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3D Printed Manikins Improve Emergency Medical Personnel Training

Life-saving airway procedures, such as inserting a tracheal tube, are critical skills for both battle eld and civilian medical personnel. Learning these skills and keeping them honed requires hours of practice on airway trainers that closely resemble human anatomy both in their geometry and physical properties.

However, obtaining the best training is difficult to achieve. Accessible yet accurate training models remain too rare to properly train all necessary personnel in this medical procedure. Now the University of Minnesota Medical School, in a study funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory office in Orlando, is developing a much more realistic airway trainer with the help of 3D printing.


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Prototype created by the University of Minnesota more accurately replicates human physiology.

Prototype created by the University of Minnesota more accurately replicates human physiology.

“The initial reaction from the Army was that this is the most realistic trainer they have ever seen.”

Jack Stubbs, associate program director, University of Minnesota Medical School