equipment we use - vol 1 - communication with confederates / patient simulator voice

Whenever I visit a new sim centre the first thing I do is look at the equipment they use. I love seeing what techs have purchased or solutions they have come up with to make their centres run more efficiently. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I would post what I have found has worked for some centres I've worked in.

I have no affiliation with any company and receive no financial gains from any of them.
By no means do I say these products are the best or that they are the right solution for you - they are just things that have worked for me, and might assist in your search to find solutions for yourself.

Today I'm going to share what we use as an audio solution for:
i. instructors (control room) privately talking to confederates (sim room)
ii. the voice of the patient simulator

I needed a transmitter (send the audio) and receivers (receive the audio).
I wanted:
- A wireless system. This makes it 'cleaner' and portable for in situ sessions.
- The ability for one transmitter to connect to various receivers (I have seen some cool smaller systems, but they were one transmitter to one receiver, and that won't work because we often have multiple confederates).

I also wanted to get a wireless speaker system to use as the patients voice. I don't really like the quality of the system most high fidelity patient simulators come with, I want it to be portable so we can set up anywhere, and I like the idea of having a wireless mic that can be easily handed around for different people to be the voice.

After doing some research I decided that the products below, made by Anchor Audio and Williams Sound, were the best solution for me - covering all my needs and best cost/quality ratio.


Below are the transmitters. The transmitters can send audio to the wireless patient voice receiver speaker or wireless confederates in-ear receiver - depending on channel they are set to (16 to choose from). We purchased one of each. Most of our users opt for the collar mic to talk to confederates and the handheld mic to be the patients voice - but the choice is up to them.

Anchor Audio WB-8000 transmitter with Anchor Audio CM60 collar mic

Anchor Audio WH-8000 transmitter handheld mic


Below are the receivers. We use the bodypack with earbud for the confederates (we bought four units) and the wireless speaker for the patients voice (by just placing it under the bed).

Anchor Audio ALB-8000 receiver with Williams Sound EAR 013 single mono earbud

Anchor AN-Mini speaker with wireless option. We also purchased the rechargeable battery pack for this, for times when plugging it in was not an option.

This simple setup works well for us, and the quality is great.

If you have any questions/comments or want to share what has worked well for you, please feel free to add a comment below or send me an email.