HomeGrown Solution: Heat Shrink Tube Cover for SimMan's Antecubital Fossa


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.


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


  • 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.