Human Patient Simulation

Enter the BATCAVE - UNM's State of the Art Human Patient Simulation Facility

The Department of Anesthesiology was instrumental in the development of a world class high fidelity human simulation laboratory at the University of New Mexico. The Basic Advance Trauma Computer Assisted Virtual Experience (B.A.T.C.A.V.E.) is a joint venture between the School of Medicine and University Hospital. This multi-disciplinary Educational Facility is dedicated to improving assessment, procedural skills, patient management and enhancing overall competency at all levels of patient care.

This pioneering venture is the only such Educational Facility in New Mexico. The principal teaching, practice and interaction methodology is mannequin-based to enhance the simulation experience. In addition to traditional, passive mannequins, the facility also utilizes a computer-driven human simulator, with lifelike features and simulated human responses to interventions, procedures and medications providing the facility with a unique, state-of-the-art tool. This complex, human simulator mannequin is capable of being programmed to demonstrate a wide variety of life threatening situations, as well as common disease processes. Currently, all anesthesia residents rotate through the BATCAVE in small groups for weekly sessions throughout the year in learning modules that are typically 6-8 weeks long. The curriculum is a revolving 1 year program that focuses on the management of critical incidents.

In addition to the human patient simulator, the BATCAVE also includes an endoscopy simulator. For more information on the BATCAVE, visit the BATCAVE home page.