Examining the Vital Signs Package

The Avtone anchors the Vital Signs Package in reality.

For decades, technology has changed how students are educated, providing more realistic training. This increase in realism increases buy-in, allowing for a more significant transfer of skills from the simulation to a real-world encounter. The Vital Signs Package was developed to faithfully recreate the task of gathering vital signs, a task-relevant for all healthcare providers. … Read more

As Technology Evolves, So Does Simulation

Technology now allows for human interaction in a safe, skills-based environment.

Healthcare training has evolved dramatically since its inception, thanks to changes in technology. However, at its core, it has always maintained a philosophy of being human-focused. Initially, when nurses were expected to be proficient generalists, training was observation-based. A new nurse would follow an experience one and learn from their interactions. This training would last … Read more

What compromises in fidelity can you afford in simulation?

It's important that even the small details, such as a thermometer, are in line with a real encounter.

The goal of any simulation is to maintain as high fidelity as possible. Therefore, when providing students with a learning experience, it is obviously necessary for it to mirror their real-world encounters as much as possible. However, many simulation programs are limited by budget and other resource concerns, requiring compromise in the production of simulations. … Read more

Avkin: How Far We’ve Come

Technology now allows for human interaction in a safe, skills-based environment.

I never saw myself as a CEO of a company. Yet here we are. Avkin entered its sixth year, released its eighth wearable device, and offers an entire educational services suite. I have an incredible and passionate team working alongside me each day toward our shared dream. So, while we’ve come far, I would be … Read more

The ‘Why’ of Avkin

Avkin Team

Avkin exists to impart healthcare learners the chance to stretch themselves to the edge of their ability and learn from both their successes and failures. It seeks to understand gaps in the learning experience, strives to adapt to the changing demands of healthcare delivery, and focuses on the Knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of any … Read more

Skills must be practiced: Lessons learned from COVID-19

Avstick's versatility allows it to be used in all kinds of scenarios

Having a plan is necessary, but it isn’t enough. It must be practiced. As recently as October of 2019, the Global Health Security Index recognized the United States as the top-ranked nation regarding healthcare security. In the scoring rubric, the US ranked near the top in every category. Its policies and hypothetical procedures instilled a … Read more

Dry Runs: Vital to Simulation Success

Dry runs are critical to simulation success.

Do you find yourself making changes to a simulation after your first few students complete their experience? Avkin’s consultants will always drive home the importance of dry runs (or pilots) to ensure standardization. To stay consistent with ASPE Standards of Best Practice, I will be referring to them as dry runs. Dry runs always happen … Read more

Earpieces may harm your simulation

Using an earpiece devalues your SPs and undermines their abilities.

The use of earpieces has become a trend in Simulated Participant simulation. While seemingly logical, the need to use this distracting tool is a symptom of a much larger issue; your SPs need more details. It is common practice to type a short paragraph describing the patient, then use the earpiece to radio in responses … Read more

Why do we struggle with communication? We don’t practice it.

Communication is a vital skill.

A recent Nurse Blake TikTok poking fun at a nursing student calling SBAR to a provider made me think – why do we still struggle with communication?  The answer: maybe because we don’t practice it.  We practice skills and even complex scenarios, but when was the last time you debriefed on explicitly effective communication?   Hand … Read more

An Academic Review – Gaps in Wound Care Education

A learner cleans the Avwound simulator.

Pressure injuries have long been a problem plaguing healthcare systems. With many schools reducing time spent on wound care education, and some eliminating it altogether, the newest generation of nurses may have never encountered wound care at all in their education. Hospitals can take steps to address this with lifelike continuing education. With the older … Read more