Our Creative Inquiry, in collaboration with clinicians, local hospitals, and MBA students, has involved the development, testing, and commercialization of a central venous catheterization training simulator. Medical training simulators are important tools for educating physicians without needing to practice on patients. Central venous catheterization (CVC) is the insertion of a catheter into a sizable vein in order to deliver a large influx of drugs to the heart. The risky nature of the procedure comes from the proximity of the vein to the heart, lungs, and major arteries. Many complications can arise, often the cause of expensive and ineffective training methods. We have created an affordable simulator with features that address the limitations of current simulators, including a fully rotatable head, proper anatomical landmarks, and ultrasoundability. Our patent-pending design is currently being prepared for manufacturing and marketing in hopes of increasing the safety of CVC procedures.
Thomas, R.; Barrett, A.; Foister, S.; Jett, J.; Hicks, K.; Nagatomi, J.; and Dean, D., "Medical training simulation for central venous catheterization" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 56.