Reviews

Review of online simulation resources

Australia

National Health Education and Training

http://www.nhet-sim.edu.au

Country of Origin: Australia
Funding: Federal- Health Workforce Australia
Online features: Focussed on the NHET-Sim simulation training and education programs for educators and technicians. Links to newsletters, conferences, opportunities for further education in simulation delivery.
Categories: Training; Educator resources; conferences.
Review: The NHET-Sim program re-opened in June 2015. This is an excellent free resource for those involved in planning and delivering simulation.

Victorian Simulation Alliance

http://www.vicsim.org

Country of Origin: Victoria, Australia
Funding: Incorporated Not-for-profit
Online features: Information on simulation delivery and practice. Scenario library, information on education and training links, linking metro, rural and regional areas, best practice identification, facilitating research and projects. Hosts simulated facilitator network.
Categories: Scenarios; Simulation tips and tricks; research; training; conferences.
Review: This is a membership-based site. Membership is $75 per individual or $60 per individual for corporate memberships. There are plans for content such as validated scenarios to be made available to members.

Victorian Simulated Patient Network

http://www.vspn.edu.au

Country of Origin: Victoria, Australia
Funding: Federal- Health Workforce Australia
Online features: Repository of Simulated Patient methodology, training of simulated patients, links to further information sources on SPs.
Categories: Simulated Patients; Training of Simulated Patients.
Review: Has free online learning modules that are suitable for educators, technicians and simulated patients. Also has a page of links to SP programs at universities in Australia and internationally.

Simulation Australia/ Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH)

http://www.simulationaustralia.org.au/

http://www.simulationaustralia.org.au/divisions/about-assh

Country of Origin: Australia
Funding: Not for profit
Online features: Simulation Australia exists to promote the use of simulation for the benefit of providers, practitioners and users and to increase the use of simulation in achieving organisational goals. Simulation Australia aims to support all industry sectors involved with simulation; this includes defence, emergency management, health, manufacturing, mining, research, transport and many more. The website’s main focus is on networking and information/event dissemination and promotion. ASSH is a division of Simulation Australia and promotes SimHealth and SimTecT conferences held in August each year. ASSH’s mission is to promote simulation education, training and research to enhance the safety and quality in healthcare. ASSH represents a cross-section of the Australian healthcare community who share simulation as a common interest, including healthcare professionals, academics, industry groups and policy makers. ASSH operates under the auspices of Simulation Australia Ltd and is officially affiliated with the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
Categories: Networking; conferences.
Review: Membership fees for Simulation Australia which gives membership to ASSH are $295 per individual with discounted corporate rates available.

Virtual Simulated Patient Resource

http://www.vspr.net.au

Country of Origin: Victoria, Australia
Funding: Federal- Health Workforce Australia
Online features: Aimed at undergraduate health professionals. Consists of online learning modules covering non-technical skills and learning through simulation activities using a virtual patient care situation.
Categories: Undergraduate education; Non-Technical skills.
Review: The scenarios are all hospital based and have a nursing/medical focus. Participants are required to make decisions as both nurse and doctor throughout the scenarios. Non-technical skills covered are teamwork, communication, leadership, decision making and situational awareness.

International

Healthy Simulation

http://www.healthysimulation.com

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: Corporate site – Founded by Lance Baily
Online features:

Online trade magazine for the medical simulation community; product reviews, simulation news items, information and networking, job listings, product and service advertising.

NOTE: Has a LinkedIn forum with over 2,000 subscribers

Categories:

Product demos; conferences; advertising; newsletters; online journals.

Review: This is a very busy website but has a lot of worthwhile content. The variety of content and frequent posts provide something for anyone regardless of their role and experience in simulation.

SimGHOSTS

http://www.simghosts.org/about-simghosts/

Country of Origin: USA (with events held around the world, including Australia)
Funding: Not-for-profit educational organisation
Online features: Website of the “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists”. Website supports and documents the meetings of SimGHOSTS
Categories: Networking; training.
Review: This is a must-see for simulation technicians but is also relevant to simulation coordinators and educators. Limited free content is available. Annual membership is granted to event attendees or available for US$135, with institutional membership also available. Membership gives access to HD video recordings of previous presentations and powerpoint presentations. Members are also eligible to join a LinkedIn forum that is a valuable resource for all aspects of simulation operations. 

Sim360

http://sim360.org/

Country of Origin: US
Funding: Private – Founded by Arielle Glen and David Escobar
Online features: Free downloadable scenarios and moulage advice courtesy of thesimtech.com, as well as a comprehensive catalogue of simulation-related position descriptions. Website hosts a quarterly discussion topic and features a simulation centre whose staff contribute to that topic based on their experiences and knowledge. Each quarter's topic is archived for future reference. Site also serves as the point of contact for requesting webinars and site visits for hands on troubleshooting/maintenance (in Southern California), which is provided free of charge for post warranty expiration equipment.
Categories: Training; Scenario Development; Job listings; Standard position descriptions; Discussion forum; Simulation tips and tricks.
Review: Has a useful video on SimMan3G maintenance which won the B-Line DIY video contest at SimGHOSTs 2014. Arielle is a former Laerdal field service engineer so has a wealth of knowledge and experience with all Laerdal manikins. This site is in its early stages but looks set to become a valuable resource for those involved in simulation operations.

theSimTech

http://www.TheSimTech.com

Country of Origin: Canadian
Funding: Private – Founded by Andy Howes
Online features: Aimed at Sim Techs. A good “hands-on, how-to-do” site with free downloadable scenarios, information on AV techniques and resources, moulage recipes (and links to more moulage resources), links to useful resources for debriefing, scenario templates, forms and documentation. It has an extremely comprehensive list of links to other sim sites, print journals, scenario databases, forums, organisations and vendors.
Categories: Sim Technicians; Scenarios; Moulage; Audiovisual techniques.
Review: This is a fantastic website with amazing free resources – ultrasounds, ECG/EKG, x-ray, photographs of wounds/rashes/disclocations/burns, auscultation audio files, background noise audio files, how-to videos.

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

http://www.inacsl.org

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: Auspiced by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing
Online features: INACSL promotes research and disseminates evidence based practice standards for clinical simulation methodologies and learning environments. Website supports INACSL’s conference programme, also has webinars, online journal, information on research projects and activities, links to grant opportunities. Has a LinkedIn group with over 1000 members.
Categories: Nursing; Research; Conferences; Online Journal;
Review: Published seven INACSL Standards of Best Practice for Simulation and features journal articles and regular webinars. This is a valuable resource for those involved in nursing clinical education. Joining fee is US$95 with undergraduate student, institutional and lifetime memberships also available.

Society for Simulation in Healthcare

http://www.SSIH.org

Country of Origin: US
Funding: Not-for-profit
Online features: Website supports the work of SSIH. Directory of Sim Centres, Conferences, webinars, links to other resources and organisations, online journal and “white papers”. International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference – the world’s largest simulation conference and exhibition. Publishes peer-reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare. Offers accreditation of healthcare simulation programs, certification for simulation educators and simulation operations specialists.
Categories: Networking; conferences; journal, research
Review: The US$175 membership fee includes a subscription to Simulation in Healthcare journal as well as a US$165 discount on IMSH conference rates. The SSH is affiliated with many international simulation professional groups and is the premier professional organisation for simulation educators.

Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine

http://www.sesam-web.org/

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Funding: Not for profit professional association.
Online features: Events and information sharing website open to paid registrants. Has limited free content.
Categories: Networking; Conferences; Simulation educators.
Review: The Literature highlights section is a valuable resource http://www.sesam-web.org/initiatives/literaryhighlights/ Individual membership fee is 70 Euros.

Simbase

http://www.simbase.co/

Country of Origin: European
Funding: EU funded project, completed in 2013
Online features: Project to investigate and deliver resources for implementing simulation and technology based learning and training in healthcare. Includes Implementation handbook for simulation and technology-based learning; “Roadmap” for the implementation and dissemination of simulation-based learning for health and education directors and public office holders.
Categories: Technology; Programme Design.
Review: See ‘Results’ section for project deliverables and reports.

HPSN: Human Patient Simulation Network

http://www.hpsn.com/

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: CAE Healthcare
Online features: Networking site for US simulation educators and trainers. Holds an annual conference and regional conferences in Europe, Canada and Asia. Site includes news items relating to conferences and HPSN activities. Resources section includes simulation tips and tricks, simulation video tutorials and “how to” and Simulation documentation. Has an ongoing blog of simulation-related training issues and practical information, eg “Ebola: CAE Healthcare answers five important questions”, and “Video Blog: Blue Phantom Spinal Epidural and Lumbar Puncture Trainer”.
Categories: Networking; Simulation Tips and Tricks; Webinars; Laboratory Technicians.
Review: As to be expected, this site has a strong focus on CAE Healthcare products but is a valuable resource for those using CAE manikins and simulators.

Behind the Sim Curtain

http://www.behindthesimcurtain.com/

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: Private – Kam McCowan
Online features: Features a lot of information on simulation lab operations - practical how-tos, operating, cleaning and maintaining manikins, moulage, part-task trainers, props and modifications.
Categories: Laboratory technicians; Moulage, Manikins; Simulation How-tos; Networking
Review: A site with a practical focus for laboratory technicians and simulation educators. Free and open access with lots of downloads available in Word and PDF format.

True Plastic Surgery

http://trueplasticsurgery.wordpress.com/

Country of Origin: Australia
Funding: Private – Cyle Sprick
Online features: A blog sharing tips and tricks for making, using, and modifying simulation equipment.
Categories: Blogs; Tips and Tricks.
Review: Some great inventions and advice ranging from the simple but essential manikin transport handcuffs to DIY manikin upgrades. Worth a look as this site has some really interesting and original content.

Simulating Healthcare

http://simulatinghealthcare.net/

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: Private – Paul Phramphus
Online features: Comprehensive blog site focussing on theoretical and practical issues relating to simulation. Archived posts date back to November 2012.
Categories: Blogs; Tips and Tricks; 
Review: An interesting discussion of contemporary issues in healthcare simulation.

Simulation User Network

http://simulation.laerdal.com/forum/forums/

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: Laerdal
Online features: Online forum aimed at laboratory technicians and simulation educators. There are many posts on functional and technical aspects of Laerdal manikins. Downloads include scenario files, presentations from USA, AUS, ASEAN and NZ SUN Meetings 2010-2014
Categories: Manikins; Events; Networking; scenarios
Review: Forum is monitored by Laerdal staff who will respond to questions and issues promptly. The downloads are a great resource. Create a free account using email which will give access to downloads and allow contribution to forums.

Games in Simulation and Healthcare

http://healthcaregames.wisc.edu/

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: University of Wisconsin
Online features: A resource portal with links to simulation and gaming sites, literature, simulation centres and calendar of events.
Categories: Events; Games; news
Review: This is worth a look just for the comprehensive lists of simulation centres  worldwide and simulation based games.

KeyIn

https://www.keyin.to/

Country of Origin: USA
Funding: private – founded by Lance Baily and Jackie Morck
Online features: Product review site for simulation products and technology. Leading industry vendors are now supporting this website with more detailed product information. New features are being added monthly. Validated community with no anonymous reviews has over 200 reviews from 650 members and is growing.
Categories: Manikins; technology; Laboratory technicians; Moulage
Review: A first of its kind, this site has filled a much needed gap in the market and is user focused. A valuable resource for those involved in making purchasing decisions. Free membership, login with LinkedIn or email account required to read or contribute reviews.

NZASH – New Zealand Association for Simulation in Healthcare

http://nzash.co.nz/

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Funding: Professional Organisation – membership based
Online features: Events and networking for healthcare simulation professionals.
Categories: Networking; Events; Forum
Review: Annual fee NZD$50 for membership period 1 July to 30 June. Doesn’t have a lot of extra information or links other than a list of NZ Simulation centres.

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