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The Patient Simulation Laboratory operates within a 1,350 square feet, specially constructed, technologically advanced teaching and recording studio. The METI Human Patient Simulator mannequin lies upon an operating table inside a large, simulated operating room, which may be converted to an ICU or emergency room. A Laerdal SimMan mannequin, on generous loan from the Laerdal company, is also in use for simulated operating room, emergency department, critical care, or clinic settings.  The site is fully equipped with medical gases, an anesthesia machine, supply cart, advanced physiological monitors, surgical lights, instruments, and tables. A scrub sink, cabinets, and learning stations, including “part-task” airway and IV placement trainers, line the walls, complete with intranet computer and telephone linkage. Immediately across from the simulated OR is the control room, which houses the computer interface to run the simulator, all electrical switches, and a full array of video and voice recording equipment. Indeed, the most powerful aspect of simulation training is the debriefing which involves the review of the videotaped exercise. Integration of the cardiovascular monitors into the videotape is possible. From the control room, electronic presentations or videos can be fed into the briefing room where lecturing and group discussions take place. The briefing room features an electronic "Smart Board" to facilitate computer/graphic presentations. Individual learning stations feature computer-based, desktop simulations and include ACLS algorithms. View more information on the floor plan and equipment photos.   


Laerdal Sim man
Laerdal SimMan

baby sim man
Baby Mannequin



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Patient Simulation Lab
John Thomas, MD


Ashley Tonidandel, MD
Assistant Director


Michael Olympio, MD


Ian Saunders
Operations Manager


Sherry Meacham


Patient Simulation Laboratory
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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"Sam" or "Samantha", the METI patient mannequin, is connected by an electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic umbilical cord to a central processor and control rack. Breath sounds, heart sounds, palpable pulses all convey physical diagnostic signs.

Last Updated: 03-14-2017
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