Surgical Sam Baby Helps Train Boston Children’s Hospital Surgeons


Sharing today a recent story by news group Beta Boston covering the use of The Chamberlain Group’s Surgical Sam by the team at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Peter Weinstock is the director of Boston Children Hospital’s Simulator Program, and his current “baby’’ on the operating table is a sophisticated medical mannequin that provides surgical teams with an immersive training environment.

The child-sized mannequin is named Surgical Sam. Under its skin, which surgeons cut into with real scalpels, are facsimile bones, organs, and fluids made from plastic and other synthetic materials that approximate human tissues and liquids.

Click here to watch our video about Surgical Sam!

The big-picture goal of the Surgical Sam program, Weinstock said, is to create a non-judgmental environment where members of an operating team can improve their communication during real life-threatening situations. To date, the hospital has used Surgical Sam to train several hundred surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other clinicians.

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“The reason planes crash is not because people don’t know how to fly planes,” said Weinstock. “The reason planes crash is because pilots don’t talk to each other. It’s much easier for clinicians to talk about technical work than about why they don’t communicate well.”

Founded in 2001, the Simulator Program has long orchestrated various test-runs, from clinical contact with patients, to infectious-disease outbreak scenarios. When Weinstock became director in 2008, he became interested in rehearsing surgical procedures as well.

Read the full Surgical Sam Article on Beta Boston’s Website 


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Surgical Sam “World’s First Infant Surgical Team Trainer” From The Chamberlain Group | IMSH 2015 Video Interview

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Lisa Chamberlain of The Chamberlain Group toured us through Surgical Sam while exhibiting at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2015. This unique model allows for advanced surgical training with realistic features specific to modules teams need rare training to perform. Watch our video interview below to get an inside look at Surgical Sam:

More from The Chamberlain Group’s Website:

“Surgical Sam is the world’s first beating heart, breathing, bleeding, high fidelity team trainer for pediatric surgery, developed with Boston Children’s Hospital as the centerpiece of their team-training initiatives in pediatric cardiothoracic and general surgery.

Unlike other patient mannequins that simulate only basic physiology, Surgical Sam ‘moves the needle’ on pediatric surgical team training by allowing important steps of surgery to really happen – allowing OR teams to fully immerse in simulations to optimize performance, safety and outcomes for children.

Surgical Sam for CT Training includes:

  • Surgical Sam Chassis 
  • Cardiothoracic Module 
  • Beating Heart Controller 
  • Pulse Controller
  • Variable Rate Controller
  • Shipping Case
  • Quick Start Curriculum developed by Boston Children’s Hospital

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The Cardiothoracic Module features a beating heart with replaceable right atrium and aorta for cannulation, a suturable IVC bleed site, recloseable sternum, and ventilation-compatible lungs. Module supports hemodynamic flow to the thoracic cavity; bleed sites are externally controlled for simulating hemorrhagic events. 

The General Surgery Module includes ventilation compatible lungs, replaceable stomach and duodenum, liver with a capsule bleed and simulated electrocautery, and bowel for perforation and other emergent procedures. Module supports hemodynamic flow to the abdominal cavity; bleed sites are externally controlled for simulating hemorrhagic events.”

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