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Evolution of Point-of-Care 3D Printing to Help Meet the Training Requirements of Medical Providers

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Simulation is an effective modality that is frequently utilized in the training of healthcare professionals. Task trainers, which are models of variable fidelity designed to simulate performance of a specific procedural skill, are often utilized in medical simulation. However, these skills-specific models can be costly and are limited by market availability. Through inter-professional collaboration between the 3D Medical Applications Center, Department of Radiology and the Department of Simulation Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we have developed several new simulation task trainers using digital constructs and additive manufacturing. These simulation models are easily customizable to fulfill training goals and objectives, demonstrate a high degree of realism, and can be produced at a low cost. This presentation will focus on several of the simulators currently incorporated into training curriculums and others still in beta testing. Simulators have been manufactured for the following procedures: hernia repair and intestinal suturing, cricothyrotomy, retrobulbar block and ocular suturing, and umbilical catheterization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand some of the limitations of 3D printing
  • Participants will be be introduced to using 3D Printing as a manufacturing
  • Participants will understand introduction of new simulators requires inter-professional collaboration.
  • Peter Liacouras, PhD
    Director of Services, 3D Medical Applications Center
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Nicole McMinn
    Biomedical Engineer, 3D Medical Applications Center
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center