Welcome to The CDU Simulation Center. We are a state-of-the-art facility that allows our students to participate in an immersive, high-fidelity clinical experience in a low-risk environment. We recognize that deliberate and repetitive learning provides an experiential learning experience that improves our students’ confidence and competence, ultimately improving patient safety and outcomes. Our standardized simulation programs have evolved steadily to meet the growing demands of today’s healthcare needs. This results in improved performance, skills mastery, reduced deviation from the standard of care, and rapid response time for our students. Our high-fidelity simulation training for clinical skills and inter-professional education incorporates TeamSTEPPS communication, anti-racism, inclusion, INACSL, and NBME standards.
Our mission is to develop competent, confident, and ethical healthcare providers through clinical simulation to enhance healthcare education, research, and practice to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
To be recognized as one of the premier institutions in the country for utilizing, improving, and advocating simulation technologies in interprofessional healthcare education to improve patient care and healthcare inequities.
CDU Simulation Center (LSRNE building)
The LSRNE location mainly serves the College of Nursing with 5000 square feet of simulation space. It comprises three outpatient examination rooms and three in-patient rooms. All rooms are designed to demonstrate proper clinical functionality with up-to-date clinical equipment and furnishings. All in-patient rooms have working restrooms. The outpatient rooms serve labor and delivery, mock code blue, bedside skills that include Foley catheterization, IV access, stoma/ostomy care, pediatric care, and 12 lead EKG skills. Outpatient rooms serve head-to-toe physical assessments using standardized patients, wound care, breaking bad news, and various mental health skills. All rooms have multiple SimCapture video cameras networked to the control and debriefing rooms. Each room has a supply station for PPE and various clinical supplies. The in-patient rooms have Hill-Rom hospital beds, GE Dinamap vital sign monitor, Diss 560 series wall oxygen-vacuum-medical air outlets, patient bedside lights, an Alaris pump, and a Zoll Defibrillator on a fully provisioned crash cart. Broselow cart is provisioned for pediatric cases. Rooms are equipped with an internal telephone and radio system for the control room to communicate with confederates or staff inside the rooms during simulation.
LSRNE has a fleet of Laerdal simulators; SimMan®, SimMom, SimJunior, SimNewB, and SimBaby. A centralized nurse circulation station is outside the outpatient rooms, equipped with four computers for EMR and a KB Port Rx dispenser. This area doubles as a remote control room during simulations in the in-patient rooms. During skills, the area is used for IV insertion, skin lesion care, chest tube insertion, and various skills with task trainers.
We have three sizeable multi-media lecture halls, each with 85 occupancy capacity. A four-bay patient area is in the back of each lecture hall. Each bay has an adult or pediatric manikin, a Hill-Rom in-patient bed, bedside tables, Alaris pumps, vital signs equipment, and medical supplies. This set-up allows students to quickly return demonstration of skills learned during didactics.
Across from our outpatient rooms is a surgical suite with two scrub sinks. The room can be configured “striking the set” in various complicated labor and delivery, intubation, and other surgical scenarios. The room has a two-way mirror glass that directly sees into the surgery room and debriefing room from the control room. There are sim capture cameras on the ceiling. The surgery room can also be configured into a three-bed patient ward. Adjacent to the surgical suite is a 400-square-foot debriefing room. The seating of the debriefing room has a fishbowl configuration to allow up to 25 occupants. It has a projector screen and a 60″ display monitor to playback debriefing videos. If more space is needed, the debriefing room can be converted into a skills room with task trainers. We typically use this room for suturing, intubation, wound care, and pelvis exam task skills. There is a second KB Port Rx dispenser in the main hallway with EMR. LSRNE has two storage rooms. One room stores all medical supplies for simulation in the FNP programs, and the other is designed for BSN and ELM programs. Both are provisioned with supplies, medical equipment, and task trainers.
CDU Simulation Center (Cobb building)
The Cobb location predominantly serves the College of Medicine. With about 1500 square feet, it houses three outpatient exam rooms and a surgical suite. All the rooms are designed to represent accurate clinical functionality with state-of-the-art clinical equipment and furnishings. Each outpatient room has a Hill-Rom examination table, Welch Allyn examination tools mounted on the wall, and a complete medical supply. Outside of each room is a computer workstation to display OSCE information. These rooms are typically used for various USMLE OSCEs. This includes using simulated patients and a combination of simulators and task trainers that meet the course’s learning objectives. There are mid-fidelity adult and baby simulators and various skill-specific trainers, such as upper torso for intubation and pelvic models for point-of-site ultrasound training.
Various high-fidelity patient simulator manikins of varying genders, ethnicities, ages, and scenario capabilities provide students with various education experiences to reflect the South Los Angeles community we serve. The facility houses SimMan3G, SimNewB, SimBaby, and SimJunior. Handheld SimPads operate these programmable patient simulators. These high-fidelity minikins are used to teach differential diagnosis and various inter-professional education (IPE) collaborative simulations.
Across from the outpatient rooms is a surgical suite equipped with an anesthesia machine, surgical tables, and lights. This room is used for intubation, chest tube insertion, mega codes, and various surgical scenarios. It also has SimCapture. Adjacent to the surgical suite is a debriefing room with a conference table configuration that can hold up to 25 occupants. A two-way mirror is looking in the control room. This debriefing room is typically reconfigured into a task trainer room to practice laparoscopic surgery, suturing, and ACLS/BLS training when debriefing is not in use.
Across the hallway houses a Mini Anatomy Room where one of the two Anatomage tables is housed. This room also houses plastinated human specimens and the storage for CAE augmented reality Hololens headsets. This Anatomy room opens into a skills area for AR/VR simulations.
CDU Simulation Center (Keck Building)
The Keck facility is 3000 square feet of simulation learning space, mainly used by the Physician Assistant and Radiology Technician programs. This area comprises six outpatient rooms and one debriefing room surrounding a large lecture space. The six patient rooms are used for OSCEs conducted by standardized patients or for skills training. The rooms have examination tables, vital signs equipment, and Welch Allyn examination tools mounted on the wall. The debriefing room has AV equipment to serve as video playback for debriefing. There is a room dedicated to house our second Anatomage table.