Epistaxis Simulator: An Innovative Design

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This article provides directions for creating a cost-effective epistaxis simulator using an existing CPR Trainer and expired medical supplies.


An epistaxis simulator was created and presented to attending Emergency Medicine physician-educators at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare as an adjunct for procedural training. The materials and methods for making the nosebleed simulator are outlined in this article.


We created an epistaxis model utilizing an older CPR Trainer, i.v. tubing, and a bag of normal saline. The model provided realistic epistaxis. This simulator is able to simulate a nosebleed’s response to proper positioning of nasal packing by creating hemostasis.


Existing task trainers can be modified to provide learners with novel features that can expand the number of simulated clinical conditions.

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