Mannequin simulation enables the recreation of healthcare events which allow participants to learn and practice in environments and situations that are realistic but avoid potential harm to patients. This modality is also useful in helping individual learners apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities as inter-professional teams, which is essential in light of the increasing complexity of healthcare and need for interdisciplinary collaboration.
The HSPSC uses high and low-fidelity adult and pediatric patient simulators from Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI) and Laerdal Inc. The high-fidelity simulators are full-size mannequins which can be programmed to respond appropriately to the environment and to a user’s physical or pharmacologic intervention. The mannequins are computer controlled either at the bedside or from a distant room. Scenarios may be preprogrammed or run “on-the-fly”. The mannequins may be used to teach simple physiology and pharmacology, bedside medical examination techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and complex medical management. Most medical settings may be replicated from a simple floor bed to the complex operating room environment. Physiologic parameters that can be simulated include: EKG, invasive and non-invasive blood pressures, expired gas composition, oxygen saturation, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, intracranial pressure, and body temperature.