A Neonatal Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Training Simulator that teaches clinical staff how to safely insert a CVC into a neonate using an ultrasound guided technique.

Each year over 100,000 babies are admitted to neonatal units across the UK. Many of these babies need intravenous fluids and medication which can only be administered through a CVC. Currently, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine acknowledges that there are no validated training packages available for CVC insertion and are looking into how to improve patient safety after several associated fatalities.

The Neonatal CVC Simulator aims to combat this problem by providing clinicians with a sensory and specifically haptic training experience that closely replicates the real-life procedure. Ultrasound compatible tissue-mimicking materials were developed and used to create a simulator that is anatomically correct, looks realistic, feels realistic, and can withstand repeated training sessions.

The product was developed in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Clinicians have tested and evaluated prototypes and concepts throughout the project, enabling a high-fidelity training simulator to be produced.

Undergrad Isabel Rees

Isabel Rees

Product Design Engineering BSc

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