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April 30, 2024

UbiSim 1.14 Release: Alzheimer’s & Trans Patients, NG Tube, and Other Highly Requested Features 


Ginelle Testa
UbiSim Story Teller

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We are thrilled to announce the latest update to UbiSim (1.14), packed with new features and improvements designed to enrich the training experience for nursing students and professionals. Our focus remains on providing an immersive, realistic, and educationally valuable simulation environment that aligns with the latest standards in nursing education. 

Many of these new scenarios, features, and improvements were widely requested. We’re so happy our team was able to bring them to life!

Here’s what’s new:

Exciting New Scenarios

UbiSim’s Lead Nurse Educator, Christine Vogel, MSN, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, shared, “UbiSim's catalog aims to foster cultural sensitivity and inclusivity within its scenarios. Our meticulously designed scenarios present a broad spectrum of patient profiles, encompassing a diverse array of cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. With a commitment to inclusivity, these scenarios are thoughtfully developed to avoid the inadvertent perpetuation of stereotypes or biases.”

Morgan Therin - Alzheimer’s Disease: Safe Medication Administration

Morgan is experiencing agitation and refusing care due to Alzheimer's disease. Learners administer medications, address environmental safety concerns, and provide therapeutic communication to assist Morgan in this fundamentals scenario.

Morgan Therin - Alzhemier's patient in VR

Skylar Holmes - Acute Abdominal Pain: 

Learners gather admission information and care for a male transgender patient, focusing on practicing therapeutic communication and delivering nursing care that is sensitive, respectful, and inclusive.

Skylar Holmes - trans patient in VR

Highly Requested New Features

Nasogastric (NG) Tube

Active participants can now install a Nasogastric (NG) Tube on any patient and attach it to suction for decompression. UbiSim will be adding additional functionality to the NG Tube over time. 

Installing the NG tube on the patient can be used as a condition for active participant feedback or a transition for patient state progression.

The NG Tube can be attached to suction. Learners can observe the color of aspirated stomach contents and receive further information about volume and texture via a pop-up. Performing suction can be used as a condition for feedback or patient state transition.

A 30 mL long-nosed syringe is now available to allow active participants to perform a pH check on stomach contents via the NG Tube. Checking the pH can also be set as a condition for feedback.

NG tube in virtual reality on patient

Suction Regulator Upgrade

We installed an additional bedside suction regulator and canister so that the NG tube and oral/nasal suction each have a dedicated suction regulator and canister on the headwall.

All regulators have been upgraded to include a new ‘intermittent’ suction setting. When selected, ‘intermittent’ suction administers cycles of 10 seconds on and 4 seconds off.

Intermittent suction can be set to a low, medium, or high strength by turning the vacuum knob.

Suction effects have been added to the free end of the suction tube to give a visual indication of when suction is on.

suction regulator upgrade in virtual reality

Call light adjustment

An important nursing intervention for learners is to ensure that the patient’s call light is within reach when the nurse is done caring for the patient.

As such, we have created a new call light condition functionality that captures if the learner places the call light within the patient’s reach at the end of the patient care encounter. This can be used for learner feedback in debriefing activities.

Call light in virtual reality

Helpful Fixes & Improvements

  • We have refactored our system of how to handle objects that are dropped in a scenario (ie: the active participant lets go of the object they are holding either by choice or accident). Objects dropped into thin air now fall and behave more consistently, allowing a more intuitive and predictable experience for active participants.
  • Our infant patient has received several updates based on user feedback to improve the fidelity of in-scenario experiencessome text
    • The volume of the baby’s crying has been adjusted to be slightly quieter. Feedback from our client base suggested that the baby’s crying was unexpectedly loud compared to other room sounds.
    • Baby’s blinking speed and eye movement when they are in the lethargic state have been slowed down and adjusted to a more realistic speed.
    • Baby’s ‘on-belly’ animations and position have been adjusted to avoid immersion-breaking glitches where their face is buried in the bed.
  • All patients can now be set to exhibit any audible respiratory sound alongside appearing short of breath. This allows scenario creators and editor to fine tune patient presentation of respiratory symptoms for higher fidelity experiences.
respiratory sign adjustment in virtual reality
  • We repositioned the upside-down swab that a clumsy product person knocked over while working in the hospital room. Sorry about that. It’s the right way up now!
Swab in virtual reality
  • All scenarios are peer-reviewed annually and align with the Next Generation NCLEX, NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model, and the AACN Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education.

Final Thoughts

We are excited for you to experience these new features and improvements! Whether you are training on fundamental skills with Morgan Therin or advancing your communication techniques with Skylar Holmes, UbiSim is here to support your educational journey in the most realistic and engaging way possible.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of nursing education technology. Thank you for choosing UbiSim!

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Ginelle Testa
UbiSim Story Teller

As an integral center of UbiSim's content team, Ginelle pens stories on the rapidly changing landscape of VR in nursing simulation. Ginelle is committed to elevating the voices of practicing nurses, nurse educators, and program leaders who are making a difference.

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