Manufacturers of Medical Simulators

I did some research into companies that manufacture training devices for surgery procedures, some of which are the likes of:

Lifelike Bio Tissue
3D systems
The Chamberlain Group
Limbs + Things
Medical X

to name a few..... But observing some of the products on display has given us a few insights. First of all is the look, the colours used and the so called "medical branding" that is associated with such products, this is a great inisght to keep in mind for the future when we are designing our model.

But also, a really cool insight into how training devices only really cover 1 specific task. What happens if something goes wrong? Why isnt so called scenario based training used in medical training simulators, i mean after all, they are performing surgery on human beings, surely they need to be prepared for the unknown. As the saying goes, "fail to prepare, prepare to fail".

Maybe an interesting avenue to explore…

Facts about appendectomies

- open appendectomies are a lot shorter in time compared in laparoscopic.

- Open appendectomies are more prominent in paediatrics.... Is this a route for us to take?

 - Laparoscopic procedures however have a way shorter and less painful recovery for the patient.

- Both laparoscopic and open techniques are considered emergency procedures

- Figures show that the laparoscopic technique is becoming more the industry standard. As the below table shows:


First stumbling block

Where is our project going?

This is the question thats been on our minds. We have a pretty great grasp on what the open appendectomy curtails but why is there a need for it and in what context?

its something that has been a little bit of an elephant in the room hopefully we can sort it out soon

Visualizing Information

Although its early days yet, we decided to keep as a side project, a bit of investigation into how our information will be displayed in the task analysis. Ryan cleverly set up a Pinterest account and folder where we can pin anything that inspires us.

we plan to keep updating this as we move along the process of the project so if you want to track what inspires us you can do so here:

Layer of the abdomen

From our initial research, we have established that these are the layers of the abdomen that are in this procedure:

Subcutaneous fat
Campers Fascia
Scarpus Fascia
External Oblique
Internal Oblique
Transversalis Fascia
Taenie Coli
Terminal ileum
Large Intestine


These are hopefully the layers we can recreate in our model further down the line.

Med Tech Galway 2017

A nice little break presented itself when myself and Ryan got the opportunity to travel down to galway for the day and check out the Med Tech Ireland conference in the Radisson Blu in Galway. Bright and early, we hoped on the 7.30am train to Galway, I wouldnt consider myself that much of a morning person,( I had forgotten people wake up as such ungodly hours since my return to college) however it was nice to get a change of scenery for the day and take our minds off the project (albeit for a brief few hours).

Once we arrived, we soon found ourselves surrounded by professionals of the medical world, surgeons, manufacturers, sales reps and the likes. First up on the agenda was a talk on the the future of health care. As we sat down in the conference room, in the most irish way possible, it seemed the organiser of the even hadnt bothered keep to the schedule of what was listed in the programme at the allocated time and decided to let another speaker make his presentation. This was a nice…

First Digital Draft of Task Analysis

So following on from our last step, we digitized our analog task analysis, this was really beneficial because not only did the information really start to take shape, the ideas around how we could visually represent our task analysis were starting to form. When doing this up, I kept it as simple as possible, followed a timeline structure and used a very basic grid to house the information, which I think helped make the information read nicely from left to right. Hopefully as time progresses we will start to develop even further. Exciting times.

Below are some zoomed in screenshots of the digital task analaysis