Simulab News: February 2014
Thanks to everyone who spent some time with us at IMSH!
We just returned from the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Francisco and we are energized! As always, we learned so much from this creative, smart and innovative group and look forward to applying that information to our continued efforts to support the medical education community in 2014.
A special thanks to Dr. John Paige of LSU who led two very exciting in-booth team training sessions featuring TraumaMan's Surgical Abdomen and the Catastrophic Event Module. During the first session, the team discovered a nicked aorta and in the second, a lacerated kidney. Both made for some exciting action -they were definitely a highlight in the booth!
Simulab and PETA bring TraumaMan™ to nine countries
Simulab Corporation is pleased to announce an unprecedented long term partnership with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The initial phase of the partnership brings 64 TraumaMan Surgical Simulators to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Courses in nine countries across Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.
“While Simulab’s mission is different from that of PETA, we share a common goal for TraumaMan to replace animals in ATLS courses worldwide” says Christopher Toly, CEO of Simulab Corporation. “Simulab has been looking for a way to work with the international ATLS community to develop a program that would provide this type of support to developing countries with limited resources. With PETA’s donation of the TraumaMan Systems we were able to do that in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.” ”We are very excited about working with PETA on a program that does not inhibit existing training programs, but rather develops a viable path for other countries to move to simulation-based training. We see a promising future for donors who also share our goal and educators who are looking for opportunities to move to TraumaMan for surgical skills training,” Toly says. Studies show that doctors who learn lifesaving surgical skills on TraumaMan are more proficient than those who used animals. This is largely because TraumaMan actually mimics human anatomy and allows trainees to repeat procedures until they're confident and adept, so the impact will be seen not only in improved medical education, but also better patient outcomes. The possibility of improved patient care and medical error reduction is an energizing incentive and Simulab looks forward to similar partnerships with the rest of the international community to continue to work toward those goals.