Lecat’s Ventriloscope Launches Tablet-Based Version 2.0
Healthcare simulation products are constantly evolving to add increased realism and innovative technologies. Through updates and redesigns, medical simulation companies are able to provide learners with high-fidelity experiences, such as those delivered by Lecat’s Ventriloscope LLC. To continue to introduce advanced technology across products, the company recently launched a redesigned Ventriloscope Version 2.0. This HealthySimulation.com article shares features of this new model and explains how Version 2.0 can be used to enhance the clinical simulation learning experience.
This latest Ventriloscope version is tablet-based and places the instructor or a standardized patient (SP) in command of sounds from the control room, clinicals, or any healthcare simulation scenario. The V2.0 increases the reality of medical simulation scenarios by adding the most realistic abnormal sounds available from Lecat’s Ventriloscope.
Key features of Ventriloscope Version 2.0 include that the product is simple to operate and provides familiar tablet-based control. Learners can use up to 12 abnormal sounds per scenario with no external landmarks. The Ventriloscope Version 2.0 also provides learners with the ability to create and save cases for any given diagnosis. This product can be controlled from the control room via the instructor and/or the SP, and the system comes with over 100 sounds.
Founded in 2008, the Ventriloscope team has focused on enhancing simulation, increasing realism, and suspending disbelief with the use of augmented reality technology. As pioneers of medical simulation, the Ventriloscope technology has been adopted by over 400 domestic and international institutions.
Ventrilopscpe users can mimic sounds anywhere without the use of external landmarks. This helps to improve learner retention of information with congruent multisensory learning. The Ventriloscope, Ventriloscope LIVE, and now Ventriloscope Version 2.0 can be used for medical, nursing, respiratory, EMT, pharmaceutical, and additional related training programs.
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Ventriloscope is a medical device company that manufactured one of the first healthcare simulation stethoscopes in 2008. Invented by Dr. Paul Lecat, the company’s scopes and accessories are backed by research, and the goal is to stress the importance of proper physical examinations and diagnosis. Vebntriloscope believes that the next frontier in mortality reduction will come by using clinical simulation training to help professionals recognize crucial findings and act early to prevent the next code.
At the time when Lecat established Ventriloscope, he was frustrated by the inability to incorporate realistic abnormal sounds in teaching. Created by a physician for clinicians, Ventriloscope’s guiding principle is that physical examination, when performed correctly, can reduce mortality through the earliest recognition of deadly conditions. Through Lecat’s patented Ventriloscope technology, the stethoscope technology allows users to incorporate high-quality live recordings of abnormal patient pathologies and Korotkoff sounds into any teaching scenario.
For example, scenarios can include group learning, Standardized Patient Assessments, O.S.C.E.s, and more. Since the company’s inception, Lecat’s Ventriloscope has introduced a variety of stethoscopes and accessories for teaching blood pressure and auscultation. In addition to being backed by research, Lecat’s Ventriloscope products are designed to benefit learners of various levels and programs, from basic fundamentals to specialty practices.
Another benefit of Ventriloscope products is that they relay high-quality sounds. The Lecat library contains an extensive collection of high-quality live patient recordings of normal and abnormal heart, lung, bowel, bruit, and Korotkoff sounds. There are no visual cues to assist learners extended by these products to encourage proper stethoscope placement. There is also a Heart Trigger Accessory that allows for synchronization of patient or manikin pulse. Ventriloscope LIVE allows for the stethoscope to operate as a normal stethoscope and obtain live patient sounds for added high-fidelity simulation.
In terms of versatility, the Ventriloscope can be used in classrooms or auditoriums, small groups, large groups, standardized patients, or with any healthcare simulation mannequin. Users can incorporate any MP3 sound recording, including their own sound files. The sounds can be then played through a speaker for group learning.
The stethoscope simulation is compatible with audio-capture software platforms for high-stakes testing, and customizable so that users can create sounds to best fit their clinical simulation scenario. The ability to seamlessly compare sounds without delays is an added benefit of the Ventriloscope.
Operationally, the Ventriloscope is electronically complex but easy to operate. There is no recurring cost for accessories or maintenance, and sounds transmit using a cutting-edge communications chip that is several generations beyond Bluetooth. The transmissions hop more than 30 frequencies per second, selecting the clearest channel. FCC and CE-approved, the company shares that more than 98% of Lecat’s products manufactured in the last 12 years are still working flawlessly today.
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Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.