Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

FP7 Rasimas logo

RASimAs

Project reference: 610425
Funded under

Regional Anaesthesia Simulator and Assistant

From 2013-11-01 to 2016-10-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 553 351

EU contribution:

EUR 3 321 679

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2013-10See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

RASimAs: Simulating anaesthesia outcome

A better outlook for those about to undergo surgery or have a child: The RASimAs project is working on a virtual reality simulator for doctors who are performing regional (or spinal) anaesthesia. This tool supports prediction and avoidance of possible complications during regional anaesthesia providing a precise anatomy of every single patient.

The new virtual reality platform would both train medical doctors and assist them while performing regional anaesthesia – including so called spinal anaesthesia or an epidural, which are applied frequently for women giving birth and C-sections.

Objective

Regional anaesthesia (RA) has been used increasingly during the past four decades. This is addressed to the perceived advantages of reduced postoperative pain, earlier mobility, shorter hospital stay, and significantly lower costs. The performance of regional anaesthesia necessitates blocking the peripheral nerves by local injection of anaesthetic. Clinically this is achieved by the insertion of the injection needle close to the peripheral nerve, which is visualized with ultrasound and the proximity of the needle to the nerve is assessed with an electric nerve stimulator. However, it is a subtle technique and requires good theoretical, practical, and non-cognitive skills to allow trainees to achieve confidence in performing regional anaesthesia and to keep complications to a minimum. Current training methods for regional anaesthesia include cadavers, video teaching, ultrasound guidance, and simple virtual patient modelling. These techniques have limited capabilities and do not consider individual anatomy. The Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) creates the possibility to generate patient-specific computer models and apply them to RA procedures. The goal of this project is to increase the application, the effectiveness and the success rates of RA and furthermore the diffusion of the method into a broader clinical use through the developmentof patient-specific VPH models for anaesthesia. We aim at developing two independent but complementary systems, one system for training and one for guidance: a patient-specific Regional Anaesthesia Simulator (RASim) enhanced with ultrasound guidance and a Regional Anaesthesia Assistant (RAAs), which will assist the physicians to localize the nerve during the actual procedure. The RASimAs project will combine both, offering the possibility of training in the regional anaesthesia technique during the training phase of the physician and providing assistance during the clinical application of regional anaesthesia at later stages.<br/>

Related information

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN
Germany
Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 AACHEN
Germany
See on map
Administrative contact: Volker Legewie
Tel.: +49 241 8088494
Fax: +49 241 8082002
E-mail

Participants

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Oude Markt 13
3000 LEUVEN
Belgium
See on map
Administrative contact: Karolien Mariën
Tel.: +32 16 373024
Fax: +32 16326515
E-mail
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Templergraben 55
52062 AACHEN
Germany
See on map
Administrative contact: Ernst Schmachtenberg
Tel.: +49 241 8090490
Fax: +49 241 8092490
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
Spain
CALLE TULIPAN S/N
28933 MOSTOLES (MADRID)
Spain
See on map
Administrative contact: Maria Antonia Rodríguez Tato
Tel.: +34 914887350
Fax: +34 91 4887383
E-mail
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Domaine de Voluceau, Rocquencourt
78153 LE CHESNAY Cedex
France
See on map
Administrative contact: Mohamed Riffi Asri
Tel.: +33 359577834
Fax: +33 59577850
E-mail
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
N PLASTIRA STR 100
70013 HERAKLION
Greece
See on map
Administrative contact: Zinovia Papatheodorou
Tel.: +302810 391522
Fax: +302810 391555
E-mail
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Western Road
- CORK
Ireland
See on map
Administrative contact: David O'Connell
Tel.: +353 214903501
Fax: +353 214903506
E-mail
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
STRINDVEIEN 4
7465 TRONDHEIM
Norway
See on map
Administrative contact: Thomas Langø
Tel.: +47 909 62 913
E-mail
SENSEGRAPHICS AB
Sweden
LANDSNORAVAGEN 77A
192 51 SOLLENTUNA
Sweden
See on map
Administrative contact: Tommy Forsell
Tel.: +46 707788410
Fax: +46 850900431
E-mail
ZILINSKA UNIVERZITA V ZILINE
Slovakia
UNIVERZITNA 8215/1
01026 ZILINA
Slovakia
See on map
Administrative contact: Marta Rešetková
Tel.: +421 41 513 4075
Fax: +421 41 513 4055
E-mail
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
COLLEGE ROAD
LL57 2DG BANGOR
United Kingdom
See on map
Administrative contact: Clare Williams
Tel.: +44 1248 382047
Fax: +44 1248 382042
E-mail
Record Number: 111086 / Last updated on: 2015-01-22