Simulation Champion Award August 2018


Congratulations to the SimGHOSTS Simulation Champion for August 2018 - Denish Kumar, Simulation Technician in the Starship Simulation Program at Starship Children’s Health, Auckland Hospital in New Zealand.



Denish was nominated twice for this award and is described by one colleague as “a dedicated, committed and reliable member of our team with a vast knowledge and extensive experience in simulation technology”. Another colleague says that Denish’s most significant quality is his generosity and enthusiasm to assist with simulation training.

It was while working as a lead data analyst in a clinical pathways project that Denish was first introduced to high fidelity manikins. He was immediately drawn to simulation technology and has used his considerable IT skills and knowledge to create innovative solutions for the Starship Simulation Program.  He has worked closely with a pediatric intensivist in the development of the SimPlanner software which uses data capture from the simulation education program to monitor simulator use, and to record faculty roles and participants in simulation events. Denish’s skills extend to AV where he has introduced live video capture in resuscitation bays for capture of in-situ simulations, and he produces videos for demonstrations, tutorials and promotion of the simulation program.

Denish, in addition to the usual activities of a healthcare simulation technology specialist, has also found innovative and practical ways to improve learner training for CPR. Denish was able to modify the connection and learner feedback system for the Zoll R series defibrillator to improve training of CPR quality. Laerdal provides this type of training using QCPR, and Zoll has a built in a CPR quality system into their monitors called Real CPR Help. With the use of a 3D printer, Denish is working to integrate the training offered by the Laerdal manikin combined with the Zoll defibrillator.

By integrating simulation equipment with real medical devices, the logistics and practical application, including team member placement and equipment positioning, can be evaluated during training and not just technical skills.

The existing Zoll monitor can now be connected to the Laerdal defibrillator leads, allowing the realistic rhythm from the Laerdal manikin to be read by the Zoll monitor. An additional enhancement Denish provided was an upgraded sternal recoil insert that allows increased depth of compressions, thereby improving the detection of the included real-time CPR feedback system.

The innovative spirit represented by Denish will allow interdisciplinary teams to train together with actual medical equipment to improve the quality of resuscitation care provided.

Denish trains clinician faculty and others in manikin use and also supports the adult simulation program at Auckland Hospital, often in his own time and/or at short notice. His generosity extends to the wider simulation community where Denish is an executive member of NZASH (New Zealand Association for Simulation in Healthcare) and manages the NZASH website.

We have met Denish at our events and agree that he is a worthy recipient. He engages with peers and freely shares his expertise with others, is friendly and enthusiastic, and is always seeking to learn more so that he can apply it to his work.

Denish will receive an Award Certificate and a 3 month SimGHOSTS subscription for his nomination. Each July, voting for the Simulation Champion Trophy is opened featuring the monthly award winners from the previous 12 months. The winner is announced at our USA event in August and receives a trophy and a free registration to a SimGHOSTS event of their choice the following year. If you would like to nominate a Simulation Champion, please fill out the nomination form here.