"We currently use multiple phantoms in our entry-level programs: the DVT phantom, the Endovaginal phantoms, and the Scrotal phantom. We like to limit live scanning in our lab in keeping with the ALARA principle, and having phantoms available has given the students more opportunities to practice outside of their lab course. We find the greatest benefit in the first year of our two-year program. The DVT phantom is great for developing hand-eye coordination as they practice moving the transducer down the leg while watching the screen. We have three endovaginal phantoms, all with different findings. The first benefit that we see for our students is just taking the fear away from doing this procedure. It is also beneficial as they use the phantoms to practice setting the patient up. Since the image orientation is different when performing endovaginal sonograms, the use of the phantoms initially is not only beneficial for the students, but also the patients. We also use the phantoms for practicing gyn and first trimester protocols, which make them more efficient as they transfer that knowledge to actual patients. The scrotal phantom also has a dual benefit. The students can practice setting the patient up without the fear of making a mistake or causing embarrassment to the patient. They also practice the imaging protocol which makes them more comfortable with the procedure prior to taking the actual patient. The sonographers at the clinical sites also appreciate that the students have been able to practice on a phantom, so that they can be more efficient when they scan actual patients. We have seen the benefits of having students scan phantoms in our lab, which to me translate to improved patient interactions.quot;
Charlotte Henningsen, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
Chair & Professor - Sonography Department
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
"The Blue Phantom models have been an invaluable tool in teaching ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. It is complicated to teach scanning and needle techniques to a fellow provider. The process becomes awkward because the patient listens to this interaction and knows that the provider who is performing the procedure is training. I can only imagine how it all appears to the patient. Even though the learning curve of using ultrasound-guidance for a nerve block is steep, our providers can start farther along this curve. By using this training device, we can practice the precise motions to maintain a steady ultrasound probe and needle. We can also learn the in-plane and out-of-plane needle approaches. The basic block model is already very helpful. With the anatomic models, we get a better sense of the logistics of the particular body positions as well. Excellent training tools!"
Arnel Almeda, MD
Director of Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Course
Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists
"Blue Phantom task trainers have been a welcomed addition to our simulation center. Life-like, durable, and easy-to-use models allow our trainees a chance to familiarize themselves with real world techniques prior to entering the clinical arena, and practice/enhance technical skills while in the clinical portion of our program. In addition, Blue Phantom's support services are prompt and helpful, offering a variety of options to ensure proper use of the models."
Dennis M. O'Brien CRNA, MS
Instructor, Anesthesiology and Allied Health Sciences
Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
Baylor College of Medicine 
"I purchased the Blue Phantom central venous catheter insertion simulators as part of a grant funded training program for the University of Colorado medical housestaff. I based this decision on a colleague's experience with the same simulators and have been extremely pleased with the life-like experience that is created by these simulators. I have been able to train over 50 residents and interns at this point and have recommended this product to other faculty at our program starting similar simulation programs. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested in improving patient safety and decreasing complication and infection rates." 
Paul Hudson, MD
Division of Cardiology
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center 
“The University of Michigan Clinical Simulation Center has been using Blue Phantom products since 2004. In that time we have trained hundreds of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the techniques for safe ultrasound guided vascular access. The phantoms have exhibited incredible durability in that they have sustained literally thousands of punctures and have yet to need replacement. The customer service and support from Blue Phantom has been exceptional. The orders are filled promptly and all inquiries have received an immediate and appropriate response.”
Michael Marsh, MHA
Assistant Director, Operations
University of Michigan, Clinical Simulation Center
"I am impressed with the durability of the task trainers. We bought a thoracentesis model about eighteen months ago, have taught about four trainees every four weeks, resulting in multiple attempts, and have yet to even replace the fluid. Compounded by the company's sincere interest in improving their products, we will be a repeat customer of Blue Phantom."
Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Div. of Hospital Medicine,
Dept. of Medicine University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
"As the Director of Simulation Education and Training for all of the residents in Graduate Medical Education, I have to know that our training products are not only top of the line, but also ones that will last through countless training sessions. Blue Phantom has designed and created an exceptional line of products that allow just that. After completing an ultrasound fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center, I realized just how important it is for physicians to learn how to incorporate ultrasound into their daily practice. With Blue Phantom's training modules, I can teach my residents the requisite skills it takes to provide the best possible care for their patients and our community."
Teresa Wu, MD
Director of Simulation Education and Training
Graduate Medical Education
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Physician and Ultrasound Faculty
Department of Emergency Medicine
I just wanted to send you a big “Thank you” and brag about your customer service. Not only was your representative very nice and professional in her dealings with me, but she jumped through hoops to get my order out due to a June 30th deadline. I was doubtful that it would be able to be done, so you can imagine my surprise when my order was in my office this morning when I arrived at work (less than 48 hours from my first contacting blue phantom). We have been using the CVL trainer for several years now and know what a great product it is. It’s nice to know that your staff is great too. Thanks again!
Jennifer White, BSN, RN
Instructional Development Specialist
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Department of Anesthesiology
We are currently using a variety of Blue Phantom products to train medical students, housestaff, fellows and attending physicians in ultrasound-guided invasive procedures. We have used the central line torso, peripheral IV models, paracentesis, thoracentesis, foreign body, endovaginal and nerve block models with overwhelmingly positive responses from providers across all levels of training. These products are durable, portable, easy to maintain, and most importantly they provide a realistic model on which to practice invasive procedures in a consequence-free environment. Providers from Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Surgery have all been impressed with the Blue Phantom product line, and we routinely receive requests from these departments to schedule additional ultrasound simulation trainings. The central line torso also plays an important role in ongoing credentialing for attending physicians who regularly supervise, but rarely perform central venous catheterization. Blue Phantom offers an incredible educational  experience, and we anticipate using their products for years to come.
Michael B. Stone, MD, RDMS
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Division Emergency Ultrasound
Fellowship Director SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center
Brooklyn, NY
All I can say is WOW! The endovaginal ultrasound phantom is beautiful, everything I expected and more! I'm completely satisfied with our purchase. Our students were very impressed. We even used our new 3D/4D transvaginal probe and it worked great. The structures are very life-like and true to form, it's amazing. I'm not sure how you created bowel reflection, but it's very realistic. The anatomic structures are well-positioned and it truly mimics the transvaginal scanning experience. I'm especially happy for our male sonography students who will have the chance to practice their first transvag exam with the phantom and relieve some anxiety of performing the exam on their first patient.
Joyce A Grube, MS, RDMS
Program Director and Associate Professor
Medical Sonography
Kettering College of Medical Arts
Related to the ultrasound model, I have been using the Blue Phantom torso device extensively for training medical housestaff (128), pulmonary/critical fellows (9), and attending staff as part of my hospital simulation training program. It is very well designed, and it allows for safe practice in ultrasound guided vascular access. It is a very effective training device.
The durability of the device is remarkable. It has had many thousands of needle insertions both in the internal jugular and subclavian position, and is no worse for the wear. The insert material appears to be self sealing. After a heavy training session, there will be scores of faintly visible needle tracks. These promptly fade away, as the insert repairs itself. I favor 21G needle size, as it is more difficult for the trainee to track (and therefore more challenging and useful for training purposes).
I compliment your company for the excellence and durability of the product design and support.
Paul Mayo, MD 
Beth Israel Deaconess
New York
“I have found the Blue Phantom CVA insertion mannequin to be very durable and dependable. We have put a huge number of faculty and residents through our central line course and have the Blue Phantom models able to stand up to the challenge. I estimate that with our two mannequins we have performed over 500 complete central line insertion procedures! I have found the company to be very responsive to all questions and concerns. We have been very satisfied with our purchase.”
Sean Drake, MD
Director of Medical Simulation
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI
“The new head and torso ultrasound model by Blue Phantom has revolutionized the way central venous access is taught. This system provides a reproducible method for teaching the manual techniques of this vital procedure without the risk to patients. It also does wonders for the instructor's blood pressure.”
Thomas Cook, MD
Program Director
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
Columbia, SC
“Teaching the skill of placement of a central line is a difficult task. This is a very delicate procedure which, if done incorrectly, could lead to great harm to the patient. For that reason, the science is increasingly pointing to the routine use of ultrasound in the placement of all central lines. The new pulsatile flow mannequin by Blue Phantom (automated pumping system) offers a tremendous teaching opportunity. In a single life-like model you can use landmark-guided as well as ultrasound-guided insertion of the needle and guide-wire. The pulsations in the artery make it easily distinguished from the vein and allow the learner to clearly see the anatomic relationship of the two. The simulated tissue gel matrix that the vessels pass through looks remarkably similar to actual human tissue with ultrasound imaging, with Doppler flow measured in the artery. Our previous experience with the non-pulsatile model showed us that the material has great endurance, able to keep its shape and integrity after hundreds of needle sticks. The new pulsatile-flow model will only enhance the experience for our learners and improve the safety of our patients.”
Sean Drake, MD
Director of Medical Simulation
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI
“Great product! The Blue Phantom really fills a void in ultrasound procedural training. For those like myself who see ultrasound as a great safety tool, the Blue Phantoms are an important adjunct in training. Gone are days of messy gelatin molds. We look forward to future products.”
John S. Rose, MD
Associate Professor
University of California, Davis Medical Center
“I am impressed by your excellent customer service-- something that is very hard to come by these days. From the initially placing of the order to the follow up you make the customer feel like coming back.”
Lisa Wirth
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
“The Blue Phantom training materials are unparalleled. The book takes people painlessly through all important aspects of ultrasound and its use in guiding line placement. The text is clear, and the drawings and ultrasound images are of excellent quality. We’ve used the Blue Phantom in ultrasound courses for emergency physicians, intensivists, and anesthesiologists. People are consistently impressed by its utility. Use of the phantom takes the participant from a didactic understanding to a sense of confidence only experience can offer.”
Dan Price, MD
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
Alameda County Medical Center — Highland Campus
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco
“The Signature Series and Select Series ultrasound phantoms we purchased from Blue Phantom have been excellent. They have served our training program very well.”
Frantz Gibbs, MD
Program Director
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI
I used the Blue Phantom to teach a procedures workshop for 50 hospitalists. Very few of them had any ultrasound experience, and by the end of the workshop all of them were able to use the ultrasound probe for vascular access. The Blue Phantom was an integral part of their learning, and provided an easy and fun way to understand how to use ultrasound for vascular access. The blue phantom is durable, simple to understand, and presents a realistic ultrasound image. The inclusion of two different "veins" for practicing, and the realistic compressibility of the model are invaluable for training. I will use the Blue Phantom for all of my vascular access training programs.
Susan Stroud, MD
University of Utah
Division of Emergency Medicine
“Finally an education tool that is concise and clear that will aid IV Nurses in learning ultrasound guided PICC placement. This is certainly the best product on the market, and will become our education tool for teaching at OHSU.”
Lana A. Lyons RN, CRNI
Oregon Health Sciences University
"The PICC ultrasound program developed by Advanced Medical Technologies is one of the most highly developed educational programs to date. It clearly explains how ultrasound works and how to make it successful with PICC insertions. Completion of the workbook, viewing of the videotape, and practice with the "Blue Phantom" will greatly enhance the nurse's ability to successful integrate ultrasound into his or her PICC insertion skill repertoire. This program has greatly enhanced the Advanced PICC Insertion course I teach through the Stanford Hospital CE Center in Palo Alto, California."
Nadine Nakazawa, BS, RN, OCN
PICC Program Coordinator
Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
“Teaching ultrasound guided procedures is difficult. Procedures are logistically complex therefore it is essential to practice in a lab setting. Blue Phantom provides excellent simulation devices, allowing physicians to become proficient in procedures prior to blazing trails on actual patients. This is so important that we are using Blue Phantoms in all of our courses in the US and internationally.”
Dan Price, MD
Rita Sweeney MD, MPH
ACMC Highland Hospital, University of California San Francisco
“I wanted to thank you for the education program for PICC line insertion under ultrasound. The review of the mechanics of ultrasound was excellent! It is helpful to understand what is happening as the sound waves pass through different materials. The part I found most useful is the simulated insertion with your vascular model. I had been having difficulty with direction under ultrasound. I practiced with your model for about 30 minutes, probing the needle left and right, up and down, (something you really couldn't do during an actual insertion), and then I had it! The next day my insertions went much more smoothly. One of the educators that trained me evaluated your model and said it was the best he had ever seen. The model truly resembles actual vessels. Thank you for the education program.”
Richard Clayton, RN, BSN, CAPA
St. Anthony's Hospital, Tampa, Florida
“We train faculty, residents, and medical students in general and procedural ultrasound. All find that the Blue Phantom helps in developing the psychomotor skills needed for ultrasound-guided vascular access.”
Anthony J. Dean, MD
Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Department of Emergency Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The educational packages are excellent. The didactic material is well thought out and effective in communicating the necessary points. Maria, our assistant has used the phantom successfully to begin her work with patients. It’s realistic ultrasound appearance makes the transition from phantom to patient pretty seamless. You have done terrific job in providing the tools to get the novice started. Many thanks.
John Postley, MD
Internal Medicine Specialist
New York Presbyterian Hospital
“We use the Blue Phantom for our ultrasound guided venous access research and it is a great learning tool for ultrasound novices!“ "By far the best easy-to-use products for teaching the skills associated with ultrasound-guided intravenous access!””The new head and torso ultrasound model by Blue Phantom has revolutionized the way central venous access is taught. This system provides a reproducible method for teaching the manual techniques of this vital procedure without the risk to patients. It also does wonders for the instructor's blood pressure.”
Thomas Cook, MD
Program Director
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
Columbia, SC
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