Efficient and quality training of healthcare professionals in cervical spine stabilization and transfer technics is essential to ensure that in real-life situations, assistance to a person with suspected cervical trauma will not worsen the patient’s injury and sequelae. Unfortunately, training is currently performed on manikins or simulated patients who do not reproduce the biomechanics and compliance of the body segments of an unconscious person. Moreover, feedback on the effectiveness of the manoeuvre is given through expert observation feedback, making the assessment highly variable, subjective and not quantifiable.
The developed solution consists of:
- A 175 cm and 82 kg humanoid dummy with an articulated internal skeleton, encapsulated in silicone to reproduce the inertia and the compliance of a human body during manipulations, transfers and mobilization.
- An articulated neck reproducing with high fidelity the movement of the head, with articular amplitude corresponding to those of an unconscious person.
- Embedded sensors, connected to an on-board acquisition system, allowing the measurement of the movement of the head, in degrees, relative to an absolute or relative referenced position and the wireless transmission of the data to an external source (laptop, tablet, smartphone).
- A software enabling visualization and recording of the movements of the head with respect to the trunk during manipulations on the manikin, with a quantitative feedback on the quality of the manoeuvre and its conformity with the expected norms.
Realistic and efficient training for first responders, paramedics and hospital medical personnel (nurses, respiratory therapist, doctors...) on:
- Immobilization techniques and procedures in the management of unconscious patients with suspected cervical trauma.
- All other transfers and manipulations of an unconscious person in different environments.
Business Advantages of this solution
- Visual and auditory quantitative feedback of head movements and quality of manoeuvre, in real time and in the form of a report to improve the quality of learners’ training.
- Manikin high-fidelity weighted segments and representative joints amplitudes.
Intellectual Property Status
Second generation prototype currently under evaluation in research and training contexts.
Demonstration of the prototype in real and operational environments.
Main Inventor Contact
Professor Patrick Boissy, Ph. D.
819 780-2220 ext. 45628