Case Study

VCC helps drive smarter simulations for healthcare training

Application Characteristics

Training nursing students for real scenarios can help save lives, and high-tech manikins are a traditional approach for many healthcare education programs. However, costs often get in the way of accessibility.

A single high-tech manikin can cost $100,000, and full healthcare simulation centers may require more than $1 million to build, not including ongoing operating costs. Many nursing programs simply don’t have that kind of budget, so the students — and their future patients — may suffer.

VAOL Series Ultraviolet LED

For Otterbein University’s Nursing Department Skills Laboratory team, developing an affordable solution that didn’t sacrifice simulation capabilities was crucial. In collaboration with tech startup, edgeThingZ, Otterbein designed a solution that moved the simulation technology from the smart “dummy” to simulated medical devices that can be used on lower tech manikins as well as with human actors.

Named the Healthcare Education Simulation Station, or HESS, the solution contains numerous simulated medical devices, including a pulse oximeter, thermometer, blood pressure monitor, capnometer, glucometer, fetal monitor and a Doppler ultrasound to simulate vital signs that are important in providing diagnosis and treatment. And it does it all at a cost that virtually any nurse educator can afford.  

But before the HESS design was finalized, our clients had to find the right illuminated component. That’s where VCC came in.

Solution / Approach

The collaboration between Otterbein’s team and edgeThingZ required a lot of trial an error when developing the prototype. The clients tested solutions that included LEDs from multiple manufacturers. After working with our design team, they landed on the ideal solution — and ultraviolet LED from our VAOL Series.

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VAOL Series Ultraviolet LED

VCC’s standard 5mm ultraviolet LED was the ideal solution for the innovative new product. Here’s why:

  • Ideal wavelength and intensity for successful operation of the device
  • 30-degree viewing angle for enhanced visibility during simulations
  • High-intensity output needed for communication between the marker and the simulated medical device

Application Requirements

Some of the HESS devices use ultraviolet light to detect a marker at a specific point to simulate various vital signs on a static, low-fidelity manikin or on an actor posing as a patient.

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Because key portions of the HESS system require sophisticated illumination and marker detection to operate, the LED solution had to meet the following requirements:

  • Wide viewing angle for maximum visibility
  • Fast, reliable brightness in seconds
  • High-intensity illumination
  • Operate at 385 NM wavelength

Results & Benefits

VCC’s in-stock indicator solution delivered:

  • Maximum visibility for hands-on learning thanks to its 30-degree viewing angle
  • Production efficiencies created by ordering a standard product
  • Full brightness in seconds with high-intensity output
  • Reliable indication with ultraviolet LEDs that communicate with the markers  
  • Greater control for instructors during simulations
  • Improved student access to real-life scenarios for hands-on learning
  • Enhanced learning through simulations on humans, which help nurses develop their bedside manner

Our clients have already seen an interest from other groups searching for effective, yet affordable healthcare simulation, including clinical educators in hospitals who need to provide ongoing education for staff, as well as nurse educators in developing countries where funding is often severely limited.  

“The HESS is already improving our program and making our simulation training more effective at a lower cost…Not only do I love it, but my students do too!”

— Stephanie Justice, MSN, RN, Otterbein Nursing Department Skills Laboratory

Value-added Service

Inventing new products doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel when it comes to status indication. VCC delivers standard products that outshine competitors when it comes to reliability and the features needed to meet your goals.

If you don’t see exactly what you need in stock, our experienced team can create a custom solution or revise a standard product to find the perfect fit.

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