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A low cost, high fidelity nerve block model.

Sparks S, Evans D, Byars D - Crit Ultrasound J (2014)

Bottom Line: The models that do exist are expensive and vaguely resemble actual anatomy.As ultrasound guided nerve blocks become more common in medical education it is essential to develop better training models to help increase the comfort level of the individual provider and increase the chances for success during live-patient procedures [Anaesth Intensive Care 37: 824-829, 2009].The nerve block model was produced with a single pork loin with pressure-injected ultrasound gel through both CAT 5 cable and IV tubing inserted length-wise into the pork loin.

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Affiliation: Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound Section, St. Luke's University Health Network, 744 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem 18015, PA, USA.

ABSTRACT

Background: We have constructed a simple, inexpensive simulation model for ultrasound guided nerve blocks. To date there are no low cost, high fidelity models for nerve block simulations. The models that do exist are expensive and vaguely resemble actual anatomy. As ultrasound guided nerve blocks become more common in medical education it is essential to develop better training models to help increase the comfort level of the individual provider and increase the chances for success during live-patient procedures [Anaesth Intensive Care 37: 824-829, 2009].

Methods: The nerve block model was produced with a single pork loin with pressure-injected ultrasound gel through both CAT 5 cable and IV tubing inserted length-wise into the pork loin.

Results: Our nerve block model had a realistic, life-like feel simulating human tissue.

Conclusion: This ultrasound nerve block model was inexpensive with life-like feel allowing resident trainees to develop more confidence and tactile skill to increase the chance for success.

No MeSH data available.


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Mentions: Using a similar method for epidural nerve block, we used a block of pork loin, CAT 5 ethernet cable, IV tubing, and ultrasound gel to create the phantom. Using a method for preservation previously described [3], we used hand sanitizer to preserve the pork loin overnight. Once preserved, we used long Kelly clamps to length-wise puncture the pork loin a single time through the center to grasp the ethernet cable and the intravenous tubing. Afterward, both the IV tubing and ethernet cable were pressure injected with ultrasound gel until it was expressed from the free end. We then clamped the ends of the IV tubing and ethernet cable with straight Kelly clamps to contain the gel FiguresĀ 1 and 2.


A low cost, high fidelity nerve block model.

Sparks S, Evans D, Byars D - Crit Ultrasound J (2014)

Supplies needed.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4233329&req=5

Figure 1: Supplies needed.
Mentions: Using a similar method for epidural nerve block, we used a block of pork loin, CAT 5 ethernet cable, IV tubing, and ultrasound gel to create the phantom. Using a method for preservation previously described [3], we used hand sanitizer to preserve the pork loin overnight. Once preserved, we used long Kelly clamps to length-wise puncture the pork loin a single time through the center to grasp the ethernet cable and the intravenous tubing. Afterward, both the IV tubing and ethernet cable were pressure injected with ultrasound gel until it was expressed from the free end. We then clamped the ends of the IV tubing and ethernet cable with straight Kelly clamps to contain the gel FiguresĀ 1 and 2.

Bottom Line: The models that do exist are expensive and vaguely resemble actual anatomy.As ultrasound guided nerve blocks become more common in medical education it is essential to develop better training models to help increase the comfort level of the individual provider and increase the chances for success during live-patient procedures [Anaesth Intensive Care 37: 824-829, 2009].The nerve block model was produced with a single pork loin with pressure-injected ultrasound gel through both CAT 5 cable and IV tubing inserted length-wise into the pork loin.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound Section, St. Luke's University Health Network, 744 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem 18015, PA, USA.

ABSTRACT

Background: We have constructed a simple, inexpensive simulation model for ultrasound guided nerve blocks. To date there are no low cost, high fidelity models for nerve block simulations. The models that do exist are expensive and vaguely resemble actual anatomy. As ultrasound guided nerve blocks become more common in medical education it is essential to develop better training models to help increase the comfort level of the individual provider and increase the chances for success during live-patient procedures [Anaesth Intensive Care 37: 824-829, 2009].

Methods: The nerve block model was produced with a single pork loin with pressure-injected ultrasound gel through both CAT 5 cable and IV tubing inserted length-wise into the pork loin.

Results: Our nerve block model had a realistic, life-like feel simulating human tissue.

Conclusion: This ultrasound nerve block model was inexpensive with life-like feel allowing resident trainees to develop more confidence and tactile skill to increase the chance for success.

No MeSH data available.