Orlando-based medical simulation company, SIMETRI, was recently awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to design and develop, and eventually commercialize a medical training device for shoulder dislocation and treatment. The Joint Articulation and Reduction Simulator (JAARS) Phase I contract was awarded March 19, 2018.

When complete, the JAARS will integrate with existing commercial manikin technology used by the military, healthcare professionals, and first responders, and will present multiple dislocation scenarios. The device will use commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and 3D printed components with embedded sensors to provide student performance feedback as well as consumable expenditure data.

Plans for Phase I include a partial body manikin with shoulder dislocation and treatment technology. Complementary to simulating the dislocating bones, JAARS will simulate the symptoms for dislocated joints, which include swelling, numbness, weakness, and bruising. To ensure success, SIMETRI has teamed with several subcontractors and subject matter experts who have specific expertise to augment SIMETRI's core capabilities, including Aptima and University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio (UTHSCSA).