If you will be a participant in an upcoming simulation, here are some things to help you prepare.
Simulation is about practicing on a fake person what you'd actually do for a real person. The fake person is not real, but you have to have a willingness to suspend disbelief and act as if it is real.
You may have a facilitator in the room with you, or you and your team may be the only people in the room. The facilitator may also play a role in the simulation (such as a consultant physician), but it should be clear when that happens.
There likely will be a manikin operator in the room. The operator's primary job is to control the manikin, including being the manikin's voice. The operator occasionally will have another role (such as an EMS provider in an ED scenario), but it should be clear when that happens.
We may make video and audio recordings of you during a simulation. If we do, we will use them for debriefing after the scenario ends. If we want to use them for anything else, we will need your written prior permission. If you refuse permission, we will not use them for anything else.
We ask that you not reveal the contents of a scenario to anyone else. We may reuse scenarios with different groups.
We ask that you not reveal what happened during the scenarios to anyone else. Simulation, by trying to create a "real-enough" situation, can be intense and stressful. We want the simulation to be intense, but safe. It's OK to make mistakes during simulations, because the manikin isn't alive, and the point of a simulation is to learn from it. It's not OK to talk to others about a mistake someone made during a simulation.
You can assess the manikin. Different manikins have different capabilities, but our manikins all have a palpable pulse somewhere.
In most scenarios, you will be able to hook up the manikin to a "monitor" to see vital signs.
You can attach a Philips monitor/defibrillator to our manikins and see a rhythm. You can defibrillate, cardiovert, and pace our manikins.
You can start an IV on the manikin, or the scenario will start with an IV already established. If there is an IV already established, you will be able to give fluids and medications as you would in real life. The manikin may also be IO-capable.
The manikin can be intubated.