Ever wonder if there’s a better way to run a simulation scenario then printing up chest x-rays or ECGs, then often forgetting them at home. Maybe you have students walk over to the computer screen in the sim lab while you try and hide everything else that might give the scenario away? Well some innovative people wrote a great letter in a recent edition of Simulation in Healthcare describing the mobile smartphone app “Bump”. By downloading it, you can send info directly to a smartphone. See the image below of the screenshot (source: Simul Healthc 2012 Oct;7(5):326-7)
The beauty of this technique is that you can actually send info in real-time, without the need for an expensive sim lab based program to display data. This is especially cool if you’re doing in-situ simulation and you can just send information as the trainees request it (e.g blood work, imaging, etc.) All that’s needed is a smartphone, which I’m pretty sure has approached oxygen in its importance to human functioning these days – so guaranteed that this won’t be a problem.
I love this idea – look forward to hearing from anyone who gives it a shot!