New Pediatric Anesthesia and Echo Ultrasound Trainers from CAE Healthcare

The need for well-designed training curriculum and quality ultrasound task trainers has increased exponentially. “A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children” (Elsevier, 2019) suggests that “Given that crises in pediatric anesthesia are relatively rare and unpredictable and that anesthesia residents and faculty are expected to be able to successfully manage these situations, simulation-based education can fill these important knowledge gaps…”. The quote speaks to the relative importance of quality simulation-based training in pediatric regional anesthesia (or PRA) for ensuring procedural efficacy and patient safety.

And while PRA has attained widespread use in recent years (new data strongly supports ultrasound-guided PRA as a reliable and safe sedation technique), the procedure is not entirely without risk. Novice and beginner ultrasonographers often fail to properly visualize needle advancement and/or mistakenly move the probe.

To answer the call, CAE Healthcare invested great effort and expertise to develop two new CAE Blue Phantom skills trainers for healthcare simulation training: The Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Model and The Ultrasound Central Line Training Model.


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Manufactured with the same high quality that has made its adult central line model one of the most successful ultrasound trainers in the world, CAE’s pediatric central line model is the first anatomical model in the Blue Phantom product line and the only product currently on the market that is capable of ultrasound-guided and blind insertion access, with realistic nerve anatomy, for the performance of regional anesthesia.

Benefits of CAE Blue Phantom Pediatric CVA Model:

  • Realistic upper torso mannequin simulates a five to seven-year-old pediatric patient
  • Comprehensive, responsive regional/venous/arterial anatomy (hand pump creates pulsatile arteries)
  • Superb imaging characteristics (for use with any ultrasound system — no computer simulation or software necessary)
  • Portable and cost-efficient, ultra-durable with self-healing inserts (made from patented SimulexUS™ tissue) that minimizes the need to replace the entire model
  • Perfectly designed to fulfill training needs in pediatrics anesthesiology, cardiology, infusion nursing, radiology, emergency medicine, and vascular sonography

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The new Pediatric Ultrasound Central Line and Regional Anesthesia Training Model is the most realistic central line and nerve block simulator available anywhere. Using our innovative LifeCast modeling approach, the model provides the most realistic external landmarks while the internal anatomy is based on digital human files of a 6-year-old child. This ultra-durable mannequin incorporates all the anatomy required to gain proficiency in using ultrasound for pediatric central line placement and peripheral nerve blocks.


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This model is excellent for both ultrasound guided and blind insertion central line procedural training. Their ultra-durable self-healing tissue withstands tremendous use, minimizing the need for replacement parts. Blue Phantom allows clinicians to teach, practice and learn central line and regional anesthesia procedures repeatedly without the need to worry about cost per use. Perform complete central line placements of the internal jugular and subclavian vein – including needles, guidewires, dilation, and threading of catheters.

Portability and Affordability in Echocardiography Ultrasound Training

In addition to a pediatric central line placement trainer, CAE Healthcare recently released a new CAE Blue Phantom heart block model.

The new CAE Blue Phantom Cardiac Echo Ultrasound Training Model provides first-class training in techniques associated with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), transesophageal echo (TEE), and ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis procedures with the reliability and self-healing durability that only Blue Phantom can offer. Not only is the heart block extremely portable (under 20 pounds), it’s also less costly than any other cardiac simulator currently on the market.

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Blue Phantom’s brand-new Heart Block Model is excellent for training clinicians in the techniques associated with transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echo (TEE), and ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis procedural training. Blue Phantom’s TTE/TEE cardiac ultrasound training model allows users to develop and practice ultrasound imaging skills as TEE, transthoracic echocardiography, and ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis.

These skills include:

  • Using ultrasound system controls
  • Transducer insertion & placement
  • Probe positioning and movement
  • Applying proper transducer pressure to obtain images
  • Recognition of the cardiac structures
  • Guiding needles and catheters to the pericardial space for pericardiocentesis training

This portable, light weight heart model offers an extremely realistic echocardiography training platform as you utilize your own ultrasound system for simulation training. Self-healing simulated tissue allows for repeated procedural training without fluid leakage while utilizing 18 – 21gauge needles and corresponding catheters.

Available in flesh tone and transparent versions (the latter allows learners to visualize what they are imaging and instructors to explain the splice angles of the TEE probe), the Blue Phantom Cardiac Echo/ Heart Block model gives radiologists, sonographers, and cardiologists top-of-the-line training in ultrasound-guided cardiac procedures.

About Blue Phantom (a CAE Healthcare Company)

Blue Phantom is amoung the world leaders in the design and development of ultrasound hands-on training models and comprehensive education solutions. Their ultrasound phantoms and education packages aid healthcare providers in the adoption of ultrasound for a wide range of ultrasound applications. Gain confidence and skill through direct experience with their high quality ultrasound training models.

Learn more on CAE Healthcare’s Blue Phantom Website!


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