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SimMan 3G overheating

Last post 04-23-2013, 5:31 PM by bratliff. 5 replies.
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  •  01-16-2013, 7:13 PM 4762

    SimMan 3G overheating

    Has anyone else had issues with 3G getting too warm after a long day? How have you solved the problem? I think that half the problem is the mattress absorbing and hilding in the heat. We were considering a laptop fan under his back to have some air circulation.  Any other ideas?
    Barbara K. Ratliff RN, BSN, MBA, CHSE
    Baptist Health Montgomery, AL
    Institute for Patient Safety
    and Medical Simulation
    Simulation Specialist
  •  01-16-2013, 9:08 PM 4766 in reply to 4762

    Re: SimMan 3G overheating

    We have experienced high heat issues as well, especially if running all day. usually we pull out the genitalia and leave the space open, and that seems to help a little bit. We also avoid covering his upper body with blankets and sheets unless absolutely necessary. 

     

    If we are going to be running all day, we shut down the mannequin at lunch, unzip his skin, and take out his stomach foam so everything inside has a chance to cool down. 

     

    We also believe that the mattress is a large part of the issue, but so far we have been able to get by with the above tricks. 


    Brian Florek, BS, EMT-P
    Simulation Systems Engineer
    Center for Education in Medicine
    Feinberg School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
  •  04-10-2013, 3:38 PM 4854 in reply to 4762

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    Re: SimMan 3G overheating

    We experienced the same thing and the tech line told me to make sure that the battery is disconnected if I have him plugged in because that causes him to overheat also.
  •  04-11-2013, 12:08 AM 4859 in reply to 4762

    Re: SimMan 3G overheating

    Is the signal dropping out the result of over heating? This has been a source of frustration for us. I have cabled 3G (Essentials) back to the Instructor laptop, run our manikin for a couple of hours in the morning, taken an hour lunch break and cool down...start back up and around 1:30pm the signal drops out...is this related to over heating or some other scanning issue by our IT department? I thought cabling would prevent this, so I am wondering if overheating effects the signal?

     

    Trevor SNow

    Australia


    TAS
  •  04-11-2013, 5:14 PM 4860 in reply to 4859

    Re: SimMan 3G overheating

    The new routers are certainly running very hot, especially if you are running all day. We have had similar issues with high heat situations.

    Unplugging the batteries will definitely save you some heat. We also try to take breaks during the day (usually around lunch) to open up the skins and let our mannequins cool off on the inside. I am curious to know if you are disabling the wireless interfaces when you connect via ethernet cables. If you aren't, I'm wondering if you are actually still running off of wireless. (This doesn't give the mannequin an excuse not to work, but might give us some insight...)


    Brian Florek, BS, EMT-P
    Simulation Systems Engineer
    Center for Education in Medicine
    Feinberg School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
  •  04-23-2013, 5:31 PM 4874 in reply to 4860

    Re: SimMan 3G overheating

    I'm still running off wireless, but I have a temporary fix to the problem. I took one of the packing styrofofams from an old air compressor and cut a square out of the foam - that little bit of air circulation is working wonders!
    Barbara K. Ratliff RN, BSN, MBA, CHSE
    Baptist Health Montgomery, AL
    Institute for Patient Safety
    and Medical Simulation
    Simulation Specialist
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