Simulab Unveils Sonoskin, Simple Product to Add Ultrasound Training to Simulation Programs


Just learned about a press release of an awesome new product from Simulab, called the Sonoskin, which allows your program to add a single layer of skin to manikins, standardized patients, or Simulab TraumaMan to view an Ultrasound image! Simulab continues to provide innovative realistic tools for medical simulation.

Introducing SonoSkin, the Wearable Diagnostic Ultrasound Trainer

The SonoSkin Diagnostic Ultrasound Wearable helps medical professionals learn to diagnose patient pathologies and train for FAST and eFAST exams.

Simulab announced yesterday the launch of SonoSkin —a groundbreaking training simulator designed to be worn by standardized patients or virtually any patient simulator— providing medical students and nurses with a realistic diagnostic ultrasound experience.

Karen Taylor, Vice President of Products at Simulab, explains that “Everything we create at Simulab is designed to constantly challenge student learning curves, so they can become more skilled in a growing variety of critical procedures.” She remarked, “SonoSkin is an easy way to bring FAST and eFAST training into any scenario you’re currently using and it can be worn by TraumaMan, a Standardized Patient or any high fidelity Patient Simulator.”

SonoSkin is the first in the company’s new line of SimuWear trainers and can be added to a variety of instructor led simulation procedures or used as stand-alone instruction to help students prepare for the FAST and eFAST exams. The wearable trainer is embedded with 41 unique ultrasound targets required for all exam windows. When used with SonoSkin software, instructors can present views stored in the pathology library of up to ten actual patients. SonoSkin has the ability to be set to “mentor” mode, which includes visual instruction and space for unique notations or “student “mode, which randomly selects patient scenarios for hands-on learning.

About Simulab

Simulab has been described as a practical engineering and manufacturing company—with a bit of mad scientist thrown in for good measure. We are truly passionate about human simulation realism that helps improve patient outcomes and reduces medical errors. Simulab’s goal over the past 22 years has been to create easy-to-use, portable, affordable, and clinically-relevant substitutes for both animal and human subjects used in medical training. And we have succeeded. Simulab’s TraumaMan and CentraLineMan are both the most widely used trainers, worldwide, in their respective fields. But the best is never good enough. Simulab is constantly pushing the bounds of human realism. The company’s mission is to create a human mimic so perfect that participants will feel immersed—truly and completely—in each and every procedural training.  Each day we get a little closer.

Check out HealthySim’s previous video experiences with Simulab here!

For a full list of features visit the Sonoskin webpage!

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New Virtual Patient Monitor System from Simulab

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Received an email press announcement yesterday from Simulab announcing a NEW patient monitor system for any low to mid fidelity patient manikin or other healthcare education-based scenario. As a number of Simulab’s products have little to no technical “Hardware” in them, this new software will enable current and future customers to add this additional level of functionality to their training systems. Price at only $1750, this looks to be an affordable way to add pt monitor opportunities to your simulation learning environments. Have you seen my video coverage of Simulab TraumaMan and CentraLineMan? Definitely worth watching on our Simulab page!

Official Simulab Press Announcement:

“Finally, an Affordable Patient Monitor for Manikins”

Simulab announces the release of the VirtualPatientMonitor software system to heighten drama during medical team training simulations

Seattle, WA— June 8, 2015 —Seattle-based medical simulator manufacturer, Simulab, announces the release of the VirtualPatientMonitor, a software system that adds realism to just about any medical simulation training event. Instructors can create a variety of emergency clinical events during a simulation scenario to heighten drama and create a high-stakes environment. This allows the whole medical team to work together to practice team work and procedural accuracy, under stress, without endangering human lives.

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MERCI ‘Trains the Trainer’ to Reduce Medical Error Through Simulab and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Partnership


MERCI ‘Trains the Trainer’ to Reduce Medical Error through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Collaboration

Recently I learned about MERCI (Medical Error Reduction and Certification, Inc.), which rolls out of Simulab Corporation. MERCI has joined forces with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to deliver turnkey training programs that have been proven to reduce medical errors. Northwestern has completed extensive research work using CentraLineMan and other Simulab trainers to reduce mechanical errors and infections. Watch our CentraLineMan video demonstration and on-site interview with Dr. Jeffrey Barsuk, who also touches on his research entitled “Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit”.

About MERCI:

MERCI provides turn-key patient safety training programs designed specifically to serve hospitals with goals of reducing procedural medical errors and improving patient care. MERCI uses the Train-the-Trainer programs that have been developed and validated by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to not only reduce medical errors but to also create a net savings to the hospital.

MERCI provides:

  • On-site validated turnkey training program implementation for system-wide standardization of training.
  • On-site in-service and auditing services to reinforce performance standards and verify compliance.
  • Self-funded training programs that pay for themselves with cost savings through error reduction.

MERCI Satisfies all Patient Safety Advocates:

  • Medicine: Procedural training programs proven to improve patient outcomes by reducing mechanical errors and hospital acquired infections.
  • Risk: Validated programs proven to reduce the rate of adverse events and improve the overall culture of safety.
  • Finance: Training programs that show immediate return on investment by saving the hospital more than the cost of the training program by reducing expenses in three areas: non-reimbursed events, Medicare safety rating penalties, and litigation expenses.

Very excited to watch and learn more about how this new venture will reduce adverse events and costs through evidence-based training programs!

Determine the potential for adverse event reduction and the return on investment, learn more at

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50,000 Views of Medical Simulation Videos from

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HealthySim readers- today I am thrilled to share that the HealthySimulation Youtube Channel has crossed more than 50,000 views! To highlight this achievement I have shared again  here the top six “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more! Thanks to all those that helped us achieve this amazing goal.

#6) How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation 

#5) Simulab TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU

#4) Pyxis MedStation 4000 Clinical Educator Reflections From

#3) CAE’s Caesar Manikin 

#2) iSimulate Unveils ALSi Patient Vital Sign Monitor Software 

#1) Laerdal Launches SimPad at IMSH 2012 

Stop by the HealthySimulation Medical Simulation Youtube Channel for over ONE HUNDRED more medical simulation videos, be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE!

HealthySim’s Top 10 Most-Read Medical Simulation Articles Of All Time!

What are the 10 most popular medical simulation articles out of our 500 posts written? Today I updated the “Top 10 Most Read Articles” category on the right column of, and thought we should bring it to your attention here!

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10. How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation – Learn how to produce sim lab orientation and sim lab promotional videos with this tutorial set. Be sure to read part 1 where I talk about the numerous benefits and reasons behind producing your own videos and where to get help. In part 2, I cover how to start your production with camera, lighting, and sound tips from my fifteen years of production experience!

9. Top 50 Best Of Medical Simulation Articles of 2013 – A newer article, this post provides a giant recap of all the best content from shared in 2013. If you are looking to get caught up with all the latest – this is the best place to start!

8. CAE Healthcare Topics – A general breakdown of all CAE Healthcare related articles we have ever published on the website.

7. Laerdal Topics – A general breakdown of all the Laerdal related articles we have ever published on the website.

6. What to Really Look For When Hiring A Sim Tech – One of the first articles I ever wrote for talks about the benefits to hiring a Simulation Technician with technical experience over healthcare experience. Must – read for all simulation champions!

5. Top 50 Best Of Medical Simulation Articles of 2012 – Having been available longer, this list of “best of” material from 2012 ranks high on our list of most read content! Get caught up to speed quickly with this great breakdown list of must read articles!

4. Simulab Video Series – Learn all about Simulab and their TraumaMan & CentraLineMan products with this post. A comprehensive video collection of interviews and in-situ footage captured around the United States by our team. If you only have time for one, check out the LSU Surgical OR Team TraumaMan Training Mini-Documentary!

3. Moulage : Bridging the Gap in Simulation – Written by guest author Bobbie Merica, get introduced to moulage tools, books, recipes, courses and uses! When you are ready for more, check out our general moulage section, or the most read moulage recipe: Emesis Vomit Moulage!

2. Medical Simulation Jobs Listing Page – Looking for a new simulation job, or would you like to get your position posted? Check out this regularly updated list for all the latest jobs we know about!

1. Three articles on where to get some free medical simulation scenarios:

A) “And, Scene!” – Some Great Places to get Simulation Scenarios (even FREE)

B) More Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios

C) Additional Free Nursing Simulation Scenarios

There you have it! Be sure to subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter to get all the best of!

Simulab Product User?, a new community-driven ratings and review website for capital purchasers of medical simulation equipment and services is looking for Simulab product users to test its new website today and tomorrow – before being showcased at Simulab’s booth #401 at IMSH. Currently, Konsiderate is locked to the public while the website tests functionality and gains user feedback.


If you would like to rate and review a Simulab product, your application for an alpha unlock code will be expedited! Complete this short form to get started.

Videos Series: Simulab Provides Realistic Cost-Effective Surgical Training Through TraumaMan & CentraLineMan


In the past few months, Simulab has sponsored my travel to numerous locations across the United States so that I could get a firsthand look at Medical Simulation Programs successfully utilizing the TraumaMan and CentraLineMan for surgical training. I spent numerous hours visiting with Simulation directors, educators, and technicians all of whom had ecstatic praise of Simulab for their cost-effective, efficient, reliable and realistic training solutions. During this time I put together several short videos which highlight testimonials by these power users of the company and its TraumaMan and CentraLineMan products.

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  1. Introduction to Simulab – Meet the company’s COO Doug Beghile and hear from top clinical educators about why Simulab is the company to work with.
  2. LSU Hospital OR Ex-Lap In Situ Using TraumaMan – Watch a surgical team repair a nicked aorta and insert a chest tube during an in situ medical simulation OR scenario!
  3. One TraumaMan trains 200 healthcare professionals a month – Learn how Simulab products can train cost effectively through efficient skin changes for technical staff at the accredited Northshore University simulation center!
  4. CentraLineMan Proven to Reduce Infections & Hospital Costs – Learn how the CentraLineMan was successfully used in this Feinberg School of Medicine research project for better residency performance outcomes.
  5. TraumaMan Product Breakdown – Learn about the features of TraumaMan and the new surgical abdomen addon. Watch real time procedure cuts and see firsthand the realism of Simulab skins.
  6. CentraLineMan Product Breakdown – Watch the features of the CentraLineMan during “first-cut” experiences to witness the realism of Simulab skins and training procedures.

cvc training simulator

What I can say from all of this work is that anyone looking to train the procedures below MUST take a look at Simulab. Their attention to detail and fast reliable service was spoken about by end users time after time in the videos above. However, having spent time with their leadership these past few months– my biggest personal takeaway was just how much the Simulab team cared about the training outcomes of their customers. Everywhere we went, folks were thrilled to see the team and vice versa — and that is exactly the kind of relationship you want with a simulation vendor!

TraumaMan Surgical Trainer & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Needle Decompression
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
  • IV Cutdown
  • Suturing, Incisions
  • Catastrophic Event Team Training:
    • Nicked Aorta Module
    • Flexible Abd. surgical space

CentraLineMan Standard & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Central Vascular Catheterization Using Subclavian, Supraclavicular, and Internal Jugular approaches
  • Sterile technique
  • Locating vessels with ultrasound
  • Inserting Needle
  • Threading guidewire
  • Passing dilator and triple lumen catheter
  • Performing line maintenance
  • Learning to use ultrasound guidance during catheter placement
  • Locating vessels using palpable landmarks

Have questions about my engagements with Simulab? Email me and I’ll be happy to share more!

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Simulab TraumaMan & Surgical Abdomen Product Review And Breakdown


Rounding out of coverage of Simulab’s surgical training products, in this video we will be taking a closer look at the TraumaMan system with the new Surgical Abdomen platform addon. In the feature I break down the product components, training opportunities and customer benefits. See a complete list of our video coverage reviews at the end of this post!

Shown in the video is the complete TraumaMan with surgical abdomen platform including all its additional components. To break it down let’s start with the patient head which fits under the body form and allows for rotation and pitch. Next is the abdomen platform which again, can easily attach to a pre-existing TraumaMan trainer. The abdominal cavity seen here contains the Nicked Aorta Catastrophic Event Team Training Package, including small intestines and arterial bifurcation. As a scaleable platform, purchasing a TraumaMan not only means your group gets to realistically train for a number of procedures now, but continue to expand and add additional training modules as they become available.

More on the abdomen platform in a bit but first I wanted to specifically point out that one of the many benefits to working with Simulab is the quality and cost-effectiveness of their skin program. Purchasing a product trainer like TraumaMan is affordable as future skin packages can be acquired as needed. In the video we can clearly see the layers of epidermis, subcutaneous fat, and the peritoneum.

On the standard TraumaMan, a diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage skin is now available in both interchangeable regular and obese tissue sets.  This also extends to the neck skins which similarly can be bleeding or non bleeding dependent on your specific learning outcomes. Lastly of note here is that Simulab skins provide multiple “first cut” opportunities by simply picking up and moving the skin after the first learner has performed the activity.

From there we take a look at the major procedure learning opportunities through the TraumaMan system:

surgical cric trainer

First up was the surgical cricothyrotomy which I feel demonstrates the continually evolving neck skin tissue sets that are easily replaceable. After two cuts you can can very quickly replace the tissue so that more learners can engage the training product. The tissues bleed when cut and release pressurized air when the TraumaMan is connected to a ventilator.

tracheostomy trainer

Next up was the Tracheostomy – here in the video I point out that like with all other procedures on the TraumaMan you can notice that the physical body form itself can be used to find natural landmarks before incision. This is a great way to reinforce learning without ultrasound or other aids.

Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage

Afterwords we also successfully demonstrated the Pericardiocentesis as we saw the immediate flashback before moving on to the Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage on the original TraumaMan body-form. In the video notice again the multiple layers of anatomically correct skin here including dermis, subcutaneous fat, fascia, pre-peritoneal fat, and then finally the peritoneum.

ex lap training simulator

Finally, in the video we pulled some excerpts from our visit to LSU Hospital’s surgical OR in-situ simulation team training event with Dr. John Paige to demonstrate needle decompression and chest tube insertion, followed lastly with the full ex-lap to repair a nicked aorta with internal bleeding. The Surgical Abdomen platform allows for a variety of abdomen skill sets, with the nicked aorta being the first package add-on available. Note that you can watch the entire surgical OR event by watching the LSU Simulab video!

After traveling to multiple locations, interviewing dozens of healthcare simulation champions both educator, administrator and technician alike I can honestly say that Simulab’s attention to learning details combined with helpful staff and easy online ordering platform will enable any medical simulation training program to maximize learning outcomes with minimal budgets.  If you are looking to teach any of the skills below then it is my recommendation you learn more about the Simulab surgical training products!

TraumaMan Surgical Trainer & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Needle Decompression
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
  • IV Cutdown
  • Suturing, Incisions
  • Catastrophic Event Team Training:
    • Nicked Aorta Module
    • Flexible Abd. surgical space

CentraLineMan Standard & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Central Vascular Catheterization Using Subclavian, Supraclavicular, and Internal Jugular approaches
  • Sterile technique
  • Locating vessels with ultrasound
  • Inserting Needle
  • Threading guidewire
  • Passing dilator and triple lumen catheter
  • Performing line maintenance
  • Learning to use ultrasound guidance during catheter placement
  • Locating vessels using palpable landmarks

If you are interested in catching up with our other Simulab videos, check out the Introduction Video with high profile testimonialsTraumaMan in-situ OR training at LSU with Dr. John Paige, CentraLineMan product breakdown and Feinberg School of Medicine research which proves it reduces infection rates saving hospitals money at a ratio of 7:1, as well as learn how Simulab products effectively train 200 healthcare learners a month at Northshore University!

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Simulab CentraLineMan Video Introduction

new centralineman

Recently HealthySim toured several US healthcare educational locations training with Simulab’s CentraLineMan, which is Simulab’s Central Vascular Catheterization training solution that allows medical professionals to train using real-time ultrasound guidance during catheter placement. Previously our video coverage on this topic included TraumaMan in-situ at LSU Health’s Surgical Suites, the use of Simulab products to train 200 learners at month at NorthShore University, as well as research that proves CentraLineMan prevents CVC infection and saves hospital costs at a ratio of 7:1, and finally a video introduction to Simulab.

In the latest video below, we cover the many unique features of CentraLineMan with a product breakdown:

The main body form of Simulab’s CentraLineMan is shown in the video, which not only includes the initial purchase base of the trainer, but also the interchangeable skin which fits securely into the system. Also available now is the additional rotating head module, which the original base trainer easily fits within. The head can rotate and pitch, to help provide learners the opportunity to more closely mimic correct technique depending on different procedures.

CentraLineMan Standard & Optional Systems Training Opportunities:

  • Central Vascular Catheterization Using Subclavian, Supraclavicular, and Internal Jugular approaches
  • Sterile technique
  • Locating vessels with ultrasound
  • Inserting Needle
  • Threading guidewire
  • Passing dilator and triple lumen catheter
  • Performing line maintenance
  • Learning to use ultrasound guidance during catheter placement
  • Locating vessels using palpable landmarks

Simulab’s CentraLineMan is anatomically correct and palpable so not only can you feel the clavicle and the sternocleidomastoid muscle heads but also the carotid pulse. This means  when you are training your physicians or residents on the procedure using the blind technique, you have all the necessary anatomy so they can complete the procedure correctly.

Of course, CentraLineMan is ultrasound compatible, with any machine out there. Therefore you can do the IJ, the subclavian, and the supraclavicular sites. CentraLineMan includes an arterial pulse bulb and venous syringe which allows you to increase or decrease the pressure in the vein for a larger or smaller target respectively.

cvc training simulator

By having the exit holes at the top of the body form, the CVC training system provides a realistic route to pass the guidewire which enables learners to see it with immediate visual feedback. You can pass the guidewire from all three locations: subclavian, superclavicular and the IJ sites.

Key Takeaways:

  • Responds to Ultrasound
  • Provides realistic soft tissue
  • Includes all necessary anatomical landmarks
  • Includes arterial pulse
  • Has two colors of simulated blood
  • Easy to refill simulated fluid reservoirs
  • Provides three access points
  • Is portable and affordable

A Simulation in Healthcare Journal research publication entitled “Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit” (Cohen, Elaine R. BA; Feinglass, Joe PhD; Barsuk, Jeffrey H. MD; Barnard, Cynthia MBA, MSJS; O’Donnell, Anna RN, BSN; McGaghie, William C. PhD; Wayne, Diane B. MD) which utilized CentraLineMan found that “A simulation-based educational intervention in CVC insertion was highly cost-effective… at a Return-Of-Investment ratio of 7:1 with a cost savings of over $700,000 dollars for the hospital”.

With a purchase price for a complete system still under $3000, acquisition into this Simulab training platform to teach these skills is easy. And since replacement skins allow for at least 50 full catheter insertions and cost less than $500 – Simulab has designed an affordable training product that clearly delivers realistic, high quality and cost efficient training.

To learn more about CentraLineMan, the only system that fits into the ASA guidelines, visit today or watch our previous video on how the platform can save on hospital costs.

Simulab CentraLineMan Training Proven to Reduce Infection Rate & Hospital Costs


Continuing our multipart series on Simulab, this week we are covering the use of the CentraLineMan at The Feinberg School of Medicine Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning Center. In the video and transcript below, Dr. Jeffrey H. Barsuk, Associate Professor in Medicine covers this program’s successful use and eye-opening research of the CentraLineMan by Simulab:

“As key clinical faculty in the internal medicine residency program I am responsible for the oversight and training of internal medicine residents for bedside procedures which includes central venous catheter insertion. In addition in my role & Simulation Center at Northwestern I oversee graduate medical education simulation and patient safety here at Northwestern.

When we use Simulab’s CentraLineMan to train our residents in central venous catheter insertions we use what’s called “simulation-based mastery learning”. This mastery learning is an extreme form of competency-based learning were all trainees are required to meet a very high standard of skill and demonstrate on the simulator before they are able to work with patients. The Simulab CentraLineMan simulator is a very efficient way to train our internal medicine residents on central line insertions. In fact, it is very high fidelity and resembles the patient’s anatomy probably more accurately than any other simulator on the market. In addition the CentraLineMan is a lot more affordable than its best alternative. 

Our involvement with CentraLineMan started in about 2006 with a small pilot project where we actually trained all our internal medicine residency and emergency medicine residents using simulation-based mastery learning on this simulator. We trained the residents right before they were about to rotate through our medical intensive care unit. In the medical intensive care unit there’s a high volume of central venous catheter insertions so the learning was timely. We were able to demonstrate that through our training using Simulab’s product that line insertions on actual patients were actually safer. In essence we decreased the number of attempts that trainees had to make for the line was successfully placed. We decreased the number of erroneous arterial punctures. Maybe most importantly we reduce the incidence of central line associated bloodstream infections are hospital.”

Read the full abstract of this research training project below:

Cost Savings From Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection After Simulation-Based Education for Residents in a Medical Intensive Care Unit (Cohen, Elaine R. BA; Feinglass, Joe PhD; Barsuk, Jeffrey H. MD; Barnard, Cynthia MBA, MSJS; O’Donnell, Anna RN, BSN; McGaghie, William C. PhD; Wayne, Diane B. MD).

Results Summary: Almost 10 CRBSIs were prevented at an estimated cost savings of over $700,000, a 7-to-1 rate of return on the simulation training intervention utilizing Simulab CentraLineMan.

Dr. Barsuk continued: “I’ve been working with Simulab since 2006 and my experience is that they are very responsive to their customers as well as feedback about their products – they take their products very seriously. Physicians had mentioned to customer support at Simulab that an articulating head would be particularly useful on the manikin. A patient obviously has a head that can sometimes be an impedance to proper central venous catheter insertion. In response Simulab came up with a head for their manikin.

As you know there are several central line simulators available on the market and by far, having worked with all of them, I find that the Simulab CentraLineMan allows the most realistic line insertion at the most cost-efficient level.”

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Be sure to view the previous videos from the Simulab series presented by HealthySim:

And visit the CentraLineMan page at for more information!