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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.


Ultrasonographic image of the nerve and artery.
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Figure 3: Ultrasonographic image of the nerve and artery.

Mentions: Although the model produced a great simulation model and prolonged use, it is limited by a definite shelf life when compared to commercial phantom models. However, this pork-loin model did give a more realistic tactile feel when compared to gelatine-type phantoms as well more realistic visual imaging during dynamic neuraxial block practice. We hope the use of high fidelity simulators for ultrasound guided regional anesthesia will lead to greater provider confidence and ultimately increased patient safety FiguresĀ 3 and 4.


A low cost, high fidelity nerve block model.

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

Ultrasonographic image of the nerve and artery.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 3: Ultrasonographic image of the nerve and artery.
Mentions: Although the model produced a great simulation model and prolonged use, it is limited by a definite shelf life when compared to commercial phantom models. However, this pork-loin model did give a more realistic tactile feel when compared to gelatine-type phantoms as well more realistic visual imaging during dynamic neuraxial block practice. We hope the use of high fidelity simulators for ultrasound guided regional anesthesia will lead to greater provider confidence and ultimately increased patient safety FiguresĀ 3 and 4.

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.