Heat Shrink Tube Cover for SimMan's Antecubital Fossa

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  • Title

    Heat Shrink Tube Cover for SimMan's Antecubital Fossa

  • Submitted By

    Jaan Hwan Chong
  • HomeGrown Solution Number

  • Identification of the Problem

    "Two large bore IV access" is a common requirement for simulation training, but adhesive residue on manikin skin can be a constant problem. Additionally, the zipper on the SimMan hand can fail over time and a temporary solution for a broken zipper may be needed.

  • Unique Idea

    Apply a transparent membrane over the circumference of a SimMan manikin's antecubital with heat shrink tube. This provides an access point for an external IV circuit, eases adhesive residue management, and holds the hand skin if the zipper fails.

  • Objectives

    • Create a heat shrink membrane that aids adhesive residue management, provides a medical tape-friendly surface, and holds falling hand skin.
  • Supplies/Ingredients

    • Heat gun
    • Transparent heat shrink tubing
  • Steps to Creating the Solution

    • Obtain heat gun and appropriate size heat shrink tube.
    • Remove and clean manikin's antecubital area.
    • Cut and place appropriate length of heat shrink tube to cover the circumference of the antecubital fossa.
    • Ensure hand skin is evenly positioned.
    • Gently apply hot air with the heat gun over the heat shrink tubing to allow even contraction.
    • Once a smooth, shinny transparent membrane forms over the targeted area, stop hot air and affix an external IV circuit on the membrane.


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