Epistaxis Simulator: An Innovative Design

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Abstract

Introduction:

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

Methods:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusions:

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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