Office of the Vice Provost for Health

Simulation Center - Available Equipment

GVSU has a wide variety of equipment available for faculty and students to use. Please see the descriptions below for the capabilities of the high-fidelity equipment available.


HPS Brochure

The Human Patient Simulator is a life-size intubatable mannequin linked to a computer through a host of electro-mechanical equipment. The integration of electro-mechanics into the mannequin makes the user's experience very realistic. 

At every level of patient care, hands-on experience is the best teacher. The Human Patient Simulator (HPS) – a computer-model-driven, full-sized mannequin – delivers that experience in true-to-life scenarios that swiftly change to meet instructors’ goals. The ultra sophisticated and highly versatile HPS blinks, speaks and breathes, has a heartbeat and a pulse, and accurately mirrors human responses to such procedures as CPR, intravenous medication, intubation, ventilation, and catheterization.

Computerized mathematical models of human physiology and a feedback-based pharmacokinetics system assist the mannequin in responding in real-time to all user's interventions. Features include:

  • Reactive eyes, dilating pupils
  • Intubatable airway
  • Voice through airway speaker
  • Independent chest excursion
  • Simulated pneumothorax and chest tube placement
  • CPR chest compression can be administered
  • ECG, Defibrillation, Pacing
  • Interosseus infusion (right leg only)
  • Carotid pulse
  • Bilateral pulses at Brachial, Radial, Femoral, and Pedal Locations
  • Popliteal pulse (ECS mannequin and later versions of HPS mannequin)
  • Choice of heart and breath sound


ECS Brochure

The Emergency Care Simulator (ECS) by Medical Education Technologies Inc (METI) is a full body, model-driven manikin, based on Human Patient Simulator technology.  The ECS contains complex physiological modeling which controls the manikin's responses to users and to the environment. There are also over 100 parameters that can be combined in various ways to create an unlimited number of disease states. The conditions can be of varying severity and subtlety to cater to trainees at the introductory level through practicing doctors and nurses.  The disease states can be programmed prior to the session or can be adjusted in real time.

SimMan (1)

SimMan Brochure

SimMan® is a portable and advanced patient simulator for team training. SimMan® has realistic anatomy and clinical functionality. SimMan® provides simulation-based education to challenge and test students’ clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios. SimMan® includes well-proven software and an interactive technologically advanced manikin allowing learners to practice the emergency treatment of patients.

Product features:

  • Full-scale patient simulator allows you to perform relevant ALS skills and scenarios.
  • Interactive manikin gives you immediate feedback to interventions.
  • Simulated patient monitor with touch-screen technology includes the possibility to configure your layout and content to mach your simulation environment.
  • SimMan software comes with preprogrammed scenarios. Instructors can also design and save their own patient cases.
  • Trend curves on instructor’s panel control how the physiological parameters will change over time, and multiple trends can be run simultaneously with their effects added together.
  • Simulator utilizes software generating automatic debriefing, based on the event log synchronized with video pictures, which provide immediate, detailed feedback on performance to learners.
  • Patented airway system allows accurate simulation of all relevant difficult airway management scenarios.
  • Realistic practice of chest tube insertion.
  • Needle and surgical cricothyrotomy.
  • Bronchial tree is anatomically accurate in size, color, and texture with accurate anatomical landmarks necessary to facilitate realistic fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

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SimBaby (1)

SimBaby Brochure

SimBaby is the portable advanced infant patient simulator for team training. SimBaby has realistic anatomy and clinical functionality that enables simulation training. SimBaby includes software with video debriefing and an interactive, technologically-advanced manikin allowing learners to practice the emergency treatment of infant patients.

Product features:

  • Full-scale infant patient simulator allows the learner to perform relevant pediatric emergency skills and scenarios.
  • Interactive manikin gives you immediate feedback to interventions.
  • Simulator utilizes software generating automatic debriefing based on the event log synchronized with video pictures, which provides immediate, detailed feedback on performance to learners.
  • Realistic airway system allows accurate simulation of all relevant difficult infant airway management and patient care scenarios.
  • Realistic infant breathing patterns and complications bring realism to the infant simulation experience.
  • IV training arm and IV/IO legs allow practice of peripheral intravenous and intraosseus therapy.

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SimNewB (1)

SimNewB is an interactive simulator designed by Laerdal with the American Academy of Pediatrics to meet the training requirements of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). With realistic newborn traits and lifelike clinical feedback, SimNewB helps neonatal health care providers improve team dynamics, build confidence, and practice in a risk-free environment.

Product features:

  • SimNewB accurately represents a full-term, 50th percentile newborn female, measuring 21 inches and weighing 7 lbs.
  • A wide variety of patient conditions can be simulated ranging from a limp, cyanotic newborn with no vital signs, to a moving, crying, vigorous newborn.
  • The airway is designed to allow for training in all aspects of newborn airway management, including the use of positive-pressure airway devices, and the placement of ET tubes and LMAs.
  • The patented umbilicus has a lifelike pulse that can be assessed, cut, and,catheterized for IV access.
  •  Preprogrammed scenarios provide standardized training while customizable scenarios and real-time instructor control allows adaptation to meet individual students needs

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For more information regarding Simulation Center equipment please contact Ron Perkins at or (616) 331-3059.

Page last modified September 4, 2013