“We use the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor for all our trainings because it gives us the opportunity to discuss best practices for TAVI, the device, different scenarios, complications management and it is used for one-on-one training, where we have more hands-on requirements.

….We want to train physicians to perform TAVI so that the patient is safe in their hands. The ANGIO Mentor simulator allows us to do that full training that is required and it’s perfect that the bus works well with the Simbionix training.”

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Radiation Safety and Imaging Skills – Simulation Workshop

Watch recorded webinar at EVC 2021:

EVC Live 2021 – In the workshop we will discuss and demonstrate radiation safety principles and angiographic imaging skills for peripheral and aortic endovascular procedures, via case demonstrations using ANGIO Mentor endovascular simulator. Following the workshop, pre-registered participants will be able to connect to an e-simulation (cloud-based) site and practice a hands-on simulated virtual task.

ANGIO Mentor in Dutch Vascular Surgery Residents Certification

“One of the outcomes of this nationwide course we are doing for 9 years is that the level of (endo)vascular knowledge and skills (competencies) in all regions in the Netherlands is clearly improved and equalized. In addition, nowadays, during the examinations of the European board of Vascular Surgery, the Dutch residents are always the top 10, because just before the board examination they have the CASH-3 training and assessment course, and it really helps them in becoming skilled and clever”

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“Simulation training on ANGIO Mentor helps us  achieve better result. It allows us to repeat and learn well all procedural steps; knowing what to do reduces the number and complexity of complications. Simbionix simulation from Surgical Science brings us to the ‘battle field’, allowing us to be ready and able to perform a safe and effective procedure.”

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“It is all about time and people knowing what to do from the moment the patient enters the hospital and the decision is taken to move the patient to the cath-lab and start the procedure.”

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“There are only two hospitals near our university, so there aren’t enough spots for all students to have clinical experience and see invasive procedures prior to graduation“.

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“Technologies are developing constantly, we have new devices every day and we do not end our career like we started it, as it was in the past. We must train physicians that are currently performing old practices, on new devices and techniques”.

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Inter-American University Uses the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor Suite for Radiology Technologist Program

To make their Bachelor of Radiology Technologist degree graduates more experienced and attractive to employers, Inter-American University purchased a Simbionix ANGIO Mentor Suite training simulator from Surgical Science.  Their students will benefit from hands-on simulated experience in their last semester at school and gain confidence prior to entering the workforce.

The program prepares these healthcare professionals to support Radiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Neurologists, Vascular Peripheral Surgeons and Interventional Neurologists perform procedures, as well as analyze and interpret results.

“There are only two hospitals near our university, so there aren’t enough spots for all students to have clinical experience and see invasive procedures prior to graduation, “said Professor Sandra Suárez.  “When Professor Yesenia González tried the ANGIO Mentor simulator, she knew that we had a way for our students to practice hands-on skills after they finished their theory courses.  Now they can experience team training and practice as if they are working side-by-side with the surgeon and anticipating the needs of the doctor.”

This is the first ANGIO Mentor simulator on the island of Puerto Rico.  The Inter-American University expects that the simulator will make their angiography program even more attractive to prospective students who are evaluating programs.   They also expect that patient safety will improve due to the experience acquired on the simulator and the equipment’s rich curriculum.

“In the Bachelor of Radiology Technologist program every student must have clinical practice to acquire skills,” said Carmen Muňoz, Radiology Lab Technician.   “That is why the ANGIO Mentor simulator from Surgical Science is a great asset for our program.  It helps prepare students for their clinical experience.”

Some of the procedures to be taught on the simulator include basic endovascular skills, coronary, transradial coronary, coronary bifurcation, coronary CTO, renal, iliac SFA and below the knee, and peripheral embolization.

“A technologist must know what the surgeon needs during every step of the procedure,” said Professor Yesenia González, Radiologist Assistant Specialist. “The simulator will make our graduates more valuable to the hospital and doctors in a shorter amount of time.”

The ANGIO Mentor simulator will soon be connected to a real C-arm, which will add to the realism of the team training and enable teaching of c-arm operation and radiation safety principles.

Simulation Training Save Lives

Southend University Hospital established an innovative interventional stroke service using the ANGIO Mentor Suite simulator at Anglia Ruskin University.

Prof. Iris Grunwald, Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist at Southend University Hospital and Director Neuroscience and Vascular Simulation at Anglia Ruskin University said, “In order to provide timely regional coverage for endovascular stroke treatment, more hospitals and physicians will need to provide endovascular stroke services. To practice this high risk procedure, I believe procedural training on a virtual reality simulator such as the ANGIO Mentor Suite should be mandatory to provide an environment that is as close as possible to the actual setting when treating a patient.”

Watch the above video to see how team training at Anglia Ruskin University compares to performing a real procedure at Southend University Hospital

Penny Conners, Dean of the Valencia College Allied Health program, describes the benefits of the ANGIO Mentor to the Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) program.

Valencia College’s Cardiovascular Technology Program educates and prepares students to become Invasive Cardiovascular Specialists known as a Cardiovascular Technologists (CVT). Simbionix ANGIO Mentor simulators are used to provide hands-on experience for their students in cardiovascular and peripheral vascular training. Polly Keller,  Professor, Cardiovascular Technology, indicates that some of the modules on the ANGIO Mentor that they use include Coronary, CRM (Cardiac Rhythm Management), Renal, SFA, Iliac, and BTK (Below-the-Knee).

The ANGIO Mentor has been widely embraced by medical colleges in the education of surgical residents and fellows. Now, the ANGIO Mentor’s portable haptic simulators and vast library of modules and cases have been embraced by community college CVT programs.  Here you see how they are used at Valencia College in Orlando, FL.

“After extensive experience with another product and thorough research of all available options, we purchased an ANGIO Mentor in 2006 for our research and educational program. The ANGIO Mentor has lived up to our fullest expectations, and we are ‘never going back.’ It is by far the most intuitive endovascular simulator platform, has the best haptics, and clearly has the widest variety of training options. In addition, the staff at Simbionix have been extremely responsive and view this as a true partnership. We currently use our simulator for general education within our resident and fellow rotations, recruiting and skills identification, and have been extremely happy with the entire Simbionix platform.”

“Historically one might say that I’ve been a “simulator skeptic.” But, I was utterly amazed with what Simbionix has accomplished: a thoroughly impressive recreation of complex aneurysm coiling… I have no doubt that the cerebral intervention module will change the way we teach intracranial procedures. In the future I foresee a significant impact on case planning and decision making. Now trainees can gain experience with difficult cases before encountering these critical challenges in real life.”

“We have been using the ANGIO Mentor for training of our Gore Flow Reversal System. Our goal is to train physicians on procedural steps to maximize the effectiveness of the Gore Flow Reversal System even in challenging anatomies. The simulator allows us to provide the physicians training on multiple case scenarios in concise timeframe, safe environment and on a real patient’s anatomy. Simbionix was attentive and provided us a solution that was tailored to fit our requirements and budget in a relatively short time.”

“I remember my days as a new intern….the first cases I performed were very difficult and it was a scary experience, since it takes between 10-20 procedures until you really feel that you are proficient. With today’s technological advances we have the ability to train doctors on full procedures using medical simulators as advanced as the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor, prior to having them perform on live patients. By providing this opportunity, the learning curve is significantly shortened and trainees gain confidence before they approach their first cases.”

“For the past three years we have been using the ANGIO Mentor in our Cardiac Rhythm Management, Peripheral Interventional / Embolization, Interventional Cardiology and Neurovascular courses at the Institute for Therapy Advancement training center. Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with Simbionix we keep improving state-of-the art workshops. Our goal is to train physicians, nurses and technicians in a safe environment, on how to perform a full procedure and manage complications before they happen in real life situations.”