Lakeland Health Care

SimLab

They speak. They breathe. They have a pulse. They're almost human.

Photo of nurses and doctors helping a SimMan in a hospital bed that is having some type of trauma.

Because Lakeland HealthCare wants to give the best and safest care to those we serve, we've created a SimLab to help our providers train, test, and master technical skills.


The SimLab — short for simulation laboratory — includes 3 lifelike family members:

  • SimMan 3G
  • SimMom and Baby
  • SimJunior

These sophisticated, computerized patient simulators can breathe, blink, talk, moan, cry, bleed and sweat ... nearly anything a real human can do.

With the help of the SimLab Team, the high-tech SimFamily can present medical emergencies to Lakeland students, residents, nurses, or doctors who are training with the equipment.


Scenarios such as the following can be simulated in real time:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Seizure
  • Allergic reaction
  • and even childbirth

The SimLab's vast database of potential emergency situations coupled with the ability of the SimLab Teamto add or change circumstances on the fly make the training possibilities nearly endless.

To enhance the learning experience even further, SimLab training sessions are videotaped. This allows for immediate and detailed review of the provider's responses during exercises.

Patient simulators such as the SimFamily are usually associated with large medical training institutions or universities such as the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Michigan State University.

The Lakeland Health Foundations of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph graciously supported the creation of the SimLab with a $250,000 gift. Lakeland is a community-based health system, and the SimLib is an investment in the exemplary care of our neighbors, friends, and families.

For more information about the SimLab at Lakeland HealthCare, contact Spring Lutzen, Simulation Lab Coordinator at (269) 982-4942.

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