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The main window contains views of the operating theatre, the monitoring screen, the patient and ventilator.

Aplysia Anaesthesia Simulator

         (former MEDIQ Anaesthesia Simulator)

- realistic education in clinical anesthesia

The software was developed during the 90s and has been used as a teaching aid in several of Sweden's University Teaching Hospitals for many years. Although primarily aimed at anaesthetic trainees it may also be of interest to surgeons in training, nurses working in anaesthesia and intensive care environments, ambulance paramedics and medical students. It can be used by the individual student and can also form the basis for a tutorial. It emphasises the basic physiological and pharmacological principles that underpin the clinical practice of anaesthesia. Not least important: It is also great fun (even for experienced anaesthesiologists)! In the program you meet a number of surgical patients who you will assess preoperatively and then anaesthetise. The last three cases involve a heart-lung machine simulation in addition to the anaesthesia simulation. You can't damage the program or the computer and most of the functions are intuitive even for people not experienced with computers. If you get stuck use the help window and if you want to pause the program press F2 on the keyboard or select pause from the menu.  Advanced physiological information and comprehensive context-sensitive help is available within a few mouse-clicks or a key press. To the right you can see an example from the help file. A digital instruction with lots of illustrations in the form of a PDF-file (Adobe Acrobate) is also included in the package (similar to this file). The program is distributed on a single CD-ROM. After a standard installation procedure it can be started from the hard disk without using the CD. It can be run on most (or all) modern PCs with Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7. Each license only allows installation on a single computer. Above you can see the main program window as it looks in a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels (standard size when the program starts). You can see the patient face as well as an overview of the theatre. The monitoring equipment and the anesthetic machine is readily available. As you can see the patient is quite well right now, but you never know what will happen during the next few seconds… To the left you can see parts of the anesthetic record window. Blood pressure and heart rate is recorded automatically together with other important information.   To the right you can see the anestetic machine in its most advanced form. It can be used in simulating ventilation problems in the intensive care unit.    To the left you can see the physiology window with detailed information about the central circulation.  To the right is the pharmacology window with on-line information about pharmacokinetics of any of the drugs used. In this case you see that the effect of propofol is 40% of the maximal and that concentrations in blood and in the effect compartment is well equilibrated.