Self administration of clotting factor concentrates at home via peripheral venous access has become a standard of care in management of bleeding disorders . The benefits include increased medication compliance, decreased bleeding complications and overall reduction of health care costs.
However venipuncture techniques and skills are hard to learn when practicing on yourself or your child. In 2017, a nationwide survey of Hemophilia Treatment Center staff revealed that there was a lack of updated practice tools and technological aids to practice self infusion.
The need for ultra-realistic and accurate model simulation and skills training is required for patients and families to safely and confidently gain venous access at home. The Orlando Health/Digital Anatomy Simulations for Healthcare, Inc. Team is developing a multi-use trainer to provide realistic, self-training, guidance practice tools for gaining peripheral venous access.
DASH and THe Orlando Health hospital Network are developing a 3D printed simulation/task trainer patch to simulate realistic basic anatomy. The tool requirements are to teach tissue palpation, vein location, tourniquet application, venipuncture with blood flashback, pressure release and saline flush. The patch is reusable with self healing skin and vein. Ultra-realistic tissue properties and function for accurate training is accomplished on the Stratasys J750 polyjet printer with innovative 3D printed tissue property designs.