New training device aims to reduce hospital complications, costs

The Avwound can replicate all four stages of wound development.

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Newport, Delaware – Avwound is the latest product in Avkin’s line of high-fidelity wearable simulators. With blanching, tunneling, and realistic drainage for the learner to simulate, the Avwound covers many aspects of wound care.

Pressure ulcers and open wounds are some of the top medical issues impacting healthcare. It’s vital that they are treated quickly and effectively, both for the patient’s wellbeing and the hospital’s bottom line. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, pressure ulcers cost up to $11.6 billion per year in the US. In 2007, Medicare estimated that pressure ulcers added more than $43,000 in costs to a hospital stay.

The Avwound provides a life-like view of all four stages of open wounds. Hydraulics allow for realistic secretion of blood and mucus, so the learner can practice effectively cleaning and care of an open wound; realistic skin blanching allows those learners to accurately assess the wound as well. Instructors can even control the fluid secretion by pairing the Avwound with the Avkin App (available for both Android and iPhone devices.)

“The Avwound is the ideal wound care simulator,” said Amy Cowperthwait, Avkin CEO and Nursing Simulationist. “Combining the skills training aspect, with real-life patient interaction guarantees that learners can practice all skills required in effective care.”

Avwound is the latest in Avkin’s long line of products and services dedicated to creating life-like learning scenarios for future healthcare providers. These devices have also been used to train family members who may be taking care of loved ones at home.

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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.

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