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SimMan 3G: Then & Now

A Patient Safety Timeline

Patient safety initiatives have advanced considerably over the past 20 years. At each milestone toward improving patient safety, some of the best healthcare organisations in the world have turned to simulation as a training method. One training solution has been there for learners throughout – so much so that nursing students and medical students alike have come to know it by name: Laerdal’s SimMan.

SimMan today is not what many practicing nurses and doctors originally trained on. Against the backdrop of some major milestones in patient safety, we trace our way backward from SimMan’s newest advancements to his inception.


Among other things, the Covid-19 pandemic has renewed the focus on reducing health disparities.

In order to improve care quality and help learners develop the necessary skills to treat diverse patient populations, Laerdal has released SimMan 3G PLUS.  This modular and sustainable solution offers interchangeable face skins and a range of skin tones to reflect the diversity of real patients – while using just one simulator.


A large benefit that simulation offers is giving learners the opportunity to rehearse real-world, specialised training – something that might otherwise be hard to practice. Recognising the need for multidisciplinary team training for Endovascular Specialists, Cath Lab teams, and Pre-hospital care providers, Laerdal developed SimMan Vascular. Built on Laerdal’s SimMan 3G platform with Mentice’s VIST endovascular simulation technology inside, SimMan Vascular is an integrated emergency patient and endovascular procedure simulator.


In 2016, Laerdal developed SimMan ALS, a mobile and durable solution to meet the needs of pre- and in-hospital emergency care providers. SimMan ALS can be used in conjunction with the Laerdal-SonoSim Ultrasound Solution, LiveShock, or ShockLink to meet a client’s specific training requirements.


In 2014, Laerdal released SimMan 3G Trauma. It was developed with severe trauma training needs in mind – particularly those of the military and the pre-hospital setting. SimMan 3G Trauma provides clients with the ability to simulate amputated limbs, sternal intraosseous infusion (IO) access, and bleeding control. These features, among many others, help to shape a realistic trauma emergency scenario for learners.


In 2010, Laerdal introduced SimMan Essential. SimMan Essential offers comprehensive clinical functionality to teach core skills in airway, breathing, cardiac, and circulation management. By offering an expanded simulator portfolio, Laerdal gave clients the power to choose a solution tailored to their needs. It was not long before SimMan Essential was seen as a common element in training within EMS, the Military, and Hospital Emergency Rooms.


After realising the need for high-fidelity physiological responses in a simulator that could be used in an in situ setting – i.e. a real clinical environment – Laerdal developed SimMan 3G . This member of the SimMan family can display neurological symptoms as well as physiological symptoms and can easily be made mobile with wireless technology. SimMan 3G provides educators with the flexibility to train basic and advanced skills in a team-based setting.

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