Death by Medical Error: A Team Approach to Resolution

Thousands of deaths occur each year as a result of medical errors, and a team approach to resolution could prevent many of these mistakes.

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What’s Fair Pay for EMTs and Paramedics?

It is no secret that low wages have a negative effect on organizational culture. Low pay puts EMTs in a position to work overtime or even secondary jobs often resulting in burnout and sleep deprivation. No one operates at full capacity when they are fatigued and in the medical industry mistakes are a matter of life and death.

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How Augmented Reality Helps Train Ultrasound Technicians

But even while still learning and training, up-and-coming medical professionals, especially ultrasound technicians, will be able to improve their skills. AR will allow them to examine 3D anatomy, which will make the learning process easier. And by practicing scanning holographic organs, they will be able to observe in real-time and understand how ultrasound beams work to generate an ultrasound image. 

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Augmented Healthcare: How Augmented Reality is Shaping Medicine

Augmented reality (AR) is at the forefront of the ever-evolving healthcare industry. It gives us hope for tools that help navigate common practice challenges in ways we have not been able to imagine. At MedCognition, we are excited about how this blossoming technology will benefit the human experience in the world of healthcare and beyond.

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How AR Will Make Surgery Safer

While augmented reality assisted surgeries aren’t common yet, there is no doubt that AR and wearable technology will have a heavy presence in the hospitals of the future. Companies like MedCognition are already working to make AR equipment a reality. Their technology will train the next generation of medical professionals and help make safer surgeries and improved patient care a reality. Everyone from relationship coaches to therapist are using augment reality technology.

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How is Augmented Reality Being Used in Medicine?

Augmented Reality in the healthcare industry is groundbreaking. Right now technological advancements like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) are key factors driving the current business growth in healthcare. With the help of these key factors, especially AR, healthcare professionals are now able to perform medical procedures with more precision and accuracy. How might you ask?

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The 2018 EMS World Innovation Award Winners!

MedCognition was a winner of the 2018 EMS World Expo Innovation award. The judges commented, PerSim “is a major improvement in patient simulation.”

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Augmented Reality (AR) Medical Training Is Helping Save Lives

If you haven’t been living under a rock lately, you might be aware of today’s technological advancement in various aspects of everyday life. Entertainment, sports, news, business, you name it. But most importantly, it is having a huge impact on various fields of expertise, and one of them is medical training. With high-end technology taking over the generation and changing the course of history, it’s safe to say that we are headed towards a brighter future. One high-end technology in particular that has been helping the medical field is Augmented Reality (AR).

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The Art of Choosing: One Mental Hack for Better Clinical Decision Making.

Nobody in healthcare shows up to do a mediocre job. You go to work in healthcare because you want to do a good job. You want to serve people. You want to do the best job possible, but the landscape in modern day healthcare is fertile with influences that fray on your ability to consistently make high quality decisions.  

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PerSim(TM): EMS World Innovation Awards Finalist

Our mission is driven by a heart of service to educators, trainees and patients.

On the journey we have spoken to many EMS educators, EMTs, firefighters and paramedics. The dedication to the craft and preparation blows us away every time.

Thank you very much for the recognition, but frankly we are honored to serve the EMS community in this small way through our work with PerSim(TM).

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The Beginner's Mind

Healthcare could benefit from more eyes trained specifically at looking for red flags.  Conditions that may trigger high alerts and require mobilization of critical resources.  Developing apprentices of patient safety moves beyond just creation of rapid response teams. It requires a dedication of those on the frontlines of healthcare to evergreen training and learning. This sort of training may require innovative modalities of rapidly deploying experience and knowledge to those on the frontlines.  It may require physicians think a bit differently about the traditional physician to physician apprenticeship model.  It may require us to democratize medical knowledge.

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Getting from Amateur to Pro in Medical Training: One Key Concept

In medicine we are faced with nearly 13,000 diagnoses, over 6,000 medications and over 4,000 procedures. The variety of clinical venues and numerous individual patient contexts creates tremendous complexity.  Context is king in making the correct assessment.  Misreading or missing one detail can change everything in the evaluation and treatment of a patient.  

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How Is Holographic Tech Changing Healthcare Sim Training?

This week we share a short interview with a well regarded health educator, Neil Coker, about his experience with PerSim(TM).  Neil is a thought leader in the field of healthcare sim education for allied health professionals.

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Is Meeting The Needs Of The Average Trainee in Healthcare Creating Crash Landings?

After studying over one hundred physical dimensions in over 4,000 pilots Lt. Daniels came to a surprising conclusion.  Although the cockpit was designed for the average pilot (based on a core of nearly a dozen dimensions), there was in fact no pilot amongst thousands that fit the “average” when each was compared individually.  Even when using a limited core of data points, say only about three dimensions, less than 4 percent of pilots fit the “average” profile.  Lt. Daniels concluded there was no such thing as an average pilot.  Furthermore, he concluded any design driven by the average would fail, instead the cockpit needed to be adapted to the individual pilot.  

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Clinical Tool Identifies A Pregnant Patient In Danger: Is It Helpful For EMS?

The nation's Emergency Medical System (EMS) infrastructure occupies a vital role in society where public health, public safety and individual patient needs converge.  In light of concerning maternal outcomes the EMS professional can benefit from greater awareness of issues in this special population. In a prior post the rising maternal mortality trend in the USA was explored and though current campaigns at reversing this troublesome trend are not directed at pre-hospital providers there may be a missed opportunity in not doing so.  

A vital tool called the Maternal Early Warning Signs (MEWS) is an evidence-based tool that has been used with success in some states to improve maternal outcomes.  

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A New Dawn of Simulation Captures the Imagination of Adult Learners & Better Prepares Trainees for Patient Care.

Training simulations have been used by various industries including the military, entertainment, aviation, and medicine. Aviation was the leading industry of modern simulators. In 1929, Edwin Link developed the first Link Trainer, or the “Blue Box”, for aviation training. The Link Trainer had a cockpit, controls, and motions simulating that of a real airplane. In 1934 pilots used the Link Trainer for flight simulations after twelve Army Air Corp pilots were killed in fewer than 3 months trying to deliver air mail. Army Air Corp bought six Link Trainers in order for pilots to become familiar with airplane controls and flying conditions. The Link Trainers gained popularity during World War II, when more than 10,000 Trainers were sold to combatant nations. Blue Boxes trained more than 500,000 US pilots. Today, flight simulators with advanced software and computer screens have become required components in aviation pilot training in the US.

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Three Things a Medic Can Do Today to Deliver Better Stroke Care in the Pre-Hospital Setting

Cerebrovascular accidents, commonly known as stokes, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) put the number of stroke deaths at more than 140,000 per year. That is just the number of deaths. The number of those disabled from a stroke is much higher. 

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On Being Prepared, Having No Regrets and Delivering Asymmetric Impact.

I began my medical career as a first responder within the US Army. I was a US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant or Green Beret Medic (18D). We received the civilian NREMT Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Training curriculums augmented with 3rd world-centric medicine and military trauma management training. The training provided to me was thorough and detailed. We were held to a high-performance standard, and patient care mistakes or oversights were unacceptable as our next patients would be in a combat zone. 

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Do You Feel Ready to Care for a Sick Floppy Infant?

Infantile hypotonia presents significant challenges in the pre-hospital setting. As a paramedic or EMT you will likely respond to calls involving both acutely and chronically ill children.  The skill of accurately and rapidly assessing a pediatric patient’s tone is essential in the first moments of an encounter.  Developing an approach to handling severe abnormalities comes with training and experience. In general, preparing for these encounters both in thought and in practice is a must to do your best out there.  This article will explore hypotonia and provide background on the topic, as well as a few cases, that may aide pre-hospital professionals in further improving their preparedness in this arena. 

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EMS and Maternal Mortality Trends: Can Pre-Hospital Professionals Make a Difference?

Partum and peri-partum calls don’t happen all that often, but as an EMS professional you can expect to respond to the type of case described above at least few times in your career.  

In 1986 the CDC began tracking pregnancy-related deaths and since collecting this data rates have more than doubled.  Although we may not realize it, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any highly developed nation, according to the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).  Few nations beside the USA have a rising maternal mortality rate, amongst them are Afghanistan and Sudan.  

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