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  • 0220 - Arin Apron™ For Practice Of Patient Self Care +

    What is included with a new Arin Apron™?

    Arin Apron™ includes a unisex model of the chest area, worn in an apron style, two real single lumen Central Venous Catheters (Hickman™-like) exiting the chest on the right and on the left sides, a simulated blood reservoir bag, simulated blood, tubing, neck strap and a fabric carrying case with zippered side pouch for supplies.

    How is Arin Apron™ used?

    Arin Apron™ is worn in an apron style by males or females for pre-op or post-op practice of caring for their tunneled Central Venous Catheter (Hickman™ -like) eliminating the risk of infection and reducing anxiety of manipulating the actual catheter themselves.

    Why does the model have central lines on both the right and left sides?

    By having central lines on both the right and left sides, patients are assured of a realistic practice experience on the same side as their own catheter, helping develop hand-eye coordination.

    Can the patient practice infusion and withdrawal?

    Yes, there is a simulated blood reservoir bag in a cloth pouch on the backside of the apron that permits fluid infusion and simulated blood withdrawal.

    Does the model come with a carrying case?

    Yes, the model comes with a soft-side fabric carrying case which includes a side pouch for storage of supplies.

    What do I use to clean the model?

    You can use soap and water. Caution: Pen and ink can stain the model.

    Can I put dressings on the Arin Apron™?

    Yes, we have developed a new material that allows dressings to stick well enough for demonstration purposes but not stick so aggressively that they are difficult to remove. Dressings should not be left on the model for extended periods of time or overnight.

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the model are available individually. Check 0220 Arin Apron™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department for assistance.

    Do you offer a refurbishing service for this model?

    Yes, contact our Customer Service Department for assistance.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, by special order. Please contact our Customer Service Department for assistance.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.
  • 0300 - Otto Ostomy™ Model Standard +

    What is included with the Otto Ostomy™ model?

    0300 Otto Ostomy™ Model Standard Includes anodized aluminum base, clear torso shell with four openings for stoma placement, molded from an actual patient’s scan the colored coded organs displayed include the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, kidneys, ureters, bladder, ileal conduit, two sections of small intestine, two loop adaptor connectors (to demonstrate a loop ileostomy or loop colostomy) and four stomas: 7/8” diameter, 2” diameter, urostomy stoma with 3” stents in place (to be used with the ileal conduit), loop stoma with rod, and user’s manual.

    How can this model be used?

    The more healthcare providers understand ostomies, the better they will be able to educate and encourage their patients about this life-changing event. Proper teaching helps increase patients’ understanding of their condition and the adjustments which may be necessary for achieving a satisfactory standard of life with their new stoma. Pre-operative teaching allows patients and their families to begin learning about ostomies prior to surgery, at a time when they are less distracted—reducing anxiety. Seeing the 3D digestive and urinary tracts and visualizing the location and function of the various organs is essential to learning, especially in those cases where cognitive processes or language may be an obstacle. Otto Ostomy™ will help your patients and their families become more knowledgeable about how their intestinal tract has been altered to form an end or loop ileostomy and colostomy or the urinary tract altered to form a urostomy.

    Can any of the parts be separated or removed to demonstrate various configurations of the digestive and urinary tracks?

    Yes, the distal section of the small intestines, all four sections of the large intestines, the rectum, and the bladder can be separated and/or removed from the model.

    Why are there four holes in the clear torso shell?

    The four holes in the torso shell give you placement options for the stomas.

    Can I demonstrate both end and loop stomas?

    Yes, with the parts supplied you can demonstrate how an end or loop ileostomy and colostomy are configured.

    CAN THE LARGE INTESTINES BE SEPARATED TO DEMONSTRATE DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS?

    Yes, the large intestines can be separated in four locations, ileocecal junction, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon and at the junction with the rectum.

    How would I demonstrate a urostomy?

    You can demonstrate a urostomy by removing the ureters from the bladder, remove the bladder, placing the stoma with stents in one of the four holes in the clear torso shell, attaching the supplied ileal conduit to the stoma and inserting the ureters into the ileal conduit.

    How would I demonstrate a gastrostomy tube replacement?

    Take the clear torso shell and move it posteriorly closer to the stomach, line-up the hole in the upper torso area with the hole in the stomach, insert the gastrostomy tube and follow manufacturer’s instructions for securing the tube.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for these models?

    Yes, you may also be interested in 0306 Optional Soft-Sided Carrying Case. Additionally you can upgrade the 0300 Otto Ostomy™ Standard Model to a 0310 Otto Ostomy™ Advanced Model by purchasing the 0305 Advanced Stoma Package.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the model are available individually. Check 0310 Otto Ostomy™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department for assistance.

    What do I use to clean these models?

    You can use soap and water or alcohol.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.
  • 0310 - Otto Ostomy™ Model Advanced +

    What is included with the Otto Ostomy™ Model Advanced?

    Includes anodized aluminum base, clear torso shell with four openings for stoma placement, molded from an actual patient’s scan the color coded organs displayed include the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, kidneys, ureters, bladder, ileal conduit, two sections of small intestines , two loop adaptor connectors (to demonstrate a loop ileostomy or loop colostomy) and the following stomas: 7/8" diameter, 2" diameter, urostomy with 3" stents in place , (to be used with the ileal conduit), loop stoma with rod, loop without rod, double barrel, oval, mushroom, prolapsed, 3" diameter, granuloma, necrotic, ischemic, in-skin-fold, parastomal hernia, mucocutaneous separation, recessed, flush and User’s Manual.

    How can this model be used?

    The more healthcare providers understand ostomies, the better they will be able to educate and encourage their patients about this life-changing event. Proper teaching helps increase patients’ understanding of their condition and the adjustments which may be necessary for achieving a satisfactory standard of life with their new stoma. Pre-operative teaching allows patients and their families to begin learning about ostomies prior to surgery, at a time when they are less distracted—reducing anxiety. Seeing the 3D digestive and urinary tracts and visualizing the location and function of the various organs is essential to learning, especially in those cases where cognitive processes or language may be an obstacle. Otto Ostomy™ will help your patients and their families become more knowledgeable about how their intestinal tract has been altered to form an end or loop ileostomy and colostomy or the urinary tract altered to form a urostomy.

    Can any of the parts be separated or removed to demonstrate various configurations of the digestive and urinary tracks?

    Yes, the distal section of the small intestines, all four sections of the large intestines, the rectum, and the bladder can be separated and/or removed from the model.

    Why are there four holes in the clear torso shell?

    The four holes in the torso shell give you placement options for the stomas.

    Can I demonstrate both end and loop stomas?

    Yes, with the parts supplied you can demonstrate how an end or loop ileostomy and colostomy are configured.

    CAN THE LARGE INTESTINES BE SEPARATED TO DEMONSTRATE DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS?

    Yes, the large intestines can be separated in four locations, ileocecal junction, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon and at the junction with the rectum.

    How would I demonstrate a urostomy?

    You can demonstrate a urostomy by removing the ureters from the bladder, remove the bladder, placing the stoma with stents in one of the four holes in the clear torso shell, attaching the supplied ileal conduit to the stoma and inserting the ureters into the ileal conduit.

    How would I demonstrate a gastrostomy tube replacement?

    Take the clear torso shell and move it posteriorly closer to the stomach, line-up the hole in the upper torso area with the hole in the stomach, insert the gastrostomy tube and follow manufacturer’s instructions for securing the tube.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for these models?

    Yes, you may also be interested in 0306 Optional Soft-Sided Carrying Case. Additionally you can upgrade the 0300 Otto Ostomy™ Standard Model to a 0310 Otto Ostomy™ Advanced Model by purchasing the 0305 Advanced Stoma Package.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the model are available individually. Check 0310 Otto Ostomy™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department for assistance.

    What do I use to clean these models?

    You can use soap and water or alcohol.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.
  • 0910 - Seymour II™ Wound Care Model +

    What is included with a new Seymour II™?

    Seymour II™ is an anatomically correct wound care model, molded from a 74-year old patient. Seymour II™ displays the following conditions and pressure ulcers: Stage I, Stage II, Stage III with subcutaneous fat, undermining, tracking, slough, granulation tissue, a deep sacral Stage IV with eschar, subcutaneous fat, undermining, tracking, and exposed bone with osteomyelitis. Also shown are a suspected DTI (Deep Tissue Injury), an unstageable full eschar/slough wound, and a 5 1/2" dehisced wound. The model also comes with an identification sheet with labeled and numbered wounds.

    How will I be able to identify the pressure ulcers?

    Each model comes with an identification sheet with labeled and numbered wounds.

    How would we use this model?

    Wound assessment has become critical as inaccurate wound assessment can misdirect the plan of care, affect reimbursement, cause inaccurate reporting of patient outcomes and the appearance of potential adverse events. This model is an effective tool for educating all healthcare professionals and patients in the identification and staging of wounds and their probable etiologies. Seymour II™ is also an excellent visual aid for educating those who cannot read well enough to understand basic healthcare information, allowing them to see what can occur without proper care. Routine measuring, cleansing and dressing changes can be taught and practiced on all the wounds by healthcare providers, patients, families and caregivers.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for Seymour II™?

    If you plan to transport the model from one location to another, you may want to purchase 0901 Optional Carrying Case made of a durable, zippered, padded fabric, with carrying handles, shoulder strap and pockets in the top lid to store supplies.

    Will dressings stick to Seymour II™?

    Yes, we have developed material that is used in the manufacturing of Seymour II™ that allows dressings to stick well enough for demonstration purposes, but not stick so aggressively that they are difficult to remove. Dressings should not be left on for prolonged periods of time or overnight. All Seymour II™ models shipped after May 2009 are manufactured with this new material. Our earlier models were not made of this material.

    What do I use to clean the model?

    You can use soap and water to clean the surface of the model. Alcohol can also be used, but should not be used on the "shiny" wound surfaces to help retain the realistic appearance of these wounds. Caution: Pen and ink can stain the model.

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of older adhesive on the model, you can soak anon-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Are replacement parts available?

    There are no replacement parts for this model.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 0920 Seymour II™ Wound Care Model is the product number for this model in a darkly pigmented color.

    Can Seymour II™ be used to demonstrate the use of negative pressure wound therapy?

    Yes, there was a revision made to Seymour II™s that were shipped after May 2009 to improve the ability to get a good seal with negative pressure wound therapy dressings.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.
  • 0920 - Seymour II™ Wound Care Model Darkly Pigmented +

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.

    What is included with a new Seymour II™?

    Seymour II™ is an anatomically correct wound care model, molded from a 74-year old patient. Seymour II™ displays the following conditions and pressure ulcers: Stage I, Stage II, Stage III with subcutaneous fat, undermining, tracking, slough, granulation tissue, a deep sacral Stage IV with eschar, subcutaneous fat, undermining, tracking, and exposed bone with osteomyelitis. Also shown are a suspected DTI (Deep Tissue Injury), an unstageable full eschar/slough wound, and a 5 1/2" dehisced wound. The model also comes with an identification sheet with labeled and numbered wounds.

    How will I be able to identify the pressure ulcers?

    Each model comes with an identification sheet with labeled and numbered wounds.

    How would we use this model?

    Wound assessment has become critical as inaccurate wound assessment can misdirect the plan of care, affect reimbursement, cause inaccurate reporting of patient outcomes and the appearance of potential adverse events. This model is an effective tool for educating all healthcare professionals and patients in the identification and staging of wounds and their probable etiologies. Seymour II™ is also an excellent visual aid for educating those who cannot read well enough to understand basic healthcare information, allowing them to see what can occur without proper care. Routine measuring, cleansing and dressing changes can be taught and practiced on all the wounds by healthcare providers, patients, families and caregivers.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for Seymour II™?

    If you plan to transport the model from one location to another, you may want to purchase 0901 Optional Carrying Case made of a durable, zippered, padded fabric, with carrying handles, shoulder strap and pockets in the top lid to store supplies.

    Will dressings stick to Seymour II™?

    Yes, we have developed material that is used in the manufacturing of Seymour II™ that allows dressings to stick well enough for demonstration purposes, but not stick so aggressively that they are difficult to remove. Dressings should not be left on for prolonged periods of time or overnight. All Seymour II™ models shipped after May 2009 are manufactured with this new material. Our earlier models were not made of this material.

    Can Seymour II™ be used to demonstrate the use of negative pressure wound therapy?

    Yes, there was a revision made to Seymour II™s that were shipped after May 2009 to improve the ability to get a good seal with negative pressure wound therapy dressings.

    What do I use to clean the model?

    You can use soap and water to clean the surface of the model. Alcohol can also be used, but should not be used on the "shiny" wound surfaces to help retain the realistic appearance of these wounds. Caution: Pen and ink can stain the model.

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of older adhesive on the model, you can soak anon-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Are replacement parts available?

    There are no replacement parts for this model.
  • 0970 - 'Stan' Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.

    What is included with a ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™?

    This model features a large sacral Stage IV pressure ulcer, with eschar, subcutaneous fat, undermining, tunneling, slough, eschar and exposed bone with osteomyelitis and a Stage III pressure ulcer with subcutaneous fat and granulation tissue. The wounds are positioned so they can be individually dressed or a “bridging” dressing can be applied to cover both, demonstrating and allowing the practice of this skill with negative pressure wound therapy devices.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™?

    If you are going to be transporting the model, you may want to consider ordering 0971 Optional Carrying Case which is a durable, zippered, padded fabric case, with carrying handles.

    How would we use this model?

    Wound assessment has become critical as inaccurate wound assessment can misdirect the plan of care, affect reimbursement, cause inaccurate reporting of patient outcomes and the appearance of potential adverse events. This model is an effective tool for educating all healthcare professionals and patients in the identification and staging of wounds and their probable etiologies. ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ is also an excellent visual aid for educating those who cannot read well enough to understand basic healthcare information, allowing them to see what can occur without proper care. Routine measuring, cleansing and dressing changes can be taught and practiced on all the wounds by healthcare providers, patients, families and caregivers.

    Can ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ be used to demonstrate the use of negative pressure wound therapy?

    Yes, there was a revision made to ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Models™ that were shipped after May 2009 that improved the ability to get a good seal with negative pressure wound therapy dressings. The wounds are positioned so they can be individually dressed or a “bridging” dressing can be applied to cover both wounds, demonstrating the practice of this technique.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 0970 ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ is the product number for this model in a darkly pigmented color.

    What do I use to clean the model?

    You can use soap and water to clean the surface of the model. Alcohol can also be used, but should not be used on the "shiny" wound surfaces to help retain the realistic appearance of these wounds. Caution: Pen and ink can stain the model.
  • 0975 - 'Stan' Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ Darkly Pigmented +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.

    What is included with a ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™?

    This model features a large sacral Stage IV pressure ulcer, with eschar, subcutaneous fat, undermining, tunneling, slough, eschar and exposed bone with osteomyelitis and a Stage III pressure ulcer with subcutaneous fat and granulation tissue. The wounds are positioned so they can be individually dressed or a “bridging” dressing can be applied to cover both, demonstrating and allowing the practice of this skill with negative pressure wound therapy devices.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™?

    If you are going to be transporting the model, you may want to consider ordering 0971 Optional Carrying Case which is a durable, zippered, padded fabric case, with carrying handles.

    How would we use this model?

    Wound assessment has become critical as inaccurate wound assessment can misdirect the plan of care, affect reimbursement, cause inaccurate reporting of patient outcomes and the appearance of potential adverse events. This model is an effective tool for educating all healthcare professionals and patients in the identification and staging of wounds and their probable etiologies. ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ is also an excellent visual aid for educating those who cannot read well enough to understand basic healthcare information, allowing them to see what can occur without proper care. Routine measuring, cleansing and dressing changes can be taught and practiced on all the wounds by healthcare providers, patients, families and caregivers.

    Can ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ be used to demonstrate the use of negative pressure wound therapy?

    Yes, there was a revision made to ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Models™ that were shipped after May 2009 that improved the ability to get a good seal with negative pressure wound therapy dressings. The wounds are positioned so they can be individually dressed or a “bridging” dressing can be applied to cover both wounds, demonstrating the practice of this technique.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 0970 ‘Stan’ Stage IV Pressure Ulcer Model™ is the product number for this model in a darkly pigmented color.

    What do I use to clean the model?

    You can use soap and water to clean the surface of the model. Alcohol can also be used, but should not be used on the "shiny" wound surfaces to help retain the realistic appearance of these wounds. Caution: Pen and ink can stain the model.
  • 1352 - Two-Vein Venipuncture Training Aid - Dermalike II™ +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    What is included with the new Venipuncture Training Aids 1352/1353 & 1354/1355?

    These models contain blue veins which are barely discernable through the semi-transparent, non-staining, proprietary Dermalike II™ tissue-like material. Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for these models?

    No, there are no additional supplies available for these models.

    What are the differences between the 1352 and 1353 & 1354 and 1355 models?

    Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    How many sticks can I get from this model?

    By changing the access location each time and using a sharp non-burred 22g IV Catheter, you can access the 1354 and 1355 models 1200 times each and the 1352 and 1353 models 600 times each, though customers have reported their experience is 2-3 times this number.

    How do I tell if I have successfully accessed the vein?

    You will feel the needle enter the vein and you will be able to draw back on the syringe, drawing in air. If a vacuum is created when drawing back on a syringe attached to the IV Catheter, the IV Catheter is either inserted too far or not far enough.

    Which model is better?

    Both models offer advantages. The 1352 and 1353 are smaller and have two different sized veins just below the skin surface, while the 1354 and 1355 are larger models allowing twice the number of “sticks” with four veins of three different sizes. With the 1354 and 1355 you have much smaller veins present to offering a more varied training experience. Staff can learn to access the larger veins and then refine their technique on the smaller, more difficult to access veins.

    What do I use to clean these models?

    You can use soap and water or alcohol and let dry. This should be followed by sprinkling the cornstarch talc on the model and lightly wiping off the excess.

    Can I put dressings on these models?

    Dressings can be placed on these models but due to the non-staining properties of the tissue-like material, adhesion will be minimal.

    How should I store the model when not in use?

    Place the included cover over the tissue pad when not using. Do not store with items directly on the tissue pad as this can cause deformation on the surface of the pad.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 1353 (two vein) and 1355 (four vein) are the product numbers for these models in a darkly pigmented color.

    Will I see a flashback to confirm proper access on these models?

    No, the 1352, 1353, 1354 and 1355 are all dry models. If you are in need of a model with flashback, our 2365 and 2366 Advanced Venipuncture Training Aid models offer the same vein configuration as the 1354 and1355 models but are longer in length and have simulated blood.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the models are available individually. Call Customer Service for assistance.

    Are these models latex free?

    Yes.
  • 1353 - Two-Vein Venipuncture Training Aid, Darkly Pigmented - Dermalike II™ +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for these models?

    No, there are no additional supplies available for these models.

    What are the differences between the 1352 and 1353 & 1354 and 1355 models?

    Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    How many sticks can I get from this model?

    By changing the access location each time and using a sharp non-burred 22g IV Catheter, you can access the 1354 and 1355 models 1200 times each and the 1352 and 1353 models 600 times each, though customers have reported their experience is 2-3 times this number.

    How do I tell if I have successfully accessed the vein?

    You will feel the needle enter the vein and you will be able to draw back on the syringe, drawing in air. If a vacuum is created when drawing back on a syringe attached to the IV Catheter, the IV Catheter is either inserted too far or not far enough.

    Which model is better?

    Both models offer advantages. The 1352 and 1353 are smaller and have two different sized veins just below the skin surface, while the 1354 and 1355 are larger models allowing twice the number of “sticks” with four veins of three different sizes. With the 1354 and 1355 you have much smaller veins present to offering a more varied training experience. Staff can learn to access the larger veins and then refine their technique on the smaller, more difficult to access veins.

    What do I use to clean these models?

    You can use soap and water or alcohol and let dry. This should be followed by sprinkling the cornstarch talc on the model and lightly wiping off the excess.

    Can I put dressings on these models?

    Dressings can be placed on these models but due to the non-staining properties of the tissue-like material, adhesion will be minimal.

    How should I store the model when not in use?

    Place the included cover over the tissue pad when not using. Do not store with items directly on the tissue pad as this can cause deformation on the surface of the pad.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 1353 (two vein) and 1355 (four vein) are the product numbers for these models in a darkly pigmented color.

    Will I see a flashback to confirm proper access on these models?

    No, the 1352, 1353, 1354 and 1355 are all dry models. If you are in need of a model with flashback, our 2365 and 2366 Advanced Venipuncture Training Aid models offer the same vein configuration as the 1354 and1355 models but are longer in length and have simulated blood.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the models are available individually. Call Customer Service for assistance.

    Are these models latex free?

    Yes.

    What is included with the new Venipuncture Training Aids 1352/1353 & 1354/1355?

    These models contain blue veins which are barely discernable through the semi-transparent, non-staining, proprietary Dermalike II™ tissue-like material. Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.
  • 1354 - Four-Vein Venipuncture Training Aid - Dermalike II™ +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    What is included with the new Venipuncture Training Aids 1352/1353 & 1354/1355?

    These models contain blue veins which are barely discernable through the semi-transparent, non-staining, proprietary Dermalike II™ tissue-like material. Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for these models?

    No, there are no additional supplies available for these models.

    What are the differences between the 1352 and 1353 & 1354 and 1355 models?

    Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    How many sticks can I get from this model?

    By changing the access location each time and using a sharp non-burred 22g IV Catheter, you can access the 1354 and 1355 models 1200 times each and the 1352 and 1353 models 600 times each, though customers have reported their experience is 2-3 times this number.

    How do I tell if I have successfully accessed the vein?

    You will feel the needle enter the vein and you will be able to draw back on the syringe, drawing in air. If a vacuum is created when drawing back on a syringe attached to the IV Catheter, the IV Catheter is either inserted too far or not far enough.

    Which model is better?

    Both models offer advantages. The 1352 and 1353 are smaller and have two different sized veins just below the skin surface, while the 1354 and 1355 are larger models allowing twice the number of “sticks” with four veins of three different sizes. With the 1354 and 1355 you have much smaller veins present to offering a more varied training experience. Staff can learn to access the larger veins and then refine their technique on the smaller, more difficult to access veins.

    What do I use to clean these models?

    You can use soap and water or alcohol and let dry. This should be followed by sprinkling the cornstarch talc on the model and lightly wiping off the excess.

    Can I put dressings on these models?

    Dressings can be placed on these models but due to the non-staining properties of the tissue-like material, adhesion will be minimal.

    How should I store the model when not in use?

    Place the included cover over the tissue pad when not using. Do not store with items directly on the tissue pad as this can cause deformation on the surface of the pad.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 1353 (two vein) and 1355 (four vein) are the product numbers for these models in a darkly pigmented color.

    Will I see a flashback to confirm proper access on these models?

    No, the 1352, 1353, 1354 and 1355 are all dry models. If you are in need of a model with flashback, our 2365 and 2366 Advanced Venipuncture Training Aid models offer the same vein configuration as the 1354 and1355 models but are longer in length and have simulated blood.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the models are available individually. Call Customer Service for assistance.

    Are these models latex free?

    Yes.
  • 1355 - Four-Vein Venipuncture Training Aid, Darkly Pigmented - Dermalike II™ +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    What is included with the new Venipuncture Training Aids 1352/1353 & 1354/1355?

    These models contain blue veins which are barely discernable through the semi-transparent, non-staining, proprietary Dermalike II™ tissue-like material. Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for these models?

    No, there are no additional supplies available for these models.

    What are the differences between the 1352 and 1353 & 1354 and 1355 models?

    Models 1352 and 1353 have two different sized superficial veins and models 1354 and 1355 have four veins of three different sizes – with the fourth vein deeply placed. All come with a removable cover that snaps in place.

    How many sticks can I get from this model?

    By changing the access location each time and using a sharp non-burred 22g IV Catheter, you can access the 1354 and 1355 models 1200 times each and the 1352 and 1353 models 600 times each, though customers have reported their experience is 2-3 times this number.

    How do I tell if I have successfully accessed the vein?

    You will feel the needle enter the vein and you will be able to draw back on the syringe, drawing in air. If a vacuum is created when drawing back on a syringe attached to the IV Catheter, the IV Catheter is either inserted too far or not far enough.

    Which model is better?

    Both models offer advantages. The 1352 and 1353 are smaller and have two different sized veins just below the skin surface, while the 1354 and 1355 are larger models allowing twice the number of “sticks” with four veins of three different sizes. With the 1354 and 1355 you have much smaller veins present to offering a more varied training experience. Staff can learn to access the larger veins and then refine their technique on the smaller, more difficult to access veins.

    What do I use to clean these models?

    You can use soap and water or alcohol and let dry. This should be followed by sprinkling the cornstarch talc on the model and lightly wiping off the excess.

    Can I put dressings on these models?

    Dressings can be placed on these models but due to the non-staining properties of the tissue-like material, adhesion will be minimal.

    How should I store the model when not in use?

    Place the included cover over the tissue pad when not using. Do not store with items directly on the tissue pad as this can cause deformation on the surface of the pad.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 1353 (two vein) and 1355 (four vein) are the product numbers for these models in a darkly pigmented color.

    Will I see a flashback to confirm proper access on these models?

    No, the 1352, 1353, 1354 and 1355 are all dry models. If you are in need of a model with flashback, our 2365 and 2366 Advanced Venipuncture Training Aid models offer the same vein configuration as the 1354 and1355 models but are longer in length and have simulated blood.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the models are available individually. Call Customer Service for assistance.

    Are these models latex free?

    Yes.
  • 1491 - Simulated Blood - One Quart - New Stain Resistant +

    What is the difference between the 1491 & 1494 and the 2491 & 2491 Simulated Blood?

    The 1491 (quart) & 1494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is designed to be used with most all VATA models. This blood provides a realistic training experience. The 2491(quart) & 2494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is of a viscosity closer to the viscosity of human blood for a practicing experience that requires this property.

    Can I use simulated blood in all of VATA’s models?

    We do not recommend using either simulated blood in 0600 Peter PICC Line™ as it can be difficult to see the catheter tip in the SVC viewing vial. We do not recommend the use of the 2491 or 2494 Simulated Blood in the 1800 NITA Newborn™ model due to the small gauge catheters used, it can be difficult to get a “flashback” when accessing.

    Is the simulated blood stain-resistant?

    Due to the variety of materials and conditions we do not label these as non-staining but as “stain resistant” as it is not possible to test all materials and conditions. If the simulated blood does come in contact with fabric we have found that washing immediately in cold water usually removes the discoloration.

    I received my bottle of simulated blood and there is only a small amount in the bottle. Did it leak out?

    In order to minimized shipping costs, simulated blood is shipped as a concentrate requiring you add distilled water to reconstitute to the full amount. Amount of water to add can be found of the product label.
  • 1494 - Simulated Blood - One Gallon - New Stain Resistant +

    What is the difference between the 1491 & 1494 and the 2491 & 2491 Simulated Blood?

    The 1491 (quart) & 1494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is designed to be used with most all VATA models. This blood provides a realistic training experience. The 2491(quart) & 2494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is of a viscosity closer to the viscosity of human blood for a practicing experience that requires this property.

    Can I use simulated blood in all of VATA’s models?

    We do not recommend using either simulated blood in 0600 Peter PICC Line™ as it can be difficult to see the catheter tip in the SVC viewing vial. We do not recommend the use of the 2491 or 2494 Simulated Blood in the 1800 NITA Newborn™ model due to the small gauge catheters used, it can be difficult to get a “flashback” when accessing.

    Is the simulated blood stain-resistant?

    Due to the variety of materials and conditions we do not label these as non-staining but as “stain resistant” as it is not possible to test all materials and conditions. If the simulated blood does come in contact with fabric we have found that washing immediately in cold water usually removes the discoloration.

    I received my bottle of simulated blood and there is only a small amount in the bottle. Did it leak out?

    In order to minimized shipping costs, simulated blood is shipped as a concentrate requiring you add distilled water to reconstitute to the full amount. Amount of water to add can be found of the product label.
  • 1800 - Nita Newborn™ Infant Venous Access Simulator +

    How do I remove residual adhesive?

    You can use any adhesive remover normally used on a patient to remove residual adhesive. If there is a large amount of residual adhesive on the model, you can soak a non-linting cloth and place it on the adhesive residue as the cloth will keep the adhesive remover in contact with the residue. You can periodically remove the cloth and wipe off as much of the adhesive residue that will come off. Repeat this process until all the adhesive residue has been removed and wipe with alcohol.

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.

    What is included with a new NITA Newborn™?

    NITA Newborn™ is an anatomically correct model of a 4 lb., 16" long female baby. It comes with replaceable translucent "skins" on the head, right and left arm and right leg, accessible umbilicus (use only a 5Fr umbilical catheter), blue veins, simulated blood reservoir bag with attached tubing, ID bracelet, diaper, quart of simulated blood, User's Manual and a durable, zippered, padded fabric case, with carrying handles, shoulder strap and pocket.

    Is there anything else I should consider ordering for NITA™ Newborn?

    You may want to have a back-up supply of simulated blood – see items 1491 and 1494. Over time the "skins" and veins will need to be replaced due to the wear of repeated accessing – see accessories under 1800 NITA Newborn™.

    What veins are displayed on the NITA Newborn™?

    The following veins are presented: temporal, external jugular, post-auricular, basilic, cephalic, greater saphenous, dorsal arch and popliteal.

    Does NITA Newborn™ come with a case?

    Yes, a case is included at no extra charge.

    Can I insert a PICC line on the NITA Newborn™?

    Yes, a PICC line can be inserted at any of the normal access points.

    Can I put an umbilical catheter in the umbilicus?

    Yes, a unique valve permits a 5Fr umbilical catheter to be inserted and "blood" can be withdrawn or fluid infused. PLEASE NOTE: Use of a size other than 5Fr is not recommended, as leaking could result.

    Can the "skins" and veins on NITA Newborn™ be replaced?

    Yes, the "skins" on the arms, the one leg and the head can all be easily replaced as well as the blue veins. All components on the model are available individually. Check 1800 NITA Newborn™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department.

    I don't always get a "flashback" when using small gauge needles. What am I doing wrong?

    It is more difficult to get a "flashback" when using 26g needles and smaller. You can increase the likelihood of getting a "flashback" by increasing the height of the "blood" reservoir bag or by first ensuring that the cap of the simulated blood reservoir bag is on tightly and then gently squeezing the bag to increase the pressure in the veins.

    What do I use to clean the model?

    You can use soap and water to clean the surface of the model. Caution: Pen and ink can stain the model.

    Can I put dressings on the NITA Newborn™?

    Dressings can be placed on all the surfaces of the model, but should be removed when training is completed. Do not leave dressing on overnight.

    We have had our NITA Newborn™ for many years and it is looking very tired. Do you offer a refurbishing service?

    We know that the purchase of training models is a significant investment. Realizing this VATA is proud to offer a refurbishing service, to new condition. Please call for information on returning your model. Once your model is received, it will be evaluated for needed refurbishing and you will receive an estimate for your approval before any refurbishing is started.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    No, it is currently not available in a darkly pigmented color.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the model are available individually. Check 1800 NITA Newborn™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department for assistance.
  • 2386 - New Advanced Arm For Chester Chest™ - Fits Existing Models Also +

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.

    How do I tell if I have the new arm?

    All Chester Chest™ models shipped after April 2009 have the new arm. The new arm is positioned with a greater degree of rotation and extension than the previous arm. This arm dual 5Fr PICC exiting the basilic vein from the inner bicep area of and a 20g IV Catheter in place. Proximal to the PICC insertion site is recessed area for placement of an optional peripheral IVAD. The recessed area under the IVAD is made of a soft material that permits the IVAD to “float” when palpated.

    Can I buy this separately to update my current Chester Chest™?

    Yes, the New Advanced Arm for Chester Chest™ is a direct replacement for your older arm.

    Is this model available in a darkly pigmented color?

    Yes, 2387 Advanced Arm for Chester Chest™ is the product number for this model in a darkly pigmented color.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the model are available individually. Check 2400 Chester Chest™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department for assistance.
  • 2387 - New Advanced Arm for Chest ™ - Darkly Pigmented - Fits Existing Models Also +

    Is this model latex free?

    Yes.

    How do I tell if I have the new arm?

    All Chester Chest™ models shipped after April 2009 have the new arm. The new arm is positioned with a greater degree of rotation and extension than the previous arm. This arm dual 5Fr PICC exiting the basilic vein from the inner bicep area of and a 20g IV Catheter in place. Proximal to the PICC insertion site is recessed area for placement of an optional peripheral IVAD. The recessed area under the IVAD is made of a soft material that permits the IVAD to “float” when palpated.

    Can I buy this separately to update my current Chester Chest™?

    Yes, the New Advanced Arm for Chester Chest™ is a direct replacement for your older arm.

    Are replacement parts available?

    Yes, all parts on the model are available individually. Check 2400 Chester Chest™ accessories or call our Customer Service Department for assistance.

    Is this model available in a lightly pigmented color?

    Yes, 2386 Advanced Arm for Chester Chest™ is the product number for this model in a lightly pigmented color.
  • 2400 - Chester Chest™ With New Advanced Arm +

    What is included with a new Chester Chest™?

    Chester Chest™ includes a life size torso, with a real Implanted Vascular Access Device (IVAD), tunneled central venous catheter (similar to a Hickman® catheter), 0405 Outer Tissue Flap, difficult accessing inserts 0420, 0430 and 0440, a tubing set with a simulated blood reservoir bag, simulated blood, a slightly raised external jugular opening for placement of an external jugular catheter, opening for the placement of a subclavian catheter, a detachable right arm with a 20g IV catheter in place, a dual 5 Fr PICC, a recessed area with palpable tissue flap for an optional peripheral port, talc powder and User’s Manual.

    Is there anything else I need to get for Chester Chest™?

    If you plan to transport your model from one location to another, you may want to purchase the 0401 Optional Carrying Case. You can also order Chester Chest™ with the 0427 Optional Peripheral Port and/or a 0410 Triple Lumen Catheter in either the subclavian or external jugular position. Alternatively, you can send us the IVADs and catheters your institution uses and we will install them at no charge with the purchase of a new model.

    My Chester Chest™ does not look like the one on the website; mine does not have the same arm as shown.

    Chester Chest™ has remained the same except for a design change of the detachable arm, with the introduction of the 2386 New Advanced Arm in April 2008. The new arm is positioned with a greater degree of rotation and extension than the previous arm. This arm has a dual 5Fr PICC exiting the basilic vein from the inner bicep area and a 20g IV catheter in place. Proximal to the PICC insertion site is a recessed area for placement of an optional peripheral IVAD. The recessed area under the IVAD is made of a soft material that permits the IVAD to “float” when palpated. You can upgrade your Chester Chest™ by purchasing the 2386 New Advance Arm for Chester Chest™.

    We have had our Chester Chest™ for many years and it is looking very tired. Do you offer a refurbishing service?

    We know that the purchase of training models is a significant investment. Realizing this VATA is proud to offer a refurbishing service, to new condition, for a "tired" and well - used Chester Chest™, at about half the cost of a new one. Please call for information on returning your Chester Chest™. Once your model is received, it will be evaluated for needed refurbishing and you will receive an estimate for your approval before any refurbishing is started.

    How do I use the three Difficult Accessing Inserts, 0420, 0430 & 0440 that come with Chester Chest™?

    The Difficult Accessing Inserts 0420/0421, 0430/0431 & 0440/0441 are used with the port to demonstrate different situations that can be encountered when accessing. The 0420/0421 and 0430/0431 are placed under the port to demonstrate a "wandering" or "tipping" port, respectively. The 0440/0441 is placed over the port with the 0420/0421 under the port to demonstrate a "deeply placed port”. All three of the inserts have the product number embossed on them.

    If we have lost one or more of our Difficult Accessing Inserts, can they be purchased individually?

    Yes, you can withdraw and infuse fluids from all the devices on the model. When withdrawing you will get a simulated blood return.

    Can you withdraw and infuse from the vascular access devices on the model?

    Yes, you can withdraw and infuse fluids from all the devices on the model. When withdrawing you will get a simulated blood return.

    Can I order Chester Chest™ with a triple lumen catheter?

    On new orders, we will install a triple lumen catheter that you provide, in either the external jugular or subclavian position, at no additional charge. If you want to be able to infuse and withdraw from all the lumens, a 0418 Universal Catheter Connector for a 5 or 6Fr catheter or a 0454 Universal Catheter Connector for a 7– 9.6Fr catheter will need to be purchased. We also have generic 0410 Triple Lumen catheters available for purchase.

    The 0405/0404 Outer Tissue Flap on our Chester Chest™ is getting small tears where we insert the Huber needles. What is causing this to happen?

    There are several things that you can do to minimize tears: 1. Do not palpate the port using the fingernail. 2. Do not "rock" the needle back and forth to confirm that the needle tip has passed through the septum and is against the base of the port. 3. Do not pull the Outer Tissue Flap back while the needle is in the port's septum to visually confirm the needle placement. These techniques are not used with patients and should not be used on Chester Chest™. In formulating the material for the flap, we had a choice to either make the flap with a softer and more realistic "tissue-like" feel or unrealistically hard and tending to never "wear out". The more realistic feel was our choice. The Outer Tissue Flap will wear out over time and is replaceable with 0405/0404 Outer Tissue Flap Replacement.;

    The Outer Tissue Flap 0405/0404 is dirty and sticky. What should I do?

    When you originally received your model, you also received instructions on the care of the outer tissue flap and a container of cornstarch talc. The instructions advised cleaning the soft outer tissue flap with alcohol and a non-linting cloth, allowing it to air dry. This should be followed by sprinkling the cornstarch talc on the outer tissue flap and lightly wiping off the excess.

    Can I order the model without the arm?

    Chester Chest™ is not offered without the arm.

    We use Peripheral Ports in our institution. Is there any way that the care of these devices can be demonstrated on Chester Chest™?

    Yes, all Chester Chests™ ordered since April 2008 come with the New Advanced Arm 2386/2387, which has a recessed area for attachment of the 0417 Optional Peripheral Port. You can also upgrade your existing Chester Chest™ by purchasing the 2386 New Advanced Arm or the 2387 New Advanced Arm which will fit all Chester Chest™ models.;

    Can I practice placing a PICC Line in Chester Chest™?

    It is not possible to practice placing a PICC Line in Chester Chest™. You can practice and teach; exit site care, dressings, and infusion and withdrawal of the dual PICC line. If you wish to practice the placement of PICC Lines, you would use 0600 Peter PICC Line™.
  • 2402 - Chester Chest™ With New Advanced Arm, Darkly Pigmented +

    What is included with a new Chester Chest™?

    Chester Chest™ includes a life size torso, with a real Implanted Vascular Access Device (IVAD), tunneled central venous catheter (similar to a Hickman® catheter), 0404 Outer Tissue Flap, difficult accessing inserts 0421, 0431 and 0441, a tubing set with a simulated blood reservoir bag, simulated blood, a slightly raised external jugular opening for placement of an external jugular catheter, opening for the placement of a subclavian catheter, a detachable right arm with a 20g IV catheter in place, a dual 5 Fr PICC, a recessed area with palpable tissue flap for an optional peripheral port, talc powder and User’s Manual

    Is there anything else I need to get for Chester Chest™?

    If you plan to transport your model from one location to another, you may want to purchase the 0401 Optional Carrying Case. You can also order Chester Chest™ with the 0427 Optional Peripheral Port and/or a 0410 Triple Lumen Catheter in either the subclavian or external jugular position. Alternatively, you can send us the IVADs and catheters your institution uses and we will install them at no charge with the purchase of a new model.

    My Chester Chest™ does not look like the one on the website; mine does not have the same arm as shown.

    Chester Chest™ has remained the same except for a design change of the detachable arm, with the introduction of the 2386 New Advanced Arm in April 2008. The new arm is positioned with a greater degree of rotation and extension than the previous arm. This arm has a dual 5Fr PICC exiting the basilic vein from the inner bicep area and a 20g IV catheter in place. Proximal to the PICC insertion site is a recessed area for placement of an optional peripheral IVAD. The recessed area under the IVAD is made of a soft material that permits the IVAD to “float” when palpated. You can upgrade your Chester Chest™ by purchasing the 2386 New Advance Arm for Chester Chest™.

    We have had our Chester Chest™ for many years and it is looking very tired. Do you offer a refurbishing service?

    We know that the purchase of training models is a significant investment. Realizing this VATA is proud to offer a refurbishing service, to new condition, for a "tired" and well - used Chester Chest™, at about half the cost of a new one. Please call for information on returning your Chester Chest™. Once your model is received, it will be evaluated for needed refurbishing and you will receive an estimate for your approval before any refurbishing is started.

    How do I use the three Difficult Accessing Inserts, 0420, 0430 & 0440 that come with Chester Chest™?

    The Difficult Accessing Inserts 0420/0421, 0430/0431 & 0440/0441 are used with the port to demonstrate different situations that can be encountered when accessing. The 0420/0421 and 0430/0431 are placed under the port to demonstrate a "wandering" or "tipping" port, respectively. The 0440/0441 is placed over the port with the 0420/0421 under the port to demonstrate a "deeply placed port”. All three of the inserts have the product number embossed on them.

    If we have lost one or more of our Difficult Accessing Inserts, can they be purchased individually?

    Yes, you can withdraw and infuse fluids from all the devices on the model. When withdrawing you will get a simulated blood return.

    Can you withdraw and infuse from the vascular access devices on the model?

    Yes, you can withdraw and infuse fluids from all the devices on the model. When withdrawing you will get a simulated blood return.

    Can I order Chester Chest™ with a triple lumen catheter?

    On new orders, we will install a triple lumen catheter that you provide, in either the external jugular or subclavian position, at no additional charge. If you want to be able to infuse and withdraw from all the lumens, a 0418 Universal Catheter Connector for a 5 or 6Fr catheter or a 0454 Universal Catheter Connector for a 7– 9.6Fr catheter will need to be purchased. We also have generic 0410 Triple Lumen catheters available for purchase.

    The 0405/0404 Outer Tissue Flap on our Chester Chest™ is getting small tears where we insert the Huber needles. What is causing this to happen?

    There are several things that you can do to minimize tears: 1. Do not palpate the port using the fingernail. 2. Do not "rock" the needle back and forth to confirm that the needle tip has passed through the septum and is against the base of the port. 3. Do not pull the Outer Tissue Flap back while the needle is in the port's septum to visually confirm the needle placement. These techniques are not used with patients and should not be used on Chester Chest™. In formulating the material for the flap, we had a choice to either make the flap with a softer and more realistic "tissue-like" feel or unrealistically hard and tending to never "wear out". The more realistic feel was our choice. The Outer Tissue Flap will wear out over time and is replaceable with 0405/0404 Outer Tissue Flap Replacement.;

    The Outer Tissue Flap 0405/0404 is dirty and sticky. What should I do?

    When you originally received your model, you also received instructions on the care of the outer tissue flap and a container of cornstarch talc. The instructions advised cleaning the soft outer tissue flap with alcohol and a non-linting cloth, allowing it to air dry. This should be followed by sprinkling the cornstarch talc on the outer tissue flap and lightly wiping off the excess.

    Can I order the model without the arm?

    Chester Chest™ is not offered without the arm.

    We use Peripheral Ports in our institution. Is there any way that the care of these devices can be demonstrated on Chester Chest™?

    Yes, all Chester Chests™ ordered since April 2008 come with the New Advanced Arm 2386/2387, which has a recessed area for attachment of the 0417 Optional Peripheral Port. You can also upgrade your existing Chester Chest™ by purchasing the 2386 New Advanced Arm or the 2387 New Advanced Arm which will fit all Chester Chest™ models.;

    Can I practice placing a PICC Line in Chester Chest™?

    It is not possible to practice placing a PICC Line in Chester Chest™. You can practice and teach; exit site care, dressings, and infusion and withdrawal of the dual PICC line. If you wish to practice the placement of PICC Lines, you would use 0600 Peter PICC Line™.
  • 2491 - Quart Blood - Same Viscosity as real blood - Stain Resistant +

    What is the difference between the 1491 & 1494 and the 2491 & 2491 Simulated Blood?

    The 1491 (quart) & 1494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is designed to be used with most all VATA models. This blood provides a realistic training experience. The 2491(quart) & 2494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is of a viscosity closer to the viscosity of human blood for a practicing experience that requires this property.

    Can I use simulated blood in all of VATA’s models?

    We do not recommend using either simulated blood in 0600 Peter PICC Line™ as it can be difficult to see the catheter tip in the SVC viewing vial. We do not recommend the use of the 2491 or 2494 Simulated Blood in the 1800 NITA Newborn™ model due to the small gauge catheters used, it can be difficult to get a “flashback” when accessing.

    Is the simulated blood stain-resistant?

    Due to the variety of materials and conditions we do not label these as non-staining but as “stain resistant” as it is not possible to test all materials and conditions. If the simulated blood does come in contact with fabric we have found that washing immediately in cold water usually removes the discoloration.

    I received my bottle of simulated blood and there is only a small amount in the bottle. Did it leak out?

    In order to minimized shipping costs, simulated blood is shipped as a concentrate requiring you add distilled water to reconstitute to the full amount. Amount of water to add can be found of the product label.
  • 2494 - Gallon Blood - Same Viscosity as real blood - Stain Resistant +

    What is the difference between the 1491 & 1494 and the 2491 & 2491 Simulated Blood?

    The 1491 (quart) & 1494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is designed to be used with most all VATA models. This blood provides a realistic training experience. The 2491(quart) & 2494 (gallon) of Simulated Blood is of a viscosity closer to the viscosity of human blood for a practicing experience that requires this property.

    Can I use simulated blood in all of VATA’s models?

    We do not recommend using either simulated blood in 0600 Peter PICC Line™ as it can be difficult to see the catheter tip in the SVC viewing vial. We do not recommend the use of the 2491 or 2494 Simulated Blood in the 1800 NITA Newborn™ model due to the small gauge catheters used, it can be difficult to get a “flashback” when accessing.

    Is the simulated blood stain-resistant?

    Due to the variety of materials and conditions we do not label these as non-staining but as “stain resistant” as it is not possible to test all materials and conditions. If the simulated blood does come in contact with fabric we have found that washing immediately in cold water usually removes the discoloration.

    I received my bottle of simulated blood and there is only a small amount in the bottle. Did it leak out?

    In order to minimized shipping costs, simulated blood is shipped as a concentrate requiring you add distilled water to reconstitute to the full amount. Amount of water to add can be found of the product label.