State of the Art Cardio Perfusion Simulation Technology

Barry University provides the latest technology in operating room simulation for the CVP student. This perfusion simulator system is designed to simulate a patient before, during, and after cardiopulmonary bypass for open heart surgery.

Patient Module Simulation Information about the simulation patient, such as bypass blood flow rate, cardioplegia flow, circulating blood volume, and temperature are sent to a CPU, where serves as the OR monitor and is typical of monitors used in surgical operating rooms displaying a wide variety of patient data.

OR Monitor Simulation In additional to displaying typical cardiovascular parameters, the OR Monitor can display any of several ancillary OR monitors to display in-line blood gas monitors or outputs from various other devices, such as blood gas analyzers or heparin management system (HMS) outputs. Any of several different EKG patterns can also be displayed, including sequentially stepping through to an arrest EKG pattern upon sensing adequate delivery of cardioplegia.

Controller Display A laptop screen serves as the controller display and is used by the instructor or simulation operator. This panel allows the operator to manipulate various physiological parameters related to the patient as well as control the progress of the clinical scenario.

An Activated Clotting Time (ACT) machine is controlled by the instructor allowing for ACT values to be predetermined through life-like scenarios. These scenarios include the patients’ physiological parameters, which ancillary monitors are displayed and even text to speech entries for requests or other communication during the case. Once a clinical scenario is loaded, the instructor can change anything, make comments, and sequentially step through the case or allow it to proceed at the predetermined intervals.

A full cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) simulation program simulates cardioplegia flow and reservoir levels instead of using the sensor feedback from the patient module.