Newport, DE – Avkin’s newest wearable device, the Avcath, brings true-to-life simulation to healthcare learners everywhere. Catheterization is a skill every nurse must learn, but it is difficult to practice given the sensitive nature of the procedure. With the Avcath, educators can create realistic, but safe environments to master these skills.
The Avcath comes with both male and female simulated genitalia. Hydraulics ensure that the urine passes realistically through the catheter. The bladder can also be bladder scanned so the learner can palpate the bladder appropriately.
To keep the simulation as realistic as possible, other parts of the Avcath have special features as well. Haptic feedback cues the actor to react appropriately in the simulation and high-grade silicone allows for the use of betadine without damaging the skin. Anti-microbial simulated urine allows for repeated use and storage without concerns of mold or other germs forming.
More information and a video demonstration are available on our website at https://avkin.com/avcath-catheterization-simulator/.
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Founded in 2016 as a spinout company from the University of Delaware, Avkin was created by Amy Cowperthwait, a nursing simulationist. Frustrated with traditional simulation marketing, she founded Avkin to create high-fidelity wearables and educational services. These are designed to bring healthcare simulations to life thereby maximizing educational outcomes for learners of all skill levels. We currently offer six wearable devices, as well as training for faculty, staff and actors portraying patients. Avkin’s unique products and philosophy have earned it national attention, with awards including industry leader INACSL’s Haden VanGuard Lectureship Award, Best University Startup by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, and even an appearance with Damon John on the Dr. Oz Show.