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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.

INACSL LogoThis 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 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 MumaCreating Reservoirs in Manikins for NG and J-Tube Medication Administration
January 16, 2015
Jennifer BartlettSimMom Hand Pump
January 30, 2015
Hope MeyersUse What You Have for Medication Administration/Enteral Feeding by Gastrostomy Tube
July 13, 2015
Pamela J. HicksAdhesive Residue Prevention
October 29, 2015
Dustin HicksSimMan3G NG Tube Modification
January 8, 2016
Leigh SneadNGT System for Intake & Output with Auscultation
June 30, 2016
Dustin HicksSimMan3G Chest Tube Adaptation
April 24, 2017
Christine RepshaTeaching NG Tube Care Using Nursing Anne
January 10, 2018
Marcia BuchsWarm and Red — Assess for DVT
January 12, 2018
Jarrod YoungNeonatal Exchange Transfusion Trainer
January 15, 2018
Norah BennettEmergency Cesarean Section IPE Simulation
January 30, 2018
Jeanne CareySimulated IV Bypass System (SIVBS)
March 1, 2018
Mark WilliamsDesign and Evaluation of a More Realistic Tube Thoracostomy Task Trainer (T-4)
April 14, 2018
Chassity MaysMultiple Use Skin for Cricothyroidotomy
October 3, 2018
Chris WeidmanCricoid Membrane
October 11, 2019
Ying SapytaTrach Lungs for BLS Teaching
February 6, 2021
Jaan Hwan Chong
Enhance Bag-Valve-Mask Training with Recycled SimMan Head SkinAugust 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 ChongLeaky Endotracheal Tube CuffDecember 14, 2021
Wai Yin Vivien TsangUsing Video Meeting Software to Enhance Communication and EmpathyDecember 14, 2021
Ryan Stambro and Dylan CooperHybrid Fidelity Manikin for Gastrointestinal BleedFebruary 13, 2023
Mary Clare SmithPortable Speakers for Manikin Voice Work-AroundOctober 4, 2023
Vi SimsAseptic Foley Urine Collection from a Urosepsis PatientMarch 18, 2024
Nevada LeCounte and Jeff GarrettMay 23, 2024

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Deborah BambiniUsing a Cloud File Hosting Service for Real-time Lab/Diagnostic Test Results During Simulation
January 22, 2015
Jeanne ClearyGetting Those IV Arms CLEAN!
July 1, 2015
Michael LundinClinical Simulation Mobile Debriefing System
July 10, 2015
Alaina HerringtonTelemedicine/eICU Cart
October 14, 2015
Christine ThomasCreating an Electronic Health Record for Clinical Simulation Using MS Word
January 14, 2016
Valorie MacKennaWorking Telephone System
January 15, 2016
Valorie MacKennaPrenatal Record with Dynamically Changing Dates
January 15, 2016
Rebecca BoruffSimulated Pads for Defibrillation and Pacing Practice
January 28, 2016
Kimberley Lamarche"Pap"-Shop: An Innovative Low Fidelity Solution
January 10, 2018
Anna LerantAn Inexpensive, Reusable Umbilical Catheterization Part Task Trainer
June 7, 2018
Ryan StambroIV Pump Training Cheater
August 9, 2018
Matthew FoxFree Barcode Patient ID Band & EHR
March 13, 2019
Matthew FoxLive Streamed Simulation
March 13, 2019
Leigh SneadSimulated Seizure Bedrail Pads
April 4, 2019
Donald AliprandiLow Noise Air Source for Headboard
August 27, 2020 
Lisa Young and Margaret DeYoungAffordable Tracheostomy Skills TrainerNovember 6, 2020 
Chassity Mays and Ryan StambroPort-a-cath Trainer
August 19, 2021 
Wai Yin Vivien TsangRepurposing Urinary Catheter to IV SiteDecember 14, 2021
Jaan Hwan ChongSimulating Spontaneous Breathing in Ventilated PatientsMarch 3, 2022

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Medical Supplies

Kimberly MumaUnit Dose Medication Packages
May 28, 2015
Kimberly MumaCarb Counting & Basal Bolus Insulin Administration Using Simulated Hospital Food Trays
May 28, 2015
Cara Jaye Francesca GarciaImprovised CVP Monitoring Simulator
July 13, 2015

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Moulage Ideas

Lisa PardiPlastic Food Wrap Wound Moulage
January 8, 2015
Michele GerdesPeripheral or Site Edema
January 22, 2015
Michele GerdesQuick Apply/Release Compression Stocking or Tattoo Sleeve
March 5, 2015
Tobey StosbergOperational IV for a Standardized Participant
April 9, 2015
Patricia DavisSimulated Food
July 13, 2015
Rebecca BoruffTwo Part Mock IV System
December 21, 2015
Katrice ZiefleSimulation Belly
December 29, 2015
Leigh SneadAcute Pulmonary Edema (Pink, frothy sputum DIY)
June 20, 2016
Leigh SneadReusable Bruising for Manikin or Standardized Participant
July 15, 2016
Jeff CarmackReusable Venous Ulcer for Use on Manikin or Standardized Participant
July 16, 2016
Denise RubyMorbidly Obese Client Solutions
November 6, 2016
Dorothy DooleyNewborn Stools (Breastfeeding)
June 20, 2017
Terri KirklandArtificial Rectum for Suppository Administration
June 28, 2018
Leigh SneadReusable Bilious Emesis
August 28, 2018
Kathryn KingCreating Burns to Teach Debridement Technique
April 15, 2019
Kimber DallasAbscess Care Simulation Trainer
April 18, 2019
Mary LeighStage IV Pressure Ulcer
October 14, 2019 
Joice LynnUnexpected Encounters with Body DecorationsNovember 9, 2023
Tammy WylandReusable Silicone WoundMarch 18, 2024
Ciara BerryNo Stain Transparent Adhesive Dressing WoundsMay 23, 2024

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Solution for Everyday Simulation Issues

Laurel BergrenClay Wound Model
January 12, 2015
Kelley ConnorCreating a Scenario-Specific Medication Administration Record
January 22, 2015
Jeff CarmackUrinary Catheterization Pants for Standardized Patients
July 15, 2016
Jeff CarmackAdaptation of Birthing Simulator Abdomen for More Realistic Postpartum Hemorrhage
July 16, 2016
Mary LeighNGT/NT Suction Task Trainer
November 6, 2020 
Stacia DonaldsonSimple Foley / NG Tube Task Trainer
April 30, 2021 
Danaiet Teame and Ryan ArqueroOperating High Fidelity Manikins RemotelyMarch 3, 2022
Stephanie McKeeCaboodle NoodleApril 24, 2024
Patsy HicksPin the PPE on the Health Care WorkerMay 23, 2024

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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.)