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At CAE Healthcare, we care about our customers getting the most out of your simulator(s) easily and efficiently. That is why we have started an engaging new Tips & Tricks blog series.
Tips & Tricks #5 - Building a Simulated Patient Headwall
1. This tip requires some construction know how and will build a headwall measuring 6ft tall and 42 inches wide. You will need the following supplies, which are available at most home stores. If you are unsure as to what to buy, take this list to the home store, and a representative of the store can help you:
2. Start by cutting the 2x4 studs to the following quantity and dimensions:
Ex. If the height of the wall plates are 8 inches, then make 6-6” long pieces
3. Take the cut pieces and assemble as shown (Fig. 1) using the 2 ½” coarse thread screws (wood studs) or the self-drilling screws (metal studs). You may have to pre-drill pilot holes when using wood studs.
4. In the three voids made in the middle of the assembly (Fig. 1), install the wall plates per manufacturer instructions (you ay need to alter the order of steps to accommodate for the installation instructions).
5. Drill ½“ holes where indicated (Fig. 2). This will be for the tubing that will pass through the headwall and feed air to the system. Make sure to place rubber grommets into the holes if you are using metal studs. This will prevent chafing of the tubing.
6. Install gas and suction wall plates according to your application into the voids made by the short vertical studs (these can be in any order to your preference)
7. Route the air hose through the holes drilled at the bottom of the unit and up to the gas plates.
8. At the first gas plate, cut the air hose and install the barbed “T” fitting. Install a short piece of air hose vertically to the wall plate and affix to the input tubing coming off the wall plate (see photo below). Affix another short piece of air hose to the horizontal side of the barbed “T” piece and run that to the input tubing of the other gas wall plate. Secure all fittings with ½” hose clamps.
9. Utilizing the same procedure (minus the barbed “T” piece), Route the ¼” PVC tubing up to the suction Wall plate. Affix this to the input tubing of the suction wall plate. Secure with the 3/8” hose clamp.
10. Cover entire unit with the sheet of drywall and affix to frame using 2” fine thread drywall screws and trim where needed. Make sure to trim out the openings for the gas and suction finish plates.
11. Paint entire unit to desired color. Attach gasses and suction finish plates according to manufacturer’s instructions.
12. Install headwall unit to desired location.
13. Attach distal end of air hose to compressor and distal end of suction tubing to portable suction machine. These can be placed against the floorboards.
14. Unit is complete.
To utilize the headwall:
Inside view through access panel:
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