Benjamin Esterer1, Stefan Gabauer2, Robert Pichler3, Daniela Wirthl3, Michael Drack3, Marianne Hollensteiner4, Gerald Kettlgruber3, Martin Kaltenbrunner3, Siegfried Bauer5, David Fuerst, Robert Merwa1, Jens Meier6, Peter Augat7, Andreas Schrempf
Contributed Papers (Oral)
11. Biomedical Engineering Education and Society
08:00 - 09:30 | Wed 12 Jul | Herrick Room | WeAT7
Epidural and spinal anesthesia are mostly performed “blind” without any medical imaging. Currently, training of these procedures is performed on human specimens, virtual reality systems, manikins and mostly in clinical practice supervised by a professional. In this study a novel hybrid, low-cost patient simulator for the training of needle insertion into the epidural space was designed. The patient phantom provides a realistic force feedback comparable with biological tissue and enables sensing of the needle tip position during insertion. A display delivers the trainee a real-time feedback of the needle tip position.
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