Fields: 

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Surgery and subspecialties

Location: School of Biomedical Sciences (St Lucia)

Type of student: 

  • Higher Degree Research only i.e. PhD or MPhil (intercalated MD-PhD & MD-MPhil)
  • Honours students

Type of work: 

  • Clinical work
  • Wet lab work

Brief synopsis:

Simulations of invasive procedures are becoming more important in training in many clinical specialties. It is important for such simulations to have content and construct validity. As part of this, particularly in minimally invasive procedure, it is important that the mechanical properties of the tissues are replicated in any simulation (physical or virtual).

This project will test some index procedures and measure tissue properties. The procedures will include epidural insertion, central line insertion, throacostomy, regional nerve blocks and cricothyroidotomy. Preliminary work will be on cadaveric material measuring shore hardness, and designing devices to measure similar properties in patients having these procedure.

Supervisor

Professor Mark Midwinter

Professor in Clinical Anatomy
School of Biomedical Sciences