The Center for Simulation and Research at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the largest simulation and education facilities in the region.


The Simulation Center has more than 20 patient simulators, from adult, child and toddler to newborn. The diverse range allows for tremendous flexibility in designing curricula.

The simulators create real-time responses to critical injury or medical interventions. They feature realistic airway, pulmonary, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurological systems. Additionally, simulators can be programmed to display a wide range of physiologic conditions and symptoms to create dynamic training for healthcare professionals.

The center maintains and uses equipment from the clinical environment to realistically create the simulation environment. Examples include:

  • Medication and equipment Pyxis
  • Ventilator
  • Anesthesia machine
  • ECMO circuit
  • Defibrillators and AEDs
  • IV pumps
  • Hotline
  • Bair Hugger
  • Rapid infuser
  • Radiant warmer
  • Crash carts


The Center for Simulation and Research is a 13,000-square-foot facility occupying what was formerly the labor and delivery suite of the Bethesda Oak Hospital. It has numerous, education and simulation suites for the education of Cincinnati Children’s personnel as well as the medical community at large.

This facility houses:

  • A classroom, which can accommodate 30 to 50 personnel
  • Three patient simulation rooms and two task training rooms focused on airway and vascular stations
  • Two fully functioning Operating Room Simulation Suites, and a trauma suite with a task training station. Each suite can function as an operating theater or be used as needed for other simulation requirements.
  • Three debriefing rooms with 50-inch plasma displays. All three rooms are networked to allow use with the SimCube recording system.
  • SimCube, a web-based audiovisual system that records simulation sessions. The system gathers data and records care provider actions, patient vital signs and simulator responses and facilitator annotations. The data captured are available immediately after a simulation for the team debriefing session.
  • Additional space, storage rooms and room for expansion

A new space at our main hospital campus includes:

  • Emergency patient room
  • Patient floor room
  • State-of-the-art control room
  • Debriefing room
  • All rooms networked to B Line AV system