The University of Northern Iowa’s biology department will soon be able to enhance hands-on experience with synthetic cadavers.
The biology department will receive the four specimens in coffin-sized packages filled with seawater spring semester; after that, biology students will no longer dissect cat cadavers as part of their learning in the biology program.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Students at Central New Mexico Community College have learned about the human body from cadavers for years. Now those cadavers have been replaced by synthetic, but very realistic cadavers.
CNM received two synthetic cadavers, running at about $50,000 each, from the company SynDaver Labs this summer. Before the synthetic cadavers, CNM’s anatomy and physiology classes would go through six to eight cadavers a year.
Mark Danley carefully pulls on a pair of latex gloves, then uncovers the lifeless adult female form on the table. He folds back the two flaps of her severed chest, exposing the heart, lungs and other internal organs.
For just a moment, a slightly sharp chemical odor drifts from the body. Four young women look on, saying little, seemingly transfixed by the view inside the human body.
“We actually have to open up her chest like she’s having cardiac surgery,” Danley tells them.
But the woman on the table, Cindy, is not having surgery. In fact, she has never even been alive. She is an artificial cadaver, all 100 pounds of her – muscles and organs, tendons and teeth, blood vessels and bones. She was manufactured solely to take the place of the real thing in a human anatomy lab at the Central New Mexico Community College, where Danley is a biology instructor.
Stanbridge College Opens the First Synthetic Human Cadaver Lab on the West Coast With Fully Synthetic Human Cadavers From SynDaver™ Labs for Its Healthcare Programs
IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 4, 2014) – Stanbridge College, a private college that offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate of Science degree and diploma programs in Healthcare and Information Technology, has opened the first Synthetic Human Cadaver Lab on the West Coast as a training resource for its students. The lab includes two synthetic full-body human cadavers including bones, muscles, blood vessels, veins and organs from SynDaver™ Labs. It also includes six isolated arm and six isolated leg models. Stanbridge College is the first higher education institution in California and the West Coast to use the SynDaver synthetic human cadaver for medical training.
The synthetic cadavers, called Syndavers, are head-to-toe replicas of the human body, from skin with fat tissue to elastic tendons and ligaments to squishy organs to rigid bones. Made by the Tampa, Fla. company Syndaver Labs, they consist of 85 percent water (similar to a human body) and a variety of fibers, along with different salts and organic compounds.
In the operating room, precision comes with practice. As technology continues to advance, surgical training exercises look very much like real surgeries.
“This is a complete game changer,” says Dr. Luis Llerena, a surgeon who oversees USF’s state of the art Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, located in downtown Tampa. “It’s no longer for any practitioner to learn on the job.”
synjoshWith Synthetic Cadavers, Students Learn Real-Life Skills
SynDaver Labs’ tenth U.S. Patent (No 8,801,438) was issued today. This patent covers anatomic models that comprise components that simulate human or non-human animal components. The models may be used for development, experimentation, or training in the field of orthopedic surgical devices, and/or implant devices. The models may also be used for training of students in the medical field for procedures performed in practice, such as for example drawing blood from a patient, or placing a central line in a carotid artery of a patient. In exemplary embodiments, the models comprise structures such as cartilage, tendons, ligaments, organs, luminal structures, and muscles that are made of hydrogel materials.