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Wake Forest Innovations
A human patient simulator mimics the bioinformatics of a geriatric patient, providing real-time information to educate practitioners about pressure ulcer management and prevention.
This mannequin and real-time computer-based technology therapeutic device mimics the human body to register pressure for biomechanical assessment capabilities. The device empowers clinical facilities to eliminate secondary costs arising from hospital-derived pressure ulcers, which are considered a non-event for Medicare billing purposes.
Researchers have developed a human patient simulator specifically for education in pressure ulcer management and prevention. This simulator mimics the bioinformatics of a geriatric patient and delivers real-time information to educate practitioners about the different biomechanical triggers that cause ulcer formation. The simulator also teaches users to distinguish surface pressure from localized deep tissue stress.
The working prototype is supplemented by a computer interface and training manual, which makes it easily adaptable to a variety of situations. In addition to its educational features, the pressure ulcer simulator is capable of assessing the efficacy of preventative and therapeutic devices.
Simulator reflects biomechanical stress and strain conditions within soft tissue for a variety of body positions
Provides real-time feedback on tissue pressure conditions in multiple tissue layers at high-risk anatomical sites
Educates practitioners to distinguish surface pressure from localized deep tissue stress
Simulation-based training promotes clinical skills and communication between health care staff and patients
Capable of assessing the efficacy of multiple preventative and therapeutic devices, including hospital beds, wheel chairs, and lumbar and ergonomic devices
Stage of Development
Early stage. Working prototype completed and ready for demonstrations
Biomechanical validation of simulated soft tissues
Instrumented mannequin prototype
Training scenario and training educational manuals
It is estimated that pressure ulcers place a $1.2 billion annual burden (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12808529) on the U.S. health care system, partially because of the complexity of identifying, treating and managing these wounds. A patient simulator that provides real-time information will reduce the occurrence of preventable medical error costs through hands-on training and education.
Dr. Jessica Sparks, Wake Forest University, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Phil Sanger, Western Carolina University, Engineering and Description of Technology
Dr. Teresa Conner-Kerr, Winston-Salem State University, Physical Therapy
Clinical Instruction Simulation
Type of Business Relationship Sought
Exclusive Licensing Arrangement
Possibility of a parallel Sponsored Research Agreement
Last Updated Feb 2014