Continuing Professional Education

Pediatric Human Patient Simulator

Offering High-tech, Low-risk Pediatric Education

The pediatric patient simulator represents a quantum leap in pediatric emergency medical education. Until recently, one of the only ways to practice emergency medical skills for children was on a static mannequin that offered no return information. Now, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center offers health care professionals the opportunity to manage a patient in real time and see the results of their treatment.

About the Simulator

The pediatric human patient simulator (HPS), called PediaSIM, is approximately the size of a 7-year-old child weighing 20 kilograms. PediaSIM simulates "real" responses to critical injury and medical interventions. He features a realistic airway and realistic pulmonary, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurologic systems, and can be programmed to display a wide range of conditions and symptoms. 

The HPS is computer driven, based on sophisticated mathematical models of human physiology and pharmacology. These models determine PediaSIM's response to appropriate and inappropriate medical interventions in real time, allowing students to immediately experience the effects of their treatments:

  • Caregivers can assess vital functions (such as blood pressure, temperature, differential pulses, heart sounds, including murmurs and gallops, breath sounds including wheezing, and respiratory efforts).
  • Caregivers can perform procedures in a realistic fashion (such as intubation with difficult airway and laryngospasm, IV lines, central line monitoring, EKG interpretation and defibrillation).
  • The simulator can recognize appropriate CPR technique and allows for invasive hemodynamic monitoring.
  • PediaSIM recognizes what drugs are being administered at what amount and will react accordingly. The simulator will start to breathe once his airway receives adequate oxygenation and ventilation.
  • PediaSIM will compensate for time before suddenly crashing unless appropriate actions are taken.

Benefits to the Student

Simulation allows for repeated practice of routine procedures, rare conditions and life-threatening emergencies in a real-time environment.

Seldom-Used Skills. Only about 10 percent of calls to EMS providers involve a child. Nurses and physicians also have limited exposure to certain pediatric emergency situations. Infrequently used skills can be practiced and reinforced in HPS education to achieve a higher level of proficiency.

No Risk. The HPS represents a pediatric patient. As a result, students can learn and practice without risk of harming a real child. They can practice a procedure over and over -- until it's perfect. 

Flexible. A computer system allows the instructor to operate the HPS while working up close with students. Instructors can easily increase or decrease event severity and duration, overlay scenarios or interrupt the event. The dynamic scenarios allow students to respond as they would in the course of daily care. For instance, they can request a chest film or CT, or draw lab for blood gases, and will receive realistic values.

Course Offerings

Changing the Face of Pediatric Education

The pediatric human patient simulator provides countless training applications for emergency professionals.

Our HPS stand-alone courses consist entirely of simulation training using the pediatric patient simulator and allow for repeated practice of assessment, routine procedures, and care for rare conditions and life-threatening emergencies.

Established Scenarios

The Center for Simulation and Research staff at Cincinnati Children's has developed a menu of courses that integrates simulation into the training. All of these unique training opportunities reinforce team building and critical thinking skills that are required in critical situations.

These courses cover a wide range of experiences encountered by providers of emergency medical care for children. They explore scenarios related to respiratory, cardiac, medical and trauma emergencies, as well as ingestions.

Customized Courses

An infinite number of pediatric care scenarios or events can explored with the pediatric patient simulator. If you are interested in specialized training on a specific topic that integrates simulation, our educators can develop a customized course that meets your learning objective. As one of the leading pediatric medical centers in the world, our educators can call on experts in all areas of care to assist in establishing such a course.

View a Video Demonstration of the Human Patient Simulator (HPS)

Contact Us

For more information about the Pediatric Human Patient Simulator, please contact the Center for Simulation and Research at Cincinnati Children's, 513-636-6992 (