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The Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain for Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists

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A clever and cost-effective solution – the Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain developed by simulation technologist Mark Searra and shared as a free downloadable guide with photos, this innovative tool allows you to create a realistic IV drainage system for your manikins.

What is a Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain?

The Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain is a simple yet ingenious modification that transforms a standard IV bag into a refillable drainage system for your simulation mannequins. This eliminates the need for constantly discarding used IV bags, saving both time and resources.

Benefits of a Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain for Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists

  • Cost-Effective: By reusing the IV bag, you significantly reduce simulation training costs associated with disposable IV bags.
  • Environmentally Friendly: This reusable system minimizes waste generated during simulation training.
  • Versatility: The system can be adapted to accommodate different IV catheter sizes and drainage scenarios.
  • Easy to Create: With readily available materials and Mark Searra’s clear, step-by-step guide with photos, you can create your own Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain.

How It Works

The downloadable guide by Mark Searra outlines the creation process in detail. Here’s a simplified breakdown:

  1. Gather Materials: You’ll need an IV solution set, an IV catheter, a drainage bag, and basic tools like a knife.
  2. Modify the IV Tubing: The guide instructs you on carefully cutting and modifying the IV tubing to remove the one-way valve and reassemble it in a specific way.
  3. Attach the IV Catheter: The modified tubing is then connected to an IV catheter, creating a drainage pathway.
  4. Refill the Drainage Bag: An empty IV bag is attached to the drainage system, allowing for continuous refilling as the simulation scenario progresses.

The Impact

The Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain is a testament to the ingenuity and collaborative spirit within the simulation community. By sharing this free resource, Mark Searra empowers simulation specialists to create more realistic scenarios and cost-effective training resources for operations specialists. This ultimately translates to better-equipped healthcare professionals delivering high-quality patient care.

Download the Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain Guide

Download Mark Searra’s guide and create your own Reusable IV Bag Manikin Drain.

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