- 1 About this website
- 2 Things
- 2.1 Simulated Equipment
- 2.2 Simulated Imaging
- 2.3 Simulated Supplies
- 2.4 For Use with Simulated Patients (Manikin-Based and Standardized Patients)
- 2.5 Simulated Procedures (Part Task Trainers)
- 3 Make Your Own
- 4 Alternative Simulations
- 5 Streamlining Simulation Operations
- 6 Trading Post
- 7 Other Sources of Free/Libre/Open Source Ideas
- 8 Become Involved!
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 Electronic Health Records
- Simulated Glucometer
- Simulated Intravenous (IV) Setups
- Simulated Patient Monitor
- Simulated Ultrasound Machine
- Simulated Saturated Oxygen (SpO2) Probe
- Simulated Ventilator
For Use with Simulated Patients (Manikin-Based and Standardized Patients)
Simulated Wounds (Moulage)
- Simulated Burns
- Simulated Bloody Suctioning
- Simulated Wounds
- Making Moulage on a Very Tight Budget (JEMS Article)
- - Easy Gel Effects - http://www.sim-one.ca/community/tip/easy-gel-effects
Simulated Procedures (Part Task Trainers)
- Simulated Central Line Placement
- Simulated Intravenous (IV) Line Placement
- Simulated Injections
- Simulated Suturing
- Simulated Ultrasound Guided Cannulation
Standardized Patients (Actors)
Make Your Own
- Stanford d.school - http://dschool.stanford.edu/
- Human-Centered Design Toolkit - http://www.ideo.com/post/design-kit
- IDEO.org - http://www.ideo.org/
The Maker Movement
- Maker Faire(s) - http://www.makerfaire.org
- Makerspace - http://makerspace.com
- DIY hacking - http://www.diyhacking.com
- Hackster - https://www.hackster.io/
Rapid Prototyping Tools
Streamlining Simulation Operations
- Familiarization Checklist for SimMan
- Originally contributed to Behind the Sim Curtain by Kam McCowan
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.
- [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.
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
- Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) - http://foameducation.org/
- AAMC MedEdPortal - https://www.mededportal.org/
- Open Med Ed - https://sites.google.com/site/openmeded/home/about
- Maker Nurse - http://www.makernurse.org/
- SimHacks - https://simhacks.atavist.com/
- SIU Surgical Skills Lab - http://www.siumed.edu/surgery/surgical_skills/model_assembly.html
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.
- To become a contributor, start by creating an account on this site. (Select "Create" in the upper right hand corner of this page.)
- To learn more about how and why you should get involved, take a look at Leveraging Open Source Collaborative Content for Professional Development and Development of the Profession, a workshop we hope to be offering at IMSH in 2018.
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.