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Findings from University of Pisa Provide New Insights into Clinical Monitoring and Computing

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Investigators publish new report on Clinical Monitoring and Computing. According to news reporting originating from Pisa, Italy, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Mechanical ventilation is a current support therapy for newborns affected by respiratory diseases. However, several side effects have been observed after treatment, making it mandatory for physicians to determine more suitable approaches."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Pisa, "High fidelity simulation is an efficient educational technique that recreates clinical experience. The aim of the present study is the design of an innovative and versatile neonatal respiratory simulator which could be useful in training courses for physicians and nurses as for mechanical ventilation. A single chamber prototype, reproducing a pulmonary lobe both in size and function, was designed and assembled. Volume and pressure within the chamber can be tuned by the operator through the device control system, in order to simulate both spontaneous and assisted breathing. An innovative software-based simulator for training neonatologists and nurses within the continuing medical education program on respiratory disease management was validated. Following the clinical needs, three friendly graphic user interfaces were implemented for simulating three different clinical scenarios (spontaneous breathing, controlled breathing and triggered/assisted ventilation modalities) thus providing physicians with an active experience."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The proposed pulmonary simulator has the potential to be included in the range of computer-driven technologies used in medical training, adding novel functions and improving simulation results."

For more information on this research see: An active one-lobe pulmonary simulator with compliance control for medical training in neonatal mechanical ventilation. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 2014;28(3):251-260. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing can be contacted at: Springer Heidelberg, Tiergartenstrasse 17, D-69121 Heidelberg, Germany. (Springer -; Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting I. Baldoli, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy. Additional authors for this research include S. Tognarelli, F. Cecchi, R.T. Scaramuzzo, M. Ciantelli, M. Gentile, A. Cuttano, C. Laschi, A. Menciassi, A. Boldrini and P. Dario.

Keywords for this news article include: Pisa, Italy, Europe, Clinical Monitoring and Computing

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