Respiratory Simulation Specialists


RespiSim System FAQs

You can use the RespiSim® System to teach mechanical ventilation with or without the RespiPatient® manikin. The system is modular, so you can customize and upgrade to fit your needs and budget.

Q: What is the difference between the ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator and the RespiSim System?

Transform knowledge into competence with the RespiSim System for mechanical ventilation management training

Transform knowledge into competence with the RespiSim System for mechanical ventilation management training.

A: The ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator provides the lungs for the RespiSim System and is its core component.  The RespiSim Software is an add-on to the ASL 5000 software and provides a user interface tailored to the needs of educators.

The RespiSim System includes the ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator, the RespiSim Software, the RespiPatient manikin, the curriculum modules, and a cart to make the whole system mobile.

Q: What are the differences between RespiPatient and other manikins (aside from size and weight)?

Transform knowledge into competence with the RespiSim System for mechanical ventilation management training

Transform knowledge into competence with the RespiSim System for mechanical ventilation management training

A: It’s all about the lungs. To effectively teach ventilator management, you need ventilator-grade lungs. RespiPatient’s lungs are provided by the high fidelity ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator. The ASL 5000 is the world’s most sophisticated breathing simulator and as such has established itself as an essential tool among major ventilator manufacturers for developing and testing their products. Lung mechanics such as resistance and compliance can be precisely defined along a continuum, which allows you to simulate almost any patient scenario. The ASL 5000 holds PEEP at any level, even > 20 cmH₂O. No other simulator is able to do this.

The respiratory systems of other manikins are simpler, based on a bag or a bellows system that cannot breathe spontaneously while connected to a ventilator and with a limited number of settings. RespiPatient provides unparalleled realism for ventilator management training.

The RespiPatient manikin itself provides unique features such as the ability to simulate tracheal deviation, jugular vein distention, right or left tension pneumothorax; and to train skills such as needle decompression, thoracentesis, cricotomy and tracheostomy.

Q: Can I retrofit my ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator with RespiSim System components such as the RespiSim Software and RespiPatient?

A: Absolutely. We design our products to be modular whenever possible so that you can expand your system according to your needs and your budget. To integrate the RespiPatient, your ASL 5000 might need a few hardware upgrades. Contact us to find out what additional components your system requires, if any.

Q: If I purchase the Essential Package, can I upgrade later with a manikin?

A: Yes, and if you purchase the Plus package, you can upgrade the cart with a spineboard to accommodate RespiPatient. Learn about RespiSim Packages.

Q: We already own a Laerdal SimMan 3G. Can we upgrade our lungs to the RespiSim System?

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. The ASL 5000 is managed directly from Laerdal’s acclaimed LLEAP platform so there is no need to learn new software. Laerdal has given their approval to make this modification without voiding the standard SimMan 3G warranty.

Q: Which ventilators are compatible with the RespiSim System?

A: Just like a real patient, the RespiSim System can be used to train on any ventilator. The connection is made either with an ET-tube or LMA or with a mask, for non-invasive ventilation.

Q: Can the RespiSim System hold PEEP?

A: The ASL 5000 (the RespiSim System’s Lungs) holds PEEP at any level, even > 20 cmH₂O. No other simulator is able to do this.

Q: Can I simulate a neonatal or pediatric patient?

A: The ASL 5000 is capable of simulating the full range of patients from neonatal to adult. Currently, we only offer an adult manikin, but you can simulate neonatal and pediatric patients without a manikin by simply connecting the ventilator directly to the front of the ASL 5000. Alternatively, you can integrate the ASL 5000 into a neonatal manikin such as Laerdal’s SimNewB. Learn how it was done at the UTMB School of Health Professions in Galveston, TX.

Q: What pressures may I use when the RespiSim System is connected to a ventilator?

A: The RespiSim System (including RespiPatient) will work with any level of pressure a ventilator would deliver to a human patient, up to 50 or even 80 cmH2O.

Q: What size airway management devices are suitable for RespiPatient?

A: We recommend size 3-5 for LMA laryngeal masks and similar respective sizes for other supraglottic devices. We provide an airway kit that includes a 6.0 and 8.0 endotracheal tube and a size 3 LMA.

Q: Can I provide my students with lung and heart sounds during a scenario?

A: There are two ways to do this.

Lung, heart, and bowel sounds can be played from the Instructor Dashboard. These sounds would play through the computer speakers. We provide pre-loaded sound files to accompany our Curriculum Modules, but these can be replaced as needed by the user (file types accepted: .mp3, .wav, & .au).

If you are using our RespiPatient manikin, our RespiScope™ Advanced Auscultation Option can be used. The RespiScope works like an MP3 player in disguise. This means that it provides excellent sound quality without any stray sounds from the inner workings of the manikin. When the stethoscope chest piece is placed on the correct position on the manikin, it activates the playing of sounds directly into the ear tips of the stethoscope. Sounds are controlled by the instructor either manually or are part of the RespiSim curriculum.

Q: How is the manikin powered?

A: The ASL 5000 Breathing Simulator (aka RespiPatient’s lungs) is the driving force behind RespiPatient’s chest rise, which, like in a human patient, occurs because of air flow and pressure changes. The ASL 5000, the RespiPatient Interface Box, and the computer that controls the system are electrically powered. When using the exhaled CO₂ feature, an external CO₂ source (25 psi) is needed.

Q: Can I use RespiPatient without the ASL 5000? If so, what features will still work?

A: RespiPatient is not intended to be used without the ASL 5000, as its unique value is in the high fidelity lungs. Without the ASL 5000, RespiPatient becomes a passive patient with no respiratory effort and can be ventilated like this type of patient, exhibiting a stiff lung, like an ARDS patient would. Airway management, chest tube insertion, needle decompression, and CPR skills can be trained with the passive RespiPatient.

Q: What replacement parts are available for RespiPatient?

A: RespiPatient features replaceable tissues which help provide each trainee with a lifelike and unique surgical experience. Supplies are readily available from either IngMar Medical, or your local TruCorp distributor. Replaceable parts include neck skin covers, combo Larynx, subcutaneous fat tissue, chest drain inserts, needle decompression inserts, larynx membrane inserts.

Q: Do you provide training on how to use the RespiSim System?

A: To help you quickly master the power of the RespiSim System, training is included in all of our educational packages.  Training is available in two formats: Customer-Site at your facility and our new Live Distance Training conducted via GoToMeeting®.

Our training programs have been approved for Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care. They may also be submitted for recertification for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and CHSOS (Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist) professional certifications.

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