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Christina Hendricks

2023 simulation fellows

We are excited to welcome two new simulation fellows at the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT)!

Training on a New Mixed-Reality Simulator Improves Systematic Prostate Biopsy Accuracy

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Diagnosing it, however, can be more difficult than its frequency might suggest. “When a patient presents with suspicion of cancer, such as a high PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level and a positive digital rectal examination, a prostate biopsy may be requested,” said Samsun (Sem) Lampotang, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and urology. Sampling prostate cancer via biopsy can be a challenging procedure that relies on a practitioner’s skill and training. As director of the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT), Lampotang recently contributed to the creation of a new mixed-reality simulator that helps train practitioners’ accuracy in performing prostate biopsies.

CSSALT uses AI-based simulator to teach surgical site skin preparation

A virtual simulator created by the Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT) has been enhanced with artificial intelligence to help students learn the fundamentals of surgical site skin preparation, all from the comfort of their own environment.

UF Health team develops technique to conserve oxygen during acute shortages

With supplemental oxygen supplies became critically scarce in some countries due to COVID-19, a team at the University of Florida Health’s Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies, or CSSALT, conceived a novel way to prolong the life of oxygen cylinders by reducing oxygen waste.

Dr. Lampotang receives J.S. Gravenstein Award from Society for Technology in Anesthesia

We are excited to announce that Samsun (Sem) Lampotang, Ph.D., FSSH, FAIMBE, has received the prestigious 2022 J.S. Gravenstein Award from the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA). The award is named for Joachim S. “Nik” Gravenstein, M.D. (1925-2009), Lampotang’s mentor and a driving force in advancing anesthesia technology, patient simulation, and anesthesia patient safety for more than 30 years.

Conserving oxygen by manually pinching off the supply during exhalation

Updated: June 7, 2021 Summary In an oxygen-pinching technique developed and refined on a model-driven, oxygen-consuming Human Patient Simulator, the patient or a caregiver manually interrupts oxygen flow from a cylinder during exhalation by pinching the oxygen tubing with pliers. Simulated oxygen saturation (SpO2) improved from 85% at room air…

Dr. Acar Joins CSSALT as Simulation Fellow

Yahya Ayhan Acar, MD, has joined us for a yearlong Simulation Fellowship. Dr. Acar is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Health Sciences, Gulhane School of Medicine, in Ankara, Turkey. He earned his medical degree at Gulhane Military Medicine Academy, School…