Medical Training Magazine Interviews President of Simulab Doug Beighle Regarding Simulation & Patient Safety Industries

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Recently our friends at Medical Training Magazine (formerly MedSim Magazine) interview Doug Beighle, President and COO of Simulab, regarding the current state of the simulation and patient safety industries. As a board member of key organizations between these industries like the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH), SSH, and NPSF — Doug sits in a unique position to share where the worlds of patient safety and simulation can collaborate to improve healthcare outcomes on an international level. Here below, are a few excerpts from the edition which you can read fully through the link below!

Medical Training Magazine: You are on a number of Boards and important committees at the SSIH, National Patient Safety Foundation and GNSH to name a few and you work very hard to get members of the different associations to work together to achieve common goals. Please discuss the importance of working together and what you would like to see accomplished.

Doug Beighle: At Simulab we have a very experienced management team, which gives me an opportunity to spend almost a third of my time focused on issues external to our company. Nearly five years ago we realized the Patient Safety and Medical Simulation movements were suffering from the same symptom – lack of resources. By this I mean a lack of adequate budget: allocated trainer time, learner time, and training facilities and equipment. The majority of my external work is an effort to support these movements by increasing awareness, working to break down silos, and building partnerships. Medical errors in the United States are a multi-billion dollar annual problem. Yet, two of the most powerful opportunities to reduce these errors, patient safety programs and simulation-based education are under-resourced. Bringing in a business perspective helps healthcare educators and patient safety professionals build a case to get their projects adequately funded. Ultimately, the first step towards reducing medical errors requires that educators, healthcare providers, patient safety experts, and financial officers break down their silos and work together using the same language.

MTM: How could the simulation industry help itself and the healthcare sector to improve training, patient care and results?

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DB: There are many initiatives that can help speed up the process of improving patient care. One of the highest impact possibilities is integrating the simulator and curricula into one training system. In these settings learners would use a simulator and modules to self-direct learning. These systems create the ability to easily measure a learner’s path to mastery. This process would not only reduce the cost of educational interventions, but it might increase the likelihood of retention. Additionally, without the need for an instructor to be present, scheduling periodic assessments of adherence would be easier. There are examples of this today from the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) product from Laerdal, products from SonoSim and many other virtual reality training systems.

MTM: What effect do you think the merger between the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation will have on patient safety and outcomes?

DB: As a member of one of the NPSF committees I do not know the behind the scenes but everyone believes it will be a very beneficial merger. The new group will continue under the IHI name and one of its goals is to revitalize the issue of patient safety. Derek Feeley, CEO and president of IHI, will lead the combined organization and Dr. Tejal Gandhi, president and CEO of NPSF, will lead the new organization’s patient safety teams. One goal of the new group is to draw greater attention to patient safety across the care continuum and not just in hospitals. It would be beneficial if they work with industry, academia and hospitals to bring innovation to medical education and work together by having state chapters or regional chapters.

Read the full interview with Doug in the latest edition of Medical Training Magazine

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Simulab Launches World’s First Transvenous Pacing Simulator | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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HealthySim was on hand at IMSH 2017 to interview Simulab about their new PacerMan — the world’s first high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing from insertion to capture using your own equipment! Check out this 4-minute video about this innovative new product:

About PacerMan from Simulab

PacerMan exponentially improves your training. It’s the first and only high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing—from needle insertion to capture using all the clinical equipment. The system offers a one of a kind opportunity to practice the entire procedure—including identifying intrinsic bradycardias, assessing intracardiac waveforms and manipulating output and rate with a pacing generator.

Simulab’s patented SimuSensor technology powers PacerMan, replicating a true clinical workflow by allowing the learner to use their own equipment to trigger patient responses on a simulated patient monitor. PacerMan can be set on Instructor Mode, with specifically chosen scenario parameters or randomized Student Mode. Both settings include options for multiple outcomes and offer hands-on learning anytime, anywhere. Investing in the PacerMan System is empowering. Clinicians can finally practice the whole emergent procedure in a safe, simulated setting —providing a new opportunity to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

“PacerMan is an outstanding resource for teaching transvenous pacer placement. There’s nothing else like it. We have now taught TVPacer placement to 150 physicians and have found it extremely valuable!” Jeffrey Tabas, MD Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine UCSF School of Medicine.

Learn more about PacerMan from Simulab!

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!

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“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.

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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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