March 8, 2013By Lance Baily

Free Downloadable Vital Sign Simulator & Patient Monitor

Florian Schwander, ER-nurse and mega-code instructor from Switzerland wrote to to share his new software for emergency medicine simulations: The Vital Sign Simulator. This downloadable program is an open-source project, free to use and modify!

The vital sign simulator is intended for use in medical emergency training simulations. In combination with an affordable low-fidelity CPR manikin, VSS offers a low-cost alternative to commercial high-fidelity patient simulation monitors. Vital Sign Simulator (VSS) acts as a vital sign monitor / defibrillation unit. The operator can change various values such as heartrate, blood pressure, ecg-rhythm etc; while the trainee can perform a defibrillation, pacing etc on a separate interface. VSS is used with a split-screen system, one monitor with controls for the operator and one providing the vital signs to the trainees. Heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood pressure and various moving ecg-samples can be set and changed at any time by the operator. Scenario log files can be exported to an .rtf file for documentation debriefing.


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  • Low-cost solution for medical emergency simulation training
  • Displays vital signs on a additional monitor (extended desktop)
  • Adjustable heart rate, blood pressure, spO2 and resp.
  • Various moving ECG-Samples
  • Defibrillation and pacing
  • Automated documentation, saving scenario log file to .rtf
  • New! Wiki with manual, tipps and tricks

Vital Sign Simulator is available in English and German for download. The program has now been under heavy development for several months and is now entering the final beta-stage with all functions available. Florian asks the healthcare simulation community to test and provide feedback about this freeware program to help improve the final version!

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