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Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by Jackie Baron - Thursday, July 24, 2008, 11:41 PM

Hi to all:

I am just creating a secondary simulation area at my University that does not have the capacity for compressed air.  I remember seeing a "fake" hospital oxygen/suction set-up that ran off electricity.  Can anyone send me the company name for this?   I saw it at one of the many simulation conferences I have attended.

Thanks in advance

Jackie Baron

Coordinator Nursing Resource Centre & Sim Lab

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada

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Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by Andrea Ackermann - Friday, July 25, 2008, 7:37 AM
Hi Jackie,

Cogent training headwalls can be found at These are plug in systems with compressors built into the unit. I hope this helps.


Andrea D. Ackermann PhD, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY 12550
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Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by durcilla williams - Saturday, August 16, 2008, 2:22 PM
HI Jackie
At the 7th National Skills Lab Conference in San Antonio in 2007 last summer I met a company that builds self contained head walls. I had to do some looking but found the buisness card from a Paul Swab at the Hospital Furniture Restoration company at
The head walls have the capability of working suction units simply by plugging in the contained unit into an electrical outlet.  The wall units have suction and oxygen ports with an overbed light.
Here is a brief description of the product.  GO to the website for a more descriptive picture and information.  and ask for a qoute.
We have include the cost of installing 3 of the units to this years budget to update our existing lab for simulations. The cost of three self contained wall units is still a lot cheaper than tearing out our walls to install pipes to add air and suction to our older building.
IMPORTANT FACT FOR ANY IMPROVEMENT TO OLDER LABS:Make sure to talk to your schools ELECTRICAL department to make sure you have the power to supply to work the three units.
Durcilla Williams, MSN, RN,  Odessa College
Part Description
Self Contained Vertical Headwall with 
Medical Gases and Electrical
Each unit to have the following:
(1)  Vacuum, (1) Air, (1) Oxygen and (2) duplex electrical outlets.  Built in air compressor and vacuum pump for simulated functional Oxygen, Air and Vacuum services.  Unit is 6" deep x 19" wide x 36" high, comes complete with a 6 foot electical cord located in the bottom of the unit.                
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Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by vickie valenziano - Friday, August 22, 2008, 2:45 PM

One of my lab coordinator friends said she had seen a rolling room divider placed at the head of the bed.  One one side was the oxygen/suction set up and on the other there were picutres and a wall lamp that they used when simulating a home environment.  Advantages are a dual set up and portability for those who do not want a permanent set-up.


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Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by durcilla williams - Monday, September 15, 2008, 10:04 PM


Thanks for the great idea.  Good idea on serving in the hospital and in a home scenerio.

Durcilla Williams, MSN, RN

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Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by Connie Cockerel - Thursday, October 1, 2009, 9:29 AM


I am trying to simulate oxygen and suction in our lab. I just need something that looks like what the students might see in the hospital and also something to run the tubes from the patient to. Do you  have any suggestions?

Thank you

Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by Nate Brent - Thursday, October 1, 2009, 10:29 AM


Send me an email at  I have had the same issue and have come up with a solution, but it is in PDF format, and I cannot attach the file to this.



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Re: Simulated Hospital Oxygen/suction
by Erick Cremer - Friday, February 20, 2015, 2:34 PM

Just seeing this thread.  I had the same problem years ago and got a self contained head wall system with the compressor and vacuum pump all contained within the unit. It has a little "egg-timer" like switch on the side that turns it on and automatically shuts off in what ever time you set it at.  It is very noisy and our SimRoom mike picks up the head wall compressor noise and in the tech room I can  hardly hear the students.  These are OK for out in the open nursing lab, but not for the simroom.

I was setting up a satellite sim lab on the other side of the island and did not want to get this noisy unit, so I found one that had a separate super quiet compressor that connected to the head wall via a 30ʻ compressor air hose. I love this unit. I found it on myheadwall dot com.  It is describe as an Alere functional headwall with silent compressor.  It comes with the accessories, e.g. O2 and medical air flow meters, vacuum gauge, vacuum canister and holder, and a couple outlets.  Easy to mount to a wall and plug into a 110v outlet. We ran the air hose through the wall into a closet.  The compressor is quiet enough you could keep it in a corner in the simroom if you did not want to run the hose through the wall.

Hope this helps for those setting up sim labs.