Recent Journal Articles for Simulation Technologists


Blog post by SimGHOSTS Australia Officer Kirrian Steer

Recent Journal Articles for Simulation Technologists

When was the last time you browsed through some journal articles? Don’t dismiss them as being dry and research-based, there are many that are relevant to a simulation technologist and provide instructions or insights that may help you to improve the work practices at your simulation centre. To get you started, here are three articles published this year in the Journal of Simulation in Healthcare that you may find interesting. If you have found an article that has helped you in your work, let us know in the comments or forum.

Creating a Simulated Pharmacy

How does your simulation centre manage the use of pharmaceutical agents during simulations? Do you use expired medications or commercially available simulated medications? The authors of this article describe a third option: make your own simulated medications in-house. The article describes the equipment and process to make your own simulated medications, including the printing of labels that include “Simulated” above the medication name and the text “WARNING: not for human consumption or medical use”. The details of where to find the free web-based label app are in the abstract and article. Perhaps the most valuable piece of information in the article is a breakdown of the costs involved in producing your own simulated medications, which takes into account both a $14 per hour and $25 per hour wage for staff. Even at the higher rate, it is still much cheaper than commercially produced alternatives. Soto, C., Stiner, J., Noji, D.O., Rusheen, J.M. and Huang, Y.M., 2016. Creating a Simulated Pharmacy. Simulation in Healthcare, 11(3), pp.218-222.

A Novel Mammoplasty Part-Task Trainer for Simulation of Breast Augmentation

This article describes the development and testing of a surgical part-task trainer for breast augmentation. A description is provided of the steps taken to construct the trainer as well as an estimation of time required and cost. The article also describes the testing and feedback provided on the device by five board-certified surgeons. They were asked to rate the anatomical, visual and tactile fidelity of the trainer as well as its relevance to practice and value as a teaching tool. The article finishes with suggestions for improvement and modifications that will be incorporated into the second-generation mammoplasty part-task trainer.  Kazan, R., Courteau, B., Cyr, S., Hemmerling, T.M. and Gilardino, M., 2016. A Novel Mammoplasty Part-Task Trainer for Simulation of Breast Augmentation: Description and Evaluation. Simulation in Healthcare, 11(1), pp.60-64.

A Hemodynamic Monitor as a Simulation Tool, a Novel Use of the PiCCO2: Technical Description of the Method and its Application

When faced with the problem of not being able to control the display parameters in the demo mode of the PiCCO2 monitor, the authors of this article developed their own solution. The PiCCO2 is a hemodynamic monitor often used in intensive care settings. Even though the information displayed on a PiCCO2 monitor is available on some simulation monitors, the authors wanted an interactive monitor that looked and operated like the real device. The article describes the software used to modify the monitor and the process used to test the solution in high-fidelity simulations. It also discloses the limitations of the simulation mode and how to account for these in scenario design and simulation operation. Eghiaian, A., Lanceleur, A., Le Maho, A.L., Pouilly, A., de Kerlidy, P.M., Blondel, P., Suria, S. and Cerf, C., 2016. A Hemodynamic Monitor as a Simulation Tool, a Novel Use of the PiCCO2: Technical Description of the Method and Its Application. Simulation in Healthcare, 11(2), pp.139-146.