The Future of Healthcare: Medical Simulation-Based Education

Healthcare is always evolving, with new technologies and techniques being developed every single day to improve the way patients are cared for. However, with the field advancing so rapidly, it can be extremely challenging for medical providers to stay up to date on the latest treatments.

This is why simulation-based education has proven itself to be the future of medical education, helping medical students, practitioners, and professionals continuously improve their skills.

What is Simulation Based Medical Education?

Simulation-based medical education works by utilizing an artificial representation of a complex, real-world scenario to facilitate hands-on learning. Simulation allows for the practice of new therapies, technologies, and procedures without the risk that comes with attempting to do it on a patient in a high-risk situation.

At Michigan Instruments, we recognize the importance of providing high-quality educational resources to educators, especially within the field of respiratory care. Having a realistic simulator can truly help make the connection between theory and clinical experience in a safe setting. That is why we created the Lung Simulator.

Michigan Instruments Lung Simulators – A Staple for Your Medical Simulation Lab

Our Lung Simulators provide one of the most realistic simulations of the human pulmonary system on the market, making them the ideal tool for training and education. With the ability to simulate hundreds of healthy and diseased lung conditions, our lung simulators give professionals hands-on experience with real-time feedback, especially with our instrumented lung simulators that include the PneuView Software.

With a variety of benefits, our lung simulator has become a staple in medical simulation labs across the country.

  • Available in Single or Dual lung models for adults and infants
  • The ability to incorporate a variety of options to tap into the “lungs” to introduce gases and connect auxiliary devices
  • Our Head Simulation Modules facilitate education and studies with various oxygen delivery systems, non-invasive techniques/devices and other applications that would require a “face”
  • The ability to simulate a spontaneous breathing patient and evaluate the response of devices in various support modes
  • Our PneuView Software displays, stores, and saves real-time data, along with waveforms of pressure, volume, and flow, especially useful when using simple ventilation devices

If you are interested in adding a Michigan Instruments Lung Simulator to your hospital or institution’s simulation lab, contact us to receive a quote!

When Every Compression Matters, You Can Rely on Michigan Instruments

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is one of the primary factors that can influence the survival of a cardiac arrest patient. When proper, high-quality CPR is performed, it helps deliver oxygenated blood to the patient’s brain and other vital organs until medical care can be performed. This increases the patient’s chance of survival and reduces the risk of permanent neurological damage.

Manual CPR Fatigue Sets in Within 2 Minutes

Maintaining high quality, uninterrupted chest compressions is a key factor to increasing a patient’s chance of survival. However, a person performing manual CPR can become fatigued after performing just 2 minutes of chest compressions. Any deterioration in the depth or rate of compressions, or interruption to compressions caused by switching providers can impact the patient’s chances of survival. So, when every compression matters, you can rely on Michigan Instruments’ automated CPR devices to perform high-quality, continuous CPR.

What is High Quality CPR?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), high-quality CPR must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Chest compression fraction >80%
  • Compression rate of 100-120 per minute
  • Compression depth of at least 50mm (2 inches) in adults and at least 1/3 the AP dimensions of the chest in infants and children
  • No excessive ventilation
  • Minimal interruptions in chest compressions

Performing high-quality, manual CPR requires substantial physical and mental effort from the caregiver, especially depending on how long the resuscitation takes and how many times compressions must be interrupted. This can become even more challenging in a pre-hospital setting when a patient is being transported. Michigan Instruments’ automated CPR devices provide a solution that not only helps to reduce caregiver fatigue, but also provide non-stop, high-quality compressions that comply with AHA guidelines.

Rely on Michigan Instruments’ Life-Stat and Thumper Automated CPR Devices

At Michigan Instruments, we know that every compression matters. That is why our automated CPR devices, the Life-Stat and Thumper, provide consistent, external compressions that give the cardiac arrest patient their best chance at survival. Being lightweight and easy to use, our devices support a quick transition from manual to automated CPR that minimizes the interruption to compressions. With high-quality, hands-free CPR being performed, it gives medical professionals the time to concentrate on performing other life-saving care.

CPR saves lives. That is why Michigan Instruments has been a dedicated leader in the field of automated CPR for over 55 years. If you want to learn how our automated CPR devices have helped EMS professionals, doctors and nurses provide their patients with high quality CPR and care, contact us to learn more.

Reliability of Michigan Instruments Lung Simulators

Reliability of Michigan Instruments Lung Simulators

A recent Galway Ventshare video demonstrates their testing setup for their prototypes using older generation Michigan Instruments devices.

For decades Michigan Instruments Lung Simulators have provided researchers and manufacturers with accurate and reliable results for the testing and calibration of respiratory and ventilation devices. This was prevalent last year when Michigan Instruments devices assisted manufacturers and researchers worldwide as they combatted the shortage of ventilators as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While Michigan Instruments has continued to improve our lung simulators over the years, updating our lung simulators in 2014, we know that our older units were, and continue to be, used to aid in the research and development of new ventilator prototypes.

We recently found this video by Galway Ventshare, where they share an overview of their testing setup for their prototypes using two (older generation) Michigan Instruments test lung simulators to represent patients

Michigan Instruments Lung Simulators: Ideal for Testing, Research & Development

Available in adult and infant versions, single lung, and dual lung models, our lung simulators allow medical researchers to test new devices and techniques, simulating a wide range of patients and lung conditions.  Ventilator manufacturers and other medical device manufacturers can count on the accuracy, versatility, and durability of our lung simulator devices day in and day out. Contact us to learn more about our Lung Simulators and request more information today!

Supporting the Supporters

At Michigan Instruments, our Lung Simulators and Automated CPR devices have been used by thousands of health care professionals worldwide and are considered some of the top respiratory care and automated CPR devices on the market. However, what truly sets Michigan Instruments apart from others in the industry is our dedication to our customer’s satisfaction. Whether you need tech support, calibration assistance or need to replace a part, our staff is always happy and available to address your needs.

Over the past year we have produced and delivered countless lung simulator devices to those developing ventilators and other respiratory equipment to support medical professionals treating those battling the Coronavirus. We’ve ramped up production, added staff, and worked with organizations including NASA, Ford Motor Company, and Cornell University, (just to name a few), to support their ventilator production and research and development.

As the world continues to fight the ongoing Pandemic, we’re committed to supporting those on the front lines and behind the scenes in R&D. Here are just a few ways Michigan Instruments supports you (our customers) so that you can support your patients.

Tech Support

If you run into a problem or have a question about how to operate one of our devices, we offer technical support whenever you need it. You can reach out to us through this form on our website and one of our staff members will quickly and personally respond to your inquiry.

Service and Calibration

To ensure high-quality performance and accurate data, it is important to make sure your device is calibrated correctly. That is why we offer a calibration service for our devices to our customers. Fill out this form on our website to request a calibration of your test lung simulator and you will receive detailed instructions on the process and shipment.

Replacement Parts & Accessories

While Michigan Instrument’s devices are inspected, reviewed, and serviced by the same workforce that initially assembled them, we understand that sometimes parts need to be replaced. Because of this, we offer a variety of lung simulators replacement parts, and CPR device parts. Contact us with your information, the products that you are interested in, quantity, and other important details and we will respond quickly with an estimated quote for you.

Product Development

Feedback and product improvements are top of mind. We listen to those who use our devices about suggestions and recommendations for ongoing product development and improvements. If you have a product improvement suggestion, let us know.

Want to learn more about our customer service or are you interested in receiving more information for our Lung Simulator or CPR devices? Contact us today!