Press release: SimPad - A world of simulation resources in the palm of your hand

Laerdal Medical, early pioneer of simulation education, once again takes the lead with their latest innovation – SimPad.

Increasingly recognized as promoting safer patient care, learning through simulation has become an essential component of healthcare education.  Developed in collaboration with simulation users from many healthcare disciplines, SimPad was designed with the consumer’s needs in mind.  SimPad is easy, effective, and affordable.

“Everyone at Laerdal is dedicated to our mission of ‘helping save lives,’ and we truly believe SimPad is a key tool that will improve simulation education; ultimately saving more lives,” says Tor Morten Osmundsen, CEO of Laerdal Medical.

SimPad is virtually a “Pick up and Play” experience, featuring an intuitive, interactive handheld touchscreen, enabling simulations to be run easily and effectively. The SimPad System can be operated in Automatic Mode, using existing pre-designed scenarios, or in Manual Mode, allowing instructors to customize simulations, facilitating a broad range of educational experiences. In addition, the SimPad System can be used with a wireless patient monitor.

The SimPad System provides a comprehensive library of physiological patient parameters, including vital signs, ECG recordings, organ and patient sounds. The Log function allows instructors to keep track of simulation outcomes, a useful tool for debriefing and assessment. SimPad’s total portability allows users to train for any situation, in any environment, bringing instructors closer to students for a more efficient and effective learning experience.      

Compatibility with Laerdal simulators and manikins, both new and existing, allows institutions to integrate new technology, and revitalize their current simulation platforms.  SimPad is compatible with Laerdal’s VitalSim platform, as well as non-manikin activities  such as standardized patients and task trainers. With SimPad, educators spend less time learning how to use the technology, and more time actually using it.    

“SimPad is so intuitive and easy to learn, it has minimised the amount of technology training I’ve had to do to get my staff up and running simulations without the need for an educator or technician to help run simulations,” says Liza Nowicki, Nurse Educator, Hartford Hospital, USA.

SimCenter and SimStore

SimPad is powered by, and integrated with the Laerdal suite of SimCenter products, including the content available on SimStore. Successful simulation programs require more than just a patient simulator. Launched last year, Laerdal’s SimCenter provides access to teaching, management, and assessment resources to support and enhance every teaching experience. SimPad accesses the comprehensive online library of simulation scenarios from some of the healthcare industry’s leading organisations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, and the National League for Nursing. When combined with the newly released system for managing and administering simulation based education, SimManager, SimPad supports healthcare educators like never before.

“SimPad, supported by the power of SimCenter, brings a new world of simulation experiences to healthcare,” Osmundsen says, “ and takes us one step closer to making simulation easier, and achieving our goal of helping save lives”.

About Laerdal Medical

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of Healthcare Solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning, and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to the medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit http://www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.