New Surgical Simulator Prototype from Nottingham Trent University

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The model was created from silicone gels and fibres to help prepare trainee surgeons for the mental and physical experience of operating on chest organs. It was created using CT scans of real organs to create lifelike simulations of the heart, lungs and great vessels in the chest.

The outer skin, created by Yorkshire-based Trauma FX – uses a life-cast of an anonymous model and can be cut into with a scalpel and seamlessly resealed to allow for repeated mock surgeries.



Richard Arm, of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, who helped create the model, said: “The aim is to allow trainee surgeons the psychological space to prepare for real life surgery using immersive environments and realistic representations of human anatomy.

Learn more at the Express UK News Website!


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Generic Robotics Provides New Simutouch Simulators for Healthcare Industries

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Recently learned about a new company on the scene helping to develop new simulators! Generic Robotics got started with in Dentistry but is looking to expand into other healthcare areas soon.

SimuTouch is the first general purpose clinical skills training platform. It is based on a proven simulation software and hardware approach, which can be adapted for a wide range of clinical procedures. Generic Robotics produces training devices for clinical skills built around “haptics” – the science of touch feedback. Our dental training simulators have been developed in collaboration with leading universities and have been used by King’s College London and Portsmouth Dental Academy. We are now expanding into other medical and surgical fields, to bring our products to a wider audience.

Learn more at the Generic Robotics website today!

Operative Experience Inc Adds Senior Executives to Expand Realistic Surgical Training Simulators

At IMSH 2012 Operative Experience Inc (OEI) caught our eye at HealthySimulation.com as a hyper realistic simulator for surgical training. At the event I had a chance to interview the founder CEO of the company Dr. Robert Buckman on OEI’s product and support from the DOD. You can read our full OEI 2012 article here, but I have relinked the video below. Today we are hearing that OEI has expanded its executive team in the goal of expanding product development and global growth. This on the recent announcement at IMSH that by Lou Oberndorf, the man who founded METI (acquired by CAE Healthcare in 2012). Thus — OEI is one to keep on your radar for new innovation products and companies in healthcare simulation!

Official Press Release

Operative Experience, Inc. (OEI), a fast rising developer of high-fidelity human simulators for surgical and pre-hospital education, today announced two additions to their executive team. Jane O’Reilly, named the new Global Vice President of Sales, and Carlos Moreno, the new Chief Technology Officer, will play major roles in OEIs’ global expansion plans. “We are thrilled to be adding these two accomplished executives to the OEI team,” said Mick Navin, President/CEO of OEI. “Our goal is to be a global leader in medical simulation. Jane and Carlos both helped grow a small simulation company into a global leader. Their experience will be invaluable as we accelerate our product development and growth.”

Jane O’Reilly comes to OEI with more than 15 years of experience growing medical simulation companies. During her 10 years at METI, O’Reilly played a leadership role in doubling overall company revenue and building out a world-class sales organization. “OEIs’ products are nothing short of revolutionary,” said O’Reilly. “The global medical simulation community has been asking for this level of realism for years. I am excited to work with the team to grow the business and the impact this has in saving lives.”

Carlos Moreno joins OEI with more than 20 years of technology leadership, including eight years as the Chief Technology Officer at METI where he led the development of iStan and METIman. “Joining OEI is an extraordinary opportunity to help an innovative young company become a significant global player in the medical simulation market,” said Moreno. “The need for OEI’s 21st century technology is real. There’s nothing like it available today. I look forward to contributing to OEIs’ future innovations and success.”

OEI produces simulators to rapidly train surgeons and medics in critical, life-saving trauma skills for cesarean section, control of postpartum hemorrhage, emergency hysterectomy, craniotomy, neck exploration, emergency thoracotomy, damage control laparotomy, fasciotomy and leg amputation. Last month, OEI announced that Louis H. Oberndorf, a pioneer in the field of healthcare simulation and the founder of METI, had made a significant investment in the company and accepted the position of Chairman. OEI’s founder, Robert Buckman, MD, a surgeon and former professor at the Temple University School of Medicine, developed the OEI technology under a series of SBIR grants from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. The DOD is currently one of the primary users of OEI’s simulators.

About Operative Experience, Inc.

Operative Experience, Inc. is on a mission to revolutionize surgical and pre-hospital training. Using medical simulators with unprecedented anatomical and surgical fidelity within a rigorous experiential instructional paradigm, OEI reduces training costs while increasing training effectiveness and retention. OEI is dedicated to applying this technology to reduce combat and civilian surgical mortality, and to provide humanitarian support to developing countries with limited medical resources.

Learn more at the Operative Experience Inc Website!


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Surgical Team Simulates Zero-Gravity Surgery

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Recently on GizMag.com a story was shared on a “Healthcare Team Simulates Zero-G Surgery” utilizing the Cut Suit and a special research jet. Fascinating to think of the additional problems that need to be worked out in space, that only a special simulated environment can even begin to mimic.

Article Excerpt: “Surgery on Earth is hard enough, but at least the patient and all his insides stay put thanks to gravity. In zero gravity, things get a lot more complicated – the patient needs to be secured, organs drift where they aren’t supposed to, and blood could quickly become unmanageable. It’s one of those situations where hands-on experience is hard to come by, so a team lead by Major Andrew Kirkpatrick MD decided to experiment closer to home with a patient that isn’t quite real.

The operation was conducted on June 26 about a Canadian National research Council Falcon 20 jet from Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, which flew in parabolic arcs similar to those flown by NASA’s famous “vomit comet.” During these arcs, when the plane is at its zenith, the passengers experience up to 30 seconds of weightlessness. During these moments, the US/Canadian surgical team carried out a proof-of-concept emergency laparotomy operation to treat a blunt trauma to the torso. This was selected because internal bleeding is relatively easy to treat, but is also very likely to be quickly fatal if unattended.

The “patient” in this case was a “Cut Suit” made by the Strategic Operations firm, which specializes in extremely realistic field simulations. In this case, the Cut Suit is a vest complete with internal organs and simulated blood that fits over the chest of an actor, who yells and generally carries on while the surgeon practices dealing with field trauma. However, in this operation, the actor was replaced with a computer and a set of sensors that can detect the force of gravity. When the plane was weightless, pumps activated to simulate bleeding. When gravity returned, the pumps stopped and the operation was put on hold until the next weightless episode. The computer also kept track of flight data, blood loss, and other factors for late evaluation on the ground.

Meanwhile, the system also monitored sensors worn by the surgeons to record their physiological readings and cameras recorded the operation itself. During the experiment, the team also tested a self-expanding foam developed to control bleeding.”

To get a closer look at the Cut Suit check out our video demonstration!

Surgical Textbook of Simulation: Skills and Team Training

Textbook of Simulation Skills and Team Training

Surgical training simulators have come a long way in the last decade, and this book provides an excellent review of current technology and its application to curricula in the skills lab. There is also a comprehensive section on use of simulators in specialty training applications such as colorectal, pediatrics, trauma, and more. The Textbook of Simulation: Skills and Team Training book was created out of a need gap identified by the Association for Surgical Education Committee on Simulation, for a resource that provided information on the types of simulation technology available, the role of simulators in surgical education, and establishing skills training centers. The book also provides background on the ACS/ APDS Surgical Skills Curriculum for Residents.

This book is ideal for teams developing simulation labs but is also a great resource for existing labs. An excellent review of current technology and its application to curricula in the skills lab. There is also a comprehensive section on use of simulators in specialty training applications such as colorectal, pediatrics, trauma, and more.

The Textbook of Simulation: Skills and Team Trainingpublished by Cine-Med, was created out of a need gap identified by the Association for Surgical Education Committee on Simulation, for a resource that provided information on the types of simulation technology available, the role of simulators in surgical education, and establishing skills training centers. The book also provides background on the ACS / APDS Surgical Skills Curriculum for Residents.


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Open Position: Simulation-based Surgical Education and Training Director For National Educational Organization

Instructional development educators with grant writing experience and some simulation and/or Medical experience take notice!

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SimSTAFF is recruiting an Assistant Director, Simulation-based Surgical Education and Training

This person will work closely with the Director of the Division of Education to provide leadership for a broad range of simulation and training programs of the Division of Education.  These programs will address the evolving needs of practicing surgeons, surgery residents, and members of surgical teams to enhance patient safety and ensure delivery of surgical care of the highest quality.

This person will also need to continually assess national mandates and address the needs of individual learners through innovative simulation-based education and training.

This person will also play a pivotal role in providing leadership for specific activities of the Consortium of ACS-accredited Education Institutes to advance the activities of the Consortium and to pursue innovative multi-institutional research opportunities.  In addition, s/he will be pivotal to strengthening collaborative relationships with other national organizations and the federal government, including the Department of Defense.

Spearhead and provide leadership to this simulation learning program to surgical members and assist others to do the same. Involves the development of training on how to use Simulations for Surgical Training. However, this is a high-level position that manages the process rather than doing the technical training itself.

Primary Responsibilities: 

This person will provide leadership for the simulation-based surgical education and training programs and products of the division; lend expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative simulation-based surgical models; play a pivotal role in advancing the science and practice of simulation-based surgical education and training.

This person will lend expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative simulation-based surgical models; plays a pivotal role in advancing the science and practice of simulation-based surgical education and training;

This person will establish collaborative relationships with other national professional organizations and federal agencies; develops proposals for large extramural grant funding; and plays a key role in the implementation of the research projects and assessment of outcomes of these endeavors.

Required Education and/or Experience:

MS, MEd, or equivalent degree in education or technology. Doctorate in relevant field a plus.

Education and training required include courses in educational technology or simulation, human factors, safety, and research design.

Minimum of three years’ experience in simulation-based education and training, evaluation of outcomes, patient safety, and implementation of innovative simulation-based education and training programs necessary.

Expertise in writing competitive grants, implementing research projects, collating and analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts necessary.

Expertise in pursuing scholarly work to advance the field of simulation-based surgical education and training necessary.

For more insight and information please contact:

Jason Irving,

Director of Sales & Marketing – SimStaff

M. 407-437-9747
O. 407-965-2596
F. 407-264-8887

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