SynDaver Awarded 15th Patent

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SynDaver announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Officeissued U.S. Patent 10,424,226 for the company’s wearable chest tube skillstraining device.

The patent, which was issued in September, providesprotections for the design and manufacturing of SynDaver’s Wearable Chest TubeSkills Trainer. The device is a wearable medical training simulator used totrain students to develop skills associated with chest tube placement, whichinvolves inserting a flexible tube into the pleural cavity to drain air, blood,bile, pus or other fluids. This procedure is also known as tube thoracostomy.

Designed to be worn by a patient actor around their upperbody, the device is made with an inner protective shield and an outer layer ofSynDaver’s synthetic tissues, called SynTissue, to ensure realism inthoracostomy training. Students using the device experience the realistichaptic feedback consistent with a live patient, including appropriatefrictional values and puncture resistance.

SynDaver has been awarded 15 U.S. patents since its inception.The company also received a patent for its cricothyroidotomy and nasogastricintubation simulation technology this past July.

The Wearable Chest Tube Skills Trainer weighs five poundsand is small enough to be fitted under a patient actor’s normal clothing. Thedevice simulates a portion of the thorax and includes a combination of highlyrealistic soft tissues and bone structures backed by ballistics-quality armorto prevent injury to the patient actor.

The trainer is used to enhance simulated exercises for avariety of medical professions, including emergency medical technologists,field medics, flight medics, naval medics, paramedics, first responders,emergency physicians and nurses.


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