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The Rush University Simulation Laboratory (RUSL) has a wide range of on-site classrooms, labs and equipment to help you create an immersive, high-value learning experience that incorporates the best practices of simulation education.  

Conference Room

Serving as the entrance to the lab, this room is ideal for small group sessions, presentations, and meetings. The room is equipped with two one-way mirrors allowing users to directly observe the activities in the simulation room and one of the procedure rooms.

Simulation Lab

Because the lab caters to various disciplines, the simroom is designed to accommodate various configurations. The room is adapted to replicate the particular work environment of the specialty utilizing the space.

LapSim Room

This space is dedicated to general surgery and obstetrics/gynecology. The LapMentor and box-trainers are currently housed in this area.


Serving as an atrium to the laboratory, the classroom has a fully integrated A/V system allowing for computer and Web-based presentations, lectures and viewing lab activities.

Procedure Room One

Currently, procedure room one is dedicated to upcoming programs for obstetrics and gynecology. It houses our newest addition, an OB simulator. Although it is home to the OB simulator, procedure room one is adequate for patient examinations and one-on-one sessions. The room is equipped with a one-way mirror in which instructors observe activities from the conference room.

Procedure Room Two

The second procedure room is dedicated to procedural skills on low-fidelity mannequins. Residents, medical students and nursing students are taught and practice the following procedures in this room:

IV catheterization
Central Venous Cannalution
Arterial line Placement
Lumbar Puncture
Nasogastric placement
Foley placement
Pediatric Intraosseous insertion
Epidural Injections
  • The high-fidelity simulators have heart sounds, breath sounds, peripheral pulses, exhale CO2 and respond to changes in inspired oxygen concentrations. The pupils of these simulators react to light and pupillary size can be altered to mimic central nervous system pathology. Physiologic parameters including heart rate, blood pressure, upper airway anatomy and breath sounds can all be manipulated as required by simulation scenarios.
  • The METI human patient simulator (HPS), a high-fidelity mannequin with programmable complex physiology and IV drug injection capability.  This simulator also has peripheral nerve stimulator capability which responds to administration of drugs that block neuromuscular function.
  • METI Man and iStan high fidelity human patient simulators which can emulate multiple physiologic states and are portable
  • METI Emergency Care Simulator (ECS), another high-fidelity human patient simulator, which is also portable but requires an attached compressor device
  • Noelle birthing simulator
  • High-fidelity neonatal, infant and child simulators
  • Clinical task trainers, including:
    • Intubation (airway management) heads, adult and pediatric
    • Cricothyrotomy task trainers
    • Central venous catheter task trainers
    • Task trainers for arterial line placement
    • An EKG rhythm generator
    • An infant intra-osseous line placement trainer
    • Task trainers for peripheral IV placement in children and adults
    • Adult and pediatric lumbar puncture task trainers
    • Full body task trainers
    • Ultrasound-compatible task trainers for placement of central venous lines, sciatic nerve blocks, femoral line placement
    • Adult and pediatric CPR torsos
  • Scenario recording capability with Learning Space, a web-supported A-V data annotation system
  • Sono-Site X-Porte ultrasound system
  • GlideScope (video-assisted laryngoscope)
  • ClinCom (clinical communication system used in the East Tower)
  • EPIC playground environment so that the electronic medical record can be incorporated in scenarios if needed
  • Two Pyxis medication dispensing stations
  • A dedicated interprofessional staff of physicians, nurses, and technicians committed to high-quality learning experiences for all simulation center user groups
  • Expert consultation on simulation education and research  for new and experienced simulation center user groups
Evacuation Routes

Fire exits are marked on the northwest and southeast corners of the lab. There is an additional exit proceeding through the lapsim room. The coordinator will further identify these exits upon visiting.


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