Avkin, the Newport-based developer and manufacturer of high-fidelity wearable simulators that put healthcare students in realistic learning scenarios, has launched a new product: the Avwound, a device that simulates pressure ulcers and open wounds.
Medicare costs for wound treatments ranged from $28.1 to $96.8 billion and roughly 60,000 patients die as a direct result of pressure ulcers. It is vital for healthcare learners to encounter wound care in their education. Now introducing, the Avwound:https://t.co/mNlrCeZt2W
— Avkin (@AvkinCo) April 1, 2021
The new device uses hydraulics to create a lifelike scenario so the learner can accurately assess, clean and care for an open wound. Avwound devices, which come in three skin tones that turn lighter if the simulated blood flow is restricted, are worn by trained actors called simulated participants. Avkin also offers training and certification for simulated participants.
“Combining the skills training aspect with real-life patient interaction guarantees that learners can practice all skills required for effective care,” said Amy Cowperthwait, Avkin CEO and nursing simulationist, in a statement.
The Avwound is the seventh simulator made by Avtech. Its first, the Avtrac, is wearable tracheostomy simulator that is worn over the upper torso and lower neck to help students learn to properly create an airway by making an opening in the neck. Other products simulate healthcare tasks such as giving an IV, central line care and inserting a catheter.
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