Mixed-reality REBOA simulator with virtual coach
The REBOA technique, or resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta, is used to manage internal hemorrhages, mainly in the abdomen and pelvic region.
Using SMMARTS (System of Modular Mixed and Augmented Reality Tracking Simulators) technology, and with the collaboration of the UF Mechanical Engineering Department, CSSALT has built a new simulator-based REBOA trainer featuring a virtual coach.
The mixed-reality simulator allows trainees to practice REBOA catheter insertion and placement with the help of realistic anatomical models and virtual ultrasound guidance. The virtual coach not only trains the learner but also assesses their learning. A key advantage of a virtual coach is that once the system is fully validated, trainees can independently learn the technique on the simulator without a trainer, saving time and resources.
Special thanks to UF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students Cristian Dionisi, Noah Raecek, Kristian Michael, Jhon Ibanez, David Lovelace, Zachary Tupper, and Roxanna Storms who assisted CSSALT in the prototype REBOA simulator for Dr. Sean Niemi’s Spring 2021 senior design class.