Manikins to train nurses in medical and nursing colleges

Manikins to train nurses in medical and nursing colleges
Government medical and nursing colleges will soon have simulators to train nurses in critical care.

Developed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Centre for Product Design and Management and commissioned by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC), four prototypes of simulator manikins — a model of the human body — to train nurses in handling medical emergencies, diagnosis and post-operative care are ready.

The simulators will serve as a model to train nurses on how to respond to various medical scenarios and recognise clinical complications, especially cardiac cases, without having to wait for the situation to arise in real patients.

Prof B Gurumoorthy of IISc and principal investigator of the project told DH that the testing of the prototypes has been done at Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute and St John’s Medical College Hospital. Further testing will be done at Narayana Hrudayalaya and Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health.

A startup is in place to commercially manufacture the manikins, replete with dilating pupils, vital monitors, ventilator, surgical drains and virtual syringe pump. The production will start soon after the department of medical education gives its nod. The state government has earmarked Rs 5 crore for the project in the 2017-18 state budget.

Imported manikin simulators are very expensive and cost Rs 1 crore and above minus import duty. The indigenously manufactured simulators cost within a bandwidth of Rs 15 and Rs 18 lakh.

“Manikins can be modulated to simulate different medical conditions. The custom group has to give us the requirement and the configuration can be done within three weeks,” Gurumoorthy said. In first the phase, an order of 30 manikin simulators is expected.

KKC member secretary Mukund K Rao said heart surgeon Dr Devi Shetty proposed the project idea to the commission in 2015. Dr Shetty and Prof Gurumoorthy, presented a joint detailed proposal to the commission, following which, space scientist K Kasturirangan, who heads KKC, referred the proposal to an experts’ review committee.

Rao said the tests on the simulators have come out well and the product is ready for commercial launch.

* Simulator manikins — a model of the human body — to train nurses handle medical emergencies

* Simulators developed indigenously for the first time, at one-fifth the cost of imported products

* Manikins can be modulated to simulate different medical conditions.

* To be deployed in government medical and nursing colleges soon

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