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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – SynDaver Labs, an advanced biotechnology company specializing in the creation of synthetic humans and animals for medical testing and training is scheduled to unveil a new wearable trainer at the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly May 21-25.
SynDaver Labs will show off the SynDaver SOF Suit, the world’s first and only wearable surgical trainer that employs realistic synthetic human tissue. The SynDaver SOF Suit weighs 30 pounds and can either be placed on a human patient simulator or be worn by a live actor to make training more realistic.
The SOF Suit (SOF stands for Special Operations Forces) training device features internal organs, vasculature, and skin that are user repairable and replaceable, and a wide variety of trauma and pathologies are also available. The suit allows for complex control of arterial and venous flow throughout the model using a wireless control.
In addition, since it is designed to be worn by an actor the suit includes complex armor to protect the wearer from surgical procedures. It can also be easily worn under military uniforms, ballistic armor and other tactical gear.
The SynDaver SOF Suit is made up of the same award-winning materials as those used in the SynDaver Synthetic Human, which are made from water, salts and fibers. These materials mimic the mechanical, physical and dielectric properties of live tissue.
“We designed this product specifically for NATO SOF troops, and unlike other simulators on the market, which are made of unrealistic silicone rubber, the SynDaver SOF Suit will allow for suspension of disbelief during field combat or civilian trauma training scenarios,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “The SynDaver model also costs one-quarter of what the closest competitor costs.”
The SynDaver SOF Suit allows a wide variety of surgical procedures to be performed. These include thoracic and abdominal laparotomy and exploratory surgery, abdominal hemorrhage control with ligation, clamping or wound packing, bilateral needle chest decompression, chest tube placement, and many others.
“Wound packing, chest tube placement and needle chest decompression are all common training requirements for military members that are deployed to combat areas,” Sakezles said. “By training with this technology, service members will be better prepared to save someone’s life on the battlefield.”
For a complete list of the surgical procedures that are supported, visit: http://syndaver.com/shop/synatomy/wearable-simulators/sof-suit/
About SynDaver Labs
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, SynDaver Labs is the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal surgical trainers. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies simulate fully-functioning live organisms and are primarily used for training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes and related products. Currently, SynDaver Labs employs more than 100 people at their Tampa facility and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe and Latin America.
SynDaver Labs products have been lauded by industry experts and earned a cult following after appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank, MythBusters, Grey’s Anatomy, and the series finale of CSI. The company’s models are also expected to feature prominently in multiple episodes of the upcoming MythBusters 2.0.