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SimLEARN Equipment Decontamination Process

This standard operating procedure (SOP) provides guidance related to the process for decontamination and general cleaning of SimLEARN medical and simulator equipment.

Creation of Artificial Substances for Use in Simulation Activities

This standard operating procedure (SOP) provides guidance related to the procurement or creation of artificial substances, such as blood, urine, sputum, etc., or the use of moulage to simulate physical conditions.

Clinical Simulation Business Practices for AV Recordings

Audiovisual recordings of clinical simulations are routinely used in clinical simulation learning sessions to provide the learner with insight on individual and team performance. These recordings are intended to support a psychologically safe, risk-free environment for learning and performance improvement. In support of this principle, VHA is adopting policy that requires medical centers and other VA sites using simulation to obtain learner consent for AV recording, and to destroy AV recordings of simulations within a specified timeframe.

Read the VA-AFGE MOU and "Clinical Simulation Business Practices for AV Recordings" for details.

Determinations of Research, Human Subjects Research, Exemptions, and Expedited Review

Research is a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Design characteristics are often employed to generate findings that are generalizable. Inclusion of one or more of these characteristics in a health care or other operations activity warrants particular attention in determining whether the activity constitutes research.

Read more to learn about these characteristics and important guidelines about research in the VA.

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