Using NICU Autonomous Lung Simulators for Simulated Training
LuSi is a lung simulator used for NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) medical training and teaching. LuSi is suitable for all simulation-based training for NICU staff, from crisis resource management, high-fidelity skills training and best-practices training, to knobology drills, error recognition, and error reduction.
What does LuSi include?
LuSi is comprised of a mechanical lung model with wireless electronic control built into a realistic, 2500 g baby body, which is constructed from skillfully hand-painted silicone. The baby’s airways are accessible via the nostrils, which enables trainees and teachers to insert nasal endotracheal tubes and nasal prongs and carry out high-flow oxygen therapy.
The airway opening leads to a lung compartment complete with both lung compliance and resistance. The lungs are able to take tidal volumes up to 35 ml, and pressures of up to 50 mbar. Users can render the lungs fully recruited or collapsed with integrated motors, depending on the pathology needed for the simulation. Additionally, users are able to create variable and programmable respiratory activities.
Airflow resistance is adjustable, and the integrated pressure, oxygen and volume sensors are capable of measuring level of therapy given to the simulated pediatric patient, while the integrated microprocessor calculates real-time outcome parameters such as venous admixture and pre-ductal and arterial oxygenation.