The Joint Commission Launches Medication Compounding Certification

In 2012, a multistate meningitis outbreak was traced to a contaminated compounded medication. In order to ensure patient safety and raise the quality of compounded medications, many boards of pharmacy decided to enhance and strengthen compounding regulations. To support healthcare organizations in complying with these requirements, the Joint Commission has developed a new Medication Compounding Read More

6 Types of Careers in Medical Simulation

Simulation supports many healthcare careers: nursing, EMS, pharm tech, and allied healthcare among them. One of the challenges for medical simulation is going to be attracting and retaining educated and experienced people who want careers in simulation. A career in medical simulation combines adult learning, clinical education, technology, and leadership. It is a challenging, rewarding, Read More

Preventing Death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has been called a healthcare crisis by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) happened in 2016, with only 12 percent of people surviving to hospital discharge. Sudden cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack (myocardial infarction). SCA Read More

Burn Simulation Teaches That Quick Assessment Is Key

Nearly 10,000 people in America die each year from burn injuries, primarily infections. Most victims of fires, though, die from smoke inhalation or toxic gases. Burn simulation treatment needs to address both these risks, and quickly. Getting immediate care for burns can be lifesaving. Burns have several causes: fire, hot water, sunlight, electricity, and chemicals. Read More

Virtual Reality Comes to Medical Simulation

Pocket Nurse® featured Virtual Education Systems (VES), which provides interactive clinical scenarios, at our booth at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) this year. (Pocket Nurse is a distributor for VES.) I was able to test the latest version of their VRPatients virtual reality (VR) software on the HTC Vive. The experience was Read More

6 Key Takeaways from IMSH 2017

The 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) may be over, but Pocket Nurse® attendees won’t soon forget the cutting-edge techniques and technology they witnessed this year in Orlando. Here are just a few key takeaways: Virtual reality had a significant presence at IMSH 2017. Booth 717 was home to both Pocket Nurse and Read More