SIRC HomeGrown Solutions

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Welcome to the HomeGrown Simulation Solution area of the SIRC website!

Created by education professionals to address tricky issues in simulation, HomeGrown Simulation Solutions comprises self-made items, creative adaptations to existing items, simulation recipes, and ideas that add to the suspension of disbelief in simulation. Each item includes objectives for use, ideas to integrate it into the curriculum, and step-by-step instructions that provide a road map for replication.

This area captures and houses the incredible demonstrations of talent, ingenuity, and sharing spirit first seen in 2007 at the low cost solution podium presentation by Margaret (Meg) Meccariello at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) conference. In 2008, the HomeGrown Simulator Contest began; winners were published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, the journal of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).

Meg was committed to simulation as a valuable teaching strategy. HomeGrown Solutions is part of her rich legacy. Meg passed away on November 19, 2015. Watch Meg's video describing HomeGrown Solutions.

Enhancing Manikin Functionality

Kimberly Muma Creating Reservoirs in Manikins for NG and J-Tube Medication Administration
January 16, 2015
Jennifer Bartlett SimMom Hand Pump
January 30, 2015
Hope Meyers Use What You Have for Medication Administration/Enteral Feeding by Gastrostomy Tube
July 13, 2015
Pamela J. Hicks Adhesive Residue Prevention
October 29, 2015
Dustin Hicks SimMan3G NG Tube Modification
January 8, 2016
Leigh Snead NGT System for Intake & Output with Auscultation
June 30, 2016
Dustin Hicks SimMan3G Chest Tube Adaptation
April 24, 2017
Christine Repsha Teaching NG Tube Care Using Nursing Anne
January 10, 2018
Marcia Buchs Warm and Red — Assess for DVT
January 12, 2018
Jarrod Young Low Cost Neonatal Exchange Transfusion Trainer
January 15, 2018
Norah Bennett Emergency Cesarean Section IPE Simulation
January 30, 2018
Jeanne Carey Simulated IV Bypass System (SIVBS)
March 1, 2018
Mark Williams Design and Evaluation of a More Realistic Tube Thoracostomy Task Trainer ( T-4 )
April 14, 2018
Chassity Mays Multiple Use Skin for Cricothyroidotomy
October 3, 2018
Chris Weidman Low-cost Cricoid Membrane
October 11, 2019
Ying Sapyta Trach Lungs for BLS Teaching
February 6, 2021
Jaan Hwan Chong
Enhance Bag-Valve-Mask Training with Recycled SimMan Head Skin August 19, 2021
Jaan Hwan Chong
Heat Shrink Tube Cover for SimMan's Antecubital Fossa
August 19, 2021
Jaan Hwan Chong
SimMan Left Lung Ventilation Bypass
August 19, 2021
Jaan Hwan Chong
Leaky Endotracheal Tube Cuff
December 14, 2021 
Wai Yin Vivien Tsang
Using Zoom to Enhance Communication and Empathy
December 14, 2021 

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Deborah Bambini Using Dropbox for Real-time Lab/Diagnostic Test Results During Simulation
January 22, 2015
Jeanne Cleary Getting Those IV Arms CLEAN!
July 1, 2015
Michael Lundin Clinical Simulation Mobile Debriefing System
July 10, 2015
Alaina Herrington Telemedicine/eICU Cart
October 14, 2015
Christine Thomas Creating an Electronic Health Record for Clinical Simulation Using MS Word
January 14, 2016
Valorie MacKenna Working Telephone System
January 15, 2016
Valorie MacKenna Prenatal Record with Dynamically Changing Dates
January 15, 2016
Rebecca Boruff Simulated Pads for Defibrillation and Pacing Practice
January 28, 2016
Kimberley Lamarche "Pap"-Shop: An Innovative Low Fidelity Solution
January 10, 2018
Anna Lerant An Inexpensive, Reusable Umbilical Catheterization Part Task Trainer
June 7, 2018
Ryan Stambro IV Pump Training Cheater
August 9, 2018
Matthew Fox Free Barcode Patient ID Band & EHR
March 13, 2019
Matthew Fox Live Streamed Simulation
March 13, 2019
Leigh Snead Low-Cost Simulated Seizure Bedrail Pads
April 4, 2019
Donald Aliprandi Low-noise Air Source for Headboard
August 27, 2020 
Lisa Young and Margaret DeYoung Affordable Tracheostomy Skills Trainer November 6, 2020 
Chassity Mays and Ryan Stambro Port-a-cath Trainer
August 19, 2021 
Wai Yin Vivien Tsang
Repurposing Urinary Catheter to IV Site
December 14, 2021 

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Medical Supplies

Kimberly Muma Low Cost Unit Dose Medication Packages
May 28, 2015
Kimberly Muma Carb Counting & Basal Bolus Insulin Administration Using Simulated Hospital Food Trays
May 28, 2015
Cara Jaye Francesca Garcia A Low-Cost Improvised CVP Monitoring Simulator
July 13, 2015

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Moulage Ideas

Lisa Pardi Low Cost Moulage
January 8, 2015
Michele Gerdes Peripheral or Site Edema
January 22, 2015
Michele Gerdes Quick Apply/Release Compression Stocking or Tattoo Sleeve
March 5, 2015
Tobey Stosberg Operational IV for a Standardized Patient
April 9, 2015
Patricia Davis Simulated Food
July 13, 2015
Rebecca Boruff Two Part Mock IV System
December 21, 2015
Katrice Ziefle Simulation Belly
December 29, 2015
Leigh Snead Acute Pulmonary Edema (Pink, frothy sputum DIY)
June 20, 2016
Leigh Snead Reusable Bruising for Mannequin or SP
July 15, 2016
Jeff Carmack Reusable Venous Ulcer for Use on Mannequin or Standardized Participant
July 16, 2016
Denise Ruby Inexpensive Morbidly Obese Client Solutions
November 6, 2016
Dorothy Dooley Newborn Stools (Breastfeeding)
June 20, 2017
Terri Kirkland Artificial Rectum for Suppository Administration
June 28, 2018
Leigh Snead Reusable Bilious Emesis
August 28, 2018
Kathryn King Creating Burns to Teach Debridement Technique
April 15, 2019
Kimber Dallas Abscess Care Simulation Trainer
April 18, 2019
Mary Leigh Stage IV Pressure Ulcer
October 14, 2019 

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Solution for Everyday Simulation Issues

Laurel Bergren Clay Wound Model
January 12, 2015
Kelley Connor Creating a Scenario-Specific Medication Administration Record
January 22, 2015
Jeff Carmack Urinary Catheterization Pants for Standardized Patients
July 15, 2016
Jeff Carmack Adaptation of Mama Natalie for More Realistic Postpartum Hemorrhage
July 16, 2016
Mary Leigh NGT/NT Suction Task Trainer
November 6, 2020 
Stacia Donaldson Simple Foley / NG Tube Task Trainer
April 30, 2021 

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HomeGrown Disclaimer

The information contained within this website is for information purposes only. While the website is monitored in an attempt to keep the information up to date and accurate, be aware that there are no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, and/or suitability being made. The sponsors of this website are not liable for any loss or damage that may result from using information contained within this website. Any reliance you place on the information contained within this website is strictly at your own risk.

Please note that sections of this website include postings of individuals not associated with the website sponsors. These postings are not endorsed or warrantied by the website, and use of such information is at your own risk.

Always check the user guide/manuals provided by the manufacturer of your manikin or task trainer. Using products that are not sanctioned may invalidate the product warranty. (For example: Some products could stain the skin on a manikin. Liquids used around electrical parts may cause malfunctions.)