How the Simulation Center Works


Simulated Patients

The state-of-the-art patient simulators are designed to portray the heart and lung of a 30 year old healthy male. Students can assess the "patient" for:

  • Heart and lung sounds
  • Pulses: carotid, brachial, radial, femoral, popliteal, and dorsalis pedis
  • Pupillary response
  • Tongue swelling and airway blockage
  • Bowel sounds
  • Blood pressure
  • Oxygen saturation

Simulated Health Conditions

The most often requested health problems are:

  • Hypertension or hypotension
  • Respiratory or airway alterations
  • Diabetic/blood glucose alterations
  • Post surgical complications
  • Cardiac arrest

Procedures

Procedures performed on the mannequin include:

  • Airway:
    • Bag/mask
    • Intubation/breathing with a ventilator
    • Tracheostomy
  • Respiratory:
    • Monitor oxygen saturation with finger probe
    • Chest tubes
  • Cardiac:
    • Apply cables for heart telemetry
    • Apply pads for defibrillator
  • Intravenous fluids:
    • Infuse fluids using gravity/pump
    • Administer medication
  • Urinary:
    • Insert Foley and monitor output