UF professor invents life-saving medical simulators

Published: Jul. 31, 2018 at 4:28 PM EDT
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There's a first time for everything, but if you've ever had a medical procedure, you might find yourself hoping it's not the doctor's first time with a patient.

A UF professor has helped create medical simulators so students can practice on a human-like subject before seeing you in the doctor's office.

On this Tech Tuesday, TV20 sat own with the UF professor to learn how his technology has helped save lives.

"Every clinician...doctor, nurse...they will always have a first patient," Samsun Lampotang, the inventor of the simulators, "Which they will do something for the first time, and generally, you and I as patients, don't want to be that first patient."

Dr. Lampotang from UF saw this issue time and time again as he went through med school and became a professor...no matter how well a student did, there were scenarios they wouldn't see sometimes for years into their medical practice.

"An anesthesia resident may spend four years ins anesthesia, and never see a rare case, because they are so rare they will n to occur in the four years he or she is training, but when they leave and practice for 30 years, they will probable deal with encountering that rare event which sometimes can be fatal," he continued.

Lampotang decided to change that.

"With a simulator, we can make the experience something at will, so that should they encounter it in real life, they will see that pattern and they will remember, 'I've seen this before,' and they will initiate the appropriate response, pretty much automatically."

Lampotang and a team of doctors have created around 20 simulators -- which have arguably saved thousands of lives across the world.

"And less than a week later he had the real thing haven and he saved the patient," he said.

Giving residents the ability to save patients, when they might have otherwise been lost,