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Introducing PacerMan: the first transvenous pacemaker simulator

Date: 06.04.2011
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar Phone: (330) 375-4930

Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, Phone: (330) 375-4930 Email: farquharj@summahealth.org

BOSTON, June 4, 2011 – The placement of a transvenous pacemaker is a critical skill for the emergency physician, but it is difficult to teach because it is an uncommon need in clinical settings, and a good training model does not exist. There are no commercially available transvenous pacemaker simulation models that enable physicians to practice placing a real bedside transvenous pacemaker.

Pacerman.pngResearchers at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, could be changing all that. A team from Summa’s Virtual Simulation Lab developed, and are bringing to market, a transvenous pacemaker simulator, trademarked “PacerMan,” believed to be the first simulation trainer of its kind.

“PacerMan has an internal rhythm generator that will manifest a variety of high risk dysrhythmias that can be overridden by the appropriate placement of a real clinical transvenous pacemaker wire,” said Rami Ahmed, DO, Summa’s Simulation Medical Director. “Every piece of a standard transvenous pacemaker kit can be used.”

The training system allows for the aspiration of simulated blood from a simulated central venous access point – either internal jugular or subclavian. It also allows for the placement of real pacemaker wire into the simulated blood filled chamber, and the ability to manipulate the heart rate and the degree of voltage necessary to acquire capture using a real pulse generator. Visualization of the EKG changes by the pacemaker on any standard monitor will indicate that the procedure has been done appropriately.

“Resident physicians found the simulator easy to use and provided them an opportunity for repeat training opportunities that were not previously available in simulation,” Dr. Ahmed said.

PacerMan can also be used for central line training and EKG recognition and is highly portable.

The Summa researchers will be demonstrating PacerMan from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 4 during the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting 2011 IEME Exhibits.

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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