Welcome to the Montana MobileSim Project page

This project page will be updated often to inform on MobileSim news, updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you would like to receive email updates, complete the short form below and we be sure to keep you posted on the project's progress.

​Brief History of MobileSim Montana

After receipt of the grant from Helmsley, the three trucks were ordered from Rosenbauer in South Dakota. Rosenbauer is a company that primarily builds fire trucks, but they have custom built MobileSim trucks for North and South Dakota and now Montana and Nebraska. Delivery of the trucks took almost15 months.

While waiting delivery of the trucks, an advisory group representing hospitals, EMS, universities, colleges and others was formed in 2016 and they met numerous times to discuss project strategies and operations. Any idea related activities that would help MobileSim be successful and sustainable were put on the table and discussed.

Formation of Simulation in Motion

Formation of Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. in the fall of 2016, Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. (also dba MobileSim Montana) was formed as a 501c3 non-profit entity that will assist DPHHS in planning and implementing operations, governance and long-term sustainability of the project. In addition to a Board of Directors, the corporation membership includes an advisory committee representing the same stakeholders who had already been meeting from some time.

DPHHS / MobileSim contract

In January 2017, DPHHS awarded MobileSim Montana a contract which formally enables DPHHS to pass funds through to them for implementation of grant activities. Primary use of grant funds is dedicated to contracting with a Project Management Entity for day-to- day operations, but MobileSim will also be able to fund operational activities such as corporate administration through the Montana Medical Association.

MobileSim / Best Practice Medicine contract

MobileSim / Best Practice Medicine contract MobileSim Montana’s first activity was to release a Request for Proposal for a Project Management Entity that would oversee day-to- day operations of the project including hiring and training of instructors, scheduling of training events, marketing and evaluation. Pursuant to a thorough response to the RFP, Best Practice Medicine was awarded the PME contract in July.

Best Practice Medicine Activities to Date

The planning and preparations to get three MobileSim trucks staffed and ready have kept BPM very busy. Each truck will be staffed with a full-time Simulation Team Leader and several part-time Simulation Specialists. Equipment and supplies for the emergency room and ambulance bay for each truck have been ordered. Initial training from CAE Healthcare, the manikin vendor, was provided in late July and additional staff training on the manikins and implementation of simulation education is scheduled for September. BPM is moving ever closer to planned rollout of mobile simulation events in October/November.

​Where are the MobileSim Trucks? How will they be deployed?

In general, the three mobile simulation trucks will be deployed regionally. One truck will be based in Kalispell and provide training events in western Montana. A second truck will be based in Bozeman and will provide events on the I-90 corridor. While the base of the third truck is still being decided, it will offer events on the high line.

​How much does a simulation training cost?

The MobileSim Montana Board of Directors are currently finalizing the charging procedures for simulation education events. A standardize format will be utilized to calculate the actual costs of the event (travel, staff time, truck operations, etc.). With the addition of an indirect rate to support future operations and sustainability, an event charge proposal will be provided.

While the bulk of the Helmsley grant has been utilized to purchase the trucks, manikins and supplies, three years of operations funding was included to help jump start the program. Operations are funded

on a sliding scale – 100% in the first year; 66% in the second year; and 33% in the third year. While many events in the first year will be at no cost or low cost, a business plan that accommodates for increasing revenues over the next years will be essential to the sustainability of the project.
The funding and the grant emphasize delivery of simulation education to rural critical access hospital and EMS communities. Over this next year, a couple of simulation events will be offered to these CAH/EMS communities at no cost. (A zero-balance invoice will be provided for each event so that the community can assess the value of these offerings and include them in future budgets). Depending upon actual operations costs, a limited number of other events will be provided at low cost or no cost. Offerings to entities with training budgets or other funding will be most welcome as the long-term sustainability of MobileSim Montana will depend upon future revenues meeting operational costs.

How to request a simulation education training event?

Anyone can request training through the Simulation Request Form. After submitting requested information, a Best Practice Medicine Simulation Team Leaders will contact the entity for further information and scheduling. This follow up will occur within 24 hours of request submission during normal business hours.

To economize on staff time and operational expenses, BPM will also be scheduling training circuits, especially for CAH/EMS community events. Scheduling three or four locations over the course of a week will save travel and event costs for each location. BPM Simulation Team Leaders will soon be contacting CAH/EMS locations for availability on planned circuits.

Updates on Simulation in Motion Montana


Are you interested in staying up to date on this exciting project? Share you contact information with us below and we will be happy to keep you posted!

Simulation in Motion Montana Inc. - MobileSim Montana 

Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of this corporation is to provide and facilitate educational and other workforce related activities that support increased educational opportunities, health care provider competence and a team approach to delivery of health care. 

An advisory group of interested stakeholders has been meeting over the last year to conduct preliminary planning for project startup and operations. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Montana recruited five inaugural directors of Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. and the corporation has been certified by the Secretary of State. As part of the bylaws structure, the advisory committee is explicitly included as a non- voting entity with direct advisory responsibility to the board of directors.


Mission

The mission of this corporation is to provide and facilitate educational and other workforce related activities that support increased educational opportunities, health care provider competence and a team approach to delivery of health care. 

Primary Objective

The primary objective of the project is to provide education to EMS and hospitals in rural communities.

Upcoming Board Events

Quarterly Board Meeting

Please join us in Helena on November 3rd from 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m.

Radisson Helena

2301 Colonial Dr, Helena, MT 59601

WebEx Access;

Meeting Number 801 501 230

Password montana1

Join the Meeting

Either use your computer speaker and microphone, or

Audio Access;

1-888-447-7153

Code 547904


 We Need Your Help!

Board Openings

MobileSim Inc. is seeking applications to fill a vacant Director position. 

Director Application

Advisory Committee

Simulation in Motion Montana wishes to thank our volunteer advisory committee members for their commitment to excellence in patient care through high fidelity simulation.

Bill Gallea, MD, ER Physician, Montana Medical Association, Helena

Christine Williams, Montana Health Network, Miles City

Elaine Schuchard, RN, Nurse Educator, Montana VA, Helena

Jennie Nemec, RN, Nurse Educator, Helena

Lauri Jackson, APRN, Trauma Coordinator, Benefis, Great Falls

Mary Nielsen, RN, HealthCARE Montana, Missoula

Mary Robertson, RN, Billings Clinic Simulation Lab, Billings

Michelle Huntley, RN, Nurse Educator, MSU, Missoula

Sara Holexa, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, Missoula

Steve Schmid, Paramedic, Lifeflight, Butte

Teresa Seright, RN, MSU, Bozeman

Victoria Cech, MHA Foundation (MHREF), Helena

Contact the MobileSIM MT

MobileSIM MT

c/o Montana Medical Association

2021 11th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

(406) 443-4000

Contact Board

Sim Lab Requirements

Requires parking parallel spaces

LAB HEIGHT – 12.5’

LAB LENGTH - 45'

LAB WIDTH SETUP – 15’

LAB WEIGHT – 36,000 LB

Electrical Requirements

It is highly recommended for the Mobile SIM unit to be “docked” to a 100 AMP receptacle via our landline to optimize the climate control system and other power needs of the vehicle during training. Please note the type of plug and required 100 amp receptacle as they appear in the pictures right and below. The length of our landline is approximately 50’.

While all of the SIM-MT vehicles are equipped with an on-board generator, use of the landline eliminates exhaust odor and constant generator noise during simulation.

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Electrical Specs 

  • 100  amp 
  • 125/250 volt 
  • Single  phase
  • 3 pole - 4  wire

Lucina

Lucina is the only wireless childbirth simulator with validated, integrated maternal-fetal physiology and interchangeable static cervices to train on all the stages of delivery and the rare emergency scenario. Lucina brings an impressive blend of features to the market including a more realistic and controllable birthing process, better articulation for labor and delivery maneuvers, and predicted APGAR scores based on the integrated maternal-fetal physiology. From normal delivery and breech birth to shoulder dystocia and eclampsia, Lucina does It All. With 5 pre-configured Simulated Clinical Experiences (SCEs), Lucina allows instructors to increase throughput and manage multiple demands effortlessly. 

Meti Man

Designed specifically to support anesthesia and medical gases, with patented cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and pharmacological modeling, the HPS is the Gold Standard in high fidelity patient simulation for respiratory and critical care training. The HPS interfaces with real clinical monitors and ventilators, and automatically responds to the administration of real anesthetic gases, oxygen therapy and drugs/medications

Pediatric

PediaSIM patient simulator is a realistic representation of a six-year old patient developed for risk-free practice of pediatric critical care interventions involving children such as CPR, airway management, drug administration and defibrillation. With highly developed pediatric patient physiological modeling that generate realistic and automatic responses to clinical events, this simulator successfully captures the complexities of human physiology with heart and breath sounds, palpable pulses and a myriad of other features that create true and accurate simulation training scenarios.

BabySIM

Tiny humans depend on us in big ways. That's why CAE Healthcare skipped no details in developing its smallest member of the patient simulation family. BabySIM is an infant-sized, high-fidelity simulator that is powered with advanced physiology for practicing critical care and trauma care. BabySIM delivers critical training features designed to immerse learners in a realistic clinical environment.

Simulation Request Instructions

Our goal at SIMMT is to make this process easy, meaningful and clear. You can help us make sure we meet your simulation goals by reading and following the description below of the event request process.

  1. Complete the event request below with as much detail as possible.
  2. You will be contacted by your regional Simulation Team Lead (STL) within one business day of your request. 
  3. The STL will walk through your request to make sure on the details are understood.
  4. The event will be scheduled, taking into account previous commitments, staff availability, and ability to coordinate with other local simulation events.
  5. The event will be booked and confirmed on the completion of the event contract. Our goal is to achieve confirmation within two business days of your original request.

Wait, contract?

Simulation events require a clear understanding of all the stakeholders to make sure that the expectations, objectives and logistics are met. A contract for each event guarantees you will receive the highest quality simulation experience.

What about cost?

While the cost of some simulation events is subsidized by the start-up funding provided by the Helmsley Charitable trust, every event does incur actual expenses to Simulation in Motion Montana. The goal for this project is to become self-sustaining, in part by charging for some simulation events. Part of the contract that you will receive will help you and your agency prepare for the cost of mobile simulation in the future by including the price of the event you are requesting as the project becomes self-sustaining. 

Attention EMS Refresher Requests

It's that time of year again when many EMS agencies and training officers start planning annual refreshers. We are excited to be a part of this EMS tradition and community of educators. Please note the following SIM-MT guidelines for 2018 refresher season.

  • Refreshers are eligible for a day of simulation;
    •    Four simulation sessions for up to 10 participants per session.
    •    Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes
    •    Max of 40 participants 
  • Two simulations are offered for the 2018 refresher season;
    • Uncomplicated Childbirth
    • Adult high velocity trauma

Simulation in Motion-Montana Training Session Request Form


Contact board Form


Simulation In Rural Healthcare

A conference for America's rural health simulation and education specialists.

Made possible in part by the Helmsley Charitable Trust
Hosted by Simulation in Motion Montana

Supported by Best Practice Medicine

Conference Vitals

Bozeman Montana

March 21, 22, 2018

Register

Lodging

Hilton Garden Inn

Discounted rooms are available for a limited time for conference attendees.

Reserve your discounted room today!

Tentative Agenda

Pre conference Wednesday 19

1130 - Registration 

1200 – Welcome / Introductions 

1230 – Program Overview 

1230 – SIM-SD

1300 – SIM-ND

1330 – SIM-NE

1400 – SIM MT

 1430 – Break

1445 – Lessons learned 

1445 – SIM-SD 

1500 – SIM-ND 

1515 – SIM-NE 

1530 – SIM MT

1545 – What’s next – How each program is planning for their financial future. 

1545 – SIM-SD 

1600 – SIM-ND 

1615 – SIM-NE 

1630 – SIM MT 

1700 – Helmsley perspective 

1800 – Conclude

1900 – SIM-MT hosted Dinner

Thursday, March 21, 2018

0800 – Registration

0830 – Keynote 

0930 – Simulation in Motion Project 

1030 – The Setup – methods for programming initial simulations. 

1130  - The science of simulation – A review of relevant research in the field of simulation, intended to provide resources for programmatic reference.

1230 – Lunch 

1330 – Break outs                    

 Manikin Repair                  Moulage

 Driver Meeting                  The Standardized Pt.

1500 –Break

1515 – Careers and Professional Development in Simulation 

1615  - Supporting Technology – Review of technology simulation programs are using to get the most out of simulation

1700 – Conclude

Friday, March 22, 2018

0800 – Welcome  

0830 – Keynote – The Art of Debriefing  

0930 – Best Practice in Debriefing 

1030 – Put it into practice – Split into break-out groups with debriefing proctors, run mini simulations and practice various models and methods of debriefing.

1200 – Psychological Safety – Creating the optimal learning environment

1230 – Lunch 

1330 – What’s new in Simulation – emerging trends

1430 – Props, Smells and Repairs

1530 – Closing remarks / program review

1600 – Conclusion  

Welcome to the Montana MobileSim Project page

This project page will be updated often to inform on MobileSim news, updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you would like to receive email updates, complete the short form below and we be sure to keep you posted on the project's progress.

​Brief History of MobileSim Montana

After receipt of the grant from Helmsley, the three trucks were ordered from Rosenbauer in South Dakota. Rosenbauer is a company that primarily builds fire trucks, but they have custom built MobileSim trucks for North and South Dakota and now Montana and Nebraska. Delivery of the trucks took almost15 months.

While waiting delivery of the trucks, an advisory group representing hospitals, EMS, universities, colleges and others was formed in 2016 and they met numerous times to discuss project strategies and operations. Any idea related activities that would help MobileSim be successful and sustainable were put on the table and discussed.

Formation of Simulation in Motion

Formation of Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. in the fall of 2016, Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. (also dba MobileSim Montana) was formed as a 501c3 non-profit entity that will assist DPHHS in planning and implementing operations, governance and long-term sustainability of the project. In addition to a Board of Directors, the corporation membership includes an advisory committee representing the same stakeholders who had already been meeting from some time.

DPHHS / MobileSim contract

In January 2017, DPHHS awarded MobileSim Montana a contract which formally enables DPHHS to pass funds through to them for implementation of grant activities. Primary use of grant funds is dedicated to contracting with a Project Management Entity for day-to- day operations, but MobileSim will also be able to fund operational activities such as corporate administration through the Montana Medical Association.

MobileSim / Best Practice Medicine contract

MobileSim / Best Practice Medicine contract MobileSim Montana’s first activity was to release a Request for Proposal for a Project Management Entity that would oversee day-to- day operations of the project including hiring and training of instructors, scheduling of training events, marketing and evaluation. Pursuant to a thorough response to the RFP, Best Practice Medicine was awarded the PME contract in July.

Best Practice Medicine Activities to Date

The planning and preparations to get three MobileSim trucks staffed and ready have kept BPM very busy. Each truck will be staffed with a full-time Simulation Team Leader and several part-time Simulation Specialists. Equipment and supplies for the emergency room and ambulance bay for each truck have been ordered. Initial training from CAE Healthcare, the manikin vendor, was provided in late July and additional staff training on the manikins and implementation of simulation education is scheduled for September. BPM is moving ever closer to planned rollout of mobile simulation events in October/November.

​Where are the MobileSim Trucks? How will they be deployed?

In general, the three mobile simulation trucks will be deployed regionally. One truck will be based in Kalispell and provide training events in western Montana. A second truck will be based in Bozeman and will provide events on the I-90 corridor. While the base of the third truck is still being decided, it will offer events on the high line.

​How much does a simulation training cost?

The MobileSim Montana Board of Directors are currently finalizing the charging procedures for simulation education events. A standardize format will be utilized to calculate the actual costs of the event (travel, staff time, truck operations, etc.). With the addition of an indirect rate to support future operations and sustainability, an event charge proposal will be provided.

While the bulk of the Helmsley grant has been utilized to purchase the trucks, manikins and supplies, three years of operations funding was included to help jump start the program. Operations are funded

on a sliding scale – 100% in the first year; 66% in the second year; and 33% in the third year. While many events in the first year will be at no cost or low cost, a business plan that accommodates for increasing revenues over the next years will be essential to the sustainability of the project.
The funding and the grant emphasize delivery of simulation education to rural critical access hospital and EMS communities. Over this next year, a couple of simulation events will be offered to these CAH/EMS communities at no cost. (A zero-balance invoice will be provided for each event so that the community can assess the value of these offerings and include them in future budgets). Depending upon actual operations costs, a limited number of other events will be provided at low cost or no cost. Offerings to entities with training budgets or other funding will be most welcome as the long-term sustainability of MobileSim Montana will depend upon future revenues meeting operational costs.

How to request a simulation education training event?

Anyone can request training through the Simulation Request Form. After submitting requested information, a Best Practice Medicine Simulation Team Leaders will contact the entity for further information and scheduling. This follow up will occur within 24 hours of request submission during normal business hours.

To economize on staff time and operational expenses, BPM will also be scheduling training circuits, especially for CAH/EMS community events. Scheduling three or four locations over the course of a week will save travel and event costs for each location. BPM Simulation Team Leaders will soon be contacting CAH/EMS locations for availability on planned circuits.

Updates on Simulation in Motion Montana


Are you interested in staying up to date on this exciting project? Share you contact information with us below and we will be happy to keep you posted!

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