The Regional Simulation Laboratory features six SimMan (or simulated man) state-of-the-art computerized mannequins and two SimBaby.
Manufactured by Laerdal Medical Corporation, the mannequins feature airway systems allowing highly realistic simulation of many difficult airway management and patient care scenarios, and electrocardiogram libraries of cardiac rhythms for heart monitoring, defibrillation and external pacing. They also permit realistic practice of chest-tube insertion and have intravenous training arms for peripheral IV's.
The lifelike mannequins are controlled by educators at nearby computers and can be used in a variety of patient care scenarios that mirror what healthcare providers can expect in caring for real patients. Educators can make each mannequin breathe, adjust its heart beat and blood pressure, change its respiration pattern, cause its tongue to swell, and make it talk, all with the punch of button on a keyboard.
The Regional Simulation Laboratory is operated by Mission Hospitals, in collaboration with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Western Carolina University. The lab is currently funded by a generous grant from the healthcare division of the Duke Endowment.
The Regional Simulation Laboratory is currently operated Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (other hours by appointment).
For additional information on the lab or hours of operation, please contact Alesia Carpenter, MSN, APRN-BC, CS, CDE, Regional Simulation Laboratory Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 777-1379.
The Regional Simulation Laboratory is housed on the ground floor of the Haynes Center on the Enka campus of A-B Tech, where Western's School of Nursing is based.
The laboratory's services are available to other health education training programs in the region, such as the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), other community colleges, and hospitals. The mannequins can also be transported throughout the region as needed for close-to-home training.
To schedule lab time or check out manikins:
Please contact Alesia Carpenter, MSN, APRN-BC, CS, CDE, Regional Simulation Laboratory Coordinator at email@example.com or (828) 777-1379.
The following is required for reserving the simulation lab and/or manikins:
- Date and time of reservation. ** It is advisable to schedule lab and/or manikin time as early as possible in order to get desired dates and times.**
- Number and type of manikins needed.
- Name, institution, email address and telephone number of person requesting manikins. An email or telephone confirmation will be provided within 2 business days.
- Date and time manikin will be picked up and returned. **Note** it is the responsibility of the institution checking out manikins to pick up and return.*
Please contact Alesia Carpenter, MSN, APRN-BC, CS, CDE, Regional Simulation Laboratory Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 777-1379 to schedule lab time or check out manikins.