What Is a Wearable Simulator?

Wearable Tracheostomy Simulator

Chapter 2.5 of Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs describes wearable simulators as products “designed with interactive technology and realistic anatomy and physiology to replicate associated patient care.” Similar to the game of Operation®, sensors embedded into the wearable product send haptic signals to the wearer, allowing them to provide real-time, authentic patient reactions throughout the … Read more

Essential Cultural Competencies for Maternal Simulations

In the US, statistics show that minority women, especially black women, are more likely to suffer higher rates of maternal deaths than white women regardless of health/economic disparities. It is urgent that students are ready to join the workforce with a better understanding of cultural competency.Understanding a patient’s cultural practices, beliefs and views on the … Read more

Avkin Achieves Recognition as Women’s Business Enterprise

Women-owned business

Avkin is proud to announce it has been officially certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Our leadership team worked hard for more than a year to achieve this recognition, and we are honored to join other hard-working entrepreneurs. The process involved gathering numerous company documents, virtual meetings, … Read more

Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

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It’s not always smooth sailing when building or running a simulation program. To help you address issues you may be facing, we are sharing some Frequently Asked Questions we receive, and our advice for these situations and concerns. If you have a question you would like to ask, fill out our Ask Avkin form! Why … Read more

Avkin: How Far We’ve Come

Technology now allows for human interaction in a safe, skills-based environment.

I never saw myself as a CEO of a company. Yet here we are. Avkin entered its sixth year, released its eighth wearable device, and offers an entire educational services suite. I have an incredible and passionate team working alongside me each day toward our shared dream. So, while we’ve come far, I would be … Read more

Avkin Founder Once Again Recognized as Leader, Innovator

EEEHS 2023

Avkin founder and CEO Amy Cowperthwait continues to be recognized as a leader and innovator in healthcare simulation and education. Most recently, she was recognized with the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator – Advanced (CHSE-A) designation, one of just 83 professionals in the world to achieve such an honor. There are many criteria one must meet … Read more

Has the Academic-Practice Gap Turned to a Chasm?

It's critical nursing students gain confidence in their ability to perform.

What both academia and practice can do to keep new graduates from tripping over the welcome mat. It is well-documented that new graduate nurses experience a significant amount of stress and psychological turmoil as they transition from academic learning to their professional practice. Greenway, Butt, & Walthall (2019) defines the Theory-Practice Gap as “The gap … Read more

Why Do Nurses Make Good Entrepreneurs?

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Making the decision to start a business is not to be taken lightly. Like most nurses, I will always embrace the concept of lifelong learning. Taking that with me into the next phase of my professional career, I needed to know if I had what it took to be an entrepreneur. For the past year … Read more

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Avthor, a wearable chest tube care simulator, replicates the intrathoracic pressures needed to realistically teach the assessment and care of a patient with a chest tube. When pairing the Avthor with a live patient, the simulation can include repositioning, transferring, and/or ambulating a patient with a chest tube.

Avthor

Avtone, the world’s only wearable auscultation simulator, offers a compact and lightweight design, comfortable for the live patient to wear. An anatomically correct chest piece allows novice and advanced students to identify proper landmarks just as they would in the clinical setting. Volume controls allow learners and educators to pinpoint the finer details of the actual patient recorded sounds contained within the Avtone.

Avtone

Avstick, a wearable IV simulator worn as a left-arm sleeve, allows learners to practice high-fidelity IV insertion during simulation. The wearable simulator cues the live patient wearing the sleeve through haptic vibration when the needle first pierces the smart skin. Multiple layers of woven plastic have been integrated into premium silicone to protect the wearer from any harm during the simulation.

Avstick

Avtrach, a high-fidelity, wearable tracheostomy simulator, is designed to replicate an anterior thorax so tracheostomy care and suctioning can be authentically replicated in simulation. Through a Bluetooth connection between Avtrach and the Avkin app, an assortment of lung sounds can be changed at any time by the educator from the control room. These lungs allow for the Avtrach to be connected to a ventilator and the patient to be in line with suctioning.

Avtrach

Avwound, a high-fidelity, wearable wound care simulator, is the most significant technological advancement for wound care in the industry. Learners can assess, measure, document, and provide care for all four stages of pressure wounds in addition to an assortment of surgical wounds providing educators with maximum flexibility for wound care education.

Avwound

Meant to replace the need for including bulky ineffective earpieces in simulation, Avband, is a smartwatch look-a-like for inconspicuous 3-way communication between the control room, patient, and Avkin simulators. An alert button on the side of the product allows the live patient to send a panic notification to the control room if they feel psychologically and/or physically unsafe at any time during the simulation.

Avband

With the world’s only fully-automated, wearable birthing simulator, Avbirth, you can now include learning objectives such as closed-looped communication with an interprofessional team and therapeutic communication with the patient and their significant other through all phases of labor and delivery. Avbirth pairs with the Avkin App, allowing a multitude of simulations to be performed, including additional challenges for the development of critical thinking, such as shoulder dystocia or postpartum hemorrhage.

Avbirth

Avcath, a high-fidelity, wearable urinary catheterization simulator, seamlessly replicates the human urinary system. The interchangeable male (circumcised or uncircumcised) and female genitalia allows learners to practice various types of urinary catheterization while also practicing essential communication skills. Our genitalia is made with high-quality silicone, allowing learners to use betadine and lubrication right out of their kits.

Avcath

Avline, a wearable central line simulator, delivers a high-fidelity patient experience for a multitude of central venous care (CVC) simulations. This innovative simulator has two options for central venous treatment and care, a right subclavian triple lumen or a left subclavian implanted port; each option is removable, allowing the educator flexibility with learning outcomes.

Avline

KBPort's BPSim is a blood pressure cuff simulator. Used just like any other blood pressure cuff, the readings are controlled via a smartphone app. It can be programmed for any blood pressure range, including hypotension, normal, pre-hypertension, hypertension (stages 1 & 2), and hypertensive crisis.

BPSim

Getting accurate vital signs is critical when assessing a patient. With Innov2Learn's Thermometer and Oximeter devices, your learners will use real devices to capture and record simulated readings. No longer will you have to break fidelity to provide vital signs to your learners

Innov2Learn Pulse OX

Quality training is the most important element of working with live people in simulations. An untrained simulated participant (SP) can challenge the efficacy of your learning opportunities. A well-trained simulated participant (SP) can bring your simulations to life in ways you never thought possible. With all of this in mind, training an entire group of SPs can be time-consuming and feel intimidating.

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Innov2Learn's training devices function the same as any thermometer or oximeter you would find in a clinic. Your learners will take vital signs using real devices with readouts you control via Bluetooth. You can use a smartphone app or desktop computer.

Innov2Learn Thermometer

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