Organ shortage translates into long periods of time for people on the liver waitlist, some of whom succumb before receiving an organ. The use of segmental grafts has been developed to address this issue, increase organ utilization and decrease waitlist mortality; however, these are still being performed infrequently. The barrier to increase utilization of segmental grafts are a scarcity of experienced surgeons to perform the procedure. This presentation will include results from a collaboration between two not-for-profit healthcare systems, Intermountain Healthcare Inc. and Stanford Medicine. With the goal of developing a realistic patient-specific simulation workflow and a liver transplant task trainer, this research study is utilizing biomimicry simulation materials, 3D printing and molding techniques to create realistic 3D liver models with the goal of training fellows and young surgeons to procure liver segmental grafts. Furthermore, the presentation will include results from a study to investigate at the validity of the patient-specific simulation models and task trainer device. The presentation will highlight the following: The role of additive manufacturing in enabling living donor transplant simulation models, the techniques to be used to create the models, and results from the collaborative research study.
- Understand the difference between and the unique need for task trainers and patient-specific anatomy for medical simulation
- Understand the role that 3D printing and other manufacturing techniques such as molding play in enabling patient specific anatomy simulation for surgical practice
- Understand and conduct the steps to creating a task trainer and/or patient-specific anatomy simulator