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A patient is rushed into the emergency room suffering from multiple injuries. Doctors must work quickly, making split-second decisions. Before facing this scenario in real life, doctors-in-training at The University of Arizona College of Medicine practice life-saving skills in the new high-tech Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center. To reduce errors, medical simulation technology offers opportunities for health care providers to perform all types of medical and surgical procedures without risk to patients.

ASTEC becomes an approved American Heart Association (AHA) training site
June 2017

In collaboration with Pima County Community College (PCCC), ASTEC has become an approved training site for the American Heart Association (AHA). Starting in the Fall 2017, ASTEC will begin to certification classes in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). The AHA certification classes will then be expanded within the new Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB). This partnership with PCCC will pave the way for future shared resources and programs. 


ASTEC hosts Stop the Bleed training
June 2017

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign launched in October 2015 in response to an increasing number of mass-casualty incidents, most notably the Boston Marathon Bombing. The goal of the campaign is to provide the public with the knowledge and tools necessary to stop life-threatening bleeding. In Tucson, Stop the Bleed trainings and train-the-trainer events are headed by Andrew Tang, MD, Bellal Joseph, MD, and Susan Kinkade, RN, from the Banner UMC – Tucson Trauma and Critical Care Team. In support of their efforts, ASTEC has provided a space to host training events and additional arm and leg models for tourniquet placement. Stop the Bleed training events are currently available for the public throughout Tucson. 


ASTEC validates new Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS) expert skills tasks
May 2017

ASTEC has become a designated site for validation the new Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS) expert skills tasks. These expert tasks were designed to teach and evaluate more advanced laparoscopy skills that can be implemented as a supplement to the existing Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery tasks for the general surgery resident simulation curriculum. The expert tasks include: needle handling, offset forehand suturing, offset backhand suturing, confined space suturing, suturing under tension, and continuous suturing. In addition, ASTEC recreated the handmade task materials with CAD to standardize production with the use of 3D printing. The validation study continues under the direction of Iman Ghaderi, MD with ASTEC staff, including David Johnson, our current Biomedical Engineering Summer Intern.


ASTEC conducts Public Health Emergency Medicine Don and Doff exercise
April 2017

Alongside the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, ASTEC conducted an exercise to increase risk perception and validate or improve procedures for emergency medical services when removing personal protective equipment (PPE). Pathogen movement and exposure potentials were tracked through the use of a harmless virus tracer (bacteriophage PR772) and a powder visible only under ultraviolet light (Glogerm). Participants were asked to don PPE and complete routine procedures in a simulation scenario.  After the exercise, participants doffed and were evaluated for the presence of Glogerm. The study allowed for effective evaluation of various types of PPE, comparisons for virus spread before and after training, and evaluation of behaviors that may impact virus spread. ASTEC plans to design the new Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) to accommodate more research with the College of Public Health.


ASTEC partners with the Optical Sciences Department for the development and testing of a Multiresolution Foveated Laparoscope (MRFL)
February 2017

Hong Hua, PhD, along with her research team in the Optical Sciences Department at the University of Arizona have designed a new Multiresolution Foveated Laparoscope (MRFL). The MRFL provides an innovative approach to addressing a major trade-off of traditional laparoscopy: field of view or high-resolution images. In a proof of concept study, ASTEC began evaluating peripheral awareness during modified laparoscopic skills tasks with the use of a Multiresolution Foveated Laparoscope (MRFL) compared to traditional laparoscopes. Under the R21 NIH grant, ASTEC will continue this study over the next three years while providing opportunities for residents and medical students to gain experience with laparoscopic skills training.