I met with my colleague Anthony Lewis and got to see an exciting new piece of iPad software he’s developed: iSimulate. It’s a patient monitor simulator to be used on its own or to enhance any mannequin set-up.
The system uses two iPads, one is the ‘student’ monitor that looks like any patient monitor in an ambulance, emergency room or ICU. The other iPad is used by the instructor to control the parameters and change the scenario as it develops.
Anthony Lewis is a consultant anaesthetist and retrieval specialist for Sydney HEMS, and has developed the software together with an experienced paramedic and a software company. I got to play around with the app and get an introduction to the system.
The student screen has succeeded in emulating the standard patient monitor screen with familiar traces, numbers and sounds and can easily be customized. The instructor screen changes parameters wirelessly in real time and is quick and intuitive to use, taking advantage of the iPad’s excellent user interface. The set-up can be used on its own, or with a live ‘patient’ or with any sort of mannequin. To prove that point, they used a giant teddy bear when showcasing iSimulate at 12th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, IMSH 2012 in San Diego.
The monitor version of the app is running on the iPad fitted inside the yellow bag to make it look more like a patient monitor, and for easy carrying around the whole set-up. The facilitator version of the app makes it easy to wirelessly control and change the scenario as it develops.
I’m pretty excited by this fairly low cost, but high-tech simulation program. It would be a great piece of equipment for quick training sessions or more elaborate scenarios in any department, but especially those that look after critical patients, including doctors and paramedics in pre-hospital services. I’m looking forward to seeing how it will evolve, as Anthony promises more simulation modules added in the future.
Anthony shows of iSimulate at the posh Sydney HEMS base.
Below is a video by HealthySimulation.com, a blog and resource website for anything healthcare simulation.