High fidelity simulation is used for crisis situations and team communication skill development and assessment. Teams of interprofessional learners may experience and work through a crisis or near death event with a standardized patient as their 'family'. The mannequins used in these experiences are complex computerized machines that accurately depict a human experiencing these same kinds of events from heart palpitations to distressed breathing, to urination, vomiting, and bleeding. In addition to numerous other mannequins, the CAPE uses Noelle, a human birth simulator, who can have a baby every 20 minutes.
The concept of modern medical simulation incorporates clinical scenarios, clinical instructors, mannequins of varying degrees of fidelity, and students at any level of training into a robust teaching and learning environment. Medical simulation has the potential to satisfy educational goals of multiple parties: teachers, students, administrators, and, ultimately, the patients we care for.