The Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF) awarded $75,000 to Luna Labs’ medical simulation program to expand our line of joint reduction trainers (previously known as JRT, now Dislotech). Finger trainers will soon join Luna Labs’ TrueClot® bleeding control trainers and Dislotech Shoulder Joint Reduction Trainer in our expanding portfolio of medical simulation technologies.
With the official launch of our shoulder reduction trainer in June at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Expo, medical personnel now have ready access to repeated hands-on training to master shoulder reduction rather than limited trial and error on live patients or training with low-fidelity trainers.
With a very limited number of joint reduction training tools on the market, many medical professionals currently get their training from videos with no actual experience until executing the technique on an injured patient for the first time. Dislotech provides hands-on opportunities to practice reducing a joint using anatomically correct features.
The VIPC CCF funds come at a particularly important time. Organizations seeking Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation must now comply with Standard 70 which sets out guidelines for evaluating and managing patients with acute, life threatening, or emergent conditions including dislocations. Athletic training programs seeking CAATE accreditation must show these standards are addressed through clinical education experiences and assessment tools. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have also begun to include joint reductions in their scope of practice.
Standard 70 also addresses internal and external hemorrhage (including use of a tourniquet and hemostatic agents), the domain of our TrueClot® bleeding control, wound packing, and tourniquet trainers.
The VIPC is the non-profit arm of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) tasked with supporting Virginia’s innovators and entrepreneurs. The CCF is the mechanism through which the VIPC supports commercialization efforts and stimulates economic development.
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