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The engine that powers SIMVANA

There is a lot going on under the hood of SIMVANA. Complex algorithms simulate patient physiology and machinery to create a life like virtual operating room environment. User movement and interactions are tracked to deliver an intuitive experience for all levels. A wealth of learning content is overlaid on top of the simulation to teach students within the context of an OR environment.

The SIMVANA simulation is broken up into three primary, interdependent, modules. When running in tandem, the result is an immersive experience that allows for free exploration and experimentation in a virtual operating room.


Patient Physiology

SIMVANA models the physiologic responses to anesthesia and user interaction based on data from peer-reviewed research so that the patient is able to respond accurately and autonomously.

Mechanical Simulation

SIMVANA does not rely on scripted scenarios or decision trees for functionality. Designed from the ground-up using the 'open-world' concepts of video game design, each component processes it's input independently and responds to the user realistically. As components are connected together, complex simulations emerge that mimic a real-world environment. The user is given the freedom to make independent decisions, but encounters the consequences for doing so.

User Input

Virtual reality allows users to act with greater freedom compared to desktop software. Every object in SIMVANA is physically simulated. Components can be freely connected and disconnected, or rearranged by the user to change the characteristics of the simulation.

Mastery Lessons

Learning the foundations of any subject is the most important part of any student's education. SIMVANA's mastery lessons overlay on top of the existing simulation, creating an immersive learning environment. Students are taught the basics through a mix of videos, quizzes, and interactive scenarios right in the operating room environment.


Users are introduced to the controls and concepts of SIMVANA in a handful of mastery lessons. Completing these lessons allows students to get comfortable with VR before jumping into the learning content.

Machine Basics 1

Students learn about how the anesthesia machine operates and specific components on the machine in the first of three machine focused modules.

Covered Topics:

  • CO2 Absorber
  • Electrical system
  • Cylinder Gas Supply
  • Pipline Gas Supply
Machine Basics 2

Students learn about how the anesthesia machine operates and specific components on the machine in the second of three machine focused modules.

Covered Topics:

  • Gas Delivery
  • Circle System
  • Vaporizers
  • Scavenging System

Machine Basics 3

Students learn about how the anesthesia machine operates and specific components on the machine in the final of three machine focused modules.

Covered Topics:

  • Monitors & Resuscitation Equipment
  • Oxygen Sensor Calibration
  • Low Pressure Leak Testing
  • Positive Pressure Checks
  • Patient Monitor Alarm Settings
  • Ventilation System & Valve Checks
Inhaled Anesthetics

Students learn how inhaled anesthetics affect the patient. This is the first phramacology module in SIMVANA

Covered Topics:

  • Uptake & Distribution
  • Mean Aveolar Concentration (coming Dec 2022)
  • Nitrous Oxide (coming Dec 2022)
  • Sevoflurane (coming Jan 2023)
  • Desflurane (coming Jan 2023)

Intravenous Anesthetics (coming soon)

This second module of pharmacology focuses on how intravenous drugs affect the patient. This learning content is slated for early 2023

Covered Topics:

  • Intravenous Anesthetics
  • Cardiac Drugs
  • Opioids
  • Neuromusuclar Blockers
  • Reversal Agents

User Portal

Learning content is only a few clicks away. SIMVANA has been designed from the ground up to support asynchronous learning. Students can run through content in class with the help of an instructor, or practice different scenarios on their own. At the end of a session, students can send usage reports to instructors or administrators.

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