About the industry partner
Adam,Rouilly has been serving medical education worldwide since 1918, for over 100 years. Based in a purpose-built sales and production facility in Sittingbourne, Kent Adam,Rouilly supplies and manufactures a comprehensive range of Clinical Skills Simulators, Anatomical Models and Anatomical Charts to hospitals, universities, medical schools and other healthcare professionals throughout the world.
The Company prides itself on providing easy to use products which require minimal maintenance and are also highly realistic and cost effective. This is achieved through a combination of a robust research and development process, with a focus on material technologies, as well as collaboration with leading clinicians and world-class medical institutions.
Nina Godson, Assistant Professor and Lead for Clinical Skills at Coventry University, first had the idea of a medical simulator for blood glucose training after realising there was nothing on the market to fulfil this need. Some 700 people a day in the UK alone are diagnosed with diabetes, and effective diabetes management is now a growing part of those general skills which all clinicians must possess.
Blood glucose training is a two-fold challenge – in the physical obtainment of a blood sample good enough to produce a reading, and secondly being able to interpret the blood glucose level data and its implication on patients’ health and wider treatment planning. Utilising expensive control solutions (used for calibrating glucometers in hospitals) and single use glucose test strips can be costly for training budgets. Nina approached Adam,Rouilly to begin to develop the idea of a blood glucose simulator which also allowed for a tutor-controlled scenarios – high, low or normal blood sugar levels to deliver effective training.
About the Product
Adam,Rouilly worked collaboratively with Nina Godson’s expert guidance to develop the GlucoHand® model. It features a simulated glucometer device which can be pre-set by the trainer to give a low, normal, high or completely randomised blood glucose reading – allowing control for training or simulation scenarios. It also includes a realistic adult sized hand, with two refillable finger pads in the middle and ring fingers containing mock blood. Once a sample of mock blood has been successfully obtained from the fingertip and placed on the test strip, the glucometer will display the predetermined reading which must then be interpreted by the student. The model provides a cost effective and complete training solution for all aspects of blood glucose sampling for medical students, care givers and even patient education.
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