From the interactions I've had with many METI users, there's a high level of frustration when it comes to developing scenarios. The HPS system is very complicated, but I happen to be a true believer. I wasn't always. In fact, I started out very skeptical, but after some training in Sarasota and applying my own creativity I'm convinced the HPS is an excellent platform, but it requires some work to make the most of it. Every simulator on the market has it's own strengths and weaknesses. It's up to us to apply our own creative processes to make the best of what we have. After all, they are only machines trying to simulate one of the most complex organisms on earth, the human body. Here's an advanced programming tip that could make your work much easier.
How many of you METI users have found yourself wishing you had left an open state in the middle of your scenario that you could program for an unforeseen condition? As you METI users know, you can't insert a Newstate in the middle of a scenario. At least that's true when using the HPS software. You can, however, insert blank states using Text Editor.
First and foremost, MAKE A BACKUP COPY! Do NOT experiment on a scenario you already have developed until you're confident with this approach. I'm posting two files in Word format to demonstrate the process. This is an ultra simplistic scenario created for the purpose of demonstrating this procedure. File 1 is a Sinus Bradycardia with Hypotension scenario. File 2 is the same scenario with the inserted blank state. No bells or whistles in this example. There are just three states, "Baseline" (unaltered), "Sinus Bradycardia" and "Paced". However, suppose you wanted to insert a "Worsening" state between Sinus Brady and Paced. Here's a very simple way to do that.
First, create a new blank state at the end the scenario then save the scenario. Click on the "Mac OS X Drive" icon on your desktop. Then click "Users", then "Shared", then the folder that contains the file. This will open a list of all the scenarios in that file. Double click on the file you want to edit. Again, DO NOT alter the original file. Work from a backup file. When you double click the file, it will open in Text Editor. Each state will appear as a paragraph with two blank lines above and below the paragraph. Now, all you need to do is cut the bottom paragraph titled Newstate4 and paste it where you want it. Make sure you leave two blank lines above and below the new paragraph, no more, no less. Save the file, then open it back up with the HPS software. If all went well, you should see a blank state where you just pasted it.
If you have any doubts about the safety of this procedure, DON'T DO IT! Feel free to contact METI's training division and ask their advice. I highly recommend taking the METI Advanced Training Course for your particular simulator platform in order to get the absolute most from your METI simulators. I hope this helps.
When you save your new file in Text Editor, a dialogue box will appear stating that the file already has a .hs6 extension, and do you want to append the file with .txt. Click on "Do Not Append". This way you'll be able to use the file with the HPS software.
Originally posted on SSIH Forum "Tricks of the Trade"