SIM-ND Truck

Simulation in Motion-ND (SIM-ND) provided sepsis training at the Northwest Regional EMS Conference on January 18, 2019.

SIM-ND is a unique, statewide, mobile education system with four large trucks outfitted with high fidelity human patient simulators, or computerized mannequins, to provide standardized education to all pre-hospital and hospital personnel within the state. The computerized mannequins talk, breathe, have heartbeats and can react to medications and other actions of the learners. They can die and be revived over and over again. Their goal is to improve emergency care skills of providers.

Cliff Black with Mannequin

Cliff Black, with a “high fidelity human patient simulator” aka, a computerized mannequin, that is being used to simulate a live sepsis case.

SIMND Truck with Staff

Lisa Thorp, Great Plains QIN, her daughter Courtney Thorp, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Brenda Black and Cliff Black, NRP.

This sepsis education was created as part of a special innovation project spearheaded by Great Plains Quality Innovation Network to increase sepsis recognition and treatment of sepsis in rural communities. Great Plains QIN’s goal is to increase sepsis awareness and reduce progression of sepsis for patients in rural settings because mortality increases 8% with each hour the patient does not receive treatment.

Under the leadership of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, SIM-ND brings highly trained medical educators to all reaches of the state. A cooperative collaboration with the state’s largest health systems provides medical health professionals the ability to deliver the emergency care education.


Brenda Black, BSN, RN; Clifford Black, NRP; Courtney Thorp, BSN, RN, ND STAR, Simulation Education Coordinator, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and Lisa Thorp, BSN, RN, Great Plains QIN, represent a few of the stakeholders that have partnered together for this project.

Great Plains QIN received special funding to work in rural areas of our states to provide evidence-based tools, resources, training, and subject matter experts to EMS professionals and consumers in rural communities to raise awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. Click here to learn more.