Primary Children's Hospital

(801) 662-1000Map100 Mario Capecchi Dr.Salt Lake City, UT 84113
  • What is a simulator?

    A simulator is an interactive training device that models an object, a system, or a series of events that may be encountered in professional practice. Simulators have been used for many years in “high hazard” fields such as the military, aviation, and the nuclear power industries to provide realistic training for high-stakes events. More recently, the use of human patient simulators has been incorporated into training programs for healthcare workers. 

    The George and Esther Gross Clinical Simulation Program at Primary Children’s Hospital opened in 2006. The Program uses a range of interactive teaching technology, from realistic computer programs that allow health professionals to sharpen their cardiac arrest management skills to full-size computer-driven human patient simulators that can be programmed to have specific medical conditions that healthcare professionals are learning to manage or wish to study in greater detail. These computerized human “patients” respond as an actual patient would respond to any actions taken by the medical team. Approximately 1,000 healthcare workers per year train in the human patient simulation laboratory. The Clinical Simulation Program welcomes all healthcare providers and support staff from Primary Children’s Hospital and beyond for individual or interdisciplinary team training.

    The mission of the Clinical Simulation Program at Primary Children’s Hospital is to promote excellence in pediatric care through the use of innovative technology to research and teach critical cognitive, behavioral, and technical skills in a simulated clinical environment.

    Our vision is to improve the quality of care through multidisciplinary clinical education and research in the Intermountain region and academic community.


  • Program Elements

    The Clinical Simulation Program at Primary Children’s Hospital consists of two elements:  high fidelity, mannequin-based simulation, and PC based simulation

    High fidelity, mannequin-based simulation
    Our fully interactive, computer-driven mannequin simulators allow deliberate practice of a full range of clinical interventions, including mask ventilation; endotracheal intubation; laryngeal mask airway placement, end-tidal CO2 detection; chest compressions; defibrillation/cardioversion; external pacing; central and peripheral pulse detection; non-invasive blood pressure measurement; auscultation of lung, heart, and bowel sounds; intravenous and intraosseous cannulation; needle thoracostomy; and chest tube insertion. Team training exercises in the High Fidelity Simulation Laboratory are followed immediately by digital video-based debriefing in the adjacent debriefing room.  The debriefing is facilitated by a fully credentialed member of the Simulation Program staff, and is intended to reinforce teaching objectives, put the simulated events in a larger context, and encourage participants to reflect on lessons learned. 

    Courses Offered:
    • Principles of Crisis Management
    • Clinical Judgment for Nurse Residents


    PC-based simulation
    Healthcare providers at Primary Children's Hospital can access interactive simulated PALS scenarios* on computer terminals located in the 3rd floor Simulation Laboratory and throughout the hospital. As a supplement to the formal PALS curriculum, these computer screen-based simulation exercises can be used for "on-demand" individual training and to facilitate maintenance of competency in the key cognitive elements of pediatric resuscitation.

    The computer-based program can be instructor-led or self-paced. The software displays an audible cardiac rhythm monitor as well as images of the simulated patient and the resuscitators. The operator directs the resuscitators to perform clinical interventions through the use of a menu and a simple set of buttons. This computer screen-based simulator uses mathematical models of physiology and pharmacology and has an automated record-keeping system as well as an automated intelligent debriefing system that generates a detailed commentary on interventions made curing the case. The software also assigns a numeric score for overall performance.

    * Schwid HA and Ventre KM.  PALS Simulator, version 7.  Issaquah, WA:  Anesoft Corporation, 2006.
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