3D Imagery Helps Students Learn How to Give Needles
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3D Imagery Helps Students Learn How to Give Needles

Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatchewan

Health care students know that practice pays off when it comes to learning how to give a needle or insert an intravenous line. But what if new 3D sensory technology could provide feedback on whether or not students are turning their hands at a correct angle or applying suitable pressure when they’re carrying out these clinical procedures?

It’s an area of research that prompted Saskatchewan Polytechnic to team up with IRG Informatics Inc., a Canadian health information management company. The company wanted to test hardware and software that track and analyze body mechanics, such as coordination, dexterity, and fine-motor movement. IRG and the polytechnic had nursing students and faculty perform intramuscular injections on mannequins of varying sizes – paediatric, adult and geriatric – using 3D imagery.

IRG is now patenting the technology and plans to incorporate it in a highly sensitive training device, such as a sensor-embedded glove.

“The students’ and faculty’s continual feedback during these tests helped us fine-tune the design and calibration of the technology,” says Dr. Vahid Anvari, Director of Research and Development, IRG Informatics Inc.

The company expects that end-users of the technology will include educational institutions seeking cost-effective, high-tech training opportunities, and community-based clinics and health-care delivery organizations.

Funding: Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grant
Partners: IRG Informatics Inc.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories and the homeland of the Métis people. Learning takes place at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As … Learn More