CEAL’s high-fidelity Patient Simulation Lab (PSL), one of the first simulation facilities in the southeastern U.S., promotes patient safety at Wake Forest Baptist Health by incorporating a variety of simulation modalities into our portfolio:

  • Human patient simulation uses high-fidelity simulators—mannikins—that have breath sounds, an audible heartbeat, and pulse. In addition, each mannikin has a monitor that can display EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, arterial waveforms, pulmonary artery waveforms, anesthetic gases, etc. Procedures can be performed on the mannikin such as bag-mask ventilation, intubation, defibrillation, chest tube placement, cricothyrotomy and more.
  • Virtual reality simulation uses advanced computerized technology to allow students to learn or practice how to perform colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, intravenous line placement, ultrasound scanning, and other procedures. 
  • Task trainer simulation involves the use of products to learn or practice a specific skill such as intubation heads, central venous line chests, intraosseous line legs, male and female pelvic trainers, or umbilical artery cannulation trainers. 
  • Computerized simulation uses computer programs that allow the student to practice decision-making skills and specific knowledge sets such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) trainers. 
  • Standardized patient simulation* involves the use of individuals trained to play the roles of patients, family members, or others to allow students or clinical professionals to practice physical exam skills, history taking skills, communication skills, and other exercises.

* Our Standardized Patient program is so robust that it exists as its own entity alongside the Simulation Team. 

The Basic Assumption

We believe that those individuals who have chosen a career in healthcare want to do an excellent job, can improve, want to improve, are intelligent, and care about patient safety. Therefore, we begin every simulation activity with this assumption.