Equipment Issues

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Initial Simulation Supplies
by Michelle Lewis - Thursday, April 9, 2009, 1:09 PM

Hello Everyone

My name is Michelle Lewis amd I am statrting a simulation center at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. We have a birthing model from Guamard and a Laerdal Sim man. I am trying to order initial supplies form the center. The catalogue is over whelming (Pocket nurse, Medical Supplies for Education and Simulation). Does anyone have an idea of what supplies I will need and a overall cost of supplies for a center?

Thanks Michelle lewis

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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Andrea Ackermann - Thursday, April 9, 2009, 1:52 PM
Hello Michelle,

This is a very exciting time for your faculty and your students. The first thing you need to do is decide what you want the students to learn within the simulation experiences. What concepts do your faculty feel is a good place to start. Begin simple and plan some scenarios. This will help guide you to the equipment you will need such a syringes, IV equipment, dressings, catheters, etc. Some basics that everyone uses are things such as sharp containers, glove boxes, ID bands for the "patients", alcohol wipes, etc.

Depending on how many faculty and staff you have for your simulation center, you will want to begin simple and basic. I would be happy to discuss this with you. You can contact me off list at


Andrea D. Ackermann PhD, RN, CCRN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Simulation and Clinical Learning
Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY
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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Marjorie Scheikl - Saturday, April 11, 2009, 6:12 PM
I am working within a university and trying to get our simulation area up and going and have found that in addition to your mannequins you will need to invest in some type of audio/video recording system for the simulations and then LCD monitors and DVD players if playing back in a separate room (unless you buy a large system from say EMS that does the A/V and playback for you.

Other than that, think of items used in a hospital that would be required in a simulation such as patient head boards with working oxygen (compressed air) and suction, demo meds, bed chux, syringes, isolation gowns,masks, gloves, foley catheters, NG tubes.

Good Luck!
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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Nicole Perez - Monday, May 18, 2009, 11:06 AM
Hi Michelle,

As you have a lot to learn with opening a new simulation center, I would like to reach out and let you know we have a lot of helpful information available for download on the METI Mentors section of our website. We have several representatives in the field of simulation which have offered their time and knowledge in helping those just beginning their adventure with simulation. Please feel free to look through our resource documents which include information on:

Confidentiality Forms
Evaluation and Post-Simulation information
Simulation Floorplans and Center Layouts
Job Descriptions
Preparing for Simulation
Room Supply Lists
Rules, Guidelines and Orientation

You may access these documents, as well as the contact information for our METI Mentors by visiting:

I hope this helps!

Nicole Perez
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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Susan Ramnarine-Singh - Saturday, September 11, 2010, 9:45 AM

Thank you so much for the link...I will share with my faculty.  We are hoping to be able to purchase an I Stan.


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Message for Jean about the Vital Sim Manikin video
by Melody Bethards - Saturday, September 11, 2010, 11:53 AM

Dear Jean,

I tried three times to send you the link outside of the SIRC, but it bounces back as being blocked by you (must be your firewall).

Others have gotten it to work by copying and pasting. I am not an IT person - so I don't have any other suggestions.



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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Steve Jordan - Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:16 AM
Just keep in mind that when running a scenerio, everything should be as realistic as possible. If they are on O2, then they need a flowmeter and a cannula. All the way down to drugs and syringes. A tip that I got at a Laerdal Training class I went to was, buy storage containers. When you develop a scenerio, place all the equipment needed to run that scenerio in that box. That way, when you go to run a particular scenerio, everything you need is in that 1 box.
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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Rebecca Reed - Thursday, September 9, 2010, 2:20 PM


I am also at a loss as to where to start and start smartly.  We are a small hospital based program with about 50 graduates a year (and a budget just as small). We are getting out first manikins since the early 90's and plan to launch simulation. at this point I am looking at what we will need to set up video to allow for debriefing.  Any ideas on how to do this relatively inexpensively?

Becky Reed

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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Wendy Grbach - Thursday, September 9, 2010, 3:29 PM

Becky, exciting times for you!

 I was able to secure some basic supplies for my lab from my hospital biomed staff...discards or outdated items.  As far as AV supplies, whichever mannequin you purchased may have a system to use with it...I know Laerdal and Gaumard do as those are what we use.

Start small and build as your program grows.  I also use many items interchangeablly so as not to cause a large stockpile in very little storage space capability.

Happy to talk off line....I started a small lab for our hospital based nursing program.

Best of luck!


Wendeline J Grbach, MSN, RN, CCRN, CLNC

UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing

Pittsburgh, PA

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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Andrea Ackermann - Thursday, September 9, 2010, 4:18 PM
Hi Becky,

The IT department installed for me a Dome type Color Closed Circuit (CCTV) camera, as used in security applications, a ceiling mounted dome microphone near the bed and a Distribution amplifier to send the audio video signal to several locations and to a number of devices.

In the observation room, behind the one-way glass, there is a DVD/VCR for recording and a 20” LCD TV for observation and monitoring. I also use this for debriefing. This room includes a desktop paging microphone and amplifier, connected to a speaker in the simulated patient, to enable the instructors or others to speak through it. They also were able to connect it to the adjacent computer room so we can either live stream the video or use for debriefing.

I wish I knew the cost but it was included in other technological costs for a large renovation done a few years ago.

I hope this helps.

Andy Ackermann

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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Lori Budd - Thursday, September 9, 2010, 5:50 PM


I have a lot of good ideas and also some links on my website (that is free to access to anyone) at


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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Melody Bethards - Thursday, September 9, 2010, 10:35 PM


We also got security cameras for our Sim Lab and they work great. Our IT people hooked them into a old analog TV and VCR so we can record. With surplus microphones and speakers we were set to go.

I wanted to share a tip I got an another listserve for saving money on a 2 way mirror. We installed a regular window then applied a mirror window film that we got at Home Depot for $36.00. I have a 36 x 92 inch window and it covered it with lots to spare. All you have to do is make sure the Sim Room is brighter than the control room.

Here is a link to the website for the product:

Another tip - Buy wigs, make-up, etc at those pop-up Halloween shops that are all over the place right now. They always have a big inventory and put everything in the store on sale the day after Halloween.

We are a large community college, but have very little money in our simualtion budget. I would be happy to share any tips I have. 


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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Rebecca Reed - Friday, September 10, 2010, 9:52 AM

I want to send a big Thank You to all the people willng to help me get this concept off the ground.  I am still working at getting buy in and having my faculty see it as something more than expensive validation.  I don't see a control room in my near future, but our lab does have a divider in it.  I believe the plan is for a SimMan, but have not heard the final word from the director.  Even if they stay with a more basic VitalSim, I want to start freeing the student to do simulation with debriefing, and that is easiest with cameras.  Your assistance with this has been a real help.

Becky Reed, MS, RN  

Learning Resource Coordinator   

Memorial School of Nursing, Albany, NY

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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Melody Bethards - Friday, September 10, 2010, 10:36 AM

Dear Becky,

We use Vital-Sim manikins only on our campuses. I really like them, they are easy to program and easy to fix when things go wrong. And of course much less costly! We have a set up on one of our campuses with a divider in the room that the voice/operator stands behind, a small TV/VCR to record and microphones for the voice. It works great. I would be happy to talk to you about it.

We run all kinds of simulations with our Vital -sims. We have about 18 written so far and have 3 in the process of being written now. I even have a Vital-Sim orientation video that we require the students to watch before they come to lab. It tells how the students obtain assessment data that can not be gotten from the manikin. I would be happy to share that if you would like too.

Let me know if you need any help! Good Luck!


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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Linda shubert - Friday, September 10, 2010, 11:22 AM


I would be interested in your Vital-sim orientation/video. We just purchased a number of them and your idea is a great one.


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Vital Sim Manikin video
by Melody Bethards - Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:45 PM

For all of you who asked for my Vital-Sim Orientation video - here is the link. It should work.

It is also the orientation video to our main Sim-Lab.

We did this video in 1 take because of time constraints and it has some issues, but it works for what we needed

You will also note some errors in the video. I tell the students we can alter the lung sounds and bowel sounds in all 4 quadrants (which we can not - don't know what I was thinking when we did this). But I decided to leave it because it would ensure they listened carefully.

P.S. - Yes that is me in the video and NO I am not a very good actress


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Re: Vital Sim Manikin video
by Melody Bethards - Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:53 PM

Sorry! I guess the video will not open through the SIRC site.

However if you copy and paste the URL into the tool bar it should work.

If not let me know and I will email it to you directly. I had so many people ask for it I thought I would try to sent it out to everyone at once.


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Re: Vital Sim Manikin video
by Susan Ramnarine-Singh - Saturday, September 11, 2010, 9:27 AM
I was wondering how do you conduct maintenance on your vital sims?  Do you wash them down with any particular solutions?  thanks..
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Re: Vital Sim Manikin video
by Susan Ramnarine-Singh - Saturday, September 11, 2010, 9:32 AM

Your video is really a great idea.  Thank you for sharing. 


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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Mary-Joan Forstbauer - Monday, September 13, 2010, 10:49 AM

Hi Melody,

We use Vital Sim in our hospital to run simulations for new nurses in our Graduate Nurse Residency Program; we are also starting to run some for experienced nurses. I would be interested in your orientation video / information as well.



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Re: Initial Simulation Supplies
by Shelly O'Malley - Monday, February 6, 2012, 2:24 PM
I know this is rather a delayed post but where can I find a pricing for a window to place the film on.  We have been using room dividers and I'm getting a proposal together for putting up a wall b/t a hallway and closet w/a window for a control room.  Cannot find a large plain window!  Anyone have any suggestions where to find a price or even a large window (one piece of glass)
Contact a local window store. We have weird sizes of windows in our house so many had to be custom made. They can make any size. Might also donate a piece that is leftover from another order. Spoke with a local hardware store chain and they also can make it to size. Our facilities dept handled ours for the sim lab and I dont know where they purchased it.