Respiratory Simulation Specialists


ASL 5000 – FAQs

The ASL 5000™ Breathing Simulator gives you the ventilator-grade lungs you need for testing and training.

The ASL 5000 Neonatal/Adult Breathing Simulator


Q: What types of patients can I simulate?

A: The ASL 5000 can simulate neonatal through adult patients with COPD, ARDS, pneumothorax, fibrosis, or almost any disease that affects pulmonary dynamics.

Q: Can I use the ASL 5000 on any ventilator?

A: Yes, the ASL 5000 can be used on ANY ventilator.  The ventilator patient circuit can connect directly from its 22mm Y-piece. If an “anatomically correct” interface is used (such as an intubation trainer head or simulation manikin), you can use an ET-tube or LMA or a mask (for non-invasive ventilation), just like you would with a real patient.

Q: Will all ventilators work the same way with the ASL 5000?

A: No, they will not. As a matter of fact, the ASL 5000 is a valuable tool for uncovering ventilator performance variances and characteristics. As clinicians have observed themselves, ventilator settings can not simply be transposed from one ventilator to another and be expected to generate the same ventilatory results in patients. Read about research by Gerald Moody (Children’s Medical Center in Dallas) on two subacute/homecare ventilators: Differences in Ventilator Performance Characteristics and Patient Response. 

Q: Can my ASL 5000 be used with my manikin?

A: Spring 2017 we plan to release a new Lung Kit developed in partnership with Laerdal for the SimMan® 3G. The kit will allow you to simulate spontaneous breathing and realistic chest rise with SimMan 3G. The ASL 5000 is managed directly from Laerdal’s acclaimed LLEAP platform so there is no need to learn new software.

We also offer our own RespiPatient® manikin with over thirty curriculum modules for ventilator management training.

Q: How does the ASL 5000 interface with a ventilator?

A: The ASL 5000 can be connected to the ventilator using any standard tubing or breathing circuits via a 22mm ISO port on the front of the instrument.

Q: Is the ASL 5000 Software compatible with Windows 7?

A: Yes, versions 3.0 or later will run on Windows 7. The current version (3.6) is

compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Q: Is the ASL 5000 Software compatible with the Apple Mac OS?

A: Not directly, however it will work with virtual machines (e.g. Parallels or VMWare Fusion) running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Q: What are the computer requirements for running the ASL 5000?

A: To ensure a smooth startup, a laptop computer with ASL 5000 software installed is provided in the standard package. If other PCs are used, we recommend at least a machine with an i3-processor and 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of HD, running Windows 7.

Q: Which models can I upgrade to the latest software/firmware combination (3.6)?

A: All ASL 5000 with serial numbers greater than 0800 may be upgraded without any hardware modifications. Older devices may be upgraded after a hardware upgrade, which involves a new CPU. Please contact Customer Care for further information (

Q: Can I use the ASL 5000 with humidified air or aerosol agents?

A: Yes. In such instances, you would need to add the IngMar Medical Auxiliary Gas Exchange Cylinder (AGEC) to the ASL 5000. The AGEC consists of a clear acrylic cylinder with openings at the top and bottom which allow it to act as a “bag-in-bottle” device. This will serve to protect the ASL’s cylinder from any incompatible substances.

Q: Do I need to calibrate the ASL 5000?

A: If you are using the ASL 5000 for educational applications, it is not mandatory to re-calibrate. We recommend, however, to send in the device for periodic maintenance and calibration every 2 to 3 years

You may want to consider periodic re-calibration of the ASL 5000 if you are using the device for applications outside of education. After 12 months the pressure transducer error can be expected to exceed the specified limits (1% full scale) for <20% of the instruments.

Therefore, if you are using the device for applications in a controlled metrology environment, you may want consider re-calibration after six months. Within 6 months the pressure transducer drift can be expected to be within the specified limits for all instruments.

Q: What is the volume resolution of the ASL 5000?

A: The volume resolution is determined by the area of the ASL 5000 piston, the pitch of the ball screw used, and the encoder resolution per revolution. The resulting volume resolution ranges from 7.8 µL (for a 2.5mm pitch ball screw, i.e models with serial no. < 800 and the 7” piston) to 16.2 µL (for a 4mm pitch ball screw and the 8” piston of the ASL 5000 XL). The most common configuration (4 mm ball screw and 7” piston) has a volume resolution of 12.4 µL.

Q: Can the ASL 5000 simulate the leaks created by an NIV mask realistically?

A: You can simulate leak in a mask using the RespiPatient® manikin or by attaching another manikin or intubation head. If you aren’t concerned about applying a mask and just want to cover the basics of NIV settings, you can attach the tubing directly from the NIV machine to the front of the ASL 5000. You then select a leak level using the optional Simulator Bypass and Leak Valve Module (SBLVM). The ASL 5000 is also capable of simulating a leak in the patient’s lungs.

Q: Can the ASL 5000 simulate the effects of Jet Ventilation?

A: Yes, the tubing which would normally connect to the patient would simply be connected to the ASL 5000 instead. These scenarios would typically require neonates with very small tidal volumes, high respiratory rate, and decreased compliance, and the ASL 5000 is the only simulator capable of representing this type of patient. The tidal volume range for the ASL 5000 is 2 mL to 2.7 L, and the compliance range is 0.5 mL/cmH20 to 250 mL/cmH20.

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