Organis GmbH launched an economic version of its high-fidelity lung simulators TestChest. The new TestChest-light is built on the same platform and provides the same mechanical and physiological features like its other version but at a significantly reduced price tag. Simulation-based medical training thus becomes affordable for all intensive care units.

Thousands of patients die every year because of medical errors, making health care one of the riskiest industries worldwide, the company says. In contrast, the airline industry is one of the safest industries, also because the crew has to complete simulator training on a regular basis. TestChest is a simulator for clinicians with the same purpose, to make health care safer, especially for intensive care patients.

According to Organis GmbH, large parts of medical training are still done on actual patients because many simulators do not live up to the task, the high-fidelity simulators are expensive and return of investment is difficult to calculate for simulation-based training. Primum non nocere – first, to do no harm – is the moral guideline of physicians and also applies to the training completed on patients. Consequently, trainees cannot really "practice" on patients because negative outcomes could ensue. Pilots, on the other hand, can make gross mistakes during the training in flight simulators. The risks in the simulator are virtually zero, thus even extreme situations can be trained. With TestChest-light, a high-fidelity simulator is now available for hospitals with a tight budget.

Many patient simulators do not react to treatment or need to be remote controlled by an experienced specialist to show the effects of treatment. TestChest and TestChest-light react autonomously to treatment and do not need remote-control. Simulation-based training thus becomes easy to use, is more consistent than traditional simulation and needs less personnel. Because TestChest-light comes at a much reduced cost of ownership, it significantly improves the cost-benefit ratio of simulation based training.