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Education, Training, Certifications

Medical workers practicing CPR on mannequin

Cook Children's Simulation Program is committed to educating our staff on best practices, providing a training environment that ensures success and helping them to stay current on lifesaving certifications.


American Heart Association Certifications

  • Heartsaver CPR AED
    Classroom-based course utilizing AHA instructors and videos, with skills practice and validation.
  • HeartCode BLS (Basic Life Support)
    Designed to provide a wide variety of health care professionals the ability to recognize severe life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.
  • HeartCode ACLS (Advance Cardiovascular Life Support)
    Higher-level course that emphasizes the significance of basic life support (BLS), highlights team dynamics, communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care.
  • HeartCode PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    Advanced course using a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency respiratory management, recognition and treatment of shock and/or cardiac arrest.

NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)

  • Educational program that introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation.


ECMO and Transport

Cook Children's Health Care System is one of only two centers in the state of Texas to achieve the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Center of Excellence Awards. In collaboration with the ECMO coordinator and leadership team for transport, simulation training for emergency scenarios for all team members is scheduled on a consistent basis.

ECMO HAL bedspace ECMO pump
Simulated newborn ECMO
Simulated newborn UAC UVC ABP LAP3

The Teddy Bear Transport team undergoes ECMO training.

PICU In-Situ Mock Code events

All team members at Cook Children's make every effort to provide top notch care for all of our patients. When an emergency arises, we want our team members to be prepared. Cook Children's Simulation Program supports specific areas of the hospital with simulation that occurs in the space they are accustomed to working. Taking the appropriate equipment and pediatric simulator to the department creates an environment that can make all the difference in being prepared.

TCU/RCU Parent Sims

Some of our patients are sent home with specialty equipment. For those families, our goal is to send them home feeling empowered with knowledge and the necessary skills to care for their child. This can mean spending time in our simulation lab through the TCU/RCU Bootcamp program. The program is taught using AHA infant/child and tracheostomy videos in combination with hands on practice using mannequins. Education and training for parents/caregivers includes:

  • CPR
  • Tracheostomy CPR
  • Various emergency scenarios
  • Proper use and care of home equipment
Training a parent in the TCU-RCU program

Helping parents develop the skills and confidence to care for their child when specialty equipment is required at home after discharge from the hospital.


Cook Children's Simulation Program has hosted various conferences and events including the Simulation Professionals of Texas (SPOT) allowing members of the Texas Simulation community to see how we utilize simulation in our hospital setting.

NeoHeart Conference 2018 - preconference simulation event.

NICU conference lunch and learn - ECMO simulation.

Community programs

Saturday Morning Medicine

The Simulation Program participates in a variety of community programs, including the Saturday Morning Medicine program. Medical professionals work with students at the high school level who have an interest in the health care field.

Juniors and Seniors from participating Fort Worth ISD schools get to visit different parts of Cook Children's Medical Center including the simulation lab, hear various speakers (doctors, nurses, therapists) and also get some one-on-one time in the simulation lab. You can learn more about the program here. Also, if you're a health care professional, discover ways you can be a part of the Saturday Morning Medicine program.

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