Survival Technology Clinical Simulation Products Expand Learning Possibilities Across Africa
Globally, medical simulation has had an undeniable impact on the ability to effectively train healthcare learners. As a leading distributor of clinical simulation and training equipment in Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, Survival Technology helps bring healthcare simulation resources to the facilities and educators training the next generation of medical professionals. From administering injections to conducting sonography and providing physical examinations, the healthcare simulation products that are distributed by Survival Technology can be used to provide instruction on various aspects of clinical healthcare learning. This HealthySimulation.com article highlights several of the products distributed by Survival Technology, and also shares the benefit of incorporating them across medical education.
Survival Technology Healthcare Simulation Product Examples
Choking Charlie: Choking Charlie is an adult torso cast from a human specimen that is designed specifically for training learners in the performance of the Heimlich Abdominal Thrust Maneuver. Manufactured by Laerdal, realistic anatomy and response using simulated boluses provide instructors with an excellent tool for instructing and practicing this lifesaving technique.
CT Torso Phantom CTU-41: Manufactured by Kyoto Kagaku, this is a one-piece anthropomorphic torso phantom with anatomical structures that allows for various CT approaches including helical scanning. The phantom can be used for alignment in Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
Pacerman System: PacerMan is the first and only high-fidelity simulator for immersive transvenous pacing training from needle insertion to electrical capture using all the clinical equipment. With PacerMan, clinicians can practice the entire procedure including identifying intrinsic bradycardias, assessing intracardiac waveforms, and manipulating output and rate with a pacing generator.
Simulab’s patented SimuSensor technology powers PacerMan, replicating a true clinical workflow by allowing the learner to use their own pacing generator to trigger patient responses on a simulated patient monitor. PacerMan can be set on Instructor Mode, with specifically chosen scenario parameters, or randomized Student Mode. Both settings include options for multiple outcomes and offer hands-on learning anytime, anywhere.
Advanced Breast Exam Simulator: The Life/form Advanced Breast Exam Simulator offers unparalleled realism for teaching both clinical and self-breast examination. Unlike other simulators, tissue density actually varies within the simulated breast, just as it does in a live patient. Tumors of varying sizes (1-4 cm diameter), shapes (round, oval, irregular/stellate), and densities can be inserted by the instructor for an expanded combination of training scenarios. Tumors represent adenomas, cysts, malignant tumors, and enlarged lymph nodes.
The trainer features palpable ribs, sternum, clavicles, and enlarged lymph nodes in the axillary and subclavicular areas. Peau d’orange (“orange peel skin”) with inflammations, inverted nipples, skin dimpling, and asymmetry are also depicted on the incredibly realistic skin. The Life/form Advanced Breast Exam Simulator has been designed for supine examination, but may also be used standing upright if desired. Training may also be done without the overlaying skin.
Hand and Wrist Injection Trainer: Suitable for all levels of training, the Hand and Wrist Injection Trainer allows trainees and clinicians to practice and teach injections in five different locations within the hand and wrist. An anatomically correct representation of a man’s hand with important landmarks and underlying structures, the palpation-guided trainer allows for injections into the Carpal Tunnel, De Quervain’s Sheath, Trigger Finger, First Carpometacarpal Joint, and the Distal Radioulnar Joint, whilst the presence of the Median Nerve adds another level of realism and complexity.
The trainer comes equipped with an Android tablet, which works in unison with an app. The app, coupled with innovative sensory technology, provides learners with wireless, real-time feedback from the procedure. An Interactive Anatomy element allows users to rotate the detailed model anatomy 360 degrees so each injection site can be viewed and analyzed from a number of angles.
Abdominal Palpation Simulator (ABSIM): The patented AbSim High Fidelity Abdominal Medical Skills Simulator makes teaching medical personnel easier and more effective. AbSim streamlines and enhances a curriculum like never before by providing 24/7 learner access and self-training and testing, multiple practice opportunities, automated, scenario-specific reinforcement, corrective feedback as needed, and learner support when shifting from one case scenario to another.
Benefits of Clinical Simulation
As healthcare simulation is the modern way to educate and train healthcare professionals to master cognitive, technical, and behavioral skill sets through technologically advanced, crafted experiences, the learning style enables professionals and learners to practice and test their profession while building confidence in their abilities before working in real-world scenarios. In addition, medical simulation mimics a clinical situation without the risk of potentially harmful clinical outcomes. Healthcare simulation is also referred to as medical Simulation, clinical simulation, or, in specific circumstances, surgical simulation and nursing simulation.
Healthcare simulations, or clinical simulations, create a safe, controlled environment where healthcare workers can practice needed skills and gain confidence without the fear of harming a patient or delaying the diagnosis and treatment of patients. In addition, simulations allow for mistakes and the learning that occurs with those mistakes without the fear of consequences. Medical simulations can also create many scenarios with a broader variety of diagnoses for learners to experience, leading to increased preparedness of medical learners and new physicians and success in a hospital or clinical environment.
Another benefit is that each learning experience can be customized to address the learner’s needs. Thus, healthcare simulation can accommodate a wide range of learners, from beginner-level learners looking to build “muscle memory” to expert professionals needing to master a new technology or piece of equipment used for a complex procedure. This technology can significantly impact the entire healthcare field regardless of specialty, from surgeons to emergency medical services personnel. Not only does healthcare simulation help to ensure that professionals and facilities are offering the highest quality services, but it also ultimately increases the likelihood of following best practices.
More About Survival Technology
Survival Technology is one of the largest suppliers of Medical Training Solutions to Universities, Colleges, Hospitals, Emergency Medical Services, and other training institutions in Southern Africa. Products include medical patient simulators and task trainers, charts and models, medical textbooks, and training media. The company is accredited to present American Heart Association, International Trauma Life Support, and Emergency Care and Safety Institute courses.
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 and his wife Abigail Baily, PhD live in Las Vegas, Nevada with two amazing daughters and two crazy dachshunds.