PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After three years in development, MedCure, Inc. has perfected a technique that mimics functioning circulatory system processes in cadaveric specimens. By perfusing fresh tissue models, this surgical simulation service, dubbed Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer (PATTM), elevates cadaveric work beyond its traditionally inert, anatomy-driven application.
Advancements in surgical training, medical device deployment, and advanced imaging techniques have necessitated the development of an accurate cadaveric model simulating the human body's delivery of blood via vascular channels. Through the introduction of physiologically accurate vascular pressure and flow in the arterial and venous systems of cadaveric specimens, medical communities can now engage in surgical simulations that best approximate procedures undertaken on live human conditions.
"Because the model's vascular system functions much the same as a living human's system, a researcher or educator will gain greater insight about a procedure in correlation with the anatomical uniqueness of each human donor," states April Salsbury, MedCure, Inc. CEO.
MedCure's Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer service includes three separate offerings.
- The arterial system model introduces throughout the body's network of arteries a pulsating blood simulant that can mimic clotting if needed, allowing researchers and trainees to experience lifelike vascular reactions to surgical procedures and devices. For researchers less impacted by pulsatile functioning, such as interventional medicine, linear, rather than pulsatile flow of a blood substitute may be provided.
- The venous system Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer acts in much the same fashion as the arterial system service, with continuous flow of blood substitute directed through the body's veins. Linear flow is used to mimic accurate cardiovascular function and conditions.
- The dual system model consists of a single system arterial pulsatile model and a linear flow venous system model being run simultaneously.
MedCure's Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer models are custom designed to ensure individual researcher needs are met. Both the arterial and venous models may be provided on either a whole body or on a predetermined anatomical region that reflects a researcher's area of specialty. By adopting such a robust approach, the Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer service will help advance medical research and training across several different medical specialties.
The most effective surgical research and training requires human models that are both anatomically correct and capable of physiological functioning. Such fresh human tissue simulations as MedCure's Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer will benefit numerous specialties including cardiology, vascular medicine, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurology, trauma, interventional medicine, and medical imaging. Blood flow and pressure have widespread impact on surgical procedures, making an anatomically and physiologically accurate cadaveric model essential for effective research and training.
"The idea of providing a cadaver that will bleed from an administered incision will offer tremendous opportunities to the medical community and we can use it to simulate any emergency situation to train medical students, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, and general, plastic, and cardiovascular surgeons. It is an ideal model to be used by medical device companies when they need to test their devices in the presence of flow," states Karim Muradian, M.D., MedCure Inc. Laboratory Manager and PATTM Specialist.
About MedCure, Inc.
MedCure, Inc. is a leading international provider of non-transplant, anatomical specimens and surgical training services. MedCure's highly trained lab personnel assist with specimen delivery, set-up, preparation, monitoring, clean-up, and specimen disposal. MedCure, Inc. is devoted to compassionate, ethical practices that connect whole body donors to medical educators and researchers worldwide. These services contribute to emergency medical personnel and advanced physician training, disease study, medicine improvements, and the development of assistive medical devices and less invasive patient surgical treatments.
MedCure, Inc. offers three full-service surgical training centers in Portland, Oregon (Headquarters), Henderson, Nevada, and Cumberland, Rhode Island. Three additional facilities used solely for storage and shipping are located in St. Louis, Missouri, Orlando, Florida, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
For more information about MedCure or the Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer, visit www.medcurestc.org or call 503-764-9919.
SOURCE MedCure, Inc.