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Ultrasound guided neonatal lumbar puncture: A simulation training model for dynamic lumbar punctures

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Ultrasound simulation trainer that provides repeatable, precise, and accurate training for spinal tap providers performing neonatal lumbar punctures.

Design Award

  • Tong Biomedical Design Award Winner

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Project Overview

The current training ideology for neonatal lumbar punctures utilizes experienced providers training newer providers. These types of opportunities are inconsistent and require fragile infants to be exposed to prolonged examinations, which requires parental consent. Although real-time practice on actual infants is desirable, ill infants are often intolerant to prolonged lumbar puncture operations; this further decreases educational experiences for neonatal providers like our client. The team’s goal is to make an ultrasound simulation trainer that provides accessibility to repeatable, precise training for inexperienced neonatal spinal tap providers while mimicking a newborn’s spinal column.

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From Left to Right: Seth Gehrke, Noah Pollard, Megan Baier, Laura Robinson, Michael Walz
From Left to Right: Seth Gehrke, Noah Pollard, Megan Baier, Laura Robinson, Michael Walz

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Team Members

  • Seth Gehrke, BME 301 - Team Leader
  • Noah Pollard, BME 301 - Communicator
  • Michael Walz, BME 301 - BSAC
  • Megan Baier, BME 301 - BWIG
  • Laura Robinson, BME 301 - BPAG
  • Jenny Piciw, Medical Student

Advisor and Client

  • Dr. Kip Ludwig - Advisor
  • Dr. James Trevathan - Advisor
  • Dr. Brady Hauser - Client
  • Dr. Adam Bauer - Alternate Contact

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