ECMO Simulator

Our Aim

The overarching aim of ABM is to provide services and advice that are an integral part of a patient's blood management plan. We aim to achieve this goal through interaction with the individual hospital, multidisciplinary team and the effective implementation of research based practice.

Perioperative Blood Management Symposium: Novotel, Manly Pacific 2020

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WHAT is Parallel?

Simulation hub 27cm x 18cm x 13cm; < 2kg

  • Australian Blood Management is the sole distributor of Parallel to ANZ.
  • The Parallel Simulator is a high fidelity intuitive and portable ECMO simulation training device.
  • Physiological parameters can be specified to simulate adult, paediatric and neonatal patients.
  • Compact system comprises of a small simulation hub and two separate high resolution PC tablets with wireless communication through XB transmitters, allowing the trainer to be in a separate observation room, if desired.
  • Display can also be outputted to an external monitor to facilitate larger group training sessions.
  • Storage and transport is safe and easy in the robust custom-built case.

HOW does it work?

  • Highly realistic ECMO, Circulatory and Pulmonary scenarios can be simulated while the device is connected in line with a conventional circuit.
  • Single or multiple physiological parameters can be adjusted to occur simultaneously or in succession at specifically determined times and over selected timeframes.
  • 'Favourite' common scenarios can be programmed and recalled for future use
  • The simulation hub responds to changes made by the Control Tablet and instantly relays them to the Monitor Tablet which graphically displays it in real time

WHAT can be simulated?

Physiological parameters that can be specified include:

  • Heart Rate
  • Respiratory Rate
  • Mixed Venous Saturation
  • Arterial Saturation
  • Central Venous Pressure
  • Arterial Pressure
  • End Tidal Carbon dioxide level
  • Fluid Flow Rate
  • Temperature

Common pre-programmed scenarios include:

  • Air Emboli from Venous Air Entrainment into the circuit
  • Reduced Venous drainage from a kinked or restricted cannula
  • Unexpected Bleeding and hypovolaemia
  • Alterations in Central Venous Pressure, Arterial Obstruction and Venous Return Obstruction

Ability to upload biochemical, clinical and X-ray images for review.


WHY simulate?

  • Continuous medical education and training of healthcare professionals is a priority.
  • Global wide attention has turned to ongoing education in the clinical setting.
  • Competency determination.
  • Pre-exposure to adverse events through simulation of highly realistic scenarios provides effective training.