May 14, 2012By Lance Baily

Are You Successfully Running a Ventilator in Your Sims?

Hi Sim Champs!

Just got an email from a simulation user  looking to operate a ventilator in their simulations.  At the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas we used a refurbished ventilator to add props to the sceneray but it was never very successful for creating realistic chest rise and fall.  We were able to disable the warning alarms to make it so that the scenario could play out but we would have liked a more realistic solution.

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Do you have a ventilator that works well for your medical simulation program?  If so, drop me an email and tell me about it !

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  • Dayna Downing
    August 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Lance,
    From my understanding it is difficult to run a ventilator on a sim using realistic settings due to the mechanics and lack of living tissue. The manikin is unable to expire within normal parameters. While you can ventilate a corpse, you cannot ventilate a sim. You can use a test lung and rig it up to look like everything is hooked up, but as I understand, that’s it. We’ve tried on both a critical care unit ventilator and an anesthesia machine.

    I recently had a long talk with our respiratory clin ed person about this very issue.

    Take care,

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