15. Resuscitation & emergency medicine

476 - DESIGNING A RIBCAGE FOR A NEONATAL SIMULATOR MANIKIN USING 3D PRINTING

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Poster walk
Presentation Topic
15. Resuscitation & emergency medicine
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Abstract

Background

In today’s simulation manikins anatomical mechanics and aesthetics are ignored, resulting in an incorrect haptic experience for a medical trainee who needs to learn the lifesaving chest compression procedure.

Objectives

Within this paper we detail the process of producing a neonatal ribcage with realistic mechanical , aesthetic, and haptic properties using 3D printing.

Methods

One rib model was printed using the ABS material in multiple thicknesses and print angles. These ribs were tested for mechanical properties using a force gauge (Figure 1). The results were organized and compared to literature.

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Figure 1. Picture of force gauge measuring strength rib

Results

In Table 1 & 2 the results of the force gauge tests are depicted.

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Conclusion

We conclude that the ABS material, with a 10% increase in thickness, and printed under a 0 to 10 degree angle replicates neonatal bone properties best, and provides a more realistic mechanical, aesthetic, and haptic representation to use in simulation manikins.

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