Las Madrinas Simulation Research Laboratory

Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory

The Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory is a simulation laboratory consisting of an eight-room, 5,000 square foot space. The simulation environments can be replicated to act as patient operating rooms, pediatric critical care rooms, ICU rooms, and other hospital settings. Each of these care settings is designed to reflect the realities of patient care, the emergencies that may unexpectedly arise, and the teamwork involved in caring for a pediatric patient.

The Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Laboratory was featured in Children's Hospital Los Angeles' (CHLA) Emmy Award-winning TV series called  Imagine: A Celebration of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This series highlights the people and programs that make CHLA so special.


Patient Care

  • Provide annual competencies and continued medical education
  • Familiarize staff with hospital procedures and technologies
  • Provide education on new medical devices and drugs


  • Provide a safe and supportive state-of-the-art simulation training program for medical trainees, practitioners, and parents
  • Provide multidisciplinary training and certification in life support programs
  • Provide training in medical procedures
  • Provide training in teamwork, leadership, professionalism, and effective communication among various health care members and teams


  • Identify advanced and effective educational training methods
  • Explore and define measures of teamwork and communication
  • Utilize simulation as a tool to understand medical errors

Learn more about education and research at Las Madrinas.

Simulation Equipment 

High-Fidelity Equipment

Maddie Sims, SimBaby™

Maddie Sims, SimBaby  is our high-fidelity infant patient simulator that allows for team training in routine or critical-care situations. Representing a six-month-old-infant, Maddie has realistic anatomy and clinical functionality that allows trainees to prepare for the challenges of pediatric airway management and other medical situations specific to infants. Maddie can be fully assessed for changes in a variety of organ systems:

  • Pulmonary: spontaneous breathing patterns, respiratory sounds, and resistance to ventilation in lung compliance
  • Cardiovascular: perfusion parameters such as pulse quality, heart tones, skin color changes such as cyanosis, heart rate, rhythm changes, and blood pressure.
  • Neurological: pupillary changes, movement of extremities, seizure activity, and infant-like vocalizations
  • Gastrointestinal: abdominal sounds and distention

A number of procedures may also be performed on Maddie, which include:

  • Intubation and airway support with various airway management devices
  • IV/IO insertion into multiple IV training sites
  • Chest tube placement
  • Defibrillation
  • CPR (compressions and ventilations)

Hope Sims, SimNewB®

Acting as a realistic full-term newborn, Hope Sims, SimNewB  is a high-fidelity mannequin that was designed to meet the standards set forth in many neonatal emergency medicine and resuscitation courses, including NRP. She has also been used in other curricula devised by the Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory. Like Maddie’s, many of Hope’s pulmonary, cardiovascular and neurological features can be similarly assessed.

The following procedures can be performed on Hope:

  • Umbilical line placement
  • Intraosseous insertion
  • Intubation and airway support with various airway management devices
  • Needle aspiration for pneumothorax decompression
  • CPR (compressions and ventilations)

ECMO Simulators

Cal, Theo, and Angel Sims

Cal, Theo, and Angel adequately challenge a learner’s capacity to react appropriately in emergencies through pre-developed scenarios or scenarios based on actual clinical encounters. There are a range of variables available for manipulation: monitored vital signs, patient dependent ventilator parameters, air within the ECMO circuit, cardiac tamponade, hemoptysis, and mediastinal bleeding. They were designed to challenge the ECMO specialists’ responses to potentially catastrophic events, as well as the opportunity to practice circuit surveillance and non-emergent equipment changes under expert guidance in a safe environment.

Task Trainers

Pediatric Intubation Trainer

This anatomically correct reproduction of the torso of a pediatric patient is designed for practice on airway management techniques specific to pediatrics. It can be used in many scenarios and is a very popular trainer used during PALS courses.

Neonatal Intubation Trainer

This trainer realistically simulates the head of a newborn baby. This allows practice on oral and nasal intubation and bag-valve-mask ventilation.

Resusci Anne® QCPR®

Resusci Anne is an adult CPR training mannequin that provides trainees and instructors with direct assessment and quality feedback on how to improve performance. Resusci Anne’s anatomy is structured so that the head tilts, chin lifts, and chest rises.

Resusci Baby® QCPR®

Resusci Baby is a high quality infant CPR training mannequin. The QCPR software provides the learner with detailed compression and ventilation assessments; this new feedback technology allows students to master and improve CPR techniques better than ever before.

Intraosseous Trainer

Simulating the legs of a newborn, this task trainer allows for accurate and realistic training in intraosseous needle insertion. Aspiration of simulated bone marrow is also possible.

Intravenous Trainer

With life-like arm reproductions, students are able to practice peripheral IV line insertion, removal, and maintenance. Replaceable skins ensure longevity of the trainer.


We would like to thank Las Madrinas for their generous $5 million commitment to establish and fund the Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment. This critical endowment allows CHLA to implement initial curricula, invest in the knowledge and confidence of hospital staff through simulation training, and continue to expand efforts to train external healthcare professionals.

Read more about the history and generosity of Las Madrinas .