March 31, 2020By Lance Baily

Most Recent COVID-19 Medical Simulation Resources

As the global pandemic of COVID-19 continues to destroy lives, Medical Simulation Champions from around the world have stepped up to support one another and healthcare providers everywhere who are using clinical simulation for the first time. Here then, are some of the latest Healthcare Simulation Coronavirus Simulation resources, tools, and dedicated pages to help your simulation in healthcare program thrive. Do you have a a resource to share? Email us and we will add it to the growing list!

Special Editor’s Note Regarding Supplies and Medical Equipment: Several Simulation Centers that are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19, especially those in colleges and universities, have donated their available medical supplies to local and regional hospitals dealing with critical shortages. As well, some simulation programs have old ventilators or other medical devices which may be helpful to reinstate back into clinical practice during this challenging time. Do you have medical supplies or equipment that could be helpful to those on the frontlines? PLEASE carefully consider your program’s ability to support local emergency care workers with your sim lab supplies and equipment. Of course, if your department is an important part of education and training at a practicing healthcare facility, some materials should obviously stay in your sim center and be properly disinfected, alongside your manikins, after each simulation scenario experience.

Please be sure to also read / share this and our previous Coronavirus Simulation articles, all of which are summarized on our Comprehensive COVID-19 Medical Simulation Resource List page:


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CAE Healthcare and iRIS Health Solutions to share coronavirus scenario on global simulation platform: iRIS is a web-based scenario development solution that helps in easy collaboration, design and development of high quality training scenarios. With iRIS, educators can seamlessly incorporate best practice frameworks (INACSL, ASPE, PEARLS Healthcare Debriefing Tool, etc.) across the full spectrum of simulation programs – Standardized Patients, task trainers, full-body manikins and patient simulators. iRIS is an agnostic platform that works with all manikins and saves you time.

UbiSim’s New Virtual Simulation Recorder Built to Support Nursing Learners From Home During COVID-19: With UbiSim, nursing educators can immerse their students around lifelike patients and maximize their engagement while they develop clinical reasoning, decision making and communication skills. Using UbiSim’s pre-built clinical scenarios or customize them to fit your unique healthcare educator needs. And now, with their just launched ‘Virtual Simulation Recorder’ solution, clinical faculty can easily start a clinical simulation using virtual reality, record the entire session in a video and share it with nursing students through the platform of your choice. You only need a laptop and a virtual reality headset to start the nursing simulation. And learners can do it from anywhere – especially from home!

NHS Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare COVID-19 Programme: This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.


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Content now available in the COVID-19 programme includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Community Setting
  • End of Life Care COVID-19
  • Wellbeing for Staff

More content will be added in the coming days and weeks. The additional content will include new sessions and content curated from different sources such as existing HEE e-LfH sessions and materials from other organisations. They recognise that this is a global issue so we are working to make the Coronavirus programme available to international users for free via our partner organisation, eIntegrity. This is in the process of being set up and will be available soon. Additional links to other relevant HEE e-LfH programmes are also listed there.

University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Simulation in Motion-Nebraska continues rural EMS training via Facebook Live: SIM-NE is a mobile training system that provides free statewide training, normally with four, 44-foot-long, customized trucks for rural EMS providers and health professionals in hospitals. The virtual training session was provided because the space within the mobile units does not allow for social distancing. “We’re at a ground stop,” said Doug Dekker, program manager of SIM-NE. “Since we can’t conduct training the way we normally do, we are continuing to offer training in this way.”University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Simulation in Motion-Nebraska continues rural EMS training via Facebook Live. The training videos were created by the UNMC iEXCEL visualization team in cooperation with the Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center at UNMC. EMS participants across Nebraska said they were appreciative of the event and thanked SIM-NE and iEXCEL staff. “Information that was provided was very applicable,” one said. “Questions posed represented things that are on the minds of many in EMS and every question was answered thoroughly.”

B-Line Medical Provides Free Access to SimCapture Pro for 90 Days & COVID-19 Scenarios: SimCapture Pro educators can annotate sessions, leverage simulator event and trend data, and administer learner self-reflection evaluations for a true 360 degree view during debriefing and when providing additional feedback to learners. To support healthcare providers and educators on the front lines battling Coronavirus, B-Line Medical is providing SimCapture Pro free for COVID-19 training for at-least 90 day (may be extended if crisis continues), and two complimentary scenarios from Laerdal Medical and partners. For current customers, they can access here the two medical simulation scenarios “Suspected Uncomplicated Novel COVID-19 Infection (ARI)” and “Severe Novel COVID-19 Infection (SARI)” here

Infographic: Top 5 Lessons Learned for COVID-19 Patient Management During ED in-situ Simulation From Vancouver General Hospital (Holm et al.):

ED simulation covid-19

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education COVID-19 Clinician CE Resources: This ACCME dedicated page includes a list of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. They encourage accredited providers to circulate this link to their CE learners and community.

UCSF Health COVID-19 Clinical Resources: A single source of COVID-19 information for UCSF Health clinicians. Filter by audience to find information specific to your care setting.

3D Printed and Low-Tech Ventilators

CoVent 3D printed ventilator – TTUHSC El Paso & UTEP: This video demonstrates the design and function of a 3D printed ventilator alternative using a low voltage motor and bag-valve mask device. It is volume and rate adjustable.

MIT Will Post Free Plans Online for an Emergency Ventilator That Can Be Built for $100: A rapidly assembled volunteer team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists, and others, centered at MIT, is working to implement a safe, inexpensive alternative for emergency use, which could be built quickly around the world. The team, called MIT E-Vent (for emergency ventilator), was formed on March 12, 2020, in response to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Its members were brought together by the exhortations of doctors, friends, and a sudden flood of mail referencing a project done a decade ago in the MIT class 2.75 (Medical Device Design). Students working in consultation with local physicians designed a simple ventilator device that could be built with about $100 worth of parts.

Youtube: COVID-19 patient being resuscitated safely: Immersive Simulation by the ICAST team

Use of a Single Ventilator to Support 4 Patients: Laboratory Evaluation of a Limited Concept: Using a single ventilator to support 4 patients is an attractive concept; however, the VT cannot be controlled for each subject and VT disparity is proportional to the variability in compliance. Along with other practical limitations, these findings cannot support the use of this concept for mass-casualty respiratory failure.

And finally for today:

COVID-19 I UW Health Simulation Program Trains for Proper and Efficient Use of PPE:

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