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About this website

Open Source Sim is a 100% volunteer-run and community-generated collection of ideas on how to create high-quality and low-cost healthcare simulations. Our goal is to increase the number of tools in the toolbox, and provide people with the confidence and resources to create new tools if the right one doesn't exist (yet)!


Simulated Equipment

Simulated Imaging



Simulated Supplies

For Use with Simulated Patients (Manikin-Based and Standardized Patients)

Simulated Wounds (Moulage)

Symbolic Moulage

Simulated Procedures (Part Task Trainers)


Standardized Patients (Actors)

Make Your Own

Design Thinking

The Maker Movement

Rapid Prototyping Tools

Alternative Simulations

Streamlining Simulation Operations

Orientation Guides

Audio Guide


Setup & Tear-down

  • Originally posted on Behind the Sim Curtain by Bruce Nappi, Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research (CSESaR)'
  • For those who are not in a total space crisis, I wanted to mention another option that we use here at CSESaR.
    • When I first started using the simulators, after a class, I'd unplug all the cords and hoses, wrap them up, and store them in the shipping box.

This took about 20 minutes. It also took about 20 minutes to set up.

    • Trying to speed this up, I went to just stuffing cords in plastic bags, grouped by function - 10 minutes.
    • What we do now, where we can, is store SimMan and SimBaby on their own stretcher with all their needed equipment - compressor, link box, hoses etc. CONNECTED. All units have the same physical wiring layout. Taped to the floor are cords needed to connect to power and the control room, laid out to match the locations on the stretchers. This allows us to roll any SimMan, AirMan or SimBaby into place and be operational in less than 3 minutes.

It is key to set up for tours on very short notice.

Operation Manuals

  • [Kaiser Permenente Sim Man 3G Operations Manual]

Storage and Organization

Cleaning and Maintenance

Anything Stick/Gummy WD-40 Nate Brent-St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Use a rag soaked in WD-40 and place it on the sticky residue. Allow it to sit for 10-15 min. The WD-40 will break down the glue, and it can be scraped off. Particularly useful with really thick messes.

ink/marker stains Apply a liberal amount of Clearasil (brand or generic, they both work) to the mark, completely covering it. If you have available sunlight, or a UV light, lay the affected part in that light. Depending on the age and amount of ink, it could take a couple of days to remove the stain, but so far (knock on wood) I have had good results with this. Judi Leisk, RN, BSLS, BSN Health Sciences Resource Center Faculty Assistant Bellin College

Stained Skin Clorox Bleach Wipes Scott Atkinson

Tape residue Wet the spot and shake baby powder onto the damp surface.ᅠLeave it a few minutes and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Dixie Sollazzo, Wor Wci Community Collete I discovered this accidentally when I was cleaning my mannequins.ᅠᅠ I have used numerous products to clean the tape off the plastic.ᅠOne day I was in a hurry and applied the new baby powder before the plastic was dry.ᅠ When I wiped it off, the tape mark came with it.ᅠ Now I use nothing but baby powder. I've gotten marks off that won't come with anything else.

Trading Post

We would like to develop a way to connect people who have equipment they want to get rid with others that would love to have it. We haven't worked out the mechanism for this trading post, but welcome your ideas.

Other Sources of Free/Libre/Open Source Ideas

Become Involved!

We use the the same software as Wikipedia (MediaWiki) and encourage everyone who works behind the sim curtain to become active members of this community-driven resources.

Much of the content on this site was gathered as a part of Behind the Sim Curtain, a website was created by Kam McCowan in 2007 to showcase a collection of tricks of the trade. That content is still available online and is in the process of being moved to Open Source Sim. Behind the Sim Curtain now focuses on the development of the professional and professional development of sim techs and operation specialists.