ORLANDO, Fla. – Embedded sensor technology and interoperable modular design are key features in the SBIR-funded second phase of SIMETRI, Inc.’s Joint Articulation and Reduction Simulator (JAARS) training device for the Defense Health Agency, which is an expansion on the JAARS prototype that was created in phase one.
“By merging advanced manufacturing with our medical training experience, SIMETRI is providing advanced training aides that help prepare clinicians for complex cases,” said Angela Alban, SIMETRI president and CEO.
The phase one prototype was comprised of a partial body manikin simulating shoulder dislocation that users could relocate with the Cunningham method – lengthening and relaxing the spasmed biceps muscle allowing the humeral head to slide back into the joint socket.
SIMETRI will use the feedback gathered from subject matter experts to refine the phase one prototype. In addition to these revisions, phase two will introduce additional joints and methods for relocating the joints, and will also include embedded sensors to provide student performance feedback and consumable expenditure data. Interoperable with the Advanced Medical Manikin (AMM), the simulator can serve as a standalone part task trainer or integrate into third party commercially available manikins.
Also during this phase, SIMETRI will work with its subcontractor, Aptima, Inc., to conduct usability studies and a training effectiveness evaluation to gather feedback from users and collect metrics on the trainer’s ability to provide value as a training system when compared to traditional training methods.
“The expansion of the JAARS training capabilities will result from embedded sensor technology, modular design facilitated by iterative prototyping and additive manufacturing, and commercial off-the-shelf interoperability,” Alban said. “This simulator supports DHA efforts to prepare the Warfighter with the most effective and advanced training technology.”
SIMETRI is an SBA-certified 8a and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) with extensive domain expertise in the provision of advanced operational medical training and medical training program management. Experts in curriculum analysis and development, SIMETRI also manufactures and fields high-fidelity human patient simulators, part task trainers, and moulage kits such as those used by AMEDDC&S, Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center (JSOMTC), and other military medical training centers.