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Improved Synthetic Knee Joint Apparatus and Related Educational Methods for Clinical Knee Joint Examinations
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For Information, Contact:
Jack Hartwigsen
Commercialization & Marketing Manager
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
11/14/2017
ISURF #
70002
Summary:
The synthetic knee model provides a teaching device for learning and simulating clinical examination of a patient's knee for the purpose of diagnosing damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), as well as damage to the meniscus. The synthetic knee model includes artificial skin,which looks and feels human-like. Orthopedic surgeons and certified athletic trainers have used the synthetic knee model, and given positive feedback. The practitioners that have used the synthetic knee model have tried it, like it, and want to add it to current curriculums.

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Description:
The synthetic knee model is capable of mimicking an intact ACL, partially torn ACL, and completely torn ACL. The synthetic knee model could provide medical students, physical therapy students, and athletic training students a device to practice the Lachman test, without fear of harm to the patient. The synthetic knee model would allow student practitioners to manipulate the knee, and become proficient at the Lachman test prior to performing the test on actual patients. The synthetic knee model is also capable of simulating varying types of meniscus damage, to aid in student learning. The synthetic knee model is easily transported, requires minimal space for learning, and offers a safe learning environment for students.

Advantage:
• Practice Lachman test on teaching model, not patients
• Can mimic varying integrities of ACL injury
• Can mimic varying types of meniscus injury
• Can be incorporated into variety of health professions curriculums
• Provide learner-conducive environment
• Easily transported and requires minimal space for learning

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