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Trachea Model for Intubation Training

Technology #20150034

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CREST Laboratory, SimPORTAL
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Andrew Morrow
Technology Licensing Officer

High Fidelity Mannequin Provides Intubation Practice

A mannequin face and torso modelled precisely after its own researcher has been developed that feels, appears, and responds exactly like human flesh. An anatomically complete airway trainer assists in practicing tracheal intubations, common practice-intensive procedures in military and civilian emergencies. There exist many mannequins (manikins) designed to assist in tracheal (or endotracheal) intubation medical simulations, but the detailed responsiveness and realistic qualities of this new technology are unmatched in their ability to immerse the participant in the procedure: the skin will bleed if cut, the teeth have real moisture, and the skin has functional pores. The research team foresees production of this mannequin to be affordable and expandable. See the Star Tribune’s video demonstration for a visual experience with the mannequin.

Military Medicine Requirements

It is estimated that 10% of preventable battlefield deaths are due to an obstructed airway. Life-saving drugs administered to victims of serious physical injury will often disable the neuromuscular impulse to breathe, making tracheal intubation absolutely necessary. This lifelike mannequin trainer allows for an in-the-moment environment that will prevent the most common, dangerous issues with tracheal intubations: chipped teeth, damaged airways, and missing the trachea and instead intubating the stomach. The mannequin is a leap forward in the close bond between surgical simulation and military medicine. It was designed and commissioned by the U.S. military, but developers hope that the mannequin will be available for civilian training.


  • Provides extremely lifelike subject for tracheal intubation (bleeds, exhibits moisture, etc.)
  • Facilitates necessary practice for a common life-saving technique.
  • Designed to prevent chipped teeth, damaged airways, and correct end placement in real life.

Phase of Development Pre-market Validation