Essential Ancillary Equipment

This section involves the background equipment, teaching aids and supplies that are used in simulation, ranging from patient care props to data management systems.  A certain level of realism is necessary in order to provide an adequate training session.  The students must have at least the materials and resources they need to do the actual tasks that are being trained, for example having an acceptable AV recording for debriefing or having multiple concentrations of a drug to teach how to avoid medication errors.  Without these ancillary items the learning objectives cannot be achieved.  Realism also adds to the educational experience by removing distractions from the learning environment.  The level of realism needed for any particular session depends on the objectives to be covered, but the need for and extent of ancillary equipment should be considered for every session.

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Below is an alphabetical list of resources with a brief description of the capabilities of each.


  • B-Line Medical
    B-Line is an integrated data collection system. The two main products, Clinical Skills System and SimCenter System, are optimized for standardized patient and manikin-based centers, respectively. They both include audiovisual data from multiple cameras, pre- and post-session questionnaire data from trainees, evaluation data from faculty and standardized patients, and output data from several simulation manufacturers. The information is web-based, to allow faculty to view, annotate, score or review class data from outside the facility. Data can be retrieved by numerous factors, including individual student, class, instructor, date, and standardized patient.

    There is also a significantly scaled down version, SimCube, which consists of 2 cameras and input from a single manikin. The system is designed to cover one session or room at a time, with all the data collection, notes and web integration features of the large system. It can also be used as a portable system for training sessions held outside the simulation center.
  • CAE Healthcare
    CAE Owl
  • Education Management Solutions - EMS
    Arcadia is a suite of 4 products that cater to various solutions within simulation healthcare. Three of the products can be used as stand-alone applications or integrated with each other. The first component is the Digital AV system . Multiple cameras, encounters and sessions recording, simulator output integration, and web-based post-event viewing are some of the features. For the Standardized Patients (SPs), SP Case Assistant provides in-depth training to the actors who portray SPs using a set of customizable cases. It is available with the Total Skills Center system. This application automates the standardized patient encounter from scheduling, e-mail notification and paging to case management, questionnaires, and reports. The Total SIM package integrates the output from simulation manikins and models from various manufacturers, allows video bookmarking and annotations to aid in debriefing, automates scheduling, and provides individual or team performance reports. The components and whole system are scalable to suit current and future client needs.
  • KB Port
    KB Port offers several solutions to the simulation healthcare center. The first is the Event Triggered Digital Camera System (ETC). The ETC links to several simulation software packages. It has a compact design and has integrated interfaces for up to 8 cameras. The ETC can stream simulations live over the internet. It also provides an interface for debriefing previously recorded simulations over the internet.

    KB Port's background images can be on wallpaper for permanent installations, curtains for interchangeable solutions, and pop-up walls that can be combined to form a multi-wall training area.

    For audiovisual needs, KB Port provides an extensive selection of cameras, monitors, cables and connectors, and other accessories for those interested in building their own AV system. They also carry some unusual choices, including infrared cameras (for recording power outage scenarios, for example) and head-mounted cameras for observing from the instructor's point of view.
  • METIVision (Medical Education Technologies, Inc)
    This audiovisual system is designed to function as a stand-alone system, an integrated component of the Web-SP system, or integrated with the METI-Live system. METIVision records multiple camera angles, audio, physiological data from a manikin, event logs, and instructor annotations. The video can be streamed in real time (with pause and replay capability) or saved for later review. Because the program is web-based, the session can be viewed with proper administrative permission from anywhere.
  • Pocket Nurse
    Pocket Nurse has a wide variety of equipment and disposables that can used both as props during simulation sessions and as teaching tools. Simulated drugs packaged in realistic vials (with warning labels) teach proper dispensing techniques.

    A new portable AV system offered by Pocket Nurse is the Simulation Recording System. This portable package includes 3 cameras with mikes and a laptop for debriefing. Output from Laerdal and Gaumard manikin log files and monitor outputs are also captured real-time. Debriefing can take place immediately on-site or at a later time through a network.

    Patient equipment such as wheelchairs, splints and bandaging material are available to add realism to manikin-based or standardized patient-based scenarios. Healthcare provider equipment is also available, including surgical instruments and procedure packs. Custom products are available.
  • Studiocode
    Studiocode provides an audiovisual data management system. Video can be indexed for trainee review at a later date or archived for research data storage. Categories, keywords and bookmarks can be customized for easy retrieval or compilation. Videos can be captured live from a camera or downloaded from a variety of formats. Searching for single or combinations of terms can be done within a single video or across multiple videos using codes, labels, text or transcription data.
  • Wallcur
    Wallcur provides simulated drugs as props and teaching aids, called practi-products, for multiple patient care areas. The meds are available in vials, ampoules, pills, oral suspensions and transdermal patches. The vials include a powder that can be reconstituted to several concentrations, depending on institutional policy and route of administration. Pills are individually packaged and are an appropriate size and color, and are scored if appropriate to teach tablet splitting. Each simulated drug is labeled to indicate that the medications are not for patient consumption. A variety of adjunct equipment is also available, such as needles and IV fluid supplies.