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Studies have shown simulation leads to demonstrable improvement in staff competency


Sim SPC Orientation

We encourage all students to watch the following orientation videos prior to clinical experience at SIMSPC:


Orientation Pic  Patient Monitor Orientation  Alaris IV Pump Orientation  Phone Use Orientation

Headwall-Oxygen Orientation  Bed Orientation  Simulation Orientation UAB


Orientation Key Points:

Wash hands upon entering patient room.

- Hand washing not only helps prevent the transmission of infectious disease, it keeps our manikins clean, as their humanlike skin is very susceptible to ink and other forms of staining.

Auscultation Focus

- When students are auscultating heart, lung, and bowel sounds, we will disable the chest rise and fall of the manikin to enhance the sound quality. Unless breath sounds were not audible during auscultation, do not be alarmed if it appears as though a patient has stopped breathing after or during auscultation.

- During the time frame in which the manikin's chest rise and fall has ceased, students will be unable to obtain accurate vital signs.

Blood Pressure

- Students will not be able to palpate a pulse at the antecubital fossa. However, by placing a stethoscope at the antecubital fossa and inflating the sphygmomanometer, students will be able to auscultate blood pressure.

IV Arm

- Fluids may now be infused into the manikin's arm. Please ignore the tubing and drainage bag concealed underneath the patient's bed, it is not a part of the simulation and requires no student intervention. 

Administering Oxygen

- Turn oxygen on and off using the knob on the side of the Headwall.

- Due to compressor noise within the Headwall, we ask that students turn oxygen on only to document or adjust the flow meter.

Prior to clinical experience in the simulation lab, we will present students with the opportunity of a hands on orientation with Sim Man. Active participation in orientation is strongly recommended, as we expect students to be able to obtain vitals and perform a patient assessment on Sim Man at the time of their scheduled simulations.