Medical simulation has long been a popular form of therapy for patients suffering from chronic pain, but it can be extremely painful.
Now, researchers have developed a simple and inexpensive tool that can simulate the pain experienced by an actual patient.
In a new study published in the Journal of Pain, researchers from Duke University and the University of Washington created a simple, easy-to-use, and affordable device called the FMA3C (Familical Simulation of a Cardiac Arrest).
The device is based on a surgical mask and medical simulation software that simulates the onset of chest pain and the severity of a cardiac arrest.
The device can simulate a patient’s breathing, heart rate, and respiration, and also simulate the patient’s cardiac arrhythmia (cardiac-related irregular heartbeats), which is the way a heart beat is affected by the presence or absence of oxygen.
Using the FMT software, researchers could simulate cardiac arrest, even though the patient would still be conscious and alive at the time.
They were able to simulate heart failure, pulmonary embolism, and even the death of the patient.
“We really believe that the FMP (Famous Medical Simulation) technology can be useful in a variety of situations,” said Andrew Daley, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of biomedical engineering at Duke.
“If you have a cardiac-related condition, and you can’t perform CPR, and the cardiac arrest is severe enough that the patient is unable to breathe on their own, then you need to have some sort of way of giving the patient CPR.”
In their study, the researchers examined patients who had experienced chest pain from a severe chest trauma, such as a car accident or a ruptured lung.
These patients typically have a heart rhythm that slows with time, which can result in severe chest pain.
The FMA-3C device allows for a user to select the cardiac rhythm they are experiencing, and then it simulates that rhythm for the patient by measuring the heart rate and respitability of the person.
The FMA software used to simulate cardiac arrests in the study uses the MESA 3C (Medical Image Stabilization) software developed by the University.
It is a simple to use, portable software program that uses data from a variety the device can generate, such a heart rate or respiration.
The device simulates heart failure and pulmonary emboli in real time, but the researchers were able for the first time to simulate the cardiac arrhytics of an actual cardiac arrest and the heart failure of an adult with a life-threatening heart condition.
“This is a first-of-its-kind application for a medical simulator that has been developed in a medical setting,” said Dr. David Gaviria, a professor of medicine at Duke who was not involved in the research.
“We were able [to] simulate a very specific cardiac arrrhythmia, so the user could really feel what it was like.”
When patients experienced chest pains during cardiac arrest or in a life threatening condition, they often would go to the hospital or a physician’s office to seek medical attention.
In the FMCSA study, only two of 10 patients who received a cardiac simulation actually received medical care, and most patients experienced pain and discomfort for longer periods of time after the surgery.
“There is a huge gap between the quality of care and the quality and quantity of care that patients get when they go to see their primary care physicians,” Daley said.
“This is one way to help bridge that gap.”
The FMCSE (Medical Empirical Simulation for Empiric Care) program, which is part of the NIH-AARP National Network of Health Professionals and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is designed to help hospitals and physicians provide more comprehensive medical care and prevent healthcare costs from spiraling out of control.
The program offers programs that train clinicians in the use of simulation technology, and provides training and certification to clinicians in clinical simulation, as well as to patients and others who are interested in using simulation technology.
Daley believes that FMA can be a useful tool for patients who are suffering from a range of conditions.
“The FMT technology can help a lot of people with pain who are experiencing cardiac arrest,” Dale said.
“Our goal is to give patients who have pain a safe way to seek care without risking their own lives.”