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Simulator & Task Trainer

Simulator & Task Trainer

Equipment and resources available at the STAR Center include our "virtual hospital" environment with several training rooms, numerous manikin simulators and task trainers, and a host of other equipment to simulate a wide variety of patient care scenarios. 

We welcome you to schedule a tour of the STAR Center or take a virtual tour.

In addition to resources at the STAR Center, our Mobile STAR program allows STAR simulation specialists to bring manikins and other resources to Health System educators' locations for onsite education and training.

The following sections describe STAR Center resources for learning through simulation:

Standardized Simulation Patient (SP) Program

The STAR Center's standardized simulation patient (SP) program involves the use of live actors - individuals trained to portray the roles of patients, family members, or others - in simulations of interpersonal interactions.  The SP program is especially helpful for teaching/learning/practicing/testing communication skills, such as history-taking, patient teaching, difficult communications such as a diagnosis of cancer, and end-of-life care.

The use of SPs is becoming the gold standard of undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Because the STAR Center is a virtual hospital, we offer a unique format to train healthcare professionals using our SP program.   Our SP program allows educators to evaluate medical and nursing students as they practice and improve their communication and history-taking skills.  SP encounters allow students to learn to handle situations they may not yet be prepared to manage alone in a real clinical setting or in which learning with real patients may be inappropriate.  In addition, SP patients may be more reliable and more tolerant of student learners than real patients.

Our SPs use a checklist to record the details of the encounter and provide feedback to the learner.

SPs are also used extensively in testing of clinical skills, for example, for medical student Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). 


Harvey, The Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator - Available features include 6 breath sound areas, 9 cardiac auscultation areas, 30 cardiac diseases, and speaker for history-taking. Interactive computer link to UMedic saves instructor time. Available learning environments include self-learning (linked with UMedic), instructor-led in small group sessions, and lecture settings.

Gaumard Birthing Noelle - Features include intubation capability, lung sounds, chest rises, heart sounds, pulses, blood pressure, voice/speaking, touch screen monitor, Cesarean section abdomen, birthing baby.


Laerdal ALS Manikin - Available features include "difficult airway" settings, intubation, lung sounds, chest rises, heart sounds, pulses, blood pressure, abdominal sounds, pupil kit (3 sets of pupil sizes), voice/speaking.

Laerdal MegaCode Kid - Available features include intubation, lung sounds, heart sounds, pulses, abdominal sounds, and voice/speaking.

Laerdal Nurse Anne Manikins - The STAR Center has four (4) Nurse Anne manikins.  Available features include intubation, lung sounds, heart sounds, pulses, blood pressure, abdominal sounds, extra abdomen(with 3 openings), red stoma, voice/speaking, and blank/male/female genitalia parts.

Laerdal SimMan Manikins - The STAR Center has two (2) SimMan manikins.  Available features include "difficult airway" settings, intubation capability, lung sounds, chest rises, heart sounds, pulses, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, abdominal sounds, pupil kit (3 sets of pupil sizes), voice/speaking, touch screen monitor, and blank/male/female genitalia parts.

Laerdal SimMan3G Manikin - Available features include "difficult airway" settings, cyanosis, intubation capability, lung compliance/resistance, lung sounds, chest rises, heart sounds, pulses, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, abdominal sounds, eyelid functionality, pupil functionality, voice/speaking, IV injection capability, blank/male/female genitalia parts, convulsions, secretions, CPR feedback, RFID tags, wound kit, and touch screen monitor.

Laerdal SimNewB Manikin - Available features include intubation capability, lung sounds, chest rises, heart sounds, pulses, blood pressure, umbilical cord, cyanosis, voice/speaking, touch screen monitor, and pupil kit (3 sets of pupil sizes).

Laerdal Premature Anne - is a realistically proportioned 25-week preterm manikin developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Premature Anne is designed to facilitate the training of healthcare professionals in the initiation of proper care and resuscitation of preterm infants.

Laerdal SimBaby - is an advanced infant patient simulator ideal for training in all aspects of infant care. With realistic anatomy and clinical functionality, SimBaby is suitable for all types of training - from routine care to critical emergencies.

RealCare Baby - The world’s most advanced infant simulator. It’s used for teen pregnancy prevention, child development education, career training, prenatal visits and appointments, at-risk youth intervention, and more. Shaken Baby is powerful simulator that cries, and when shaken, LEDs in the brain light up to show areas where brain damage can occur. Drug-Affected Baby covers the potential physical and mental health effects on an infant of drug use during pregnancy, emits the cry of a drug-affected baby and demonstrates withdrawal tremors. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Baby graphically illustrates the physical effects of drinking while pregnant on an infant.

Simbionix LAP Mentor - The Simbionix LAP Mentor stands out amongst available laparoscopic surgical simulators by providing a complete training solution to learners of all levels and across all disciplines including gynecology, urology and general surgery. Simbionix engages surgical opinion leaders, medical societies and educators in order to develop products with meaningful training impact.

Simbionix GI Mentor - The GI Mentor™ is a top of the line endoscopic medical simulator for the training of gastrointestinal upper and lower endoscopic procedures, offering a comprehensive library of modules with more than 120 tasks and virtual patient cases. The simulator provides multiple training opportunities with true to life patient cases offering realistic scenarios of clinical situations, ranging from simple diagnostic procedures to advanced ERCP procedures and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) procedures.

Simbionix BRONCH Mentor - The BRONCH Mentor on the GI-BRONCH MentorTM is an innovative new addition to the Simbionix line of medical simulators, sharing a platform with the well established GI-Mentor.  It provides a comprehensive solution for the flexible bronchoscopy training needs of pulmonary and critical care physicians, anesthesiologists and interventional pulmonologists.

Simbionix ANGIO Mentor - Simbionix ANGIO Mentor simulators provide hands-on practice of endovascular procedures performed under fluoroscopy in the cath lab, interventional suite or an OR, in an extensive and complete virtual reality simulated environment. It provides a complete individual and team training solution to learners of all levels and across multiple disciplines, including Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Electrophysiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neuro Surgery and Trauma.

SonoSim Ultrasound Training Solution - The SonoSim® Ultrasound Training Solution is the most comprehensive yet easy-to-use ultrasound training solution available. The laptop computer-based platform provides you the freedom to learn anytime-anywhere. The SonoSim® Ultrasound Training Solution provides extensive didactic teaching, hands-on training, and knowledge assessment on a variety of topics.

Trauma MATT

Trauma MATT - Upper Portion

Ventriloscope - A powerful tool in training clinicians, the ventriloscope looks like a stethoscope but has a receiver box between the headpiece and the chest-piece.  The receiver is controlled wirelessly by the instructor and trains students in the initial detection of cardiac or pulmonary illnesses by playing digitally-recorded sounds from real patients with a heart murmur, atrial fibrillation or tachycardia, for example.

Partial Body and Task Trainers

The STAR Center has numerous partial body and task trainers, such as TraumaMan, and a Wound Care Kit with 21 available simulations. 

Task Trainers

Task trainers include the following: 

"TraumaMan" Torso

TraumaMan is an anatomically correct human simulator with all the pertinent landmarks for locating each procedure. There is no translation required from animal anatomy to human anatomy and all organs required for each procedure are included.  TraumaMan assists with skill development for:

  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Needle Decompression
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
  • IV Cutdown

Wound Care Kit

Simulations available with the STAR Center's Wound Care kit include the following:

  • Trauma Face with Protruding Object
  • Wound Dehiscence Abdomen
  • 2 Sutured Abdomens with Penrose Drain
  • Sutured Abdomen
  • Trauma Abdomen with Deep Incision
  • Sutured Thigh
  • Trauma Thigh with Deep Incision
  • Thigh Burn Wound
  • Thigh Puncture Wound
  • Bone Protrusion Thigh Wound
  • Infected Stoma
  • Bruised Skin with Bone Protrusion
  • 4 Arm Wounds
  • 2 Arm Circular Burn Wounds
  • Leg with Varicose Veins
  • Amputated Leg
  • Pressure Ulcer Leg
  • Gangrenous Right Foot
  • Trauma Right Foot with Baby Toe Cut Off
  • Left Leg with Bruised Ankle
  • Burned Arm Skin Sleeves

Other Equipment

Healthcare equipment in the STAR Center includes the following:

  • Accu-Check Inform Machines (2)
  • Anesthesia Machine 
  • Anesthesia Medication Cart 
  • Backboards (3)
  • Baxter IV Pumps (4)
  • Cardiopulmonary Code Intubation Baskets (3)
  • Crash Carts (2)
  • Epidural Pump
  • FOB Scopes with Light Source (3)
  • PCA Pump
  • Phillips HeartStart XL Biphasic Monitor
  • Philips Monitor 
  • Phillips Portable Monitor
  • Infant Incubator (NICU)
  • Infant Ventilators (NICU)
  • Infant Warmers (2)
  • Kangaroo Pump
  • Laerdal Chest Tube Modules
  • Scales (3)
  • SonoSite Ultrasound
  • Stretchers (3)
  • Transport Infant Incubator (NICU)
  • Ventilator
  • Welch Allyn Thermometers 
  • Welch Allyn Vital Signs Carts
  • Wheel Chair

Other Resources

Six of the patient care beds in the STAR Center are equipped with the following:

  • Welch Allyn BP Cuff
  • Welch Allyn Otoscope
  • Welch Allyn Ophthalmoscope
  • Welch Allyn Ear Probe Set
  • Wall O2
  • Suction Setup

The STAR Center also offers the following 'virtual hospital' resources:

  • Medical Records Access
  • Hospital Sounds
  • Laptop Computers (2) for participant use (Conference room)
  • Pyxis System
  • Simulated Blood
“Excellent instructors — awesome experience. Great review. Loved the simulators.”   
– Bauccio’s NRP Reviews, Labor and Delivery, West Penn Hospital