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Intracranial Hematoma/ Burr Hole and Trauma Flap Simulator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-05-C-0141
Agency Tracking Number: O054-004-2001
Amount: $99,217.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-T004
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-07-29
Small Business Information
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 940
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States
DUNS: 039514356
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Howard Champion
 (301) 587-9440
Business Contact
 Bob Waddington
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (301) 587-9440
Research Institution
 Thomas A Gennarelli
Department of Neurosurgery, 9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States

 (414) 805-5410
 Nonprofit College or University

The proposed project is a virtual workbench, part-task simulator for training medical personnel to perform simple emergency neurosurgical procedures for trauma, specifically to (1) explore (open) depressed skull fractures and remove bony fragments, (2) drill a burr hole into the skull for either diagnostic (placement of intraventricular catheter or extradural intracranial pressure monitor) or therapeutic decompression of a hematoma, and (3) elevate a bone flap for bleeding control. Using the two-pronged approach SimQuest employs on its other surgical simulation projects, the burr-hole/flap trainer (BURRT) will comprise both cognitive and skills training. The cognitive training will consist of a didactic curriculum driven by multiple case scenarios encountered in recent conflicts and cover indications, contraindications, equipment, technique, and complications. The skills training will utilize a haptics device that will enable trainees to get the feel of the correct technique. The system infrastructure will enable management of cases and student data, and trainees will be scored using metrics developed for the procedure by surgeons with demonstrated expertise in the procedures. The BURRT will be an invaluable training adjunct for military personnel in forward and remote locations and for civilian healthcare providers in rural areas who do not have ready access to trained neurosurgical personnel.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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