Simulation Center Approval Policy


The ABCP defines High-Fidelity Perfusion Simulation (HFPS) as the use of simulation modalities or mechanisms to create a realistic patient model or perfusion situation. HFPS must be an interactive process facilitated by ABCP certified perfusionists (CCPs) using standardized medical simulation devices. These devices must integrate realistic perfusion events experienced during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures in a manner similar to a realistic surgical setting using a conventional heart-lung machine or ECMO circuit. HFPS utilizes computerized simulation modalities or scenarios that are controlled or programmed by a CCP external to the perfusionist. These functions may be altered by a Simulation Facilitator as an interactive result of learner actions.

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For each interactive simulation or series of simulations, providers must include:

  • an education/briefing session, simulation session and debriefing session;
    (The simulation/simulation series length must be no less than fifty (50) minutes of active simulation activity. One (1) case credit is awarded for every HFPS activity that meets or exceeds these guidelines.)
  • media recording equipment that can be used for evaluation, education and debriefing of each simulation/simulation series;
  • scenarios that are reproducible, reliable and valid;
  • a participant evaluation form*;
  • a record/documentation* of the-
    • education/briefing, simulation and debriefing;
    • type of simulation along with a summary detailing the technology used and scenario;
    • CCP serving as Simulation Facilitator along with a contact phone number and e-mail address.
  • *Retained for three (3) years by providers and made available for audits

Case credits may be obtained by CCPs for ABCP-approved simulations; learn more about the procedure through this link.

ABCP-Recognized Simulation Center Application

For questions and concerns about Simulation Center program approval please send an email to Phillip Bailey at


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