-By Alan Golombek
Far, far away, in a micro-gravity operating room, simple drainage catheters, chest tubes, and IV infusions do not function. There is no Central Supply of surgical instruments nor is there an on-call surgeon headed toward the Space Station. When resources are scarce, distances great, and environments challenging, advanced 3D printing to create specifically what you need with precise properties and dimensions, quickly, and on site becomes a priority. Be it parts for repairing transport, housing, equipment, or conducting surgery.
This was part of the award-winning presentation by Dr. Jacques Zaneveld, Co-founder of Lazarus 3D, to NASA experts last week before they won the highly coveted 2018 NASA iTech Cycle III competition in Hartford, Connecticut. In a separate competition, Lazarus 3D was also recognized as Top 15 Semifinalist Startup of the year 2018 at the Innovate Celebrate conference in Boston days earlier, October 15th.
Lazarus 3D Founders accepting their NASA iTech and Startup of the Year awards
One of hundreds of applicants, Lazarus 3D showed NASA their ability to create and print highly realistic, anatomically accurate, three-dimensional copies of human anatomy. These models are used to train medical students, practice in simulation labs, demonstrate medical devices, present patient-specific models in personal injury trials, and perhaps soon, provide astronaut rehearsal and realistic practice before performing an emergency appendectomy on a crew member while on the moon. Utilizing a proprietary patent pending process and multiple materials, Lazarus 3D creates a variety of precision standard and customized models of body part with the proper hardness, dimensions, softness, internal structures, and more. Their high-fidelity human models have the demonstrated potential to decrease medical error and OR time, increase competency and confidence, promote best practice, and improve surgical technique. Lazarus 3D’s technology creates customized products that can improve patient outcomes and meet needs – on Earth, and soon, in Space.
Read about the NASA iTech Winners here!
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-By Alan Golombek
Healthcare Innovation Institute (Hii) is thrilled to share a remarkable surgical training advancement, bringing patient anatomy to life. Imagine the potential of combining radiologic data and several silicone materials to create life-sized, hands-on models with the appearance, feel, and resistance of human anatomical structures to provide a very high-fidelity surgical experience.
From individual organs to complete systems, Lazarus 3D has created thousands of models (including normal, diseased, customized, or patient-specific anatomy). These organ copies are used for a wide variety of surgical and interventional training, medical device use development, clinical trial preparation, Resident preparation, demonstrative evidence for court cases, validation of competency, and more. These durable models have also consistently outperformed expectations. In addition to providing the most convincing surgical simulation available, the models have demonstrated potential to reduce OR time, aid surgical decision making, promote best practice, reduce adverse events, and positively impact patient outcomes.
How realistic are these models? Lazarus 3D models have gained the notice of NASA as a valuable technology in space exploration. They have also been invited to present at an upcoming American Hospital Association (AHA) Executive Forum for having practical solutions with potential to reduce healthcare costs and improve outcomes. Furthermore, by partnering with specialized surgical teams to create models of highly complex patient-specific surgical models, which can be used to facilitate communication with patients and help train residents and medical students.
Over the past few years, Lazarus 3D models have likewise earned the attention of a constantly growing list of clients, including:
-Texas Children's Hospital, MD Anderson, Cleveland Clinic
-Baylor College of Medicine, Boston University, Johns Hopkins
-Karl-Storz, Olympus, Cooper Surgical
-3D Life Prints (UK), Urolift, Boston Scientific
Lazarus 3D has developed an exciting and promising patent-pending process and product with ample potential to change the approach to surgery. The extraordinary realism provides the perfect tools to improve surgical expertise and patient outcomes. Please take a look at the links below. Be prepared to be amazed.
See surgical videos using Lazarus 3D models and hear what the surgeons say here:
Literature from Baylor College of Medicine here:
Healthcare Innovation Institute (not for profit, Hiinstitute.org) endorses Lazarus 3D as significantly contributing to quality and outcome improvement in healthcare.