulation

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Posted on July 21, 2017, Authored by Maeve Geary

Moulage special effects can provide realistic bruises, burns and wounds for application to actors or mannequins. Learn the tips and tricks presented by Maeve Geary at IPSSW.
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Gunshot Wound Trainer Helps Trauma Team Rehearse Emergency Care

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Posted on March 16, 2017, Authored by Gregory Loan

Gunshot wounds in children, though infrequent, are a sad reality. SIMPeds created an ultra-realistic, high-end trainer that zips onto a standard mannequin that allows teams to manage bleeding and place a chest tube.
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Debriefing Beyond Simulation: Using Plus-Delta-Plus to Debrief Real Patient Events

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Posted on March 16, 2017, Authored by Christopher Roussin

Facilitated debriefing, after both simulations and real patient events, has a clearly established value. But many would-be facilitators shy away from the delicate task. Plus-Delta-Plus eases their burden by shifting more responsibility to the whole team.
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Simulations Support Parents of Children with VADs

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Posted on March 16, 2017, Authored by Brianna O’Connell and Beth Hawkins

A simulated child’s bedroom lets family caregivers practice maintaining their child’s ventricular assist device (VAD) and responding to emergencies — in a heartbeat.
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Upcoming Events

SIMPeds 3-Day Comprehensive Instructor Training Workshop for Pediatric/Perinatal Simulation Faculty May 21-23, 2018.

 


Boston Children’s Hospital SIMPeds will offer the 3-Day Instructor Workshop (May 21-23).
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Pediatric Difficult Airway Management Course May 18-19, 2018.

The course will focus on airway assessment, identification and management of patients with anatomically challenging airways and physiologic derangements, hands-on emergent surgical airway, and training with basic and advanced techniques of oxygenation and intubation.

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