17th May, 2022

Increasing fidelity and Realism in Simulation

Know-how of Lifecast Body Simulation
Quite often, considerable amounts of resources are invested in simulation labs to make the learning environment in nursing education resemble natural clinical settings. Simulation centers have become commonplace for educators to integrate human-like manikins into this learning environment. Today’s sophisticated manikins offer a multitude of features that can increase the idea of realism. However, independent of the manikin’s sophistication, the rationale behind replacing a patient with a manikin is that students can practice and raise their skills and competencies without any risk of harming human patients. One such effort has been paving for a very long time in Lifecast Body Simulation that develops a range of highly accurate and lifelike “bodies,” which transforms the way medical simulation and education is delivered. Despite extensive research that has provided knowledge about learning outcomes of simulation-based education, knowledge about how students learn from using manikins is scarce. This company’s contributions in simulation take a practical and critical approach to understand the role manikins play in students’ learning with a hard belief that realism in simulation has a substantial effect on our Learners – Via Emotion and Buy-in.

Simulation training is increasingly popular in healthcare education and often relies on specially designed manikins. Leader Healthcare introduces a step-change in realism in simulation education with an ever-evolving range of Lifecast Body Simulation ultra-realistic simulation training manikins using a unique combination of life-casting and body scans of real people. By bringing together existing research of students’ experiences from activities with manikins, the company gains a deeper understanding of the learning opportunities that lie embedded in education with manikins. Using Lifecast Body Simulation life-like manikins in clinical simulations allows future and current physicians to ‘practice on practical’ first. The reality of these manikins-based simulations allows for virtual feedback using iSimulate technology. In addition, the realistic manikins of Lifecast Body Simulation simulate heart tones and other vital cues that, when connected to monitors like REALTi, provide real-time information to the students. As a result, future physicians learn permanent and excellent evaluation and treatment techniques by practicing fundamental clinical skills in a safe and regulated environment.

As we know, simulation-based learning with manikins benefits nursing students’ knowledge acquisition, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to clinical judgment. Lifecast Body Simulation intriguing collection of simulation manikins has also shown an effect on the development of psychomotor skills, indicating that simulation activities with their manikins can enhance students’ self-efficacy and increase their self-confidence. Lifecast Body Simulation manikin solutions start from Micro-Preemie, Pre-Term & Full-Term Babies, DDH Baby, Infants, Surgical Manikins, Children, Adult Male and Female, Senior Male and Female and more available with multiple ethnicities. These manikin-based training solutions are simulation adjuncts that mimic reality in healthcare settings for acquiring basic procedural skills without compromising patient safety. Leader Healthcare with Lifecast Body Simulation aims to explore students’ perceptions of manikin-based simulation as an educational tool and perceived changes in self-confidence by using a mixed-method approach.


Lifecast’s new Micro-Preemie Baby Manikin has been created with the invaluable assistance of Dr. Alok Sharma, Consultant Neonatologist at Southampton Hospital, England. The development of this manikin help prepares healthcare providers in urgent medical management.
DDH Baby:

Working with the team from The Royal Surrey Hospital, Lifecast Body Simulation has been able to produce the world’s first Hip Dysplasia Examination Manikin. This new innovative manikin allows clinical staff to replicate the examination by gently manipulating the baby’s hip joints to check if there are any problems. The baby comes with all the features of the standard ALS Baby.
Infant (3-6 M):

Infant baby manikins are another proud addition to the Lifecast family, featuring the same ultra-realism that customers expect. By encouraging more natural handling and creating an emotional response, the Lifecast infant achieves a new level of realism in medical simulation training.
Surgical Manikin:

Harley2 was created from a collaboration between Lifecast Body Simulation Ltd and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Harley has been specifically designed to facilitate high-fidelity simulation of emergency resternotomy for cardiac deterioration/arrest following cardiac surgery.

Lifecast Body Simulation Toddler & Child manikins are highly accurate and lifelike, designed and manufactured in the UK. Based on the lifecasts and scans of real children, the Lifecast Toddler (based on a 3-year-old) and Child (based on an 8-year-old) feature highly lifelike details.
Adult Male and Female:

Lifecast Body Simulation Adults has lifelike details including replication of veins and underlying structures, hair and precise anatomical mouths and airways enabling ALS airway management.
Senior Male and Female:

The highly accurate 82-year-old male and female senior bodies are designed and manufactured the same way as the Adult Male and Females manikin. Available in a wide range of ethnicities and created with the same weight and height as an average senior adult, the Lifecast Senior will encourage more natural handling, bringing a new level of realism to medical training.

Originated from the world-famous Elstree Film Studios in London, UK, and created by experts in the field of special effects, Leader Healthcare, in association with Lifecast Body Simulation, pioneer advancement in realism for the medical training industry, demonstrating incredible realism and the highest quality. Realism in movement and feel – with an ongoing commitment to excellence. Currently, Lifecast Body Simulation manikins are being manufactured by Echo Healthcare in the United States of America.

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