The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2009 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

CREATING VENTILATOR SCENARIOS COMBING LAERDAL SIMMAN AND INGMAR ASL 5000

Jose D. Rojas, Albert Ho, Reed Perkins, Joy J. Powell, Jon O. Nilsestuen; Respiratory Care, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Background: The use of human patient simulators in medical education has been common practice for several decades. A limitation of all current simulators is the inability to realistically alter lung characteristics, thus limiting their usefulness in creating ventilator scenarios. We have modified Laerdal’s SimMan to incorporate Ingmar’s ASL 5000 as its breathing compartment. The combined hardware and software enables students and clinicians to develop expertise in managing complex ventilator cases. Clinicians will be able to make ventilator adjustments that best address changes in a patient’s physiologic parameters and follow in real time the consequence of those adjustments. We demonstrate how to combine these two technologies on one computer simultaneously without any delay in response or other technical issues. Method: Laerdal’s SimMan combined with Ingmar’s ASL 5000 are programmed with the actual physiologic data of a patient who is being mechanically ventilated. Patients are being ventilated with Viasys Avea ventilators. Trend data of the patients’ respiratory parameters are downloaded and programmed into the ASL 5000. Screen captures of the patients’ ventilator graphics verify that the programmed ASL 5000 connected to SimMan and ventilated with the patients’ ventilator settings actually mimics the patients’ condition. Conclusion: We have developed two adult ventilator scenarios utilizing actual patient data programmed in an Ingmar ASL 5000 running in parallel with the Laerdal SimMan. We demonstrate how this combined technology can be used to improve medical education and patient care. Sponsored Research - None

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