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CSSALT

Our simulation center, the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) works closely with the Investigational Review Board of the University of Florida and has access to undergraduate students in Psychology, medical students (120 per class) undergoing their compulsory anesthesia rotation, as well as 70 – 90 anesthesia residents and fellows. CSSALT also has access to 2 educational psychology PhDs and a biostatistics PhD for learning outcome studies.

The investigators have access to:

  • 9 servers (2 2 GHz Windows 2000, 2 1.0 GHz Linux & 4 Novell servers)
  • A multitude of computers (mainly 2.40 GHz Dell)
  • 3 printers
  • Photo-copier
  • Fax machine

Faculty & Staff

CSSALT personnel includes:

  • 1 engineering PhD
  • Numerous physicians who are simulation instructors
  • 2 full-time simulation engineers (1 dedicated to interactive web–enabled simulation)
  • 1 administrative assistant
  • a number of research fellows & student assistants

MOCA Simulation Sessions

CSSALT is endorsed to deliver Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) simulation sessions.

For inquiries about the date, time, and location of the next MOCA simulation session, please email MOCA@anest.ufl.edu, or call 352-273-6782 or 352-273-6779.

Usability Testing

Simulator-based usability tests are an efficient way to obtain timely and valuable feedback from clinicians of different backgrounds caring for a mannequin patient simulator in a clinically authentic environment.

CSSALT provides usability testing to industry with the goal of improving patient safety. The interactions of the diverse participants with the prototype equipment are videotaped. Up to 80% of opportunities for design improvement can be efficiently identified and highlighted, in as little as 3 days. The information obtained from the usability study remains confidential and is turned over to the industry partner.

To obtain a quote for a usability test of your equipment, please contact Sem Lampotang, PhD.

Simulation Lab

Simulation Lab Calendar

A state of the art 2,000 sq. ft. simulation lab houses 3 mannequin patient simulators:

  • Adult Human Patient Simulator (HPS)
  • Pediatric Simulator PediaSim
  • Infant simulator BabySim

The lab also has a Bronchoscopy part task trainer (Immersion Medical) and a Virtual Patient developed at the UF CISE Department.

Part task trainers include:

  • 3 central line placement trainers
  • 9 airway trainers
  • 4 IV placement trainers
  • 7 spinal injection or puncture trainers
  • 14 urinary catheter or pelvic examination trainers
  • Rectal, breast, & genital examination trainers

The simulation lab is outfitted with:

  • An anesthesia machine
  • An ICU ventilator
  • State-of-the-art physiological monitors
  • An airway cart equipped with an array of airway devices
  • A defibrillator
  • A 48″ x 36″ touch-sensitive SmartBoard display
  • Piped medical gases
  • Clinical supplies

Simulation activities, including R&D and teaching, are conducted in the simulation lab while engineering development activities are conducted in a nearby 1,000 sq ft lab.

The simulation lab is equipped with video debriefing software (Studiocode), the latest web authoring software (including Adobe Director 11.5) and fast Internet access (wired and wireless).

Arrays of IR cameras (Optitrak) are installed in the ceiling of the simulation lab and the engineering lab for Mixed Reality applications.

Virtual Anesthesia Machine

The simulation lab also encompasses the Virtual Anesthesia Machine website which hosts a portfolio of web-enabled transparent reality simulations and PK/PD models developed by Center personnel that are used worldwide.