“MATT is a great looking product, totally wireless, user-friendly interface, and was a nice trainer for a larger group.”

8 Sep 2021 All, Articles

Marion Young, September 8, 2021

MATT is a great looking product, totally wireless, user-friendly interface, and was a nice trainer for a larger group.” Daniel Robinson, Simulation Technology Technician at Simulation-Based Education and Research, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

When Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was looking for an additional auscultation trainer in 2019 for their simulation center, they needed a trainer that fit their budget – and would be effective for training in small or large groups.

“The MATT (MedVision Auscultation Task Trainer) allows for a larger group. The lights allow the instructor to describe in greater detail and the auscultation points and the addition of a speaker system allow the entire group to hear the various sounds before using the BlueScope,” said Robinson whose team researches and demonstrates various trainers for departments in the hospital, along with facilitating the purchase process for what is housed in the Sim Center.

MATT and Pediatric MATT were designed to be the MOST highly effective tool for learning auscultation points and sounds. With a vast library of lung, heart, and bowel sounds, with realistic muscular and skeletal structure – these auscultation task trainers are ready to change the game.  

  1. Rich library of sounds in compliance with American Thoracic Society Guidelines. A rich library of sounds with amplified details for trainees to develop their patient assessment skills will allow for both cost and time efficiencies in your training programs, while ensuring the highest standards in learning outcomes.
  2. Light up auscultation points, with anterior and posterior points. Challenge assessment skills from clear clinical findings to detecting faint murmurs. The flexible operating table allows you to activate or deactivate auscultation points and backlighting individually. You can also adjust the volume and intensity of sounds and compare sound recordings.
  3. Intuitive software. MedVision simulator software allows for analyzing sounds in four critical areas: cardiac, lungs (anterior and posterior) and abdominal quadrants. Two different sounds can be compared with the same auscultation area. ECG and Respirator Rate (RR) graphs are also shown.

MATT is currently being used at Dartmouth-Hitchcock by the nursing program roughly four times a year with 12-14 students per class. At various times throughout the year, they are also requested by hospital department educators for small group instruction.

MedVision, a relatively new player in the US simulation market, prides itself on service after the sale.

Robinson said they were pleased with product training and service. “Our sales representative spent a day with me and a group of Nurse Educators that would be using the system. The Tech Support team has been great. At one point we were having Wi-Fi connection issues. We did a video call with Tech Support and had the system up in no time. Tech Support also checked to make sure we had the most recent software updates while we were on the video call.”

When asked if users had been happy with their MATT, Robinson concluded, “Feedback that we have received from educators reflect that the learners find it easier to determine landmarks to associate with the sounds they are looking for on a full-torso and having the LEDs as a tool to keep the entire class involved in the training, makes the training more interesting.”

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Leonardo Human Patient Simulator Manikin

Simulation Program Employs Leonardo Manikin to Further Learner Preparation

Tampa, FL, July 2, 2021

To improve student performance during clinical rotations, the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Horry Georgetown Technical College began looking for new, innovative learning solutions. As the program experienced difficulty in simulating abnormal systemic responses with peers in the classroom, faculty specifically sought out alternative methods of instruction to improve clinical decision-making when sudden events occur during treatment sessions. After exploring clinical simulation products, the program selected MedVision’s adult patient simulator, Leonardo.

Leonardo is designed to support the most challenging tasks in healthcare education, such as for cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance training, intensive care and advanced life-support procedures, using a wide variety of possible medical situations. Specifically, Horry Georgetown Technical College facilitators looked to this mannequin to improve learners’ critical thinking and provide a safe environment in which the students can practice and learn.

“Leonardo was the choice for our program for many reasons. Leonardo has a realistic weight that PTAs need to be able to maneuver, a wide variety of programmable functions, full joint mobility, ability to sit in an upright position for transfers, and ease of use of both the instructor and student computers during simulation activities,” explained Samantha Martel, DPT, PTA program director and professor at Horry Georgetown Technical College.

Upon use, Martel noted that her PTA students expressed the value of the lab activities they experienced with Leonardo. Furthermore, the students appreciated the realism of Leonardo, and felt they were able to have a better understanding of patient responses to mobility in the clinical setting using the mannequin as a resource. Another student takeaway was that they felt less apprehensive with attending a clinical rotation after having clinical simulation experiences. Through use of Leonardo, they felt prepared in how to respond to adverse reactions and emergency situations.

Martel added that, in her experience, clinical simulation has served as a hands-on learning activity that prepares students for the clinic by being able to control the outcomes of the selected intervention. Her students have been able to reflect on their performance through debriefing, and learn from their actions and decisions. Across her program, this has seemingly decreased the anxiety that can be experienced in the real world without having had experience in the didactic environment.

“Simulation is the future of therapy for both didactic training as well as an alternative clinical experience. The technology that can be provided by simulators is effective to prepare students for real-world situations,” Martel said. “We believe simulation in therapy is as crucial as any other training of healthcare professionals.”


MedVision’s Leonardo Helps Bridge Gap in Healthcare Simulation Diversity

21 Jan 2021 All, Articles

Tampa, FL, January 21, 2021
Source: HealthySimulation.com

While healthcare simulation educators have been challenged to find new, innovative ways to reach learners during the coronavirus pandemic, they have also struggled to ensure these methods are as realistic as possible. This includes ensuring that patient diversity exists across healthcare simulators, medical simulation modules and other means of virtual learning. With this mind, MedVision has helped to promote diversity across the field of clinical simulation through development of the company’s customizable adult patient simulator, Leonardo. This human patient simulator is capable of being produced in a variety of skin tones to help create the most high-fidelity simulation experiences possible.

To create a manikin that not only has a realistic skin tone and feel, but also depicts realistic ethnic features, MedVision worked with customers around the world. Today, Leonardo is designed for cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance training, intensive care, and advanced life-support procedures using a large variety of possible medical situations. One of the Leonardo’s most unique features is his ethnic skin, which is realistic in look and feel.

To better serve the needs of a diverse population, the company says educators must take measures to provide learning opportunities that more realistically depict the population and improve competence, as well as racial and ethnic diversity. By embracing cultural competence and diversity in health care, MedVision believes providers can improve the overall quality of care.

“At Quinsigamond Community College, we have multiple healthcare programs that utilize clinical simulation. As part of our diversity inclusion mentality, we have manikins that are from different ethnic backgrounds,” said Brittany Casasanta, a lead registered respiratory therapist at Heywood Healthcare in Gardner, Massachusetts. “We desired to have Medvision create our Leonardo with a darker skin tone to help our students be prepared to treat patients of all backgrounds and provide culturally responsible care.

“At MedVision, we pride ourselves on listening to customers and making product modifications to best meet market demands. Our manufacturing capabilities allow us to make product changes sometimes within days – compared to weeks, months, or even years that is standard in the industry. To ensure we had realistic, ethnic and diverse manikins, we reached out to customers for input and made several changes to skin tone and features, before we believed he was ready to go to market,” said MedVision CEO Yulia Melnikova.

Other features that set Leonardo apart in the marketplace are his weight and articulation. His weight is more realistic to that of a human. That heightens the realism of patient movement, extrication, and other scenarios. Leonardo has realistic articulation at the waist allows him to be moved and poised in positions that others simply can’t. The patient simulator can realistically sit up straight for positioning in a chair, wheelchair, stretcher, bed – or even a car. He also has realistic articulation at all of his joints, limbs and extremities. He can be easily posed and dressed.

“Currently, [our] Leonardo is set up in a hospital-style environment for the respiratory care and nursing students. The respiratory students can work on postural drainage with this manikin because of his fully articulating joints,” Casasanta shared. “He can sit upright on the edge of the bed to receive manual chest pt as well.”

Leonardo is also a versatile manikin that can be used in a variety of settings and in a variety of scenarios. For example, he can be used in pre-hospital settings, nursing schools, hospitals, military settings and others. He is ideal for pre-hospital learning environments to help fire and EMS personnel train on intubation, sudden cardiac arrest, CPR, etc.

“When it comes time for the paramedic student to complete trauma simulation, Leonardo will be set up in the hallway or a mock living room with a complete environment and manikin moulage,” Casasanta explained. “The fact that he is portable, it allows for realistic scenarios that paramedic students will encounter when working out in the real world as licensed paramedics.”

MedVision says that the company will continue to listen to customer / market needs and requests to address diversity and ethnic challenges in their healthcare simulation training labs. They are looking for more realistic skin look and feel and more realistic features, which the company is happy to address and provide. MedVision uses the same process in creating their full line of simulators, to include a pediatric simulator, Arthur and an infant simulator, Mia. They also have an adult and pediatric sounds task trainer, MATT (MedVision Auscultation Task Trainer.) These products have been well received and MedVision is looking forward to future product developments.

More About MedVision

MedVision is a global company in existence more than a decade specializing in designing and manufacturing high-fidelity patient and surgical simulators. MedVision works closely with healthcare professionals around the world to create successful simulation products that impact the quality and safety of patient care and improve patient outcomes. MedVision recently opened their United States Headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

The company’s designs and leading-edge technologies define a range of adult, pediatric, neonatal and surgical simulators. MedVision is proud to work closely with healthcare professionals around the world to create successful simulation programs that will impact the quality and safety of patient care and help to improve patient outcomes.

Why Some Sim Experts are Already Calling This The World’s Best New High-Fidelity Patient Simulator

7 Jan 2021 All, Articles

Tampa, FL, January 7, 2021
Source: HealthySimulation.com

With the chaos of COVID-19 affecting every aspect of our lives, you may have missed the recent industry buzz about an Asian healthcare simulation company turning the world of high-fidelity medical simulators upside down. But for over 10 years, MedVision has continued the advancement of educational excellence in quality healthcare through the development of advanced medical simulation patient manikins — just mostly outside the United States. But all that is about to change as the company is rapidly expanding globally. Working to deliver customers the training measures needed to improve patient safety outcomes, the company’s Leonardo human patient simulator extends training in basic to advanced medical procedures, clinical team development and patient case management. Today, HealthySimulation.com starts to uncover why some healthcare simulation experts are already calling Leonardo the world’s “best new patient simulator“.

MedVision’s Leonardo Was Utilized By Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Hospital and More

“MedVision approached me in 2018 to work with the Leonardo simulator,” Adam Dodson, NRP, CCEMTP, NCEE, operations and simulation expert, and former Operations Manager at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said. “I was excited to see a manikin with full articulation of limbs and able to do all the things he could do — without nuts and bolts showing. This made his realism even more significant when compared to others in the market.”

Dodson explained that mass casualty training was very common during 2018 and 2019. After recently leaving the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine simulation program, Dodson recalls using Leonardo for domestic terrorism scenarios and multi-system trauma simulations. Then, when 2020 started and COVID-19 entered the US, the medical school transitioned into studying new ventilators made by vehicle manufacturers and research using splitters. Leonardo’s versatility and capability allowed Dodson to personally complete several tasks other simulators were not capable of doing. He has also used Leonardo with the government, the Department of Defense, and local EMS teams.

“Many of the high-fidelity patient simulators have resistance and compliance capability, but is it realistic? Does it simulate true asthma, air trapping, and reflect realistically on the ETCO2 monitor? Many of them can be put on a ventilator and placed on volume and pressure modes, but can they have realistic PEEP? PEEP greater than 20?” Dodson questioned. “Combine these with other complexities like prone CPR, ARDS protocols, and a library of diagnostic end tidal waveforms and you have a true sick patient. Leonardo can help.”

MedVision’s Leonardo offers extensive functionality, combined with the ability for healthcare educators to utilize their own medical devices. Clinical Simulation champions can craft their own scenarios using MedVision’s intuitive software, or by choosing from many others that have been carefully crafted by MedVision simulation specialists. The goal is that this will enable learners to fully immerse and challenge themselves as they put their individual and team skills to the test in time-critical emergency scenarios.

Dodson added that, although there are a number of “good-looking manikins on the market,” educators need manikins with the ability to be placed on the 50-yard line for practicing rapid sequence intubation procedures. He emphasized the need to be able to provide CPR feedback on pauses and have the appropriate time allotted for treatment. There is also a need to teach some the most common issues in a healthcare environment: lifting and moving of patients and patient falls.

“We need to have the Leonardo patient simulator appear as a burn patient this morning and as a COPD patient after lunch,” Dodson shared. “MedVision has made cleaning him very easy. I know many of the simulators without realistic knee or elbow articulation make it difficult.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Dodson said he is using Leonardo for more respiratory simulations. As the patient simulator has a virtual anesthesia machine and works with all ventilators, the manikin is prepared for high-flow nasal cannula up to the emergency chest tube insertion. Leonardo can also be used to train cold emergencies with a large ECG library, J-Wave and Osborne wave.

Features of MedVision’s Leonardo patient simulator include realistic airways, retrograde intubation, head and jaw mobility, pulmonary aspiration, chest rise and fall, airway obstruction, variable bronchi resistance, needle cricothyrotomy, programmable pupils and more. A bedside monitor is another powerful, flexible, multifunctional feature with intuitive touch-sensitive controls and high-definition graphics that can be used to compliment each training

“I have been working with all simulation companies for more than a decade on getting what we need to help ‘the next patient.’ The customer service at MedVision goes above and beyond, from repair to updates,” Dodson said. “The trainers and patient simulators are always improving and I can tell they really listen to the customer.”

Through MedVision, production localization is as high as 95%, allowing the company to have full control over the whole process. Dodson continued that between MedVision improvements, the solicitation of ideas and quick-acting resolutions, he firmly believes Leonardo can help take healthcare simulation to the next level of utilization.

Other healthcare simulation technicians, who work for a federal organization and requested to be kept anonymous, paralleled Adam’s praise of MedVisions Leonardo to HealthySimulation.com writers, with one saying it was, in his opinion, “the world’s best new high-fidelity patient simulator”.

More About MedVision Healthcare Simulation Solutions

MedVision, which is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, is a global company committed to the advancement of quality education in healthcare through its range of patient and surgical simulators. The company’s designs and leading-edge technologies define a wide range of adult, pediatric, infant and surgical simulators. MedVision employs more than 150 software developers, hardware developers, electronics specialists, quality service and customer service specialists, metalworks, casting and assembly specialists.

The company works with their customers to determine and deliver exact training manikin needs. MedVision is proud to additionally work with healthcare providers to enhance clinical simulation training programs that impact the quality and safety of patient care and help improve outcomes. The healthcare simulation company can swiftly supply any spare part, unit or junction for the simulators, eliminating delay risks when sourcing from external suppliers.

MedVision Leonardo

MedVision Webinar Demos COVID-19 Patient Simulator Training with Leonardo

16 Dec 2020 All, Articles, News

Tampa, FL, December 16, 2020
Source: HealthySimulation.com

To share guidance on best healthcare simulation practices and available resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, MedVision will host a webinar titled “Treating the COVID Patient with a high-fidelity Leonardo” on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. EST. During this webinar, attendees can expect to learn how programming MedVision software is easy, fast and solution-friendly. Attendees will also get an opportunity to learn how MedVision’s Leonardo adult patient simulation is helping to lead the way in mannequin simulation training.

This webinar will be hosted by Adam Dodson, NRP, CCEMTP, NCEE, who began his career in EMS and simulation nearly 20 years ago. Over two decades, he has worked and taught for the United States Army, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). He has chaired many positions in the Society for Simulation, over which time he helped build the SOTS Section, SimOps, and the STORM publication business plans as well. According to Dodson, all simulation enthusiasts, educators, directors and administrators should consider registering for this informative and insightful course.

MedVision asked me to host this webinar to introduce Leonardo to everyone. With COVID-19 keeping everyone indoors and away from simulation conferences, it has been hard to meet new people and come across new technology,” Dodson explained. “Since I have been working with Leonardo for almost three years, they thought I was the best candidate to present the webinar.”

By attending this presentation, webinar participants will be granted the opportunity to see a brief demonstration of Leonardo and the implemented technology in action. This is to provide simulationists with an opportunity to better understand the Leonardo mannequin, and how the product exemplifies advancements in the industry of healthcare simulation.

“The ‘Treating the COVID Patient with a high-fidelity Leonardo’ webinar will discuss programming some of Leonardo’s key features through the demonstration for those who have not seen him before,” Dodson explained.

Throughout the duration of the webinar, Dodson hopes to help relay the realistic nature of the Leonardo airway(s). He believes that this mannequin’s intubation is “not too easy, or too difficult,” and that its lung volume, resistance and compliance are as close to critical care as he has ever seen. For these reasons, Dodson is confident that Leonardo can help facilitate ARDS protocols with high PEEP, and serve to assist other RT, ENT, and anesthesia scenarios, in addition to normal emergency or assessment scenarios.

“[Leonardo] compliments the whole team meeting nursing objectives as well,” Dodson added. “Leonardo starts with appearance and ends with technology. He looks human with real hair, no visible nuts or bolts, and fully articulating joints.”

Dodson noted that today, patient mannequins are needed to help with the depth or recoil needed to teach high-quality resuscitation. Helping to meet American Heart Association guidelines, Leonardo’s CPR depth, resistance and recoil are that of a 200-pound man. Therefore, this mannequin can help physical therapy learners to understand how best to move or lift patients.

“Oftentimes software programming can be very linear. With MedVision, programming is done one of two ways: at a received action or thereafter, or at a specified time,” Dodson said. “MedVision can program to both of these well-familiar patterns, but the software also allows the user to build off of a preprogrammed scenario. We can copy a preexisting scenario, and it is easier to modify previous programs or revise them, making them easier than other simulation software platforms or user interfaces.”

During his webinar session, Dodson will elaborate on how the community of simulation professionals can improve their simulation scenarios to be more realistic. He cites that in a 2015 Hospital Benchmarking study, 75% of simulationists ran “on-the-fly”. Of them, 25% used programmed scenarios, and a third of them did so for publication and research details. Yet five years later, more systems are now operating a majority of simulations with programmed scenarios. Dodson emphasized that to improve simulation scenarios, educators must get to a place of collaboration over competition where they can both share and connect.

“Data and science have proven the benefits of high-fidelity versus low-fidelity, but the major senses (smell, touch, sight, etc.) are still a part of learning,” Dodson said. “A powerful learning experience is one that is still talked about days later. Whether it is how real the scenario was, or how real the mannequin was, many technicians spend more than an hour moulaging ICU patients with pacer wires, A-lines, bruises, EVD/Swans, etc.”

After the webinar presentation is complete, attendees will be able to share and discuss these topics in a moderated question-and-answer session run by a team of Medvision staff. Dodson says they will answer any questions regarding Leonardo’s advanced capabilities, programming, sales, service, repair, warranty, etc.

UPDATE: Following this webinar, MedVision released a recorded version for those unable to attend.

More About MedVision

MedVision is an innovative and fast-growing Japanese company that specializes in designing and manufacturing high-fidelity medical simulators. Established as a partnership of LLC Eidos-Medicine and K.K. DNAFORM, the company has more than a decade of history in the development of medical simulation equipment.

MedVision brings carefully crafted software and hardware together with the highest standards of quality and dedication. To do this, the company works in a constant cycle of designing, perfecting and inventing new solutions and systems for modern high-key medical education. Being client-oriented is among the company’s main goals, and MedVision seeks to provide quick and professional support.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Medvision has helped several different countries around the world with equipment, software and tools to help combat the virus. The company has anesthesia software for teaching over Zoom or other LMS platforms, and has created a drug therapy, pharmacy-based learning platform that teaches pharmacodynamics/kinetics. MedVision even assisted in the early stages of teaching the process of COVID-19 testing in Japan and Russia, using mannequins and task trainers such as Leonardo.

“We have all been impacted by the challenge of the pandemic, including how to teach, how to meet the needs of the medical, education and the simulation community,” Dodson shared. “Medvision attempted to launch in the United States just prior to COVID-19. Under an amazing leader and CEO they have had growth and success. I am most impressed by MedVision’s perseverance.”