Dawn Mangine

    This year, SimTalk Blog had over 24,000 visitors, and we have over 1,000 subscribers! Thank you to all our readers. In case you missed anything, here are the most-read articles from 2019.

    New AHA Requirements for CPR Courses

    By Nicki Goedecke, Pocket Nurse Marketing Coordinator

    As of January 2019, the American Heart Association (AHA) updated its guidelines for CPR certification. All CPR manikins used in AHA adult CPR courses must feature an instrumented directive feedback device (IDFD). What exactly does that mean? Read more.

    CTE Programs and the Healthcare Industry

    By Bailey Salvati, Pocket Nurse Account Representative

    Career and technical education (CTE) prepares students for individually-focused career paths and prepares them to take the next step in their professional lives. This article gives an overview of Health Science CTE, and offers a white paper about improving CTE with simulation. Check it out!


    Learning to Take an Accurate Blood Pressure Reading

    By Amanda Larkin, Pocket Nurse Sales Intern, Summer 2019

    Although most hospitals and doctor offices now have digital blood pressure machines, it is still important to teach the basics of taking a manual blood pressure reading. Taking an accurate BP can be trickier than expected!

    Pros and Cons of Running Unexpected Death Scenarios
    By Dawn Mangine, Pocket Nurse Content Manager

    A current issue in the field of simulation education is how to best prepare students for a patient’s death – and if it’s even appropriate to do within a scenario. Many medical simulation scenarios provide hands-on education for performing diagnostic tests, treating injuries, placing IVs or catheters, filling prescriptions, and giving shots, but should death be part of simulation scenarios?


    Creating a Complete Simulation for Overdose Recovery
    By Dawn Mangine

    In addition to the administration of Narcan®, there are other steps to caring for a person who has overdosed; administering medication is not the end of the emergency. A person who needs Narcan (generic name: naloxone) most likely will need CPR or rescue breaths afterward, and aftercare for withdrawal and re-overdose risk. See our opioid overdose recovery scenario infographic.

    3 Questions to Determine the Right Medication Management System for Simulation
    By Terry Kitchen, Pocket Nurse Regional Territory Manager

    When a school is considering automated medication dispensing cabinets or carts (ADCs) for use in simulation education, they typically want to use the type of ADCs that are found in their local hospital system. However, there is more to consider when investing in ADCs for education. Ask yourself these three questions.

    3 Reasons to Use Wearable Tech in Simulation
    By Dawn Mangine

    The use of standardized participants (SPs) is enhanced when they are outfitted with trainers that can be manipulated as if they were real parts of a body. With the development of wearable trainers for real-life practice, students will continue to improve and be better prepared for clinicals and patient interaction. Find out the three things wearable trainers teach students.

    4 Ways Passive Participation Enhances Student Learning
    By Dawn Swiderski, MSN, CHSE, Director of Carolinas Simulation Center at Atrium Health

    In this post by guest poster Dawn Swiderski, she discusses the differences between active and passive participation. As schools increase hands-on learning, students actively participate in more scenarios, but many students still are using passive or observational learning. Passive participation can improve simulation learning in the these ways.


    Barriers to Using Simulation in EMS Education
    By Dawn Mangine

    These days, EMS providers are being asked to do much more than perform high-risk, low-reward healthcare procedures. Although many EMS programs have access to simulation technology, not all of them are taking advantage to this access. Find out the barriers to adopting simulation in EMS systems.

    Teaching Hands-Only CPR in High Schools
    By Dawn Mangine

    The sooner after someone collapses that CPR is initiated, the better the outcome is for the victim. However, many bystanders, even professionals, are sometimes hesitant to start CPR on a stranger. Several states, including Pennsylvania as of June 2019, have created laws that require high schools to train students in CPR before graduation. Many of them are teaching a simple two-step process.

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