What is the abdominal examination simulator used for?
Trainees can use the simulator to practice abdominal assessments, also known as gastrointestinal (GI) examinations. Different combinations of this product will help to identify a variety of gastrointestinal pathologies.
What skills can be learnt with the Abdominal Examination Trainer?
The Limbs & Things Abdominal Examination Trainer is ideal for OSCE preparation and assessment, and helps students gain key skills such as:
- Identification of ascites, specifically shifting dullness and fluid thrill
- Identification of gaseous distension and bowel obstruction
- Ballottement of kidneys
- Familiarity with the abdominal regions and underlying anatomy
What scenarios can be set up on the abdominal examination simulator?
- Carcinoma or mass in the left iliac fossa
- Liver metastasis
- Aortic aneurysm
- Acute urinary retention
- Ovarian cyst
- Enlarged kidneys
How is the Abdominal Examination Trainer powered?
The trainer is run by a mains power cable, however, you can use 4 AA batteries if power is unavailable allowing it to be used in a range of environments.
Can additional sounds be added to the Abdominal Examination Trainer’s MP3 Player?
Yes, on the MP3 player there is an SD slot that can be used to add additional sounds which can be obtained online or recorded to increase variety and realism. The Pre-set options include normal and abnormal bowel sounds and aortic bruits.
Please note: an SD card is not supplied with this trainer.
What is the fluid within the Ascites Bag of the abdominal trainer?
The fluid consists of food grade glycerine which better simulates the feel of a stomach.
Why has the foam insert of the abdominal trainer changed colour?
The Distension Foam insert will naturally darken when exposed to UV light. This does not have any effect on the functionality of the foam.
How can I prevent kinks in the air inlet tube when using the Gaseous Distension Bag?
To prevent kinks, ensure that the air inlet tube is on the underside of the Gaseous Distension Bag and under the Distension Foam.
Can replacement parts be purchased for the Abdominal Examination Trainer?
Yes, replacements are available for all major parts of the abdominal trainer which can be purchased online.