SimMan Classic Revival - Fortunate Son

Blog post by volunteer: Arielle Glenn

Many Sim-Users in the field are very attached to their classic SimMan – and I don’t blame them. He’s a hunk! No, literally, he’s such a durable hunk of machine. When asking Sim-Veterans if they would consider letting go of their SimMan Classic and upgrading to the snazzy SimMan3G, the usual response was, “Over my dead body!” Understandable. As the miles on our Classics make the odometer spin out of control, we tend to see issues arise that we are simply stumped by. It is my goal within this segment to address these issues and help you revive your classic to his shining self.

Part 1 Manikin Updates:

It has happened where Classic just decides to check out. Bye. See ya. Where did he even go and why won’t he turn on? “Wait! He’s breathing – but I don’t see chest rise. Why can’t I connect?” I always love to stress the importance of keeping your manikins on the <a productdownloads.aspx?productid="6''">most recent versions of software and utilizing the Manikin Update (MU) function on any Classic. The MU can often times serve as “the kicker” for classic when he’s a bit drab. Where he may be collecting cobwebs within his software/firmware, the manikin update can help him with a light dusting.
  • Go to start menu
  • If you don’t see “Manikin Update” in recent selections, select “Applications” tab
  • Select “Laerdal SimMan Classic”
  • In the drop down menu, you should see icon for Manikin update – select that icon
  • Make sure that even if the software says “up to date”, you click the box for “force update” and run the update. Note that if you can confirm the most recent version of software through Technical Support 877-523-7325. 
  • The program will run it’s course by updating the manikin and link box. When done, hit finish, and restart link box and laptop.

Part 2 Pneumatics (nooMatic):

Classic runs primarily on pneumatic (pressurized air) responses from within his programing. English? That bulky eyesore called an air compressor feeds air into a valve tank, which is then distributed throughout different areas of the classic’s body. The valve tank (found in the chest cavity or upper abdominal area depending on the make/model/year) looks like a square spider with 20 legs – those legs being the tubes that correlate with pneumatic functions throughout the simulator. These little valve outlets along with the tubing can sometimes get a little gunky, kinked or broken.
Tips for restoring valve tank health:
  • Run your fingers along the “tubing highway” to check visually and physically for any compromised tubes. You can take a snippet of the tubing to a hardware store and find similar if not identical replacement tubing.
  • Fill an empty 10cc syringe with air. Remove the clear tubing from the valve tank ports one at a time and push the air from the syringe into the port. This can help clear any obstructions that may be preventing air from getting to its proper place. You can also use compressed air but be gentle.
  • Perform a head-to-toe inspection of your classic. Make sure all tubes have a start and end point. Make sure all wires are connected…you catch my drift.

I have found that these two elements of inspection and maintenance can often times revive even the sleepiest of SimMans. I energized one just last week! If all else fails, Laerdal offers an awesome program called Worry Free Simulation. Calm down. You won’t have to give up your Classic. This program allows for Classic users to purchase SimMan3G simulators including (now this is really great) THREE years free warranty and loaners if the unit ever has to go in for maintenance or repair. You don’t have to wait until your Classic has an issue to start using these tips. Manikin updates can be done weekly just to freshen up your Classic! You can grab your syringe and go explore the tubing highway now!"