TraumaMan Surgical Abdomen Bridges the Gap for Team Training

The Surgical Abdomen for Simulab's TraumaMan System is now available. The TraumaMan System is an anatomical surgical manikin that is designed for students to practice several surgical procedures and the flexible abdominal surgical site for TraumaMan will accommodate an array of surgical modules. The first is the Nicked Aorta Module that is geared toward facilitating catastrophic event team training.

Seattle, WA, August 15, 2013 --( Simulab Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Surgical Abdomen Platform for the TraumaMan System. TraumaMan has remained the most widely used surgical simulator in the world for over a decade by adapting to the changing needs of medical trauma training. TraumaMan is only effective if it meets those needs, so Simulab continuously strives to expand and modify the system to do just that.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that there is great value in not only training users to perform procedures competently on task trainers, but also in scenario-based team training. Like many physician and nursing programs, EMS and surgical training programs are also seeking ways to effectively incorporate team training into their training programs using simulation with the end goal of improved patient outcomes and increased patient safety. Simulab’s Surgical Abdomen for the TraumaMan System offers an excellent solution to those training needs.

The flexible abdominal surgical site for TraumaMan will accommodate an array of surgical modules, the first of which is the Nicked Aorta Module. This module is aimed toward facilitating catastrophic event team training. Teams will be able to create unique scenarios, for instance an operating room trauma team is involved in an exploratory laparotomy on a patient with a stab wound to the abdomen when they discover an aortic injury with intra-abdominal hemorrhage and cardiac arrhythmia.

Crisis point like discovering an aortic injury require the team – from surgeons to anesthesiologist to circulation nurses to scrub technicians - to work effectively together to treat the patient successfully. This is a great opportunity to apply simulation technology to teach both technical and non-technical (i.e., team) skills and assist in achieving positive patient outcomes and improving patient safety.

“It has been my primary goal to build a company that works in partnership with the community it serves and this exciting new phase for TraumaMan is a direct result of that collaboration. We have also designed this product enhancement to be easily integrated with existing TraumaMan System so our customers will not be left behind or forced to purchase an entirely new system,” states Christopher Toly, CEO / CTO.

The genesis of this product was brought about several years ago by Dr. John Paige of LSU. He was looking for a manikin to support his surgical team training research. Over the span of six years he received numerous grants and published multiple papers on his surgical team training research using prototypes developed by Simulab. Of team training with TraumaMan, Dr. Paige says, “Teamwork is one of those things we can always get better at – as we improve it, we become more reliable and confident in our individual roles. Team training also helps to break down barriers and create a flattened hierarchy which leads to better patient care.”

About the TraumaMan® System. The TraumaMan System is an anatomical surgical manikin that is designed for students to practice several surgical procedures. The TraumaMan System was evaluated and approved by the American College of Surgeons in 2001 for ATLS, the leading Trauma Training Course, virtually replacing live animal models and cadavers. The system is now used to train over 35,000 medical professionals each year. Since its release, TraumaMan has also become widely used in military courses, EMS training, and other trauma surgery simulations.

About Simulab® Corporation. Simulab, which was founded in 1994, has two primary missions: reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety. The company aims to provide task trainers and medical simulators that assist in making medical training thorough and effective, so that medical procedures and treatments are safely administered and the patient receives the maximum benefit without costly complications.

For more information, please contact Doug Beighle or Stephanie Ginger at 206-297-1260.
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Stephanie Ginger